The missus has been hounding me all week to get out of the house. We decided today would be the day to get up early and head to the Naklua seafood market. So into the sweltering heat we headed but we definitely didn’t end up disappointed.
With no cars on the road, the baht bus was flying. We made it to dolphin circle in about 7 minutes, changed trucks and got to the market in another 8-10 minutes. Just before the market they have dug up the roads so you’ll have to walk around the construction from where the baht bus drops you off.
If you have been to this particular market before, you know that it is typically overflowing with people, cramped and noisy but not at the moment. There were very few people wandering around. As you approach, you have your temperature checked and receive the traditional hand sanitizer and then you are turned loose on the market.
Even the inside was fairly quiet today. Walking through, you will find some of the best deals on seafood ever. With it being so quiet and people not making the trip due to being afraid of the virus, the vendors have dropped their prices significantly.
The missus settled on 3 Lobsters (On Special 3 For 1000 Baht), a kilo of scallops and a kilo of crab and we headed over to the folks who cook your stuff up for you on site. No queues for cooking! Typically there is about a 30-40 minute wait for them to cook your food, we were in and out in about 10 mins with steamed lobster with garlic and butter, scallops with garlic and butter, and steamed crabs. Total cost for everything plus cooking was only about 1500 baht give or take a few baht.
Baht bus ride back to the room was just as quick as the ride there. Round trip it only took about an hour or so to get home with some of the most inexpensive, yet delicious seafood ever. If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house and are in the mood for a little seafood, now is definitely the time to do so.
We’ll probably be going back again in a couple days. It was SWELTERING out there, especially with a mask!