Lad Chado Market - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

Rising from the shelters of Chinese traders on both banks of the river, Lad Chado market has been flourishing for over a century. First began as a simple wooden structure hovering above the water, it quickly expanded into several rows counting almost 100 shophouses on solid land. These parallel rows of vast building facing one another are separated by a large passage in between each. The historical quarter also houses a temple, a school, a shrine, a rice mill and a movie theatre that is carefully preserved to its original condition. Formerly know as “Ban Chakarat”, this area grew significantly after the end of the 1767 war with the Burmese.
A waterway connects the quarter with the Noi river and in it swim schools of fish. The biggest population is the Chado fish, from which the name was derived. The school is so big there was once a warning to take care while rowing, as there is a big chance that one might accidentally hit a Chado with one’s oars.
The Tasting List: Mae Chua’s Bon Curry: Bon curry is a rare find, as it takes a lot of effort to make, the recipe requiring the cook to stir constantly and to season masterfully.
Steamed Curried Fish: Made with local leaves. Very tasty.
Boiled Fish in Soy Sauce: A traditional recipe that contains sugar cane, pineapple, tamarind paste and fish cake. Worth tasting.
Pa Pa Nead Roll Noodle Soup, Stewed Pork Noodle Soup, Loong Nuad Stewed Duck, Steamed Curry, Herbal Thai Rice Munchkins, Pandan Bean Rice Cake, Coconut Custard Squares etc.
A short walk from the market along the river takes you to a houseboat serving noodle soup on the river.
Take These With You: Dried and/or Smoked Local Fish
Weekends only
Getting There:
By Car: From Bangkok, take Bang Pa-In exit from the tollway and follow the Sam Khok - Pathum Thani Route through Sena intersection into Phak Hai district, Ayutthaya. Head through the city and take the left turn, where you will pass by Lad Chado Municipality building. Lad Chado market is located on your left, with plenty of signs indicating the direction along the way.

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