If you’re in Phuket on vacation, I totally understand if you don’t want to get up early visiting a morning wet market, which is a market selling fresh meat, fish, seafood, fruit, and vegetables. However, when my wife and I are in Phuket, we have access to a house and this day we were planning to barbeque and cooking with my wife’s family, which is why we hit the Talad Kaset morning market in Phuket Town after flying drone at Rawai Beach at sunrise. It’s always nice with a touch of local life, and if you enjoy markets like this, I recommend coming here around 07:00 or 08:00.
Lam Thap is a district of Krabi Province about an hour inland from Krabi Town. My wife was born and raised here – in a house just outside Lam Thap Town, surrounded by a forest of palm and rubber trees. You will hardly see any tourists here, but it does happen that some choose to stay a few nights at the only hotel in town to get away and save a few bucks. Since Emerald Pool and Hot Springs are pretty close, it’s not a bad idea to stay here overnight and go early the next morning to beat the crowd.
Maeklong Railway Market is a unique market and tourist attraction. Located in Samut Songkhram, 80 km outside of Bangkok, it looks just like any other market in Thailand; stalls filled with tropical fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, herbs, and flowers. But what makes this market unique is that it’s built over the railroad tracks, with trains running through it four times per day (eight in total if you count the way back).
As soon as the trains coming, alarm sounds and the market vendors quickly pull back their umbrella awnings – why the market is known as “Talat Rom Hoop” in Thai, which translates to “Market Umbrella Pulldown.” Welcome to the craziest market in Thailand!
The train passes the market, after which a lady pulls out the umbrella awnings again.
There are plenty of local markets in Phuket, and one of them is Tawee Samarn market, located close the Phuket Rajabhat University in Phuket Town. It’s not one of the most famous markets, and when I googled this place I could hardly find any information; but it’s a nice place for a touch of local life – something I always enjoy. Usually, my wife and I eat out in Thailand, but this day my wife wanted to cook something special, and since we stayed at my brother-in-law’s house, we had the opportunity to cook by ourselves.