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Feb
17
Sun
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Feb 17 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

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ตลาดนัด โรงงาน

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน ตั้งอยู่ที่ ตำบลคึกคัก ตรงข้ามหนองน้ำสาธารณะ ตลาดจะตั้งเยื้องๆ ไนท์คลับ บิ้ว แฟกตอรี่ ‘Build Factory’ เวลาเปิด 14.00 -19.30 ทุกวันอาทิตย์ ส่วนสินค้าที่วางขายก็จะเป็นอาหารสำเร็จรูป อาหารสดๆจากทะเลหรือผักต่างๆ ที่ปลูกและได้มาจากพื้นที่ ทั้งนี้ยังมีเสื้อผ้า หรือขนมหวานในแบบฉบับบชาวใต้ สิ่งที่น่าสนใจอีกอย่างนั้นก็คือสินค้ามือสอง ไม่ว่าจะเป็นของตกแต่งบ้าน หรือ เสื้อผ้า เครื่องประดับ อุปกรณ์เครื่องครัว.

The Build Factory Market: Or how I learned to love the Durian

I will never forget my first visit to a Thai Market. How can you forget? The sights, the sounds and (in particular) the smells will literally take your breath away. You will likely have many questions. These are probably questions I still can’t help you answer. The most common one you will ask is ‘What on Earth is that?’ But more specific questions may go along the lines of ‘Is that Pig Face fit for human consumption?’, ‘How did that possibly end up getting printed on a Tshirt?’Or “Why is there a grown man walking round with a plastic Bubble Gun?’. It is a confusing and overwhelming experience which can be best summarised by one of its most famous and popular products; The Durian.

The King of Fruits

The Durian, also known as the King of the Fruits, has quite a reputation. Your first experience of it may be in the taxi on your way to the market. You will see a sign illustrating No Smoking, No Pets, No Guns and No Durian. From the context of the sign you may infer that this round spiky object is some kind of weapon. Your first sight of one will only reinforce this idea. Durian is roughly the size and weight of a bowling ball, only covered in large, heavy spikes.  They need to be handled with Heavy Duty gardening gloves. So, they may not have the visual appeal of say, a Strawberry. But what about the taste..?Durian at Build Factory Market Photo by: Jeng Shin License: CC BY-SA 2.0

I love the smell of Durian in the Morning

There was a very good reason you were not allowed to take Durian in your taxi. It’s because so many people find the odour so repulsively vile. The smell is almost indescribable but my best attempt would be like a sweet gasoline with a hint of garlic. After smelling it once you will have your own ideas and will never fail to recognise the smell ever again. The taste is just as unique as the smell. The creamy textured flesh was described by comedian Bill Bailey as being like ‘A Quiche left in a car for four days’. So why do so many people love it?

An acquired taste

If you are from France, there’s a good chance you will enjoy stinky cheeses. From Australia and you will likely eat Vegemite straight out of the tube. If you are Thai, you will probably love Durian. When first tasting Durian, it is worth keeping in mind the first time you tried a beer. If your experience was anything like mine, you would have thought it was horrible and bitter, before you realised it was the greatest drink in the world.  The more I eat Durian, the more I like it. You start to learn how different they can taste. Some sweeter, some creamier and you will develop your own preferences. You can learn to use the small wooden stick to knock an unopened Durian to hear if it is ripe. Don’t get me wrong, Durian might not be for you. But just like a genuine Thai market, you have to try it once.Durian at the Build Factory Market Photo by: momovieman License: CC BY 2.0

The Build Factory Market

There is, of course, a lot more to the Build Factory market than just Durian. Spicy Hotdogs, Fried Chicken, Sushi, Thai style sweets and other less controversial fruits are all worth trying. The large displays of all the items you never needed are fascinating to browse through. And if you want a full length Hello Kitty outfit then you have come to the right place. If you are looking for cheap T-shirts and counterfeit electronics then you are better of going to the more touristy market in Bang Niang. But, if you want a real glimpse into the Thai way of thinking, then the Build Factory Market is the King of the Markets.

Build Factory Market Kicks off about 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and starts to close down around 10pm. It is still relatively new so it grows bigger and bigger as the weeks go by. It is well worth a visit and don’t forget to try the Durian.

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Feb
18
Mon
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Feb 18 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Feb
19
Tue
2019
Full Moon
Feb 19 all-day

Find out why Full Moon is so important

พระจันทร์เต็มดวง

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What is the Full Moon?

