For the past couple of years, these Thai vendors have been moving around shopping complexes in Ipoh with their wares and food. I remember that back in the 1980s, people who wanted to buy cheap Thai products would have to drive all the way to the Thai border, carpooling or by bus. Some of my friends would buy cheap Thai stuff and resell in Ipoh. They earned a free holiday that way.
Now, you could just buy these Thai “morning market” wares right here in Ipoh but I was told that the price difference is great. For example, what you could buy in Haadyai for MYR3, it would be sold here for MYR10. Well, what did we expect, right?
My buddy Amy, who now lives in Bangkok, told me that the mango used in Thailand’s specialty, mango rice, seems sweeter in Thailand compared to those sold here in Ipoh. I wouldn’t know because I never buy their foodstuff and even if I had tasted the mango rice in Ipoh, I wouldn’t know the difference until and unless I have taken those sold across the border as well. LOL
The other day when I was in Ipoh Parade, this Thai Fair was pretty crowded, so much so that I wasn’t able to take any decent shots at all. I didn’t even have the chance to look around to see if they have new stuff but I tell you, once you have been to one, you’ve been to all. They are pretty much the same; offering similar merchandise and food.