Hang Dong market

An out of town option

What we say: 3.5 stars

In an effort to prove there is life beyond Chiang Mai city’s super-highway ring road we ventured out into the suburbs to see what’s going on. We’ve covered Hang Dong in brief and while there’s not a lot more to say about the town, we did really like the local market.

Hang Dong market

Hang Dong market

Hang Dong district encompasses a major crossroads, with roads heading north for the “Samoeng Loop”, south to Ban Tawai, and further west to Chom Thong, Doi Inthanon and Hot . Quite a few visitors find themselves passing though the town and we reckon this lively little rural market makes a great stop for a break and even a bite to eat.

The market’s located in what passes for the centre of Hang Dong, on the north side of Highway 108, close to the turn-off for Ban Tawai. It’s housed in a new, spacious, covered market building — don’t expect quaint thatched roofs, but it does make it easier to walk around than some cramped downtown markets. It also means there’s more light for photographs.

Great selection of curries at 30 baht a dish!

Great selection of curries at 30 baht a dish!

Getting shots in say bustling Worarot can be tricky, since you can feel like you’re getting in the way — indeed often you are — but though Hang Dong can get busy early on, it’s generally far less hectic, with a relaxed feel to it. Vendors have got the time to chat — and even pose for photos.

Hang Dong’s a wet and dry market so there’s clothes and household goods as well as all local farm produce on offer, plus an excellent range of prepared food dishes. You’ll find the usual chicken on rice and noodle soup vendors in the market while for more noodles, fried rice, phat kra pao (chicken with basil and chillies) and so on. A couple of basic restaurants face the market building in the sidestreets too — worth checking out.

The market’s open daily, 05:00-20:00.

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Hang Dong district
Last updated: 25th September, 2013

About the author:
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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