Mukdahan Night Food Market

Arguably the best night food market in isaan opens about 1700h in Mukdahan each evening. The road is closed off to both car and motorbike traffic, providing a carbon-monoxide free dining experience. Both sides of the road are lined with stalls selling Vietnamese, Isaan and Thai treats. Behind the stalls are tables and chairs for those who want to enjoy their meal al-fresco.

I usualy make a 7-11 stop to pick up a few cans of beer then work my way to a shady table to enjoy a 2 to 3 hour dining orgy. If I plan carefully I can graze off 4 or 5 stalls with minimum movement. My usual modus operandi is to begin with Vietnamese spring rolls both fried and fresh, pork and fried rice-balls.

A bit of a rest, some crowd watching and maybe a bit of ratnah or phad thai and another beer, for sure. By then there’s been a bit of a chat or two with other diners, and oh well another beer.Fresh fruit or a variety of desserts are available for those so inclined.

A stroll around to check on lottery tickets, clothing, sunglasses and other necessities might build up the need for a beer for the road.

All in all it’s a great way to spend an evening in Mukdahan.

12 responses to “Mukdahan Night Food Market

  1. Thanks for taking us readers way off the beaten track with this one.

    I did the bus loop a few years back from Vientiane to Savannaket in Laos. Pretty awful road but worth the trip just for the adventure. So, if you do get to Mukdahan, contemplate the idea of popping over the border. Suvannaket is a funky town.

  2. Passed by Mukdahaan on my way back Savanakit in Laos years ago. Did not stopped to look around then, will make up the lost time my next visit.

  3. After reading your post:

    Well, I’m going to Mukdahan.

    Hadn’t even considered it before. Thanks for blogging.

  4. Nice blog Tom. Sitting in Australia right now I can smell the aroma of the charcoal and the food and hear all the noise.
    More power to Thai markets especially the Isaan ones


  5. Sounds like a heavenly evening.

  6. how far is isaan from bangkok?

  7. Great blog, been there three times this year and the market is just like you say it is! But i do like the indochine market on the Mekong.Will be going back august, can’t wait.

  8. from Mukdahan

    It’s so happy reading people’s comment about my own city, even better when most of them say positive things. Whenever I go back home from working in the capital, I tend to visit the night market for food and just to absorb the atmosphere which i was used to when i was young.

  9. thabks evryone for the kind comments
    have not done this blog in a bit
    i do try to keep
    up to date

    thanks again


  10. Thank you,Tom, I am going to Mukdahan by the end of this mounth

  11. Mukdahan is very nice place and the people are friendly