Thailand is no stranger to popular markets - it’s where you’ll find bargain fashion finds, knick-knacks and everything under the sun. And if it’s a food market that you’re looking for, then the Or Tor Kor food market in Bangkok is a must-visit.
It’s only a hop, skip and jump away from the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, and is one of the best fresh markets in the world. The artfully displayed array of colourful vegetables and tropical fruits are enough to get your taste buds working overtime, while the selection of fresh seafood, homemade curry pastes and spice powders are second to none.
The food court is the best part of the market, with rows of incredible street food stalls. Try the mackerel curry with steamed rice or crunchy green papaya salad with crab. On a cooler day, a steaming bowl of noodles in soup with slices of roasted duck along with freshly made kanom krok (grilled coconut pancakes) will hit the spot. Before you go home, pick up some sweet, golden mangoes; homemade shrimp paste and khao lam, a sticky rice dessert mixed with red beans and coconut, and cooked in bamboo.
Opening hours: 6am – 8pm daily
Getting here: Kamphaeng Phet MRT is the nearest station, 11 stops away from Modena by Fraser Bangkok.
Jalan Alor, Malaysia
Jalan Alor lies at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, and this food market in Malaysia is always buzzing with locals and tourists. There isn't much movement during the day, but after the sun sets, the food market – which takes up almost the entire street – comes alive with activity.
The entire street is lined with stalls, cafes, and eateries that provide a variety of primarily Chinese hawker fare, ranging from spicy marinated grilled stingray and a range of noodles and rice dishes, to crispy fried intestines and several sorts of satay. Large cold beers or exotic fresh fruit juices (try the sugarcane juice!) can be used to wash down main dishes. Although the majority of menus are written in Chinese characters, some offer an English translation.
Opening hours: 4pm – 3am daily
Getting here: Bukit Bintang Station is only a 5-min walk from Jalan Alor and a 13-min drive from Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang. Other nearby train stations include the Raja Chulan and Imbi stations.
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