Time to bid adieu to Betong! Our weekend excursion to this Thai border town was well spent and exceeded my expectations. 🙂
Before leaving, make sure to stop by Betong Central Market for some souvenirs and cheap produce. The town has a large and well-maintained market, divided into wet (veggies, fish, meat, etc.) and dry (snacks, dried goods, clothes) areas.
What’s good: A popular local product is petai (stinkbeans), which you will find being sold in bunches (above), or nicely sealed in 1kg packets for 200baht (Rm26). That’s a lot of petai! (Cooked them at home, they were really nice and big. Although the whole house stank to high heaven afterwards :D)
Woven rattan baskets in various colours.
Walked around the neighbourhood, observing the locals go about their daily routines. Freshly steamed pau cooked right on the pavement sounds like a great way to kickstart the morning!
How most typical shops look like in Betong. Like Malaysia, there is also a ‘five-foot walkway’ at the front.
Toy seller rearranging his toys on a motorised cart.
Betong has been a fun trip, although I was initially (very) skeptical of going. For those of you who are like me before, wondering what there is to do in a small border town, I suggest a visit to see for yourself. 😀