One of the best things about Thailand is the abundance of local markets. None of this Wal-Mart business; if you need something, you head to the streets! Or maybe 7-11, but we’ll ignore that fact for now.
While you’ll find clumps of smaller stalls spread throughout the cities, most often there’s at least one large, daily market where vendors congregate. In Chiang Mai that’s Warorot – the place you go to find anything (and I mean anything) you need.
Fresh fish, fabric, vases, live turtles, gold jewelry, pickled peaches… you can get it all, and then some.
Then there are the night markets.
In case you didn’t know, Thailand is HOT. No one wants to shlep around in the afternoon heat, so a lot of activity takes place in the cooler evening hours.
Chiang Mai’s touristy night market is open seven days a week, and the weekend’s evening walking markets are much beloved by locals and tourists alike.
These night markets are a bit more festive; instead of fruits and veggies, they’re teeming with street food, entertainment, artisan handicrafts, and kitschy gifts.
Or, well… just weird stuff like this: