FOOD MARKETS

The Nation, Published on Sep 3, 2004

Bang Rak Market

Lamb, mutton and other types of meat that aren’t widely sold in Bangkok can be found here. New Road (Charoen Krung) toward the Chao Phya River, between Sathorn and Silom roads.

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Bon Marche

The market serves as both a food market and a community centre for families in the Prachacheun area. It has a yoga school, flower shops, traditional Thai dessert shops, organic vegetable stalls, fruit stands, seafood vendors, dim sum hawkers and health food and medicine shops. In fact, everything a family would need. Check out the organic apple cider and, if you are into natural remedies, the equipment for colon detoxification. Thetsaban Songkraw Road off Wat Samien Naree Vipavadee Rangsit, 6am-9pm daily,

(02) 953 8980

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Chatuchak Weekend Market

Bangkok’s largest market is a sprawling maze of stalls with a mind-boggling array of goods for sale. Sportswear, home furnishings, cooking utensils, hilltribe crafts, musical instruments, Buddhist amulets, fresh and dried flowers, plants and live snakes. Plenty of freshly cooked food for consumption on the spot and for takeaway. Open from 8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday; (wholesalers, 7am to 6pm Fridays), (plant section outside market, 7am to 6pm Wednesday and Thursday).

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Phaholyothin Or Tor Kor Market

Across the street from Chatuchak market is the Thai Cooperative Market, one of the Royal projects. Fresh vegetables and fruit, organically grown produce, prepared foods and desserts. Open throughout the day. Phahonyothin Road (BTS: Saphan Kwai).

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Chinatown Market

Known as Bangkok’s Chinatown, the 1.5-kilometre Yaowarat Road is crowded with gold, hardware, food and fabric shops and many other small business. At night, this busy thoroughfare turns into one of the city’s longest food street, with Chinese delicacies such as shark’s fin soup, bird’s nest soup and roasted chestnuts.

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Sam Yan Market

A small market known for its fresh seafood and seafood restaurants. Chulalongkorn Soi 42, off Rama IV Road (opposite the Mandarin Hotel).