Morning Shopping in Pak Phanang Old Market
Going to the morning market at 100-Year-Old Market by Pak Phanang River, Thailand, is a fabulous experience of living the local life by the river.
Late for the Morning Pak Phanang Old Market
It’s probably a little later when we got to Pak Phanang at 11.30 am, and we were told that the morning market is winding down for the day.
Predominately local, this century-old market is worth visiting to feel how the local community starts their day by getting their marketing down by the river.
We were lead to the two buildings with a narrow alley in between.
Not much was happening here, except for some motorcycles and locals walking towards the alley.
No locals were coming out of the alley with their groceries or fresh produce.
We looked up.
There was a large wooden signboard straddled between the two buildings. It probably says “100-year-old Pak Phanang Old Market”.
Since none of us could read Thai, we gamely stroll down the alley to find out.
A change and an eye-opener for all of us who shop for our fresh groceries at the hypermarkets.
Surprisingly, the area is relatively dry, and there’s no fishy seafood smell, even though we found some fresh seafood for sale.
Pak Phanang Retro Market – Nakhon Si Thammarat
Pak Phanang Retro Market is a canal-side market on Khlong Bang Chanak that reflects the folkway of living of Pak Phanang people.
If you love to go off the beaten tracks, the district of Pak Phanang and Laem Talumphuk in Nakhon Si Thammarat are something of a legend.
Pak Phanang is an old fishing village and trading settlement.
The name of the district means ‘sheltered mouth,’ referring to the mouth of the Pak Phanang River protected from the open sea by a long peninsula.
The most striking geographical feature is the long elongated peninsula known as Laem Talumphuk (‘toli shad cape’), formed of sand deposited by the predominantly northward current interacting with the outflow of the Pak Phanang River.