Markets and street food

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What we say: 4 stars

Phayao has a few excellent markets, the biggest of which is smack-dab in the centre of town.

Nestled between Pahon Yotin and Ratchasamphan roads, the day market sells everything from clothes and cheap sunglasses to fresh produce and recently butchered meat. In the morning, Ratchasamphan is taken over by an expanded morning market, where you can find a bounty of fresh ingredients and some ready-made food. Though it offers little more than the typical market experience, the market is well worth a visit.

In the evening, a night market sets up on the eastern end of the lakeside road, Chai Kwan. We were unable to get a consistent answer on exactly how often the market is set up, but it seems that it is a weekend thing, and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Here, you can find souvenirs, gadgets and clothes, along with some delicious and cheap street food. The market begins in the early evening, and generally wraps up around 21:00.

If you enjoy eating late, fear not. Out on Rob Wiang Road near the bus station you'll find a host of street food stalls, selling Thai fast-food favourites. Since most food options down by the lake close by 22:00, Rob Wiang late night street food is your best bet for a cheap meal after leaving one of Phayao's many bars.


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