Night markets in Thailand offer a glimpse into the local way of life through individuals, the traditional craftsmanship of handmade products, and of course, a dizzying array of food.
The Krabi Night Market also offers a specific insight into the province’s reputation as home to the kingdom’s oldest settlement dating back approximately 30,000 B.C., a reference evident in the town center’s traffic lights (see image below).
The open air bazaar is very lively, and provides a fun evening out, as an alternative evening attraction to Krabi’s beaches. The market is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from late afternoon to 10 p.m., so if you are in the area and fancy an evening shop ‘n eat or drink ‘n stroll, head on down to Maharaj Road and follow the hive of activity.
The iconic traffic lights near the market – four traffic light-toting Neanderthals hover over a small intersection.
A couple selling a variety of handmade necklaces, bracelets, and other beachwear-friendly accessories.
Fresh vegetarian spring rolls rolled in rice-based wraps infused with butterfly-pea and pandanus leaf color essences.
Potato chip stick, made from one continuous ribbon of potato which is deep-friend and sprinkled with a flavor of choice.
The food court in the night market; you can perch on the aluminum chairs as long as you like and enjoy your snacks purchased from any of the vendors that surround this area.
Rotating acts take to the stage to entertain the food court crowd. These vary very widely, from “I’ll nurse my beer slowly to enjoy this act” to scoffing at record speed just to get away from the cacophony.
A vendor mass-cooking pad thai noodles.
Deep fried mussels on a bed of fresh bean sprouts with chili sauce. One of the better ways in the world to spend THB40 (~US$1.20).
A selection of random knick knacks, perfect for a post-dinner browse.
One can never have enough sunglasses at the beach.
Sandals and flip-flops – more beach essentials at no more than THB200 (~US$6.15) a pair.
A craftswoman deftly carving soap into intricate flower sculptures.
Hand-made homely keychains.
Duffel bags made from recycled denim jeans for THB150 (~US$4.60).
Keychains, magnets, and other Krabi-branded souvenirs.
I bestow this shop the “most niche appeal” award. Small potted fake flowers anyone? Or perhaps a Furby-inspired (loosely) keychain?
A memory keepsake – get your caricature drawn in three minutes for THB80 (~US$2.45) per person.