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Famous Markets you Must Visit on Your Chiang Mai Vacation – One of the Biggest Delights

Chiang Mai attracts visitors with its natural beauty, holistic spas, vintage Lanna buildings and traditional Thai massage schools but the markets by far are the best lures as we will explain below.

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Warorot Market

This iconic market is a well-known landmark as it sits right in the middle of Chinatown. It is the perfect location to experience what Chiang Mai was like in days of yore. Warorot Market is quite an experience; the place proper is a multi-story complex that houses food shops on the ground floor and garments on the upper floors. Just opposite this is Ton Lamyai an almost equal to Warorot Market with the same allures while the open air market to the back of these shopping complexes offers one a taste of real Chiang Mai with stalls selling local cuisine, garments, ceramics and some pretty interesting souvenir type handicrafts; as such one has all these three shopping locales to enjoy as Warorot Market.

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Morning Market – Chiang Mai Gate

The Chiang Mai gate is best known for the two main markets that take place there as morning and night markets. The morning market functions from 4.30 am to noon and is one of the best the city has to offer. Take along the camera for some authentic shots of true local flavour as the market takes place at the semi-open market stall. Setting those alarms and heading over to the market in the wee hours of the morning will be rewarded with sights of monks collecting alms, locals cooking up delicious Thai food and shoppers haggling over goods. Ideal for a dose of true Thai lifestyles especially since tourists hardly show up before 9 am.

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Saturday and Sunday Night Walking Street

These are weekend markets that are excellent for tourists. Easily reached from any well-located luxury hotel Chiang Mai is home to, these two bazaars take place in central locations. The crowded markets will be your best experience of shopping in the city and mostly specialise in artisan goods and uncommon clothing. The food is a whole new experience with delicious north Thai cuisine on offer.

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Saturday Night Walking Street

This fabulous market is held on Wua Lai Road which you can reach in just 10 minutes from the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. The entire road which starts from the southwest of Chiang Mai Gate is pedestrianized to accommodate the vibrant market which takes place from 5 pm onwards. The area was once home to skilled silversmiths, some of who are still active offering demonstrations and beautifully crafted jewellery and other items for sale.

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Sunday Night Walking Street

This is the larger version of the Saturday Night Walking Street. It's open from noon and is located around Thapae Gate running along the expanse of Rachadamnoen Road. This road too is pedestrianized and accommodates the markets many stalls of which the food stalls are the biggest lure.

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Night Bazaar

This popular night bazaar runs for seven nights a week attracting thousands of locals and tourists every night. There you can browse around stalls selling souvenirs, garments, knock off Rolex watches, DVD's and hundreds of other items.