Talad Baan Mai: Nostalgic Market in Chachoengsao Province
The Baan Mai Riverside Market is located on Baan Mai Road next to the serene Bangkapong river in Chachoengsao province (จังหวัดฉะเชงเทรา) in central Thailand. It is about an hour’s drive east of Bangkok.
At Talad Baan Mai
Talad Baan Mai (ตลาดบ้านใหม่) has been in this sleepy province for over 100 years and thus visitors can enjoy a glimpse of traditional town life there. The market is open on weekends and on public holidays.
This market is mainly a vintage and nostalgic Thai streetfood market where you can find numerous Thai and Chinese delicacies and treats. There are also local dishes that you hardly find anywhere else.
The stalls sell mainly traditional Thai street food. The dishes range from aromatic curries to chilli pastes and fried and dried river fish.
Of course there are also plenty of Thai sweet snacks like coconut sticky rice in banana leaves and Thai crispy rice crackers with cane sugar drizzle on top (Khanom Nang Led), for instance.
What is more, there are vendors selling all kinds of retro but also modern wares such as plenty of children’s plastic toys and souvenirs.
The old wooden shop houses, which have been preserved from at least 50 years ago, contribute to the nostalgic flair of the market. They are reminiscent of how Thailand must have been six to eight decades ago.
There is also a stall that sells live fish to be released. Since many Thai Buddhists like to make merit by releasing live fish into the river, it comes in useful that Talad Baan Mai is situated next to the Bangpakong River. This river flows through Thailand’s eastern provinces of Chachoengsao and Prachin Buri. Hence, go right ahead bestowing the fishes their freedom and thereby making merit 🙂
Finally, I think that Talad Baan Mai is an authentic Thai street food market that offers numerous delicacies and treats. In addition, you find many retro wares there but also plenty of souvenirs.