Water colours: Experiencing ASEAN’s largest ornamental fish market

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Fancy fish on offer at Fish Village in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand © Arno Maierbrugger

Aficionados of ornamental fish in Asia don’t need to look further than Thailand: Here, in Ratchaburi province some 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, the provincial government in cooperation with a private investor has set up the largest market for aquarium fish in the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): The Fish Village in Ban Pong, a small district not far from the idyllic Mae Khlong river, a tourism destination in its own right.

The market, stretching over 320,000 square meters and being operative since three years now, offers a wide variety of fancy fish and other types of sea dwellers, as well as frogs, turtles and similar animals for terrariums. The fish are bred in up to 2,000 ponds in the area which has ideal conditions in terms of climate and facilities, while the Fish Village’s location relatively close to Bangkok makes it easy to visit for the international clientele – wholesalers as well as private buyers which – apart from coming from all over East Asia – hail from as far as the Middle East, Africa and Europe, while Singapore has a emerged as a trading hub for the colourful fish.

Prices are moderate: A water-filled plastic bag with a dozen or so of small ornamental fish starts at just 50 baht ($1.50), while a single aquarium fish can be had from ten baht ($0.30). Frogs are even cheaper: One is only 2.50 ($0.08) baht.

All pictures © Arno Maierbrugger

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Fancy fish on offer at Fish Village in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand © Arno Maierbrugger

Aficionados of ornamental fish in Asia don’t need to look further than Thailand: Here, in Ratchaburi province some 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, the provincial government in cooperation with a private investor has set up the largest market for aquarium fish in the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): The Fish Village in Ban Pong, a small district not far from the idyllic Mae Khlong river, a tourism destination in its own right.

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Fancy fish on offer at Fish Village in Ban Pong, Ratchaburi, Thailand © Arno Maierbrugger

Aficionados of ornamental fish in Asia don’t need to look further than Thailand: Here, in Ratchaburi province some 100 kilometers west of Bangkok, the provincial government in cooperation with a private investor has set up the largest market for aquarium fish in the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): The Fish Village in Ban Pong, a small district not far from the idyllic Mae Khlong river, a tourism destination in its own right.

The market, stretching over 320,000 square meters and being operative since three years now, offers a wide variety of fancy fish and other types of sea dwellers, as well as frogs, turtles and similar animals for terrariums. The fish are bred in up to 2,000 ponds in the area which has ideal conditions in terms of climate and facilities, while the Fish Village’s location relatively close to Bangkok makes it easy to visit for the international clientele – wholesalers as well as private buyers which – apart from coming from all over East Asia – hail from as far as the Middle East, Africa and Europe, while Singapore has a emerged as a trading hub for the colourful fish.

Prices are moderate: A water-filled plastic bag with a dozen or so of small ornamental fish starts at just 50 baht ($1.50), while a single aquarium fish can be had from ten baht ($0.30). Frogs are even cheaper: One is only 2.50 ($0.08) baht.

All pictures © Arno Maierbrugger

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