Wat Boon Night Bazaar

May 8, 2013

Every respectable city has a night bazaar these days. Without a serious night bazaar the city is doomed to be named a village or a town, and nobody would be proud of living in a place like that. After staying in Nakhon Ratchasima for a while it occurred to me I have never been to the city’s night bazaar, so it was about time to check out that little hub of dynamism.

The entrance to the Wat Boon night bazaar.

The entrance to the Wat Boon night bazaar. Only 2 seconds left before the lights turn green so apologies for the hurried picture.

There are several night bazaars in Nakhon Ratchasima but you have to start exploring somewhere, so the first pick was the night bazaar at Wat Boon (Wat Bun). This night bazaar normally opens around 6PM and would stay open till there are no more customers or no more items to sell.

The entrance to the night bazaar is at the blue blip. To the right from there is where the vendors have their stalls.

The entrance to the night bazaar is at the blue blip. To the right from there is where the vendors have their stalls.

When we arrived at the night bazaar it was a Tuesday around 8:30PM and I have to say the anxious feelings to see what was going on at this bubbling spot in the city soon disappeared when I realized its one of the most boring night bazaars I have ever seen. There were some vendors but the goods they sold mostly consisted of cheap clothing (prices of around 100 baht per item) and food that not really attracted me.

An almost deserted shopping area.

An almost deserted shopping area.

The only stall that actually attracted some people was the vendor of pirated movies. Apparently torrents are not widely used here in Thailand because people like their movies with Thai subtitles, or even better, synchronized in Thai, and these are not widely on offer online. The crowds that were attracted to the stall were not customers though, but mostly people staring at the TV screen where one of the movies was played. It never crossed their minds to actually buy a movie, they just wanted something to do for about 10 minutes.

Most vendors sell food, cheap clothing, or some smaller things which I didn't even bother to check out.

Most vendors sell food, cheap clothing, or some smaller things which I didn’t even bother to check out.

All together it was quite a disappointed; I expected a thriving night bazaar as you sometimes see in Bangkok or other big cities with hundreds of exotic foods for sale, living animals, and pirated clothing of all kinds. None of that was happening here in Nakhon Ratchasima. Maybe I just picked the wrong day and time, but it is more likely that what I saw is exactly what it is.

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