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A Trip to Lamai Fresh Market

Text and Photography by Aom (Thai woman living in Koh Samui) - Friday, June 29, 2012

Last Saturday, I went to work at the office and after that I thought about going to the Lamai Fresh Market in Tambon Maret (also called Lamai). I worked until at 3pm. Then, I packed my things, including an umbrella to protect me from the strong sunshine. When I was sure that hadn't forget anything, I locked the office and walked down to the first floor to wait for a Songtaew (the pick-up taxis on the island), because today I didn't take my own car to work. I waited for ten minutes until the Songtaew appeared and paid 20 Baht for going to the market. It seems like the driver would like to have more than 20 baht from me, but I just said thank you and kept walking, as I thought 20 baht is the fair price for this short distance.


Gaeng hoy

The Lamai Fresh Market is situated next to the Samui Ring Road. Right from where the car drops, you can just walk in there. The first counter on my right side offers Southern food. Their main speciality is various curry soups. People buy it and take it back home. I asked the price how much for a bag of curries and the lady told me that it was 30 baht. On my left side there is an Isaan food bar. Here you're able to buy any kind of Isaan dish, such as somtam, barbeque chicken, BBQ fish, sticky rice etc. These food are also ready to eat and you don't need to cook it. I felt that the sellers here are all friendly, it doesn't matter which counter I went to, I always got ta smile from the owner. Some of them even helped me to clear and make up the counter, so I could get better photos. A salewoman told me that many foreigners often come here to take photos because they are impressed, as in their countries it's not easy to find this kind of market places.

I walked to the next zone which is located the middle of the market. Most counters here are selling fresh food such as fruits, vegetables, pork, beef, chicken, fish and ingredients such as chili paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, dried noodles, dried seafood etc. In this part of the market I saw a counter that has living turtles and eels for sale. I asked the salesman, if someone eats them. And YES! was the answer... But most people buy these animals not to eat them, but to unleash them back in the nature, where they can be safe from humans. As people here believes that to help the animals like this, it will make their own lives more happy, healthy and long lasting. I was thinking to buy one or two of them to set free in nature as well, but I'll return tomorrow, as I don't have the time to set them free today.

Peanats and sweet apples

Buying vegetables

I kept walking and took more photos deeper into the end of that section of the market. Fresh seafood and fish are sold here. Most sellers are from fishermen families, so they catch the fish at night and sell it in the market by themselves, next day. I turned back and walked to another side of the middle section and I was so happy to see a counter in which the saleswoman comes from Isaan. She was selling some pickled fish. The price was 20 baht per a bag, so I bought one. It is my favorite and very cheap too! The vegetables and food here are not expensive and quite fresh. The next counters were the vegetable are fruits stands. There are many different kind of fruits and prices. Rambutan (30 baht/kg), mangosteens (50 baht/kg), Chinese pears (70 baht/kg), Bananas (20 baht/kg), apples (different prices), pineapples, water melons, mangos, pomelas etc. I bought 2 kilograms of rambutans and a kilogram of mangosteen. And I didn't forget to ask the seller if I could take the photos of her friut stand. Then I saw a flower store and I headed there to purchase four flower's rings. One for my car, two for the Shrine God of the household and one for my house.

Chicken for sale

Well, my shopping was finished and I wanted to go back home. I walked to the car park and waited for a Songtaew again. During waiting time, I saw a beauty salon shop which "was guarded" an elephant-headed god in the front. And there were bananas, sugar canes, red Fanta and flowers put there as offerings to the spirits. People often believes it is for good their luck, their success and for getting a lot of customers coming to their shop.

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