Vibrant and lively
Published/Last edited or updated: 25th June, 2016
The Central Market and adjacent New Market form an extensive commercial area towards the north end of the Strand and is best for early risers, while lazy bones can head to the afternoon wet market instead.
Central Market and New Market are particularly hectic early in the day when street stalls overflow onto Lower Main Road and surrounds. There’s an interesting fresh fish and other seafood section plus plenty of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as the usual household goods and clothing. You’ll find a mix of Bamar, Mon, Tamil, Bengali and Chinese vendors with all the awesome market snacks that entails. You’ll also see numerous little tea shops and a few curry houses in the vicinity. We like to pick a strategic one, grab a coffee and some samosas and just watch the hustle and bustle go by. Primarily these are morning markets – the fish section kicks off early – and it quietens down through the afternoon.
Conveniently though for late risers, an afternoon wet market sets up nearby on Ahtet Lan Ma Zay Gyi Street, just up the hill from the central market. Much smaller but far more congested, this market specialises in fruit, vegetables and flowers, many of which even experienced Southeast Asia travellers will be pushed to identify.
Central Market: Strand Rd, immediately south of main jetty; open early until mid-afternoon.
New Market: Strand Rd, immediately north of the main jetty; open early until mid-afternoon.
Wet market: Ahtet Lan Ma Zay Gyi St; open late morning until around 17:00.
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.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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