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.
9 thoughts on “Local Food Markets in Asia – an excellent Food Travel Itinerary Idea”
Wonderful photos – a real feast for the eyes. Compare it with out shopping which so often consists of processed, excessively packaged foods.
It is an amazing sight!
Hey! Great timing for me. I am going to Bangkok on Sunday. Any advice?
Andea, I thought the market I really liked was called Damnoen Saduak. But I can see that the Intrepid Real Food Tour has some great market stops on Day 1 and this may have been where we went. I know the ‘Mae Glong Railway Market (Talaad Rom Hoob), a curious market that is actually set up on the railway tracks. When the train comes through, vendors will quickly move their items away and put them back again after the train has passed.’ was really great to see as well and close to the floating market where we went. So it might have been the Tha Kha Floating Market that we saw. The Intrepid notes say that these two markets are approx. 2 hours from Bangkok. Good luck with your planning.
Oh, how wonderful! A visit to Asia is on my wish list. : )
You will love it!
Im hitting up Asia at Christmas time. Cant wait. Your pics are stunning, they remind me that I get to do this soon. Boom!
Sounds very exciting. Looking forward to going is a big part of the enjoyment!