Full moon is when the moon is on exactly the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun. An easier way to think about this is that they are all directly lined up with the Earth in the middle. This happens approximately every 29.5 days. This is when the moon is at its brightest. There are three main reasons the Full Moon is important for us in Khao Lak & Thailand in general.

3 Reasons the Full Moon is important for Khao Lak?

Scuba Diving

The main reason the Full Moon affects Scuba Diving is because of its effects on the tides. As the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun, they are both having a gravitational effect on the oceans and both pull in opposite directions. This makes the difference in tidal shifts much larger. This is also know as ‘Spring tide’. Not because of the season, but because the water ‘springs’ more than usual. For Scuba Diving this is important because High Tidal shifts can mean strong currents. The Similan Islands can have strong currents so inexperienced Scuba Divers may want to take this into account.Big Eye Trevally Similan Islands Photo by: Rob License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Strong currents can be fun for experienced & athletic Scuba Divers in the Similan Islands. The feeding frenzies and fish hunting action can be much greater. Less experienced divers should probably practice in calmer waters first. The First & Third Quarter Moons (also known as Half Moons) are when the Moon, Earth and Sun are at a 90 degree angle. When this happens the lesser gravitational pull from the Sun works to slightly negate the greater pull from the moon. This creates a smaller tidal shift (neap tide) and therefore less current. Anyone planning to go Scuba Diving in the Similan Islands should take the Lunar calendar and Full Moon into account when planning a trip.

Buddhist Holidays

Buddhist holidays use the Lunar calendar and not the Gregorian Calendar. This basically means they fall on a different date each year as they are dependent on the cycle of the moon. The Buddhist holidays of Visaka Bucha, Makha Bucha & Asala Bucha are all Thai National Holidays and all occur on a Full Moon. Pavarana and Loy Krathong (the most picturesque festival in Thailand) are not National Holidays but also fall on the day of a Full Moon. So if you are in Thailand on the date of a Full Moon then the chances are that something is going on.

Parties!

Thailand has an internationally famous Party called the ‘Full Moon Party’. It is most popular (by a long way) on ‘Haad Rin’ in Koh Phang Ngan. Thousands of tourists turn up every month to Party on this one beach.Full Moon Party at Koh Phang Ngan Photo by: Joe Stump License: CC BY 2.0

Although Koh Phang Ngan is the original, many places in Thailand have tried to join in on its success. Even in Khao Lak you can see a few posters around for bars doing their very own Full Moon Party. If you find one then they can be good fun. But, if you really want to see it, you need to visit Phang Ngan.

Full Moon in Khao Lak

Title Photo by: John Spade License: CC BY 2.0

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Makha Bucha Day @ Khuek Khak Temple
Feb 19 all-day

A National Holiday commemorating the very 1st sermon performed by the Buddha.

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Makha Bucha Day

February 19th 2019 marks Makha Bucha (Magha Puja) day in Thailand. It is a National Holiday for Thai Buddhists to perform merit making actions at their local temple. No alcohol can be served on this day and all bars should be closed.

‘Makha’ is the Thai word for the 3rd Lunar month. ‘Bucha’ means ‘To Honour’. This day celebrates the first sermon the Buddha gave to his disciples and represents the heart of buddhism. The date of the holiday changes every year, as it always falls on the full moon of the third lunar month of the Thai Calendar. The aim of this festival is to not do any wrong doings and to purify yourself.Buddhist Monk procession at Makha Bucha Photo by: John Shedrick License: CC BY 2.0

Where to go

You can visit any Buddhist temple to witness the Makha Bucha processions. If you are in Khao Lak, the nearest and most tourist friendly temple, is the Khuek Khak Temple. If you head down here in the evening you can see or even take part in the ‘Wian Thian’ procession. This roughly translates as the circling candle procession.

How to take part in Makha Bucha

Buddhist Monks and lay people all hold flowers, incense and a lighted candle. They proceed to walk in a clockwise circle around the ordination hall three times, thus representing honour to the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Sangha. If you visit the temple you can just observe or take part. As this is a day for merit-making, you should find that many Thai people will be happy to help you.

The National holiday is only one day but for many buddhists the occasion lasts for several days. It is a time to stick to the five precepts of Buddhism and a time for meditation and reflection.

