Or Tor Kor is so much more than a local market. It was once ranked the 4th best fresh market in the world by a famous travel guide. Products displayed here are selected from the best produce found in the entire country. With such an incredible range of beautiful fruits, extremely fresh vegetables, meats and seafood, Or Tor Kor should be on the ‘must-see’ lists of any chef or budding Gordon Ramsey. You can find it right next to Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Or Tor Kor Market is a nice place to stroll around, whether you’re just browsing, taking photos, or actually doing some grocery shopping. Fresh, large-sized fruit of all types and varieties is what it’s mostly known for, but you’ll also find a wide range of vegetables, seafood, pre-cut meats and flowers.
Snacks and Thai sweets are also plentiful, whether the traditional kind or modern varieties, such as kanom krok (grilled coconut pancakes), sticky rice sweets, steamed palm sugar desserts, kanom bueng (coconut crepes), and many more. Ready-to-eat meals come in all varieties, types and servings. Steamed fish curry custard, som tam, chilli pastes, chilli dips, fresh herbs and spices, green curry, red curry, vegetables stir-fried dishes, deep-fried fish, and grilled prawns are all available at Or Tor Kor Market.
Other highlights include ready-cut and custom-cut meats, seafood, fresh mackerel, dried meats and the various condiments used in Thai cooking. There’s also a small food court selling delicious Thai food, including braised duck noodles, fried oyster pancakes, pad thai and various noodle soups, although at a slightly higher price than most other places. Adjacent to the market, the Doi Kham shop features organic vegetables, spa products and other dry grocery items from the Thai non-profit organisation known as The Royal Project.
Starting off as an agricultural collective, Or Tor Kor Market has grown over the years into an upscale outdoor food market. It’s probably one of the few markets that have ritzy business tycoons and their families among its regular clients. So, expect the prices to be higher (but still affordable) than at other outdoor food markets.
To get to Or Tor Kor Market, simply take the MRT subway to Kamphaeng Phet station. Walk from exit number 3, and you’re in the market. It’s a convenient addition to your shopping day out after exploring Chatuchak Weekend Market.