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Jun
24
Mon
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jun 24 @ 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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Jun
25
Tue
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Jun 25 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

Build factory market is worth visiting to see a slice of real Thai life. Make sure you try the Durian![vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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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Jun
26
Wed
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jun 26 @ 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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Jun
27
Thu
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jun 27 @ 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
Jun 27 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

Build factory market is worth visiting to see a slice of real Thai life. Make sure you try the Durian![vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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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Jun
29
Sat
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jun 29 @ 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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Jun
30
Sun
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Jun 30 @ 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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Jul
1
Mon
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jul 1 @ 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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Jul
2
Tue
2019
Build Factory Market @ Build Factory
Jul 2 @ 14:00 – 22:00

ตลาดนัด โรงงาน –

Build factory market is worth visiting to see a slice of real Thai life. Make sure you try the Durian![vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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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Jul
3
Wed
2019
Bang Niang Market @ Bang Niang
Jul 3 @ 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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