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Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Feb 19 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

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ตลาดนัด โรงงาน

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน ตั้งอยู่ที่ ตำบลคึกคัก ตรงข้ามหนองน้ำสาธารณะ ตลาดจะตั้งเยื้องๆ ไนท์คลับ บิ้ว แฟกตอรี่ ‘Build Factory’ เวลาเปิด 14.00 -19.30 ทุกวันอาทิตย์ ส่วนสินค้าที่วางขายก็จะเป็นอาหารสำเร็จรูป อาหารสดๆจากทะเลหรือผักต่างๆ ที่ปลูกและได้มาจากพื้นที่ ทั้งนี้ยังมีเสื้อผ้า หรือขนมหวานในแบบฉบับบชาวใต้ สิ่งที่น่าสนใจอีกอย่างนั้นก็คือสินค้ามือสอง ไม่ว่าจะเป็นของตกแต่งบ้าน หรือ เสื้อผ้า เครื่องประดับ อุปกรณ์เครื่องครัว.

The Build Factory Market: Or how I learned to love the Durian

I will never forget my first visit to a Thai Market. How can you forget? The sights, the sounds and (in particular) the smells will literally take your breath away. You will likely have many questions. These are probably questions I still can’t help you answer. The most common one you will ask is ‘What on Earth is that?’ But more specific questions may go along the lines of ‘Is that Pig Face fit for human consumption?’, ‘How did that possibly end up getting printed on a Tshirt?’Or “Why is there a grown man walking round with a plastic Bubble Gun?’. It is a confusing and overwhelming experience which can be best summarised by one of its most famous and popular products; The Durian.

The King of Fruits

The Durian, also known as the King of the Fruits, has quite a reputation. Your first experience of it may be in the taxi on your way to the market. You will see a sign illustrating No Smoking, No Pets, No Guns and No Durian. From the context of the sign you may infer that this round spiky object is some kind of weapon. Your first sight of one will only reinforce this idea. Durian is roughly the size and weight of a bowling ball, only covered in large, heavy spikes.  They need to be handled with Heavy Duty gardening gloves. So, they may not have the visual appeal of say, a Strawberry. But what about the taste..?Durian at Build Factory Market Photo by: Jeng Shin License: CC BY-SA 2.0

I love the smell of Durian in the Morning

There was a very good reason you were not allowed to take Durian in your taxi. It’s because so many people find the odour so repulsively vile. The smell is almost indescribable but my best attempt would be like a sweet gasoline with a hint of garlic. After smelling it once you will have your own ideas and will never fail to recognise the smell ever again. The taste is just as unique as the smell. The creamy textured flesh was described by comedian Bill Bailey as being like ‘A Quiche left in a car for four days’. So why do so many people love it?

An acquired taste

If you are from France, there’s a good chance you will enjoy stinky cheeses. From Australia and you will likely eat Vegemite straight out of the tube. If you are Thai, you will probably love Durian. When first tasting Durian, it is worth keeping in mind the first time you tried a beer. If your experience was anything like mine, you would have thought it was horrible and bitter, before you realised it was the greatest drink in the world.  The more I eat Durian, the more I like it. You start to learn how different they can taste. Some sweeter, some creamier and you will develop your own preferences. You can learn to use the small wooden stick to knock an unopened Durian to hear if it is ripe. Don’t get me wrong, Durian might not be for you. But just like a genuine Thai market, you have to try it once.Durian at the Build Factory Market Photo by: momovieman License: CC BY 2.0

The Build Factory Market

There is, of course, a lot more to the Build Factory market than just Durian. Spicy Hotdogs, Fried Chicken, Sushi, Thai style sweets and other less controversial fruits are all worth trying. The large displays of all the items you never needed are fascinating to browse through. And if you want a full length Hello Kitty outfit then you have come to the right place. If you are looking for cheap T-shirts and counterfeit electronics then you are better of going to the more touristy market in Bang Niang. But, if you want a real glimpse into the Thai way of thinking, then the Build Factory Market is the King of the Markets.

Build Factory Market Kicks off about 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and starts to close down around 10pm. It is still relatively new so it grows bigger and bigger as the weeks go by. It is well worth a visit and don’t forget to try the Durian.

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Feb
20
Wed
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Feb 20 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Jam Night @ Happy Snapper Khao Lak
Feb 20 @ 20:00 – 23:45

Be a star on Wednesday night at the Happy Snapper

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Join the Fun

Wednesday night is Jam Night at the Happy Snapper. Your chance to show off your musical talents to Khao Lak.

