Photo: Chiang Dao.


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As with just about every town in the country, from the very early morning through to the evening, Chiang Dao offers a few local markets to explore and enjoy -- mostly for their people-watching and snack opportunities. The ones you’ll most likely encounter are the morning and night markets, but there is also a daytime market.

Chiang Dao’s morning market, on the main street, is a lively affair and opens for business between 03:00 and midday daily. A second, huge once-a-week morning market runs every Tuesday. This is also a morning market but with a rather more convenient time of 07:00 to midday. It stretches a distance along both sides of the main street from the T-junction with the cave road north.

Spices from the surrounding villages

Spices and staples from the surrounding villages.

The "Big Tuesday" market is a lively and interesting affair where, as well as the townsfolk, you’ll see Lisu, Hmong and Karen people from nearby mountain villages. Some interesting products are on display, including Burmese, Shan and North Thai snacks to sample as well as your regular market fare.

Lisu drive-in

Lisu drive-thru.

The town’s afternoon market is out past the bus station and sells mostly hardware and clothes, whereas the morning market is more food. The weekly market is a bit of everything.

Later in the day you could wander down to the bridge over the Ping where vendors set up a small night market with stalls selling grilled chicken, sausages and som tam with sticky rice. This is a popular spot for locals. On the opposite side of the road looking onto the river you’ll also spy Shan-style Wat Intharam.

Scattered around Chiang Dao town
Admission: Free

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Location map for Markets

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