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Discover Khao Lak's Market Scene

Once of the best things about visiting Thailand is the local shopping, offering a wealth of products. Local street markets operate throughout Thailand and Khao Lak is no exception. Colourful, lively, noisy and pungent (depending on the available goods!), visiting a local market is a good way to get a taste of local culture. Any market is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon or evening browsing the goods on offer, mixing with the locals, eating cheap local food and generally enjoying the festive vibe. Read on the discover our insider tips on the top ones to visit.

1. Bang Niang Market

Situated on the main road, this market is open from 13:00-18:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with Saturday being the biggest day of all. As the primary customers are local Thais and Burmese labourers, rather than tourists, you will find plenty of inexpensive items available here.

Under sun shades, umbrellas and plastic tent roofs, everything for daily life is sold here: from fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seafood and spices, to clothing, shoes, watches, toys, electrical goods and perfume to sunglasses, flowers, Thai handicrafts, souvenirs and more. The choice is endless. Whilst it’s not usually necessary as the prices are already low or set, you are allowed to bargain.

And, of course, being Thailand, there are plenty of food stalls selling snacks of all kinds, from chicken wings, hamburgers, fried fish, sushi, noodle and rice dishes, to cakes, shakes, sweets and sticky rice. Not to mention one of the region’s specialties: khanom jeen (fish curry with rice noodles).

As the market has become a growing tourist attraction the last few years, there are now also half a dozen mobile bars, where you can sit back with a cool drink (beer, cocktail, and mixer) and watch the crowd pass by.

2. Khuk Khak Market

In Khuk Khak, about 3km north of Bang Niang at the bus station, you will find a large market selling all kinds of fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and meat. It opens every morning early and closes around midday. As this market is predominately frequented by local Thais, restaurateurs and foreigners residing in the area, you certainly won’t find many tourists here. If you want to see a true slice of local life, this is a great place to visit.

3. The Build Market

Next to The Build (night club) is another local market. It opens Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from around 14:00-19:00. As this market is again only for Thai people, you can find some interesting and unusual specialties here, such as fresh curry pastes, sugarcane juice, fried bugs and special desserts. Similar to other markets, here you can find cheap food stands, drinks, cloth, fruit and take-away food. A couple of permanent coffee shops recently opened around it. In a smart move, the market is held on Bang Niang market’s off days, namely Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

4. Takuapa Market

There is also a market in Takuapa, about 30 minutes north of Khao Lak. As the city is a regional centre, you will find a much larger market here with a wider variety of products. During high season (October-April) there is a market every Sunday in the Old Town, otherwise, there is a regular markets beside the main bust station. For those of you with access to transportation, it’s worth checking out. You will probably be the only non-Thai or Burmese people there.

If you’re inspired to come check out these local markets for yourself, either as an individual, couple, group of friends or family, MANATHAI Khao Lak has a package to suit. If a shopping weekend away for the ladies is on your mind, take advantage of our Girls Getaway Packages, which include a choice of activities and indulgences that add up to an irresistible ‘mates escape’ for women travelling together. For more details, please click here. Otherwise, why not simply enjoy up to 10% off our best flexible rate with daily breakfast and Wi-Fi thanks to the Hot Deal Offer.