Muslim Market, Koh Lanta, Thailand

Saladan’s market is run by locals and caters to local tastes, which means all manner of southern Thai delights are in play. The adventurous snack on durian, while thrill-seekers snack on fried bugs and chillies hotter than the surface of the sun.

Many visitors fall in love with pan fried kingfish in ferociously hot red curry, and some try to learn the recipe for the banana and red berry iced treat served by a dozen different vendors. Visitors are surprised at just how void of foreigners the market is, but that only makes it easier for the intrepid traveller to cultivate an authentic experience.

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