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Updated: 2020-06-30

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Talat Khlong Suan 200 Pii, Samut Prakan, Thailand

Home - Journeys - Thailand and Laos 2020 - Talat Khlong Suan 200 Pii, Samut Prakan, Thailand

This is a market, an old-fashioned market, half on the bank and half above the water of Khlong Prawet Buri Rom. There are more of these markets in the area of Bangkok and beyond. But this market is very large, and very busy at weekends. There are enough signs along and above Thanon Theppharat - Lat Krabang, you can hardly miss the market if you come by car. Whether you can get there by public transport we do not know. Because the market is quite far outside Bangkok very little foreign tourists come here; hopefully it stays that way so the market maintains its authentic look.
The road from Lat Krabang to the market is currently, in 2020, being widened from 2 to 4 lanes. This means inconvenience during the ride to the market.
But Thai tourists come on weekends even more.

The market consists of small shops, which are located in the old wooden houses along the water. In front of the stores, over the entire length of the market, is a broad scaffold, on which everything is for sale. And in between is a place where visitors to the market are able to walk. The scaffolding is covered, making it pleasant to walk around.

There are all sorts of goods for sale. That already starts next to the path from the parking lot to the khlong. Here is mainly food for sale, to eat on the spot or to take home. Along the water itself is also enough to eat, but there are more goods for sale. The offer varies from old-fashioned household products, plastic toys for visiting children, to fish for the aquarium and alternative beauty products.

Halfway through the market, right on the border between Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao provinces there is the Phraya Nakkharat khlong. You have to climb a very high and narrow wooden bridge to get over. Especially on weekends, when it is very busy, you must not be in a hurry at this point.
On the Chachoengsao side, the jetty above the water has been widened with a concrete pad. It houses many eateries, which you unfortunately find much less in the section in Samut Prakan.

Even though you're not looking for something special, it's fun to look around here. During the week you can have a good look at the old houses and shops. And the old household belongings that are still sold here. And on weekends you can watch Thai people visit this market. And do you get hungry from all the strolling and watching, then go eat and drink something at one of the many restaurants on the market.

We have been visiting this market regularly for several years, probably since 2005. Often we buy at the entrance of the parking salted eggs and salted and dried fish. This is hard to come by in the Netherlands, so we like to take that back.

We were here on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Written on: 2020-02-26


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