If your visit to Krabi falls on a weekend, do not miss the Krabi Night Market “Thanon Khon Dern”. The Krabi Night Market is located behind the Vogue Department Store and is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 18:00-21:30. If you see rows and rows of highlighter yellow tents, you’ve found it!
My coworker and I visited the Krabi Night Market on our way back from the Tiger Cave Temple and wow are we glad we went. When it comes to traditional Thai food, Krabi is not the first place to come to mind. Most people visit Northern Thailand for more authentic Thai cuisine. Krabi is better known for German owned Italian restaurants and American style eateries. With one exception – the Krabi Night Market.
From the moment we stepped inside the yellow tents, I had a smile on my face. There were over 70 food stalls serving delicious and authentic Thai cuisine. Finally I was going to enjoy a real Pad Thai! The food is also really cheap, so we sampled our way through the market, trying a few colorful concoctions and more familiar staples. These are just a few of my favorites…
While we enjoyed our dinner, we found a seat in the center plaza and watched the Thai kids do some dances and sing some songs on stage. Honestly I have no idea what they were saying, it could have been Japanese, Chinese or even Dutch for all I know, but it was definitely entertaining.
In addition to the food, there are some cool souvenir stalls and cheap fashion houses surrounding the main plaza. From what I saw they were reasonably priced and most were selling identical items: shoes, jewelry, accessories, makeup, souvenirs and crafts. If you do want to do some shopping in Krabi, I recommend you do it here as opposed to the over priced beach stalls in Ao Nang.
How to Get To The Krabi Night Market
From the main street in Ao Nang, you should be able to flag down a songthaew (public bus) to take you to Krabi Town. The songthaew is the most inexpensive way to get to Krabi Town and will cost you about ฿60 each way. There are no explicit bus stops so just be on the lookout. The songthaew drops you off in front of the Vogue Department Store and the Weekend Night Market is located just behind it. You will see the yellow tents. You can also take a taxi or a tuk-tuk into Krabi Town. This will cost you ฿500 each way. On the way back to Ao Nang, the cost will be higher, but is always negotiable. Wait in front of the Vogue Department Store for a songthaew. To lower the price, tell the driver you will wait for others to arrive.