Bang Lamung, Chonburi —
The Ban Chak Ngaew market is finally back to life after a one-year closure due to Covid-19.
Located in Bang Lamung, Chonburi, the Ban Chak Ngaew market is an antique Chinese market with a lovely atmosphere of a Chinese traditional community. Most of the vendors there are locals who are both Thai and half-Chineses who sell goods right in front of their homes, so most of the food is homemade. However, the market was forced to shut down due to the global Covid-19 pandemic and concerns of crowds.
On Saturday, June 4th, the market was back to life again after an unfortunate one-year closure. As seen from the pictures, hundreds of visitors both Thais and international tourists were back, strolling the stall-packed alley and lining up in front of their chosen stall. Vendors were dressed in bright red Chinese clothes as a symbol of good fortune to welcome customers and celebrate the reopening.
The Pattaya News interviewed a prominent vendor named “Pao Ui”, a 60-year-old zongzi (Chinese sticky rice dumpling) seller, who was also in red. He said that the market could come back to life again due to the customers’ never-changing generosity. Most of the things here were inexpensive and authentic; therefore, his zongzi was sold out in the early morning.
Pao Ui invited locals and tourists to check the Ban Chak Ngaew market out. It is open every Saturday from 3 P.M. to 9 P.M. Follow the google map here!
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