It’s can’t be denied that markets play big role in Thailand’s tourism. Every single town in Thailand, there are a bunch of markets, from small ones to big ones. These markets sell most everything, for instances, foods, beverages, costumes, toys, accessories and lots more. Some of them even set up market fairs every weeks, probably 1 day or 2 days per week. Most tourists, including Thai people themselves, love market fairs, because more different and interesting goods will be sold. You can find various new vendor booths. So, if you visit a market fair, don’t be surprise if you’re in the middle of hundred or thousand people.
Chiang Mai is in fact almost as civilised as Bangkok, but it has been being baked with memorable history. Chiang Mai, in the past, was a part of ancient Lanna Kingdom. Therefore there is on wonder why Chiang Mai nowadays is called ‘The Land of Lanna’. No matter where you go in Chiang Mai, including markets, you will clearly see the reflection of Lanna culture. Markets in Chiang Mai usually sell local foods or traditional items, for instances, paper umbrellas or other art objects.
Markets in Chiang Mai is mostly big. Some of them are enourmous commercial district, really. You are possibily not able to finish your shopping in just one day. And, some of them are market fairs, which means they will not be set up everyday, but will be set up on specific days. The example of these market fairs is ‘Wualai Walking Saturday Walking Street’. You can go to Wualai at night on Saturday only. The market takes place on the whole area of the street. Normally, the street is used for traffic, but when the commercial time of the market comes, the street is closed, in order to let tourists walk around freely without having to worry about accident.
The conclusion is, there are different types of markets in Chiang Mai and in other towns of Thailand. But, no matter which one you choose to go, you will always find one very same thing. That thing is the sweet smile and warm-welcome of locals.
We make the lists of the markets in Chiang Mai as below.