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June 14, 2014 / Thai / By
Ryan Dickinson

Saturday nights in Sukhothai are an event. After the sun goes down everyone in the city, tourist and local alike, is going to be on the road next to the river at the Sukhothai Night Market. Unlike other Thai markets, the Sukhothai Night Market is more than just a street lined with venders. It is additionally a dance floor, a public concert, and a spot for local kids to breakdance.

During the year I lived and worked as a teacher in Thailand, I visited the market countless times. And every Saturday I was there I discovered something completely new and wonderful.

One Saturday I bought myself a sturdy wooden Jenga game. Another Saturday I had the following exchange with two of my students:

 Students: “Hello teacher”                                                                                                                  Me: “Hello, how are you?”                                                                                                        Students: “Fine… And you.”                                                                                                                Me.  “I’m doing okay. It’s very hot outside though.”                                                                      Students: “Do you…. Are you…. Umm…Goodbye”

It was incredibly endearing that when they couldn’t think of anything else to say to me they panicked, pointed in the other direction and literally ran away. The entire situation made me chuckle and prompted me to have more “conversation based” lessons in class. I wanted to make sure that my students knew how to think under pressure.

Aside from getting to see and chat with my kids outside of class, the market also provided me with the opportunity to try new and different foods. It was at the Sukhothai Night Market that I discovered some of my favorite Thai foods. Some of the street food I enjoyed best was sticky rice with mangos, crispy rice, and regular fried rice. My absolute favorite vendor at the Sukhothai Night Market, however, was the vender that sold squid on a stick. I liked the squid at the market so much that I got it every time I stopped by the market. The smallest size of squid on a stick was only 5 baht, so I was never worried that it would be too expensive.

The other markets I ventured to in Chiang Mai, Lampang, and Bangkok were, while fun, large and slightly overwhelming. The Sukhothai Night Market, on the other hand, was much more navigable and moderately sized. Visiting the market was such an exciting event, that I began to do it every Saturday without fail. Every week I was greeted by so many familiar and friendly faces that I eventually began to feel a part of the community. By the time that my year in Thailand came to an end the market’s street venders knew my name, my usual order, my likes and dislikes, and my habits. Both the venders and the market's other customers fully embraced me. They and the atmosphere of the Sukhothai Night Market in general helped to make my stay in Thailand as memorable and as incredible as possible. 


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