Klong Toey Fresh Market
Here we are for week 232 (06/11/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday and a photo tour of Bangkok’s Klong Toey Fresh Market. I’ve been traveling in and out of Bangkok for years. Sometimes I stop for a few days, and other times I just breeze right through. Unusual for me, but this past Christmas found me in Bangkok. I did a fab cooking class, which I wrote about here. However, before we donned our aprons, we did a tour of the Klong Toey Fresh Market with Poo and her assistant. I’m not sure why I’ve never visited this market before and was thrilled to have the chance to wander through with my camera and an excellent guide. There is nothing that you don’t see at this market, and you may find that a couple of these shots leave you a tad squeamish.
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The Klong Toey Fresh Market is so large that it seems like a little village within Bangkok. Remember, it is the largest wet market in the city! Anywhere you walk in the Klong Toey district you will end up at the market. There is absolutely no way you can miss it. There is nothing you can’t find here; from fresh fruit and veggies to stationary and everything in between. Finally, the place is always packed with people. You’ll never be lonely here.
This first shot is in the outside area. Restaurant owners/employees roll those big wicker baskets around filling them up with their daily purchases. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. Don’t get in their way because they are on a mission!
Klong Toey Fresh Market
Gulp! This was my first time seeing live bull frogs for sale. These fellas were big!
Of course, if you’d prefer you can purchase them ready for the fry pan or oven. I have eaten frog, and once was enough. The taste is pretty good (similar to chicken), but eating one of these critters makes my stomach flip just a little!
A fresh pig head is featured in most Asian ceremonies, so this was not a surprise. I often wonder what happens to it after the ceremony.
These crabs were swimming in the ocean just hours before they arrived, and are only one of many varieties on offer. Koreans love seafood, so I can see them going a little crazy here!
Ready for the Barbie.
Cooking nicely, and they smelt delicious. I would sample one of these.
I have no idea what they do with the turtles!
Lots of different varieties of prawn are available. These are one of my favorites. I’m making myself hungry!
Bugs seem to be mandatory in any Asian market, and I draw the line at one of them getting into my mouth voluntarily!
Chicken, raw or roasted, always come with the feet attached. Honestly, I can’t understand why anyone would eat the feet. They’re like gnawing on a hard bone.
Lots of exotic fruit on offer. Passionfruit is one of my favorites.
There is always freshly butchered meat hanging somewhere.
Duck is another Asian favorite, and they are often purchased live.
I love bamboo shoots, but mine always comes from a can. I would like to cook with the fresh.
The Thais eat a humongous amount of curry so you will find curry paste makers in every market. Why make your own when someone else can do the work for you? 🙂
Fresh homemade tempeh.
I’m sure that every fresh herb known to man is available here.
Finally, it wouldn’t be Thai market without the bird’s eye chilies. A staple in Thai cooking; be careful they are lethally hot… and oh so good!
Just a small sample of the cookware on offer.
I loved, loved this market and can’t wait to go back and do some more exploring. I want to buy some kitchen wares here. Everything is just so cheap!
Have you been to the Klong Toey Fresh Market? What did you think?
Open daily from 6:00 am to 2:00 am. When do the vendors ever sleep!
To get there take the MRT subway to Klong Toey Station. Take the escalators up, and then walk east on Thang Rakfaiko/Rama IV Road for about 10 minutes until you reach the intersection of Rama IV and Narong Road. The market is on your right-hand side. Buses 45, 46, 72, 102, or 107 will also get you here.
This is the 232nd edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.