Thailand Experiences: A Look Inside Trang Markets

Thailand Experiences: A Look Inside Trang Markets. On the last day of my trip in Thailand’s Trang province, our group toured some of the food markets in the city of Trang. After visiting Chinatown in Bangkok earlier that week, the markets in Trang couldn’t be any more different.

A Look Inside Trang Markets

Markets in Trang Overview into Street

The Trang markets were much quieter and filled only with locals. Outside of our group, there didn’t seem to be any tourists in sight. It was great to catch a glimpse of what day-to-day life is like there for locals.

Dim Sum Market

Our day started with a traditional Trang breakfast. I soon found out that Trang is a city that takes its breakfast very seriously, as there are over 70 dim sum locations in the city.

As the city’s population comes from primarily a Chinese descent, it’s common to start your day with a dim sum meal and a cup (or two) of the ever delicious kopi.

Dim Sum in Trang Restaurant

We had our dim sum breakfast at Ruan Thai, one of the most popular dim sum places in all of Trang. The staff in the restaurant hustle like no one’s business and whip out new food quickly and efficiently. You’d almost think they were German …

Dim Sum in Trang Views into the Restaurant

Dim Sum in Trang Selection Process

Our table was soon covered with plate after plate of dim sum, and our small group had one of the best meals of our entire trip in Thailand.

Beware! As you glance at these photos, you may feel sharp and strong pangs of hunger and a sudden need to have a dim sum breakfast.

Dim Sum in Trang Table Spread

Dim Sum in Trang - Juice and Food

Dim Sum in Trang Foods

Dim Sum in Trang in Trang

Cake Markets

After filling our bellies with all that food (there was a lot of it!), we stopped at a couple of cake shops.

Markets in Trang Bakery with Cakes

Trang is famous for their cakes. They even have a Trang cake festival every year! You can get cakes in banana, coconut, orange, coffee, and pandan flavours. You can even get a “three tastes” flavoured cake, which is a combination of some of these flavours.

As if our waistlines could tolerate any more food, we set about sampling some of the cakes. I mean, how could we not? Especially when served to you by an adorable, smiling, little girl like this one.

Markets in Trang Little Girl with Cake

Cake shops can be found scattered throughout the city.

Food Markets

Finally, we headed off to one of the food markets in Trang that is open during the day.

Markets in Trang Authentic

Markets in Trang Local Perspective

One of the first stalls we came across was run by this happy Thai woman, who had a cat keeping her company! Not sure if felines and fresh fruit go together, but she was all too willing to oblige us our photo opportunity.

Markets in Trang Lady with Water Melon and Cat

Markets in Trang Lady Pointing with Cat

From there, we continued our walk through the food market, observing locals going about their daily routine and, of course, all of the food to be had!

Markets in Trang Little Kids

Markets in Trang Motorcycle

Markets in Trang Helmut Guy

Markets in Trang Laughing Lady

Markets in Trang Food Vendor

Although we’d just stuffed our faces, the smells of the food made my stomach think it could take on more.

Markets in Trang Cooking Meat

Markets in Trang Food Selections

Markets in Trang Rice

Markets in Trang Fruit

Markets in Trang Food Scale

Markets in Trang Fish

Touring the Trang markets was fun as the vibe was so very relaxed. We walked slowly, taking our time to enjoy the atmosphere. There was no competition for space with other tourists as it had been in Bangkok.

Good to Know

  1. To experience the city from a foodie perspective, be sure to indulge in Trang dim sum (with kopi) for breakfast and, later on, some cake for an afternoon snack.
  2. Visit Ruan Thai to have the same dim sum experience that I did.
  3. For more Trang market inspiration, visit Travelfish.
  4. To compare the Trang markets to the ones in Bangkok, see Bangkok Chinatown in 30 Photos.


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Trang Markets
* Disclosure – My market explorations in Trang were complimentary, courtesy of TBEX and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Any opinions expressed about my love of Thai markets and yummy dim sum are entirely my own.

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. Great photo story, really got a sense of what it was like there. love the dim sim restaurant!

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