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Aug 8, 2010 02:54 PM

Chatuchak, Aw Taw Kaw, Khlong Toey

Later this month I'm fortunate to be spending four full days in Bangkok. I'll arrive on a Thursday and depart the following Tuesday, and over the weekend I plan to revisit the above-mentioned three markets, which I last saw in 2006. I've looked over recent posts on Chowhound as well as Curt the Soi Hound's blog Bangkok Cheap Eats, but I'd appreciate additional intel. Specifically, I'd like a recommendation for the best day to visit Khlong Toey, and I'd welcome news about any interesting new stalls or seasonal items that I should look for. Thanks to all in advance.

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    1. I've reposted my edited reply:

      IMHO, Aw Taw Kaw is the only real dining destination. Sounds like you've read my recs for there.

      Never heard Klong Toey suggested as a place for sampling food. Although I'm sure there will be prepared food vendors, it's more of a down and dirty wet market, with emphasis on the "dirty". Klong Toey sells to many prepared food vendors, so early morning is the best time to visit. Here is a slideshow of Nonthaburi wet market. It will be similar to Klong Toey.

      If you would be interested in Nonthaburi market, you can make a fun day trip out of it. Hop on a north bound Chao Phraya express boat, from either Saphan Taksin BTS stop, or whatever pier might be closest to you. From there, take it to pier #30, Nonthaburi. The market is maybe a couple hundred meters up the main road.

      You can have a nice lunch at Rim Fung, a floating restaurant, just south of the pier.

      For really good food, in great atmosphere, you could take a taxi from Nonthaburi, to Baan Rabiang Nam, one of my favorite restaurants. I could live off their gaengsom cha oam.

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      1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

        Reposting my re-imagined reply to your reply:

        To clarify for everyone, I'm interested in any interesting new vendors, including but not limited to those that serve prepared food. Regarding seasonal items, fruit would top my list.

        1. re: DaveCook

          Had to edit my post due to sanitary claims about a Thai establishment. They were undocumented. Given my favorite chicken shack, I'm not usually too picky:

          Wollongong and lum yai seems abundant. Beyond that, I really haven't caught anything.

          1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

            Lum yai, I recognized as longan, but wollongong, I don't know. Would you identify?

            1. re: DaveCook

              Lum yai is Lum yai. Wollongong, I believe, is an anglicized spelling of longan. Same same, but different. In SEA, there are many variations of these.


              I believe I posted a link to Nonthaburi wet market. If not, here it is again:

              It's a more classic wet market, in a better area than Klong Toey. It makes a fun day trip to take the Chao Phraya express boats (I prefer 13 baht orange flag), from Sathorn "Central" Pier, to Nonthaburi, Pier #30. You can also have a nice lunch at Rim Fung, a floating restaurant, just south of the Nonthaburi pier. The market is a couple hundred meters up the main road.


              1. re: Curt the Soi Hound


                I guess I should have expanded the replies. At least you now have the connections link.

              2. re: DaveCook

                Dave --you're right lum yai is longan.
                Wollongong, based on Curt's picture, is langsat.

                1. re: JonU

                  I guess I will tell the vendors next time we visit. They, and my wife, seem to think they are different. Personally, the difference isn't that distinguishable, and I really couldn't care to become expert.

                  You may notice the Thai script in the "search" field of that page. That is "longan" in Thai. although the pictures could be confused, the translation seems pretty definite.

                  Since transliterations of Thai to English is marginal. the spelling can often be funky. Still, the "wollogong" would suggest something more like longan than langsat.

                  But, I'm probably wrong.

                  So Dave, what's new and exciting at the Bangkok markets? I was at Bangson market yesterday, but things probably have changed.


                  1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

                    I won't have feet on the ground till later this week; will report when I can.

                    1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

                      On my visit to Aw Taw Kaw a few days ago, several produce vendors sold both longan and the fruit shown in the attached photos, which one proprietor conveniently labeled, in English, as longkong. Today, in Kuala Lumpur, I saw what appeared to be the same fruit, though the bunches had already been pulled apart; here it was labeled duku langsat. Very tasty by any name.