Most accounts of Phetchaburi, or Mueang Phet, include some mention of the vast number of sugar palms, or ton taan, which dot the scenic rural landscape. This abundance of sugar palms sealed the reputation of Phetchaburi as a province that will be forever associated with sweetness. The culinary forte of Phetchaburi cooks, which sets them apart from their counterparts in other Thai provinces, is the preparation of sweets and desserts.
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The sweets made in Phetchaburi are some of the most famous in all of Thailand.
These sweets are often prepared as traditional Buddhist merit-making offerings for religious ceremonies performed in rural villages throughout Thailand. However, these are not the only occasions when these desserts are enjoyed. Although most are becoming increasingly difficult to find in Bangkok, the few that are popular with urban Thais can still be bought from vendors, as well as specialty stores and supermarkets to be enjoyed as a snack.
The above selection is merely the tip of the iceberg. Even so, a good number of these traditional Thai sweets will not find their way to Bangkok. Those who truly love the very best in Thai cuisine will make a pilgrimage to a special place that offers a truly impressive variety of Phetchaburi sweets of the finest quality, but which remains a well-kept secret, known only to locals and sweet vendors in particular. It is the centuries-old Talat Mueang Phet, a traditional dessert market right in the heart of the old quarter of Petchaburi town.
Talat Mueang Phet Traditional Dessert Market
Located in a district near the provincial centre of Amphoe Muang Phetchaburi, opening hours begin in the wee hours of the morning at 3.00 am — perhaps far too early for the average visitor. However, this market of sweet-makers principally caters to vendors who sell their wares in districts and villages far and wide. The fact that such a highly specialized traditional market exists at all is simply fascinating. The market closes at 9.00 am. sharp. Culinary enthusiasts will be sweetly rewarded by this wonderful sweet market.
Directions to the Petchaburi Dessert Market
Start out from 18 Metres Road, right in the heart of the provincial centre, Amphoe Muang Phetchaburi. A branch off this road with no name crosses the Phetchaburi River and then continues on to Wat Mahathat. Look for the Bangkok Bank branch. This street market is situated right behind the bank. Once you are on this street, Wat Mahathat is straight in front. The market is in a small soi, approximately a hundred metres long. The soi is on the left just before you reach the bridge that crosses the Phetchaburi River.
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