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Chiang Dao’s two small, daily municipal markets—there’s a morning and an afternoon one—don’t hold more than minimal interest for casual visitors but the town does have two very good weekly, street versions which are certainly worth a look if you’re in town on the right days.

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Always interesting. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Always interesting. Photo: Mark Ord

As usual, both are a mixture of household goods, agricultural supplies, clothes and fresh produce and both have plenty of snacking options. The range of goods is wide as fruit and veg stalls include temperate crops like strawberries as well as tropical ones such as pineapples and mangos.

You’ll potentially see hill-tribe vendors and shoppers or varying provenance with Lisu in their updated purple and blue dress ubiquitous. While most Lahu and many Hmong villagers have largely given up on traditional dress and Akha and Yao still frequently wear their time-honoured costumes, Lisu wear—while retaining traditional form and overall design—evolves regularly in terms of material, patterns and colours. That may explain why you see more Lisu women than any other ethnic group still wearing traditional clothes.

The Thursday Market. Photo by: Mark Ord.
The Thursday Market. Photo: Mark Ord

Even better is a bi-monthly walking street market that fills the road between the central section of the main drag as it passes through town and the road leading down to the Ping Bridge. The emphasis here is on strolling and snacking rather than serious shopping and over half the stalls are given over to an amazingly varied and mouth-watering display of food and drink.

A grazer’s paradise, though unfortunately this market only operates twice monthly on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. We hope for this to increase to a weekly affair before long, particularly during dry season. The street market sets up late afternoon and goes on until mid-evening. Check with your guesthouse, but if it’s on during your stay ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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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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