The Bang Niang market, which is only a few minutes away from Bang Niang beach, is an institution in the Khao Lak region. It is located approximately 2.6 kms north of the Khao Lak centre in La On, and is opposite the 813 Tsunami Memorial Park. The market is multifunctional, containing an array of food shops, restaurants, bars, clothes and shoes, fashion accessories, health shops, souvenirs, and more. The whole market occupies an area of more than 20,000 square meters.
The food-court section occupies the front of the market, which is adjacent to the main Khao Lak thoroughfare that runs from Khao Lak village in the south to Bangsak village in the north. Many different types of foods, that can be either eaten at the shop or taken-away, are available; food items such as pad Thai (Thai fried foods), fried noodles, papaya salad, noodle and rice soups, seafood, Halal food (i.e., food that is sanctioned by Islamic law), vegetarian or meat dishes, fruit shakes, alcoholic beverages, crepes, waffles, ice-cream, pancakes, and donuts with different types of fillings such as blueberry, vanilla, banana, strawberry, orange, or even chocolate!
The Bang Niang market is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during the high tourist season (November to March inclusive), but is reduced to 3 days per week that excludes Thursdays during the low season (April to October). Although stalls start to open around 10am in the morning, the market doesn’t get into full-on action until the late afternoon when the Khao Lak temperature drops a little. Closing times depend on the type of stall, but most of the market stalls close around 8pm, while the bars remain open till at least 12pm depending on how enthusiastically the laws of the land are enforced at any one time!
There may be many things to do in Khao Lak, but without a doubt going to the Bang Niang market is high on the list, irrespective of whether one intends to go shopping, eat and drink, or just meet up with friends.