As the sun was setting I was starting to get hungry and needed some energy. As I walked along the streets I looked for a decent looking place to eat. I found a nice noodle shop on the corner. I ordered up a bowl and got a drink and relaxed a bit. They had a TV going and on the TV was a Korean program dubbed in Thai. As I walked around town that evening I saw a lot of TVs tuned to that program. It gave the place a quaint feel as everyone was watching the same show.

 

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They had a TV going and on the TV was a Korean program dubbed in Thai.

 Noodle Shop

 

As the sun was setting I was starting to get hungry and needed some energy. As I walked along the streets I looked for a decent looking place to eat. I found a nice noodle shop on the corner. I ordered up a bowl and got a drink and relaxed a bit. They had a TV going and on the TV was a Korean program dubbed in Thai. As I walked around town that evening I saw a lot of TVs tuned to that program. It gave the place a quaint feel as everyone was watching the same show.

 

Lizards on the Sign

Lizards on the Sign

 

As I was wandering around town I saw a sign for a bank. The glow in the dark night sky was warm and comforting. Apparently not just for me as the sign had a bunch of lizards on it. Added a very tropical flair to the place. I saw these little lizards hanging out on or near lights a lot.

 

The Market at Night

The Market at Night

 

After dinner and some wanderings I went back through the market I had visited. The night gave the place a very different feel. The lack of lighting punctuated by the lights on the stalls tended to draw ones focus and hide the complexity of the place. It made it feel more understandable, more accessible.

 

The number of shoppers in the market went way down but it was still a lively place.

Fruits in the Night

 

The glow of the light gave the fruits a whole new appeal. The number of shoppers in the market went way down but it was still a lively place.

 

There were several market streets at night. The main one and then this market on a smaller street.

More Market Street

 

There were several market streets at night. The main one and then this market on a smaller street.

 

A young girl mans the family booth. It was very common to see children working with their parents in the family stores.

Family Affair

 

A young girl mans the family booth. It was very common to see children working with their parents in the family stores.

 

Suphanburi Street at Night

Suphanburi Street at Night

 

With the tower in the background. The place was still full of life and activity after dark.

 

 At first I thought this was a large family compound but it turned out that it was the grounds of one of the temples.

Night Games

 

As I was walking past some compound I noticed some lights and a gathering of people which was odd. Looking through the grates of the wall it looked like a small group of people, probably related playing something similar to croquet. It involved balls and mallets and such things. They had some snacks and seemed to be having a good time. At first I thought this was a large family compound but it turned out that it was the grounds of one of the temples.

 

Some mellow Thai music wafted through the air. While it was a busy market it was relaxed so I went to check it out.

The Night Market

 

Further down the road I ran into a large night market. The edges of the market were lit with neon strips and the glow of the lights from under the vendors tents gave it a warm feeling as they cut through the smoke from the kabob vendors. Some mellow Thai music wafted through the air. While it was a busy market it was relaxed so I went to check it out.

 

Most of them seemed to be clothes and accessories though there was a good share of produce as well.

In the Market

 

There was nothing especially interesting or exotic about the products for sale. Most of them seemed to be clothes and accessories though there was a good share of produce as well. But it was neat to mill about the place and check out the people.

 

A nice Thai couple shopping for house wares.

Picking Out the China

 

A nice Thai couple shopping for house wares.

 

One of the more unusual things I saw was this device that was rigged up to pound stuff into curry paste.

Curry Press

 

One of the more unusual things I saw was this device that was rigged up to pound stuff into curry paste. It was functional but it looked a lot like a giant long necked bird of some kind.

 

 While it didn't compare to other larger markets in Bangkok I

Many Stalls

 

I thought the scope of the market was pretty large for such a small town. While it didn't compare to other larger markets in Bangkok I really enjoyed the time I spent here. It had an open and relaxed feel I didn't get at other markets.

 

 It was very similar to gas stations we might see in America yet it felt different

Gas Station

 

Heading back I went by this gas station. It was very similar to gas stations we might see in America yet it felt different.

 

 Suphanburi was a small town after all.

As Evening Deepens

 

As the evening wore on and I moved further away from downtown the streets became pretty deserted. You would still see someone every now and then but it’s not like normal where you see people all the time. Suphanburi was a small town after all.