One of the most iconic things to do in Thailand is exploring Thailand night markets.
When we arrived to Phuket we had missed the chance to visit the official Phuket Town night market but there was one just down the road from our hotel so we made nightly trips to the crowded market stalls since it appeared they were open daily.
It was love at first sight. Smoothie stalls, crepes, donuts, meat if you’re into that kind of stuff, curry, rice bowls and all for cheap! While I warn you to be weary of what you choose to eat because you don’t know where the food has been or what it was washed with. I opted for a banana crepe (bananas are generally safe) drizzled with Nutella and I was beautiful. The next day though I got the strawberry crepe because my boyfriend doesn’t like banana and what a mistake. I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was dying and almost considered going to the hospital. Dirty strawberries.
But, much to my boyfriends distain, that didn’t stop me from eating all the food while exploring Thailand night markets. The key was to be just a little more cautious so I stuck with bananas in my crepes and roti for the rest of the trip. I mean you still gotta live a little.
Another thing about night markets we learned is you don’t barter for food, only for clothes and material items. I saw a woman asking for 20 Baht instead of the 40 Baht for a crepe and the venter met her with steel eyes and said no.
In one of our last nights in Chiang Mai we found another night market away from the main bazaar on a hunt to find mahout shirts. Although we didn’t find shirts we did find these little puff doughy things that I eagerly stood in line for and even though I got budded by some man it was worth it. They were delicious. (If you know the name tell me in the comments!!) It’s also where I made the vital purchase of trying the mango sticky rice and it yummy. There’s a reason it was in Thailand’s top foods to try. Oddly though it was a little salty. Not sure if thats a normal taste? Aaron also found his Khao Soi that he was reading about online and to my luck it was vegetarian!
If you are in Thailand then I would completely recommend heading to the night markets and trying vendor food, with some caution, and not just sticking to the main markets but branching out to some of the “smaller” markets.