In Short

Head to Ao Nang Night Market in Krabi to sample local street food at its best. Known predominantly for a range of savouries and sweetmeats, as well as fresh produce and fruit, the market is a food haunt for tourists and locals alike.

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Best For: Local street food
Timing: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

What’s So Awesome About It

Tourists flock to the Ao Nang Night Market for a literal taste of what Thailand is all about — food! Designed like an open-air food court with a tent setup, the market is a great spot to try everything from the classic papaya salad to the novel rainbow cheese toast, along with fresh fruit juices and sweet and sticky desserts. Besides cooked food, you can also buy fresh seafood to cook yourself. Fish is the most common purchase for locals, followed closely by prawns, crabs and clams.

Things to Buy

Som tam (green papaya salad), pad thai, spring rolls, grilled fish, coconut pudding, mango sticky rice, Thai iced tea.

What’s the Catch

  • Most visitors come here for the food, whereas locals grab a quick dinner before heading out. Unlike the street markets in cities like Bangkok and Phuket, you won’t find a lot of people dawdling about.
  • You can also shop for clothes, accessories and souvenirs here, but the options are limited. Since the market is most renowned for food, the quality of other items can be sub-standard at times. 

How To Get There

The Ao Nang Night Market is located outside of Krabi Town. From the latter, you can either take a public bus for 60 Baht or a taxi for 400 Baht. The journey takes about 30-40 minutes.

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Pro Tip

  • The easiest and fastest way to get to the market is by motorbike. Parking cars is a hassle, as is finding a taxi to take you back into town.
  • There are mounds of fresh exotic fruit, which are quite cheap at the market. Stock up on some for the next few days of your holiday.