The Markets of Chiang Mai: A Photo Essay

by Christy on

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.

Sunday Walking Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Artist working at the Night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Warorot Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Sunday Walking Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Sunday Walking Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sunday Walking Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Musicians at Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

Art at Sunday Market in Chiang Mai

Or, well… just weird stuff like this:

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Stevetwitter: vangrizz April 24, 2012 at

LOL. Scrolling down through your pictures going nice…nice….nice….WTF? Please tell me you bought a pair of whatever that is in the last picture.
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Christy April 24, 2012 at

Bwahaha! I tried to convince Kali to buy a pair, but he politely declined.

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Leightwitter: hikebiketravel April 24, 2012 at

What a fantastic selection of shots. I’ve never made it past the Bangkok airport but the more I see and read about Chiang Mai, the more I feel I must visit.
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Christy April 25, 2012 at

There is a lot about Chiang Mai out there in the blogosphere, but for good reason – it’s a great city!

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A Montrealer Abroad April 24, 2012 at

These are… questionable boxers, haha!

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Christy April 25, 2012 at

Sooo questionable, lol.

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Amanda April 24, 2012 at

Hahahaha, that last photo is hilarious!!

Great shots as usual, though. The one of the clams near the top is my favorite, I think!
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Christy April 25, 2012 at

Thanks, Amanda! I like that shot a lot as well, though it does bring back memories of the smell. :P

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Stephanie - The Travel Chicatwitter: thetravelchica April 25, 2012 at

Steve took the words right out of my mouth :-)
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Christy April 25, 2012 at

Understood. ;)

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Artitwitter: artisdiary April 25, 2012 at

Wonderful shots! I always love the shopping part that accompanies the travel!!!
Have a nice week ahead:)
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Christy April 25, 2012 at

The shopping part is fun when there isn’t any time pressure involved. Kali and I spent two months just looking at stuff and getting a sense of how far we could haggle, and only started buying gifts and such a little before we left. Trying to fit it all in the first few days would have been super stressful! The food, on the other hand… we were going after the food the moment we stepped off the airplane. ;)

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Christy April 25, 2012 at

What is that bottom picture all about?
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Christy April 25, 2012 at

You mean Scott doesn’t own a pair of those, Christy? They’re all the rage these days! ;)

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Laura April 25, 2012 at

Great photos! Well shot and funny (echo the thoughts on the last photo!). Never been to Thailand but hope to next year and Chiang Mai high on list of places I want to see.

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Christy April 25, 2012 at

Thanks, Laura! I would highly recommend Chiang Mai, though you can’t go wrong almost anywhere in Thailand. :)

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Shanna Schultz April 25, 2012 at

Great photos, thanks! I think I have a photo of the same vegetable lady in the Warrorot Market, sitting amidst her throne of vegetables (except that mine was taken from above).
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Christy April 26, 2012 at

Ha, it’s totally a throne of vegetables.

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Laurence April 26, 2012 at

Is that an elephant’s trunk in your pants or….
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Christy April 28, 2012 at

I’m just happy to see you. ;)

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guytwitter: quirkytravelguy April 26, 2012 at

Wow, good stuff. I like the pic of the shells. And for some reason I love shots of produce, even from a local grocery store. They’re always so colorful and orderly.
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

They always make me hungry! When you see photos of fresh fruit, how can you not want to eat it?! The fruit, not the photo, lol.

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Laura @Travelocafe April 26, 2012 at

I love the first pic of this photo essay and I laughed really hard at the last picture. Really funny.
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Thanks, Laura – that first photo is one of our favorite areas in our favorite market. :)

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Pete April 27, 2012 at

Nice photos! Love seeing markets from around the world. One day we’ll get our asses over to Thailand…
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Seriously, you two! How have you not been to Thailand yet?!?

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Andrea April 27, 2012 at

This looks like an awesome place to explore – having it at night sounds much better than melting in the heat. So much variety! Nice shots
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

The night markets are brilliant – Kali and I would stay in and work all day (with our a/c), and then in the evenings we could go out and play when the temperature dropped. I wish more cities did that! It also gives them a more festive atmosphere, in my opinion.

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Robert April 27, 2012 at

Your pics are amazing! I love the one of the man cooking and the last one thart with such a weird stuff!! :)

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Christy May 2, 2012 at

It’s neat to see all the vendors cooking at the markets – those little egg pans were my favorite. So handy and cute.

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Cathy Sweeneytwitter: TravelingWithS April 27, 2012 at

Fantastic photos capturing the people and market activity so well. The last photo definitely gave me a chuckle this morning. I’m glad that Kali opted not to buy the boxers.

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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Now I almost wish that he did – they’re make a funny souvenir. ;)

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Kieu ~ GQ trippin April 28, 2012 at

You made me miss Chiang Mai and snort at the same time. LOL, that last photo is hilarious. I don’t think we’ve explored enough when we were there – it was Songkran. But we did make it to the night market (and 7-11). Haha
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Well, if you went to a 7-11….. ;)

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FootTracker April 29, 2012 at

omg…that boxer….made me laugh!

The second photos looked like the clams were making that =P face at us ~
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Hahah, it does! I didn’t see it until you mentioned it. :)

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Caanan @ No Vacation Requiredtwitter: NVRguys April 29, 2012 at

LOVE the clam picture.
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Thanks, Caanan!

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dtravelsroundtwitter: dtravelsround April 30, 2012 at

Can’t wait to be back there in two months!!!
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Wow, only two months?! That’ll be the rainy season, right?

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Ayngelina April 30, 2012 at

I never tire of markets anywhere in the world, they are always my favourite places to go and become my favourite photos.
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

I completely agree, Ayngelina. I wish the U.S. had a stronger “market” culture.

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My Traveling Lens May 1, 2012 at

Wow, everything looks so fun and festive. By the way, the peach pickle is actually really good. — Michelle
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Christy May 2, 2012 at

Huh, the “pickled” part freaked me out, so we didn’t even think to try it. Now I wish we had!

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Erica May 3, 2012 at

Markets are some of my favorite places in the world. Great job guys!
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Christy May 4, 2012 at

Thanks, Erica!

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rebecca May 3, 2012 at

great post love food markets hope to visit one day

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Laureltwitter: ExpatGermany May 7, 2012 at

This post makes me miss Chiang Mai so much. I love the markets in Thailand, except for the meat section, I never did get used to that.
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Christy May 11, 2012 at

It’s always way to stinky. Yuck.

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Abi May 8, 2012 at

That second photo looks icky!

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Christy May 11, 2012 at

Ha, it’s definitely a little gross. :P

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Magic Travel Andrew May 29, 2012 at

They certainly love a good market in Chiang Mai. If you live there discovering that the street to where you’re going is blocked by a massive market is a fairly regular event.
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Christy June 1, 2012 at

We never really minded that – the more markets, the merrier! :)

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Mary @ Green Global Travel June 10, 2012 at

Great photos! So colorful. I especially like the perspective of the woman painting mid stroke.
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Christy June 11, 2012 at

Thanks, Mary!

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Helle August 14, 2012 at

Hi – I’m looking for the name of the artist how painted the pictures with the peacock and rhino – I’ve been looking all over for the gallery and think it might be on Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai, but since I’m in DK it’s hard to find out and recognized it on your photo immediately.

Does anyone know the name of the artist, the name of the gallery or an address?

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