We started our first morning off as spiritedly as we could considering we only arrived in Bangkok at 1am the night before, following our itinerary pretty closely and taking the BTS to Saphan Khwai, the closest stop to Or Tor Kor. We walked the remaining distance, but let me tell you, 850 meters when it’s cool is quite a different experience to 850 meters when it’s stinking hot and humid. As much as I am an advocate for experiencing a place like the locals and making your own way around, getting a taxi out to your first destination in the morning really starts your day off with more energy to do what you set out to do. Anyway, I digress.
Or Tor Kor is quite unassuming from the entrance we found, I actually expected it to be bigger and more crazy, but it turned out to be by far the most calm market we visited in Bangkok. There are large metal fans all over the ceiling and while the sides are open to the outside temperature, they do a good job at keeping the place cool. Generally speaking we found very little savory food we trusted as vegetarians, the premade dishes seem to be predominantly seafood, and chicken if not. Really the only thing to buy and take away on our picnic was fruit, which was fine by us, as they had a lot of things we don’t get in New Zealand and wanted to try.
Price wise they seemed expensive for Thailand, but in saying that, they do stock some types of fruit we didn’t see at the supermarket later in the week, and I’ve been told by multiple people their quality is the highest you can get in the central city, so they charge accordingly. In total we spent 555 baht for more fruit than 2 people could finish in one sitting, so $22.25NZD, which is about what you’d expect to pay for a small grocery shop for the day for two people at home, only we bought things not available in any store in NZ at all, so you could say the experience was priceless. Or Tor Kor is well-lit, wide open and easy to navigate, the only thing that’s confusing as a foreigner is the language – a lot of foods don’t have prices on them you need to ask, however most vendors don’t speak English.
We didn’t include the footage of us trying the Luk Chup (bean centred mini fruits and vegetables) because it was downright unattractive – sorry Thailand, we did not like your little bean candies.
All told it was completely worth it to try some exciting new fruit, even if some of it wasn’t in season and was rotten inside (I’m looking at you, mangosteen!). It’s pretty easy to get to and we really enjoyed how wide open and clean the marketplace is. Sometimes it’s hard to find what you want and barely anyone speaks English but it’s definitely a place more tourists should visit! Check out our video on Or Tor Kor Market for an inside view 🙂