Resorts and restaurants catering to foreigners often tone down their food for western palettes. Head to the Klong Nin market to sample authentic thai treats or simply experience a normal part of local Thai life, then head to the Klong Nin market.
The market is basic and is mostly for grocery shopping. Although you will find some clothing, its the fresh fruit and tasty snacks that most visitors are after.
Spend some time around the fruit vendors and discover the amazing tropical fruit available in Thailand. You’re sure to find pineapple, watermelon and mangoes – both the sweet ripe yellow variety and the tart green ones. Don’t forget to sample some of the lesser know fruits in Europe and North America like mangosteen, rambutan, longan berry and fresh lychee. Prices are normally listed on pieces of cardboard and are per/Kg.
Markets are usually filled with loads of tasty treats. These are the things that you won’t find in your resort. There is almost always a few ladies selling the ever popular fried chicken, which is usually eaten with with sticky rice. You can find various fried meat, fish or tofu on sticks, served with sweet chili sauce. Also available are a variety of ‘yams’ or thai salads made with some type of noodle, meat or fish, veggies, herbs and a tangy, spicy, sweet sauce. The salads are made to order so if you don’t like spicy, make sure to ask for “mai pet.”
After sampling some food its nice to have a walk around the market. You can see how local people interact with food and see a routine day for a Thai person. You’ll see tables overflowing with fresh veggies and thai herbs and massive bowls of spicy and pungent curry paste. This is your chance to see all the yummy ingredients from Tom Yum soup like keffir lime leaf, galangal and lemongrass. If you’re staying in Kantiang Bay for a while and have the facilities for self-catering then this is your chance to stock up.
The Market: Where and When
The Klong Nin market is located in Klong Nin Village about 400m left of the T-junction (about 5km from Kantiang Bay). Markets on Ko Lanta rotate locations and in Klong Nin the market is on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Friday market is bigger with more vendors and has stalls on both sides of the street. The Friday market is also where you’ll find more prepared food and other items like clothing. The Tuesday market is slightly smaller and on the left side of the street. Normally, the market doesn’t get going until around noon and its nice to visit a little later in the afternoon when its not so hot.