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Markets in #Thailand

06/02/2015

he busiest times in Thai street markets are early morning and evening. The locals usually arrive by motor bike to buy food: sometimes ready-cooked, sometimes to take home to cook. A typical meal in rural areas is about 40 baht so Thais often purchase a prepared meal – it’s only a few baht more expensive than cooking oneself. And there’s an opportunity to socialise and gossip with neighbours. Maybe that’s the real reason. Thais love to keep up with the latest snippets of local interest.

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These pictures were taken when the evening market was opening and it is already crowded around some stalls. A few hours later there’d be twice as many people and a police officer trying to control traffic – not an easy job with bikers coming from all directions and not always on the correct side of the road.

There is a wide variety of fresh meat, fish, and vegetables. Most local markets have a few clothing and general hardware shops but most of the stalls cater for customers buying food. It is perfectly acceptable for a customer to choose which items she wants. Picking up fruit or vegetables, examining them, and deciding whether to buy or put back on the counter is not really acceptable but is not uncommon, particularly with the older generation. Provided the food is not damaged, it is tolerated to some extent.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fanning the food to keep the flies off

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Floating markets. The sellers row their boats over to a customer who wants to buy their produce. Often using a long paddle like contraption. Popular with tourists and locals alike.

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Husband giving his wife a massage during a lull in sales.

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Live fish for sale

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Keeping the flies off again

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Sizzling and fresh sausages, very spicy. Popular particularly in the North.

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Lots of competition with stallholders selling the same produce.

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There’s more than one type of rice.

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Still open later when it gets dark

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The stallholders have to move their wares to one side as the train approaches.

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  1. Matt Owens Rees permalink

    Reblogged this on Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer.

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