Khlong Toey Market, Bangkok, Thailand

The Khlong Toey Market (also spelled Khlong Toei) is a busy working market. This is where the Thai, home cooks and restaurateurs, come to buy their raw ingredients. Photos don’t capture the size of this place. We saw few tourists on the narrow, crowded and often wet isles. Watch your shoes!

Food doesn’t get much fresher than when the fish are still flopping around in the bins. Live chickens and other poultry are stored in cages underneath the counter while their siblings sit on display neatly plucked and dressed. This is a gritty market with lots of animal parts and not for the squeamish.

Getting to the Market from the Airport

From our oasis at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel (see the previous post) we did an easy excursion into town. Originally we had not planned on doing any sight-seeing in Bangkok. It was just to be our base and a place to catch up on matters at home, but with a half day free we took the opportunity to visit the market. The Airport Rail Link makes it easy to get to town and is a 3 minute walk from the hotel.

To get to the market transfer from the Rail Link at Makkasan to the MRT at Phetchaburi. There is a short walk between these two stations. Then take the MRT to the Queen Sirkit National Convention Center or the Khlong Toei stop. The Convention Center is actually a bit closer to the market. From the airport we were at the market in just under an hour.

Noodle Breakfast at Heng Chun Zeng, on the Way to the Market

We stopped for breakfast noodles along the way from the Khong Toei MRT stop. The open air corner shop was busy serving locals. Once seated we had a choice of beef parts and noodle type. I chose ox tongue Don the braised beef. Both were served in the rich beef broth we were looking for, a bargain at 100 Thai Baht (3$USD) for two.

October 27, 2018

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