Concrete has arrived at Jomtien Night Market !
by Belinda Wilson
Yes Concrete has arrived at Jomtien Night Market
“Is this big news” ? I hear you ask.
“It most certainly is” I quickly reply.
The reason being that with the laying of a concrete slab of about 6 inches (15 cms) as a flooring to the entire area, this previously shabby little market has been somewhat transformed.
If you have never been it can be found by travelling along Jomtien Beach Road between Soi 8 and 9
If you have never been it can be found either by travelling along Jomtien Beach Road between Soi 8 and 9 or along Jomtien 2nd road in the direction of Pattaya from Na Jomtien at the Aqua Condo Turning. To then get an idea of how it once was, go to the car park that has now been set up at the back for 20 baht admission and you will see the type of dirty, dusty ground that used to be all over this market.
Really it used to be so bad to walk up and down the stalls here that I would rather wear ankle boots than flip flops having found after my first excursion here that upon returning home my feet were filthy ! After all how can one possibly concentrate on shopping with the feel of grit and dirt between one’s toes!
Also the vendors themselves are obviously far happier with their lot since the concrete flooring has come in. The covers and posters used to decorate their individual stalls were often filthy and frayed giving the whole place a feel of a UK boot sale - and not one in a pretty country field but more an inner city “let’s use this old car park” type of affair.
Don’t even get me started on the food area where some brave souls even took to putting furniture and yes even soft furnishings our on the grit and the grime to entice people to sit there and enjoy the sea view…..well almost. When the rain fell the ground would turn to a slushy mess, making them surely wonder why they had ever made the effort. However that is all gone now and a huge improvement has been made by the laying of the concrete for the buyers visiting and the vendors who seem to be taking just a little more care with their stalls and displays now.
It is open every night with most stalls opening at around 5:30 p.m
So for some last minute Christmas shopping why not visit this market ? Unlike the market at Thepprasit road it is open every night with most stalls opening at around 5:30 p.m. There are plenty of Thai Souveniers (“Trippers Tripe” as my old french teacher used to say) that you can take home if you are returning for the festivities. Plenty of elephants, wooden statues silk hangings or toiletries such as Aloe Vera, Coconut oil, Tiger balm and the like Or for those of you staying there are plenty of clothes,food and drink. Retro pieces from a lovely little stall at the back for as little as 100 baht, mad cat print T shirts, excellent fruit stalls skewers from as little as 20 baht and smoothies from as little as 25 baht.
So for some last minute Christmas shopping why not visit this market?
If you arrive a little later you will also be treated to some excellent “people watching opportunities” especially at the front “Disco area” where many a Russian tourist will get their child to have a dance around - which can be quite sweet or simply take to the floor themselves - which can be less so!