The most famous shopping area in Chiang Mai is probably the Night Market. Every night sellers set up stalls along both sides of the street in an area near the river. When we were here before we went a couple of times. Very crowded and somewhat claustrophobic, but interesting. Since we were here 11 years ago, the Sunday Walking Market and Saturday Walking Markets have come up. "Unlike the Night Bazaar which is filled with imitation designer labels, the Walking Markets showcase the art and craftsmanship of the Northern Thai people. Many of the stall vendors make and sell their own products and the quality of craftsmanship is superb. The goods available are made from a wide variety of materials such as silk, paper, fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramic etc." - quote from Visit Chiang Mai website.
The Saturday Market is quite near us, a quick walk to the west of our hotel. On the way there, we passed a temple that was having some kind of special event. For the second day, we could hear the amplified speaker in the late afternoons.
|Banana tree in garden of a home|
|Wat Muen San|
|People gathered to listen to speaker|
|Musicians waiting to play|
|Dioramas of speed cars and motorcycles made from soda cans|
|Dress (everything petite Thai sized!)|
|Strawberries and passionfruit|
|Food (not sure exactly what)|
|Crab poking out of fried sandwiches|
|Dan had some of these noodles on the left|
|Fried milk -- haven't tried it yet|
|Soap in shape of fruits|
|Noodle booth, fried on the spot|
|Puffballs -- we tried the crab; they were OK, very puffy|
|More kids' shoes and coin purses|
|Something to be cooked on sticks|
|Scarves and skirts|
We have seen many of these contraptions hauling things around. A motorcycle with a purpose-built sidecar for transporting a variety of items.
Exactly at 6:00 on both days, an announcement was made on loudspeakers and everyone stood quietly while the national anthem played. I don't know if this has been a tradition for long, or if it is related to the fairly recent military coup.
The street market ended at Chiang Mai Gate, which at night is a huge conglomeration of food stalls. We got some fruit to take home (papaya and watermelon, precut) as well as some mango and sticky rice. We also stopped to have a Roti, something we remembered from our first visit. It starts with a stretchy dough pulled into a large circle. Sliced bananas and egg are added. It is folded over and fried (way too much ghee!) thoroughly. When it is finished, it is drizzled with chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Incredibly delicious, but to be had only rarely!