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Surat Thani, Thailand1,370 contributions
Feb 2020
This market is not the one immediately by the river Tapi where the night boats to Samui, Phagnan and Tao sail from. To find this market - Bandon night market- you will need to head a little inland away from the river. Standing with your back to the river near the night boats, cross the road and go left past the Milano pizza place and stay on that side of the road. After a short distance, the road forks with the left fork carrying on alongside the river. Take the right fork and stay on the right hands side of the road. After a short while, you will see the entrance, on your right, to Bandon temple. Go through the car park and the night market will come into view. It gets very busy in the early evening and there are a large variety of food stalls to choose from. Some of the best Pad Thai around can be bought here for 40 baht but there are many other food stalls selling everything from assorted curries to fresh fruit. A word of warning, some of the stall as will charge foreigners more than the locals!
Esprit this, it's a great place to visit and sample real Thai food at very reasonable prices. It doesn't matter if you don't speak Thai...just point! If you fancy trying some fried crickets and other insects, then they can be bought here. There are non food stalls as well but this market is renowned for the quality of the food.
Like all markets, there will be some undesirable characters around so don't splash the cash or display a lot of gold. Mobile phones should be kept out of sight rather than sticking out of a back pocket. The last time we were at the market, a young Thai lady had her mobile taken from the back pocket of her jeans.
Don't let this put you off really is a great place to buy food.
Written February 10, 2020
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Surat Thani, Thailand1,370 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Bandon night market is situated not far from the river and about ten minutes walk from the night boats. It is not the collection of food and fruit stalls alongside the river or the other market by the river.
It's a popular, crowded place with a whole variety of foods available with some food stalls offering sit down eating facilities. Some of the best street food around can be found here...superb Pad Thai from a stall opposite the Gold cafe. 40baht for a great plate of food! Near the pad Thai stall is Smile bakery which offers a great collection of bread products and sweet treats all at very reasonable prices. By the entrance to the temple, is a stall selling delicious patango. There are stalls selling all types of curry, fried insects and local foods. A word of warning is that one or two stalls won't sell one have to buy a minimum of two.
There are fruit stalls but only buy from the ones showing prices particularly if you're not Thai and chose your own fruit otherwise you may end up buying fruit that's damaged.
It's a great place to visit and buy a good meal cheaply. If you arrive by car,parking is available in the temple grounds for 10 baht.
It's a busy market and like all busy places, there will probably be a few people not interested in buying food so don't splash the cash and best not to wear expensive jewelry. Keep passports( if you're a visitor to Thailand) out of sight.
Written September 18, 2020
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Surat Thani, Thailand1,370 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Maybe this market isn't quite as busy as before the pandemic but it's still popular with locals and the variety of mainly food stalls remains the same. There's ample parking (10baht) in the temple grounds adjacent to the market and there are now a few food stalls actually in the carpark.
One thing to be aware of if you are more than the average height for a Thai person, are the roofs of some of the stall are quite low so be careful of the steel roof supports!
As mentioned earlier, there's a good range of food available with some of the stalls providing seats and tables if you don't want take away food. There is also a very good bakery stall (Smile Bakery) offering a wide variety of produce.
For under a 100 baht, two people can eat quite well!
Certainly worth a visit.
Written September 7, 2021
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Maja M
16 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A very popular place among the local community, it is even more interesting to see it as a tourist. A wide variety of food - from meats and seafood, through fruit, to sweets. Very nice experience! We highly recommend fresh juices.
Written March 16, 2022
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia364 contributions
Feb 2020
Surat Thani night market is a must place to visit if you are at Surat Thani Town. We have been traveled numerous part of Thailand, hence Surat Thani night market were the best in term of the price wise. I notice that the food, and items offers there are quite cheap compare to other night market. I love the view of the market, the food is undeniably scrumptious and worth visit!
Written February 20, 2020
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Stian G
Grua, Norway32 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Great variety of food for omnivors, vegetarian, and vegans. Prices are very low and food is really good. Highly recommend the fresh juices! Perfect evening location after shopping or as a quick stop before the night activities.
