According to Anthony Bourdain and other ardent travelers, the best way to understand a city and its people is to wander its markets. While most markets in Bangkok conjure images of crowds, weird smells, and less than ideal hygienic conditions, Or Tor Kor market is a super clean indoor market that is a great introduction to Thai food in a calm setting. Frequented usually only by upper class locals, Or Tor Kor was ranked 4th in CNN Travel's ranking of the World's Best Fresh Markets. Here you will find the best produce, the freshest fruit, and a glistening food court with tons of curries and grills. And if you're up for trying durian just once, do so here; the best ones are sold in Or Tor Kor so if you don't like them here, chances are you won't like them anywhere else!
If you're tired of typical street food, then make your way to Kai Yaang Sut Jai, where you can get delicious isaan food, or food from the Northeast of Thailand. It's located in the Or Tor Kor complex itself - just ask around. Try the namesake dish, kai yaang (grilled chicken), tom saeb (a sour and spicy soup), and tam sua (papaya salad with noodles).
Visiting the massive Chatuchak market is convenient from Or Tor Kor but we suggest you tackle this monstrosity by yourself, especially if you're going to shop. Shopping in a group is hard and kind of weird.
Meeting point: MRT Kamphaeng Phet by the exit that says "Marketing Organization for Farmers". From there, Or Tor Kor is just a few steps away.
Leaders, Or Tor Kor is open from 6am to 8pm everyday.