Exploring colorful Bangkok markets

Hardly a secret, my obsession for open fairs brought me to a colorful Bangkok markets selling everything from fruits, veggies, fish, herbs, oils, bags and incense. Ok, it’s not really difficult to find an open market in Bangkok, as stalls and street food vendors are almost as many as local tuk tuks, but since I have this unexplainable soft spot for traditional buying-and-selling style, I’m always excited when I find one, especially when I stumble on it without previous planning, just how it happened the other day after I visited the magnificent temple Wat Arun.

Here is a collection of images I captured there, I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Chilli, possibly the most important ingredient in Thai culinary traditions

Chilli, possibly the most important ingredient in Thai culinary tradition

2-butterfly pea

Butterfly Pea flowers, used to make tea with important benefits such as boosting the immune system, hair strengthening, antioxidant,

Bananas anyone?

Bananas anyone?

Sweet and delicious pineapples

Sweet and delicious pineapples

Colorful pumpkins

Colorful pumpkins

Chilli again, different varieties

Chilli again, different varieties

Giant fruit, one of the best things in Thailand!

Giant fruit, one of the best things in Thailand!

Some veggies and mushrooms, widely present in Thai cuisine, and probably some rice noodles

Some veggies and mushrooms, widely present in Thai cuisine, and on the left probably some rice noodles

Very chilled out grocery vendor, typical Thai flair

Very chilled out fruit vendor, typical Thai flair

Fish, another element widely used in Thai gastronomy

Fish, another element widely used in Thai gastronomy

Fish again, cooked and prepared in many different ways

Fish again, cooked and prepared in many different ways

A sweet stall

A sweet stall

Thai sweets

Thai sweets

Sweets again

Sweets again

More sweets, they somehow capture my attention

More sweets, they somehow capture my attention

Some sweets and nuts

Some sweets and nuts

More sweets, I agree, those colors don't really look "natural".....

More sweets, I agree, those colors don’t really look “natural”…..

Almost the only flowers I found at the flower market across the street from the grocery stalls

Almost the only flowers I found at the flower market across the street from the grocery stalls. Even though it was called flower market, they kept selling veggies.

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18 Comments
  1. Miam, ça donne envie de tout manger!

  2. Che colori appetitosi!Complimenti per le fotografie! Servizio molto interessante!

  3. Reply
    Maria | Acceleratedstall January 12, 2013 at 1:04 am

    A good market can transform the mundane into the extraordinary in seconds flat!

  4. Oh just the best bit about travel is stumbling across the local food markets. I don’t feel like I’ve really experienced somewhere till we wandered around the market. Love your photos.
    Julia

  5. I love open-air markets, too. My only problem is, I like to walk through them, absorbing the sights, sounds, and smells, snapping photos as I go, but I am usually too scared to eat much of the food if I am traveling. Now that we’re in China, I’ve been able to shop and some of the markets and take the food home and clean it well before eating. That has helped me feel like more of a participant in the whole scene, rather than just an observer.

    • I’ve had plenty of street food in China and never had any problem, but for sure you need to be careful about hygiene! For that, I’ve never had street food in India, it was always in the middle of too much traffic!

  6. I agree, Bangkok markets are just so lively and gorgeously loaded with things. With so many things, I can never figure out what to photograph.

  7. A kaleidoscope of colors – especially the chillis and butterfly pea flowers!

  8. What I didn’t realize was how much better Asian food could be than what my experience of it was. A lot of Chinese cuisine in America is actually nothing like the traditional style. It is much too greasy, and dominated by a simple array of flavors that doesn’t really capture the complexity of Asian cooking.^

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  9. I love your pictures – especially the fiery red chillis at the start. I agree the colour on those sweets don’t look natural, but oh well, they make good pictures.

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