If you like Thai cuisine, you should check out some of the many local markets nearby your Krabi accommodation. It’s a lot of fun to see all the herbs and ingredients used for spicy tom yam soup or the lovely green curry you had the other night.
On top of that, Krabi Town is home to two permanent markets; Maharaj and City markets. The first one is the most important and the busiest wet market in town; it was recently renovated, making it a pleasant place to visit. Maharaj’s the source for most hotels, resorts and restaurants in Krabi area.
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What do you look for in a Thai market? Probably the unique sights, sounds and smells; the minute you walk in, you will know that Maharaj is the kind of Asian market people described to you when traveling through this part of the world. It’s full of exotic goods both dry and fresh; whether rice, spices, chilli paste, colourful fruit and vegetables, tropical fish, home-wares, clothes and more.
Maharaj is also known as the ‘Morning Market’ and as the name suggested it’s a lively and active place, even before sunrise. It starts off as a wholesale market as early as 04:00 when the aisles are packed with carts and shoppers. After about 09:00, it’ll quiet down a little bit and then finally wind down around noon. Within the compound, there are also many food stands selling ready-to-eat meals at very minimal prices. Takeaway service is also available.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 04.00 - 12.00.
Best time to visit: 07:00 - 08:00
- Location: City Centre
Downtown Krabi Fresh Market (Talad Sod)
Downtown Krabi Fresh Market is opened daily from 16:00 – 21:00 on a 2,400sqm place located Soi 10 off Maharaj Road in the heart of Krabi Town. It is a smaller market than Maharaj. It’s a typical wet market with a lot of Thai street food, flowers, fruit and some knick-knacks such as cheap plastic toys, women's clothing and fashion accessories.
This place is very popular and quite interesting to look around even though you don’t buy anything; you can sample here a great choice of local street food favourites such as kanom jeen (fresh rice noodles served with curry sauce), chicken satay and seasonal local fruits (mango, pineapple, durian, and more).
- Opening Hours: Daily, from 16:00 – 21:00
- Location: Soi 10 off Maharaj Road in downtown Krabi
Chao Fah Night Market
Krabi’s largest night market is called Chao Fah Night Market and it features outdoor food stands and stalls along the roadside. It’s a chance to enjoy a great range of local dishes such as barbecued seafood and meat, curries, and more - in a lively Thai market atmosphere. It is the best way to get a glimpse of southern Thai daily life as Chao Fah Night Market is authentically local. The market gets started at about five o’clock in the afternoon when the sun is not too warm, making it a perfect dining option for all walks of life.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17.00 - 00.30. All year, come rain or shine!
- Location: Chao Fah Pier, on Kongka Road, Krabi Town.
Hungry after shopping?
When you're done shopping, why not take time to try some delicious and cheap breakfast at some of Krabi’s most popularneighborhood style restaurants located near the Maharaj Market? These include:
Siw Mhai Yhok Restaurant: Famous for its dim sum (prices start from 15 baht per dish), pork congee and boiled rice with shrimp or fish. Open: 05:30 – 11:30, Tel: 075-620725.
Sai Mai Restaurant: A place that popular for light, Chinese-style breakfast. Their menu includes deep-fried dough sticks, steamed pork/crab dumplings and dim sum.
Open: 05:30 – 11:30. Location: At the top of Soi Maharaj 5.
Je Lek Kanom Jeen: This one located a bit further out from the market on Udonkit Road in the area known as Kuan Mahtung. Je Lek is probably one of the most well-known kanom jeen shops in Krabi. Open: early morning till about early afternoon.
Talad nad markets in Krabi
Talad nad is a unique community market that has lately become an important part of the locals’ lifestyle. It allows them to conveniently shop for basically everything, similar to what the main markets have to offer but a lot closer to home and only on specific dates.
Every big community in Krabi has their own version of talad nad, big or small, depending on scale of that neighborhood. The markets are always set at the same locations and run for at least a day or two per week. It's well worth strolling through if you are staying nearby.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably need a good pair of shoes while visiting talad nad markets as they are very much low key and consisting of many simple structures without any real roof. If going in rainy season, bring along an umbrella too. Here are the lists of some busy talad nad markets in Krabi.
Klong Muang Market: Not far from the Baan Klong Muang School and Klong Muang Beach. Open every Friday from early afternoon till early evening.
Ao Nang Market: near Lai Thai Resort, Ao Nang. Open every Mon, Tue and Fri from 15:00 – 19:30.
Ao Num Mao Market: At the Ao Num Mao three-way junction. Open every Wed and Fri from early afternoon onward.
Nongtalay Market: Open every Wed from 11:00 – 17:00.
Klong Hang Market: Open every Thu and Sat from 15:00 – 17:00.