One of Khao Lak’s most popular evenings

Saxaphones at the SnapperWhether you sing or play an instrument the stage is yours at the Snapper. This evening is hugely popular with guests to Khao Lak and also a lot of the local crowd.

About Jam Night

Join the fun at the Happy Snapper which is located on Khao Lak’s main high street. Just head north from Nang Thong Supermarket.

The evening starts with acoustic music on the outside terrace from 6:00pm.

You, the performers can hit the stage around 8:30pm.

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Feb
21
Thu
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Feb 21 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Feb 21 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

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ตลาดนัด โรงงาน

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน ตั้งอยู่ที่ ตำบลคึกคัก ตรงข้ามหนองน้ำสาธารณะ ตลาดจะตั้งเยื้องๆ ไนท์คลับ บิ้ว แฟกตอรี่ ‘Build Factory’ เวลาเปิด 14.00 -19.30 ทุกวันอาทิตย์ ส่วนสินค้าที่วางขายก็จะเป็นอาหารสำเร็จรูป อาหารสดๆจากทะเลหรือผักต่างๆ ที่ปลูกและได้มาจากพื้นที่ ทั้งนี้ยังมีเสื้อผ้า หรือขนมหวานในแบบฉบับบชาวใต้ สิ่งที่น่าสนใจอีกอย่างนั้นก็คือสินค้ามือสอง ไม่ว่าจะเป็นของตกแต่งบ้าน หรือ เสื้อผ้า เครื่องประดับ อุปกรณ์เครื่องครัว.

The Build Factory Market: Or how I learned to love the Durian

I will never forget my first visit to a Thai Market. How can you forget? The sights, the sounds and (in particular) the smells will literally take your breath away. You will likely have many questions. These are probably questions I still can’t help you answer. The most common one you will ask is ‘What on Earth is that?’ But more specific questions may go along the lines of ‘Is that Pig Face fit for human consumption?’, ‘How did that possibly end up getting printed on a Tshirt?’Or “Why is there a grown man walking round with a plastic Bubble Gun?’. It is a confusing and overwhelming experience which can be best summarised by one of its most famous and popular products; The Durian.

The King of Fruits

The Durian, also known as the King of the Fruits, has quite a reputation. Your first experience of it may be in the taxi on your way to the market. You will see a sign illustrating No Smoking, No Pets, No Guns and No Durian. From the context of the sign you may infer that this round spiky object is some kind of weapon. Your first sight of one will only reinforce this idea. Durian is roughly the size and weight of a bowling ball, only covered in large, heavy spikes.  They need to be handled with Heavy Duty gardening gloves. So, they may not have the visual appeal of say, a Strawberry. But what about the taste..?Durian at Build Factory Market Photo by: Jeng Shin License: CC BY-SA 2.0

I love the smell of Durian in the Morning

There was a very good reason you were not allowed to take Durian in your taxi. It’s because so many people find the odour so repulsively vile. The smell is almost indescribable but my best attempt would be like a sweet gasoline with a hint of garlic. After smelling it once you will have your own ideas and will never fail to recognise the smell ever again. The taste is just as unique as the smell. The creamy textured flesh was described by comedian Bill Bailey as being like ‘A Quiche left in a car for four days’. So why do so many people love it?

An acquired taste

If you are from France, there’s a good chance you will enjoy stinky cheeses. From Australia and you will likely eat Vegemite straight out of the tube. If you are Thai, you will probably love Durian. When first tasting Durian, it is worth keeping in mind the first time you tried a beer. If your experience was anything like mine, you would have thought it was horrible and bitter, before you realised it was the greatest drink in the world.  The more I eat Durian, the more I like it. You start to learn how different they can taste. Some sweeter, some creamier and you will develop your own preferences. You can learn to use the small wooden stick to knock an unopened Durian to hear if it is ripe. Don’t get me wrong, Durian might not be for you. But just like a genuine Thai market, you have to try it once.Durian at the Build Factory Market Photo by: momovieman License: CC BY 2.0

The Build Factory Market

There is, of course, a lot more to the Build Factory market than just Durian. Spicy Hotdogs, Fried Chicken, Sushi, Thai style sweets and other less controversial fruits are all worth trying. The large displays of all the items you never needed are fascinating to browse through. And if you want a full length Hello Kitty outfit then you have come to the right place. If you are looking for cheap T-shirts and counterfeit electronics then you are better of going to the more touristy market in Bang Niang. But, if you want a real glimpse into the Thai way of thinking, then the Build Factory Market is the King of the Markets.

