Lang Prince Market

Local favourite second hand market

What we say: 3.5 stars

Lang Prince Market, also known simply as the secondhand market, runs across the river in eastern Chiang Mai and is well worth a poke around to see how Thais love to buy and sell a bargain. It’s not as well known to foreigners as Saturday’s Wualai walking street or the Sunday Ratchadamnoen version, but this is a fun place for a stroll and a rummage.

2nd Hand Market

If you squint you’ll see a kitchen sink somewhere.

The merchandise is to say the least eclectic. Imagine a cross between a carless carboot sale and Antiques Roadshow, with secondhand bric-a-brac of all descriptions on offer — clothes, home furnishings, books and DVDs, motorbike parts and even complete motos — and you’ll come close to getting the gist of Lang Prince.

Peruse the home decor section for an ideal souvenir to take home to mum

Peruse the home decor section for an ideal souvenir to take home to mum.

You’ll also find new items for sale, with several leatherware stalls, clothes, herbal medicines and artwork. If you are looking for anything in particular though, be prepared to work for it — you’ll have to do the entire length of the market since all the stands are completely jumbled up.

Broken your hotel remote control? Replace it here.

Broken your hotel remote control? Replace it here.

Needless to say, being Thailand, you won’t be far from plenty of food and snack stands either, with soft drinks, juices, noodles, grilled chicken and so on all here to keep you refuelled while shopping or browsing.

Fresh juice stands

Eeny meeny miny moe.

The market starts off around 07:00 and winds down from 16:00 onwards on both Saturdays and Sundays. It’s far less congested than the better known walking streets and you’ll see a much higher proportion of locals to tourists.

The old hand petrol pump might be fun filled with beer at barbies though we're not sure about the wooden frog set?

That old petrol pump might be perfect for uh, beer at a barbie?

You’ll find it along the northern section of Bumrung Rat Road running behind Prince Royal’s College — hence the name Lang Prince, which means in Thai ‘behind Prince’ — between Kaew Narawat and Rattanakosin Roads (see our city map here). It spreads down Rattanakosin Road almost as far as the Rama 9 Bridge.

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Northern section of Bumrung Rat Road between Kaew Narawat and Rattanakosin Roads.
Opening Hours: Sat & Sun 07:00 - 16:00
Last updated: 25th September, 2013

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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