Friday, June 17, 2011

Krabi ep3

After we checked-in, our first itinerary was to go to Krabi Town Walking Street Night Market. We found some blogs who recommended a must visit. I must admit it was the food, the mouth watering food photos that got us so determined to find our way to town.

Everyone in Krabi is friendly (except for some shop people) and speaks English so getting around was easy. We asked for direction and we were told to cross the road and wait for the transport. We were not sure what sort of ‘transport’ we were supposed to wait, but you cannot miss the ‘songtaew’ (similar to jeepney in Manila) to Krabi town. There were signage and one of the passengers in the ‘songtaew’ also “asked” us “Krabi Town?” Hee.

Inside the 'songteaw'. A very 'windy' experience

A one way trip is 60BHT (RM6) and it took us about 30 minutes or so to reach Krabi Town. We weren’t sure where to stop and again the nice passengers told us where to stop, where to go and where and what time to find the last ‘songteaw’ to go back to Ao Nang. Such nice people.

When you see them, it's time to get off

We got there around 4.30pm and everyone was just starting to set up their stalls. We decided to wonder around the shopping malls/shop lots first.

The main entrance to the Krabi Town Walking Street Night Market

The shopping mall is actually a departmental store called Vogue Department. The prices were a bit expensive so we continued to wonder outside when we saw a staircase going to the basement of the store. We were not sure what it is, but to our nice surprise, there were plenty of smaller stalls selling clothes and everything else at reasonable prices.

Reasonable means, I managed to find a nice 3/4 pants for only RM19. My sister got herself a cool gladiator flats for RM19 as well. *woohoo*

I wanted the flats but the sizes were too small. Me and my big feet dilemma *sighs*

The night market is a showcase of colorful local cuisines, handicrafts and clothing as well.

Colourful treats

Thai artist painting the famous Chicken Island

One of the popular handicraft stall is the “flower soap”. I am pretty sure it is more for decoration purposes, but even the locals were buying it. The lady sits on the road and carved the soap into delicate flowers. The “flower soap” looks beautiful and there were a few flowers that were practically “glowing”. It is available for 100BHT (RM10).

Flower soap

I don’t know where to start when it comes to the yummilicious food. There were PLENTY to choose from and we were so tempted to try everything BUT to waste food is not an option. So we decided to walk one round before deciding what to get.

In the end, we got ourselves

Mini Sushi (5Bht – RM0.50 per piece) because they were so comel!

Prawn Omelet (25Bht – RM2.50 per plate)

Corn Pancake [something like the Kaya balls but lighter texture and of course with sweet corns]

Prawn Fritters

Pad Thai [something like Char Koey Teow but sweeter with lesser condiments]

Leo Beer

I forget what the rest costs.

Everything was so good; I sometime crave for the Prawn Omelet. I seriously do. The girl who cooked the wonderful omelet doesn’t speak English. When she realized I do not know Thai, she went out with the sweetest smile from her counter to look at the photo of the dish I was pointing.

In the middle of the night market area are tables and chairs where visitors could sit and enjoy their meals. There was also one of those inflatable playgrounds for children with the local music blasting on the speakers.

Then something interesting happened. At around 6pm, everyone stood up. Those walking stood still. For a while, I thought something happened when I finally figured out that it was the country’s national anthem.

The 6pm national anthem

I tried to google it for more information, and what I got is this:

“United Thais – Strong Thailand” with the intention to promote unity and patriotism. Thai people normally sing or at least stand for the national anthem twice a day at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A visit to the Krabi Town Walking Street Night Market is a must. It offers something local and different from the scenes at Ao Nang. The night market is only open from Friday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm.

Apparently there are other night markets in Krabi. For more information, click here.

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