Build Factory Market Kicks off about 2pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and starts to close down around 10pm. It is still relatively new so it grows bigger and bigger as the weeks go by. It is well worth a visit and don’t forget to try the Durian.

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Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Feb 23 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดสด บางเนียง –

The largest tourist market in the area. Full of cheap tee shirts, electronics & food.

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ตลาดสด บางเนียง

ตลาดนัดบางเนียง โดยเปิดให้บริการ ตั้งแต่เวลา 14.00-19.00 น. ทุกวัน จันทร์ พุธ ศุกร์ และให้นักท่องเที่ยวและลูกค้าทุกท่านได้เข้าเลือกซื้ออาหาร อาทิเช่น ผักสด ปลาสดๆ อาหารทะเล เนื้อหมูและไก่ พร้อมนั้นยังมีอาหารที่ทำสำเร็จรูปเพื่อง่ายต่อการรับประทาน ส่วนผลิตภัณฑ์ต่างๆ เช่น เสื้อ ผ้า เครื่องประดับ สินค้าตกแต่งภายในฯลฯ อีกทั้งตลาดนัดบางเนียง ยังมีมินิบาร์เพื่อเปิดให้บริการแก่นักท่องเที่ยวเพื่อผักผ่อน และ ดื่มพบปะสังสรรค์พูดคุย ทางด้านหน้าของตลาดยังเปิดให้บริการ รถแท็กซี่ แก่นักท่องเที่ยวและผู้คนที่สัญจรในเขตบริเวณ เขาหลัก อีกด้วย.

ฺBang Niang Market

Talaat Nat literally translates as ‘Market by Appointment’. For practical purposes, what this really means is that it is not open every day. There are two of these markets in the Khao Lak area. There is the newer and more mind boggling market outside Build Factory. But, by far the best market for tourists is the Bang Niang Market. Open from 2pm till around 10pm every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, this market should be on your list of places to visit before you leave.

Bang Niang Market is set up in several different sections, all of which are covered here.

Food

There is a great variety of foos at Bang Niang Market. The food section is closest to the Main road on the East side of Bang Niang Market. Just behind all the Taxis are rows upon rows of food stalls. Try the BBQ skewers, fried chicken, sushi, spring rolls, kebabs, burgers and steamed peanuts (sounds weird but they really grow on you). There are also more authentic Thai dishes served in plastic bags to take away.
Bang Niang Market Photo by: Michael License: CC BY-ND 2.0

Fresh Food

On the North side of Bang Niang Market is the fresh food section. If you are just on holiday there may not be a lot for you to buy here but it is an interesting experience nonetheless. Head down and see how many of the various fruits and vegetables you actually recognise. And, if you are concerned about cleanliness at the meat stalls, don’t worry. Most of them wave a plastic bag on a stick to get rid of the flies. Job done!

All the other Stuff…

Furthest from the main road on the Southwest side of Bang Niang Market is a collection of all the stuff locals think tourists want to buy. This basically consists of cheap T-Shirts, counterfeit electronics, Handicrafts and swords. Quite an eclectic mix! After living here for five years I still find it fun to walk around and see the contrast in items on sale. I particularly like the Hand carved soap stall next to the stall with throwing stars and Tasers. Something for everyone! But whatever takes your fancy, be prepared to haggle…Beats Headphones at Bang Niang Market Photo by: Grant Guarino License: CC BY-SA 2.0

Barter Barter Barter!

You can’t get angry with being quoted extortionate prices for two reasons. Firstly, in Thailand, getting angry very rarely helps the situation. The Thai culture is one that doesn’t appreciate confrontation. Secondly, the ridiculous initial price you are quoted is just part of the whole game. You are supposed to play along! So smile, laugh and enjoy the process. Start with a price lower than you are prepared to finally pay and be prepared to walk away. Just beware sometimes you might only be able to get a 10%-20% discount. Other times they might be trying to sell something to you for 4 or 5 times what its worth.

Bang Niang Market is open every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2pm till around 7-8pm. It is next to the Main road on the corner of the Bang Niang Beach Road. The best time to head down there is in the late afternoon when it is a bit cooler. There are plenty of restaurants and bars for you to relax in when you’re finished.

Chilli at Bang Niang Market

Title Photo by: Adam Baker License: CC BY 2.0

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