Very much like in Tsukiji, the wholesale market takes place between 2 and 5 in the morning, followed by the regular market which i visited at 6:00AM
He insisted on paying that coffee and i felt really dumbOn my first day, i made an interesting encounter. While passing by a coffee stand with my camera, someone hailed at me in a very good english asking if i wanted a coffee. Truth is that at 6am, it’s hard to refuse.. So i sat down, got an amazing iced coffee (similar to the Vietnamese ones) and started a very nice conversation with a man named Narith.
He insisted on paying that coffee and i felt really dumb – western guy with a nice camera getting his coffee paid by a local – so i told him that my customs commanded me to return the favor and that i would buy him coffee the next day. He conceded that he was there every morning at 6AM, but i think he didn’t really believed me.. Surely enough, i was there the next day, waiting for him and we had an even nicer chat!
The market and its people
The outer edges and outside galleries are mainly reserved for fruits and veggies vendors.
The inside area is split into 2, a big open area for meat and fish vendors and a few inside galleries for clothing and supplies stores. Although it might sound organized, a beautiful chaos is really taking place.
If you can deal with the smell and sight of the market, it’s definitely worth going back several times. People felt much more at ease with me taking pictures after a few days, when i knew their names or what they were selling.