Almost anywhere you stay in Asia will have a colourful, lively local food market, offering a free, interactive experience of local food culture.
Sellers are often more than happy to chat about their produce and how it’s used, but it helps conversations to also make some purchases (even just small purchases from a range of stalls).
Stopping for ‘street’ snacks and coffee and watching other shoppers go about their daily routines is fun too.
Keep an eye out for ‘special’ market opportunities when researching a trip like the unloading of the morning’s fish catch or an iconic ‘don’t miss’ chai stall.
All you need is good directions, plenty of small change and a spirit of adventure.
It may involve an early start but it’s well worth the effort to slip out before breakfast.