Senior Editor John Birdsall is on a two-and-a-half-week eating tour through Thailand. His first report was from a night market north of Bangkok, ”Under the Temple, the Oldest Way to Eat.” Here’s his latest report.

Thailand’s markets—both retail (called “fresh markets”) and wholesale—are the best places to immerse yourself in local food culture. These shots are from three markets: the tourist-free Bang Khae fresh market south of Thonburi in Bangkok; the Talat Klong Suan Roi Pi in Bangkok; and the sprawling market in Ubon Ratchathani in the northeast, where Thai and Laotian vendors hawk produce to wholesale buyers.

Bang Khae Fresh Market

Talat Klong Suan Roi Pi Market

Ubon Ratchathani Market

Photos by John Birdsall

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