That’s one of the first things I blurted out when I arrived in Bangkok. I was staying at a friend's place for 3 weeks and I wanted the cheaper alternative than to spend good money on good local produce in a supermarket. Besides, you get to know a place better when you get down to the core, the market place.
“ermm…how do I get to Kloeng Toei wet market?”
“Exit 2, yoouu walk back 300 hunlet meter”, this was fully said with hand gestures telling me to walk back from the exit I get out.
So that means I get out, turn right and right again and it’s 300 hundred meters. Since I’m not sure I asked again and a kind motorist told me to walk towards the traffic light. There is a lot of traffic lights but what he forgot to mention was walk towards the main intersection and the market is just across this intersection on your right. It’s a good 5 minutes walk.
- Take MRT to Kloeng Toei.
- Take exit number 2 at the station.
- Walk back 300m to the main traffic intersection.
- Markets are across the road on your right.
- Pedestrian crossing is advisable and available too!
Well equipped with a camera and closed toed shoes, I braved the dimly lit meat section. With the rising morning sun, the smell of meat was over whelming given that the space was an enclosure. The dripping of water mixed with blood, combined with the noise of the chopper slicing meat and the people talking, I knew it was going to be an interesting morning.
In the midst of the meat butchery section I noticed a women selling vegetables and having breakfast at the same time. I suppose if you are used to these smells, it wouldn’t bother you but I could some how feel my breakfast about to land on my feet if I stood any longer in one place. I had to move and get to an opening of some kind soon.
They sell everything too. From pots and pans, to spices, sweet treats, fresh produce and meats. It’s a one-stop shop for everything, if you knew where to look for it that is.
The other side however had the same sort of stalls but mostly centered around cooked food. Fresh fruits were along side bakeries and cooked food. It was such a relief to smell Thai spices along with fresh baked bread in a market place, especially this one. There are also toy stores with various toys for kids. Talk about a one-stop shopping center!
I got home and smelt like it too!
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