4 of the best public markets in Thailand
The best Thailand Meat Market in Thailand - it’s tough to decide!
Thailand, the home of Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong, and many other flavorful dishes, is oozing with natural resources and thus, fresh ingredients abound! Here are some of the Thailand meat market that you can visit now!
4 Thailand Meat Market to visit
1. Klong Toey Fresh Market
This wet market is famous, popular, and lively thanks to the numerous stalls selling all sorts of produce. You can find decent deals from stalls selling clothes, kitchenware, seafood, fruits and vegetables, raw meat and even livestock. However, expats unused to Asian wet markets should take caution, as the floor is quite slippery! Experience Thailand at its best!
The products are displayed as neat and orderly as normal supermarkets, the "orderly chaos" is a clear indicator that you’re getting a great deal in a typical Thai market.
There are a number of stalls selling fresh meat. Many people travel here for good quality product and competitive pricing. You can buy weighed items per bag.
If you love a good steak, get yourself a slab of beef at 230 THB per kilo. Pork is also very popular and you can grab a rack of ribs at 120 THB per kilo. Poultry is still on the menu and you can get different parts of the chicken ranging from 25-70 THB per kilo depending on the piece, or a whole chicken for 80 THB.
Klong Toey Market is a chef’s market. Regulars often convene here to pick up their supplies. Nearby restaurant and food stall owners greet and share a laugh whilst they stock up with the freshest ingredients. The fact so many chefs pick up their produce here in order to prepare your meal later in the day is a true sign of an authentic Thailand meat market.
Nonilo tip: The market never sleeps 24/7, but if you want to be in the middle of the action, visit between 2 am and 6 am. That’s when the fresh produce reaches the stalls, and you can witness first hand the charm of Klong Toey Market.
Klong Toey Market
Directions: Get off at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center MRT Station. Walk to Exit 1 (300 meters) and walk down Rama 3 Road until you reach a large intersection. The market is on the left.
Price point: $
2. Or Tor Kor Market
Welcome to the 4th best open market in the world, as rated by CNN. Or Tor Kor Market has its own unique feel and style from other open wet markets. It’s a stone’s throw away from the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, so you can pop over to the other market once you’re finished exploring one!
We wouldn’t count on you having a lot of time, as there’s so much to see, do, and taste here that it’s considered a day trip in itself. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, pre-cut meats, and condiments like curry and herbs. Or Tor Kor Market is filled with an Asian touch, as various delicacies and special items are sold from different countries.
Everyone comments on the unusual cleanliness of this Thailand meat market. You’ll find little evidence of littering or griminess. It’s a welcome change! But it’s not a gimmick to attract only expats. In fact, the majority of clientele are local Thai customers looking to fill the fridge for the week.
There’s a nearby food stall that sells scrumptious Thai food. In particular, the pad thai, fried oyster pancakes and braised duck noodles are exquisite!
Similar to Klong Toey Market, you can buy pork, chicken, and beef by the kilo. Prices are noted to be pricier than other wet markets due to the quality of produce available here. You won’t pay more than supermarket costs. If you want an authentic Thai experience, this is a good market to visit and observe. It’s open from 6 am to 8 pm every day.
Nonilo tip: There’s no preferable time to buy meat, as it’s busy all day long! But if you’re looking for a bite to eat, head over at lunchtime when all the food stalls are opened! You’ll be able to get a full taste of Thai cuisine!
Location: Kamphaengphet Road, opposite Chatuchak Weekend Market
Directions: Get off the MRT at Kamphaeng Phet Station. Look for exit number three and voila, you’re there!
Price point: $$
3. Meat Market Thailand
If you’re a meat lover and can’t stave off the meat munchies, then Meat Market Thailand will satisfy those cravings. This deli/restaurant is on the outskirts of Bangkok, about 15 minutes away by taxi (about 36 THB by taxi). A Thailand meat market that specializes in importing premium cuts of beef from all around the world, with meat coming in from Germany, US, and Argentina to name but a few sources. You can dine in at the restaurant if you can’t wait and dig in right there and then. New promotions are on depending on the source of the meat - currently, you can order a 1 kilo Argentina ribeye for 2,260 THB to share between 4 people (if you wanted to share!). It’s open between 9 am and 5 pm daily.
Nonilo tip: If you can’t wait, you can also order delivery!
Location: Meat Market Thailand
82/8 Langsuan Lumphini Pathumwan
Price point: $$
4. Foodland Supermarket
The American supermarket chain has several branches dotted throughout Thailand, especially in Bangkok. It’s family friendly and very accessible if you’re visiting Thailand for the first time and looking for more familiar territory.
They have a large selection in their deli area. The prices are slightly higher than Thailand meat market prices in wet markets, but everything is pre-packed and clearly labelled. You also have a range of cuts depending on how the livestock was reared. Expect to pay 350THB per kilo for beef. Chicken is a reasonable price, ranging from 80 to 100 THB per kilo according to the piece. Pork is roughly 135 THB per kilo.
Foodland is a good place to shop if you’re unsure what to bring and need things labelled in English, or have the assistance you might not get at a wet market if you’re travelling by yourself. The supermarket is a reliable Thailand meat market, amongst other local and international produce.
Nonilo tip: You can get more premium cuts - look for the stickers “Prime Feed” on the packaging.
Location: Foodland Supermarket Co Ltd
1 Soi Sukhumvit 16, Khlong Toei
Price point: $$