Written May 23, 2020
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Robin C
Cheshire, UK4,436 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
This night market is probably the cheapest place to eat out in Surat Thani. it is right next to the port where the night ferries dock which take you to Koh Samui and Koh Phanghan. Usually the ferries leave about 11pm and so when you get to Surat Thani you probably have several hours to kill, so why not have a nice meal from one of the street stalls and even a few beers. There are usually many stalls selling different kinds of Thai food such as noodle soup, (kwayteo nam) fried rice (kao pat) with seafood (aharn talay) /chicken (Gai) /pork (Moo)or vegetables (pak) or various types of curry (Kaeng). You often get a free side plate of raw vegetables such as sataw (a large smelly kind of bean,which is actually quite tasty but gives you bad breath), small green egg plants and different leaves and raw runner beans. Most of the traders do not speak much English so this is a chance to try out your Thai. 'I would like...' in Thai is 'tong kan'. Then say what you would like , for example Kao pat Gai (fried rice with chicken), Koa pat Nua (fried rice with beef), Kao pat goong (fried rice with prawns), Kao pat plaa-meuk (fried rice with squid) or Kao pat Kai Gai ( fried rice with egg). Other things are Taow Huu (tofu) , plaa (fish) or if you are vegetarian tell them 'Gin nua sat mai dai' (I cannot eat meat) You can also say 'Gin Jay' which means 'I am vegetarian'. Caution for Jewish people that 'MOO' is the Thai word for pork and pig, so do not imitate a cow by saying 'MOO' if you want beef. Beef in Thai is 'Nua Wua' which literally means 'meat cow.' The food at these stalls will vary depending on who is cooking and what you decide to eat. Many local people also eat here so it is quite cheap, however to be on the safe side ( if you are drinking ) do not let them take away your empties before you are ready to pay. This is your only evidence of how many bottles of beer you have consumed. When chatting to the friendly locals be wary if they offer you local spirit called Lao Kow or Ya Dong (a red coloured spirit) .These are extremely strong, similar to a home made version of tequilla and if you were unlucky to get a bad brew it could give you brain damage. You don't want to be too plastered if you are about to go on an overnight ferry because you will be sleeping on the floor on a bamboo mat in a very small boat, which will arrive in Samui about 6am.
Written July 1, 2014
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Penang, Malaysia295 contributions
Jul 2014 • Business
There are varieties of food choices available in this market. You can also find fried insects here. 1 big packet with only 10 baht!! This market is just walking distance from Diamond plaza hotel.
Written February 26, 2015
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Surat Thani, Thailand1,370 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
All night markets in Thailand are worth a visit and the one in Surat Thani is no exception. Please note that it is not the market by the river near the departure point for the boats to Koh Samui.
There are a number of good food stalls where you can either take away or sit down at the back of the stall...the prices are the same. There's a very good stall selling pad thai ...look for a stall with lots of customers and be prepared to use your elbows as queuing doesn't really exist! For 30 baht you can have a good tasty meal. Halal food is also available. One stall to avoid is the one selling noodles and curry ( run by two ladies wearing an enormous amount of make up!)..they will insist you have to buy two portions. There are enough other food stalls to be able to avoid this one. Try the stall selling honey pork sticks and also the one near the entrance to the temple selling patango.
There are stalls selling fruit but look for the ones showing the prices and make sure you pick you own otherwise you might well be disappointed.Fruit at this market is usually cheaper than at the fruit stalls by the river which tend to attract tourists waiting for the boats. Clothes, make up and dvds are also on sale but again make sure you know the price before you buy.
It's busy most evenings so don't flash your cash. Most of the stall holders are great and won't try to rip you off but, alas, some will!
The market has a facebook page but you will need to be able to read thai.
Written July 20, 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia720 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
It's just all the same stuff along the chaweng street but if you are looking for a food street goodies, this is the place for it. Besides that, along the chaweng street there are plenty of street walk from clothing to souvenirs but you must bargain it for at least half the price as this is a heavy tourist spot.
Written December 14, 2015
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