Take a bite-size break in Thailand

15 February 2013

Thai cuisine is known for its strong, tangy flavours - combining sweet, savoury, sour and spicy to form some of the most mouth-watering dishes in the world. Food is a huge part of Thai culture, where families eat together and share their plates, allowing everyone to experience the many different flavours of Thai cuisine.

Food tours are becoming quite a popular way to get to know a city’s local cuisine. They are usually guided by a local expert and are probably the best way to learn about the food culture of your travel destination. If you are ever heading off on a Thailand food tour, these are just a few of the places you simply can’t miss out on visiting.

Talaad Rom Hoob or the Railway Market
Known as the Railway Market, Talaad Rom Hoob is one of the most unique marketplaces in Thailand. For one thing, it is located right in the path of the Mae Klong Railway Station in Samut Songkram. Trains cross through the market throughout the day and stallholders must move their items away from the tracks.


Tha Kha floating market
The Tha Kha Floating Market is anything but a tourist market. Boat vendors sell various items to each other and you won’t find too many tacky souvenirs here. You will find fruit and vegetables as well as some products made by local people.


The Sunday Walking street market
This market runs for about a kilometre from Tha Pae Gate. It offers a little more than just a great shopping experience, there are various performances to watch, including musicians and dancers performing on the streets. The elderly tribespeople also sing traditional songs and play instruments.


Malin night market
At night, the Malin Plaza transforms into a dazzling marketplace bursting with delicious food. It is a popular market for university students around Chiang Mai with not quite so many tourists as other marketplaces. You’ll find everything from authentic Japanese food to clothing and other items for cheap prices.


Kad Sum Murd
A small market but it’s worth sampling the many foods on display here. From Thursday to Saturday it is set up in front of the Kad Suan Kaew shopping centre selling food, handicrafts and fashion items. The market is beautifully candlelit creating a pleasant shopping atmosphere.


Ton Payom market
This is a very authentic Thai market, displaying many tasty dishes at very low cost. If you want to explore the area, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery at Wat Suan Dok and the 14th Century temple Wat Umong.

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