Krabi Night Market (Krabi Town Walking Street or Thanon Khon Dern in Thai) is certainly the most important shopping event in Krabi Town. It is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 17:00 to 22:00 in Soi Maharaj 8 and on the 2,000sqm plaza situated right behind Vogue Department Store in downtown Krabi. With something like 50 stalls selling a wide range of products and street food, Krabi Town Night market gathers every weekend an incredibly large crowd for such a small area.
Started in 2013, this weekly event allows visitors to get a glimpse into southern Thailand life and discover local artisans and artists who come here to present their products. A night market would not be a night market in Thailand without tasty snacks to grab, so there is a multitude of Thai street food favourites to sample here while wandering around this lively market.
What to Buy at Krabi Night market
The variety of items for sale from one stall to the other is quite interesting: standard fashionable T-shirts and fisherman’s pants are next to “handmade with real cow leather” handbags; while a few metres away you could find a gardening tools stall, then an “I Love Krabi” fabric bags stand, before reaching a booth selling oyster pearls jewellery, which itself faces a local artist selling revisited pop-art paintings.
It seems that almost anything (plus the rest) can be found at Krabi Town Walking Street and all of it at lower prices than in the most renowned resort towns – Ao Nang for instance – of the province. As in most markets in Thailand, bargaining is expected; with a smile you could get these low prices even lower.
As stated above: there is no market without food in Thailand. On that matter, Krabi Town Walking Street is pretty well-stocked. The rather large central plaza is covered with plastic tables and chairs surrounded by an impressive choice of stands selling prepared food from grilled satay (chicken, pork or beef brochettes dipped in coconut cream, chili and peanut butter sauce) to barbecued fish to fried squid egg to steamed crab, to cakes and sweets (kanom in Thai) and more!
A large choice of drinks is also available – fresh orange juice, fruit shakes and beers – and there even is an original stall that sells cocktails such as long island ice tea, B52, Cuba libre and kamikaze, served in bamboo glasses, with prices ranging from 120 to 180 baht. There are also musical performances throughout the evening with children from Krabi Music School playing Thai tunes with traditional instruments, a Thai guitarist playing Thai Folk classics, and Thai dancing demonstrations on the large stage located on the central plaza.
Krabi Night Market and Walking Street
Summing up, Krabi Town Walking Street is a must-visit if you are lucky enough to stay in the area on a weekend; it has become so popular that many hotels provide a shuttle service to this weekly event, just ask at your hotel’s front-desk.
- Opening Hours: Fri, Sat & Sun from 17:00-22:00
- Location: Soi Maharaj 8, behind Vogue Department Store.