ABOUT KHLONG TOEI MARKET
Khlong Toei is home to Bangkok’s largest fresh food market, and by fresh, I mean still twitching, if not actually wriggling. It’s a place that feeds tens of thousands of people each day, and is home to a cornucopia of foodstuffs that would be hard to find in most places on the planet. What it is not, however, is fragrant.
The canal from which the district takes its name has now largely been filled in and built over. The Rama IV road runs along the same route, but instead of carrying boats it now carries speeding cars. The market still has a canal running though it though, the sort of canal that would definitely attract the attention of the health and safety inspectors in many countries.
Khlong Toei market is a powerful reminder of the history of this area, and still attracts thousands of people shopping for fresh food each and every day. If you eat street food in Bangkok, there’s a reasonable chance it came from Khlong Toei; and if you eat at an upscale restaurant, there’s an equally strong chance the raw ingredients in your food originated here as well. Khlong Toei is a republic of food.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AT KHLONG TOEI MARKET
khlong toei market is just a great place to shoot street photography. Street photographers visiting Thailand should defiantly make a visit to khlong toei market.
The market is deal for high contrast black and white street photography and flash street photography. Visiting the market will give you so many street photography opportunities, if you wait in certain spots long enough.
Shooting street photography at khlong toei market is a unique experience with its vibrant colours, energy, though it is not one of the cleanest places to visit as you may find yourself wading g through fish guts etc.
HOW TO GET THERE
The easiest option is to take the MRT on the (BLUE LINE) to either Khlong Toei MRT or Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre MRT Station. From the MRT it is just a short walk to Khlong Toei Market.
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY KHLONG TOEI MARKET TIPS
- USE WIDE LENSES 35MM + (MY PREFERENCE IS 28MM)
- FIND THE HIGH CONTRAST AREAS AND FIND THE VIBRANT COLORS
- SHOOT EARLY MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON FOR THE BEST LIGHT
- AVOID VISITING BETWEEN 4PM – 6PM AS ITS SUPER BUSY
- DON’T BE AFRAID OF EXPERIMENTING WITH FLASH