Slideshow: Snapshots From Thailand: The Markets of Krabi

Biryani
Biryani

This rice in this Indian-influenced dish is loaded with fragrant spices and cooked slowly with ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, and chicken juices. Fried shallots, fresh cucumber and a sweet chili sauce are the finishing touches, though some vendors, like this one, take a more mix-and-match approach to rice and meat selections.

Fish in Banana Leaf
Fish in Banana Leaf

One of my unexpected breakfast treats at the Krabi wet market, these steamed banana leaf packets contained a tender nugget of white fish mixed with coconut milk and herbs. The fish is served with a bowl of fresh rice noodles doused a mild in curry gravy, with a separate bowl of fresh herbs and raw vegetables on the side.

Things on Sticks
Things on Sticks

Fried chicken, spiral-cut hotdogs on sticks, and Angry Birds fish cakes: the backbone of Thai street food.

Curry Display
Curry Display

A typical prepared foods display, with curries and stir-fries sold by weight or available by the plate for casual sit-down dining. You can bet every dish here will be packed into an aforementioned plastic bag if it’s traveling anywhere.

Sticky Rice Snacks
Sticky Rice Snacks

Grains of sticky rice fried to a puff, then drizzled with a palm sugar caramel sauce: I shall not debase myself with Rice Krispies Treats ever again.

Crabs, Up Close and Personal
Crabs, Up Close and Personal

Sure, there’s fresh seafood aplenty all over Thailand, but it’s especially easy to find in the South. Look at this crab roe! This guy will probably end up curried or steamed.

Saltfish
Saltfish

Whole herb-stuffed, salt-coated fish grilled over an open flame. Once you peel away the salty charred skin, the meat inside is unbelievably tender and flavorful. I had this served with an assortment of raw herbs and vegetables.

Golden Sweets
Golden Sweets

As a complete cholesterol hound, I was smitten with these these delicate egg yolk desserts (found all over Thailand, not just the South). Yolks and sugar are spun into threads or rolled into balls (or other ball-esque shapes), then soaked in a light syrup that reminds me of Indian gulab jamon.