Photo: Traditional market.

Worarot market

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Chiang Mai’s bustling “Chinatown” quarter spreads across a sprawling section of town known collectively as Worarot, extending on both sides of Chang Moi Road and covering an area between Ratchawong, Tha Pae Road and the Ping River.

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The centrepiece of the area is a three-storey covered market also known again as Worarot, or more commonly among locals, in the local dialect, as Kat Luang.

Plenty to explore. Photo taken in or around Worarot market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Plenty to explore. Photo: Mark Ord

To the north of Chang Moi Road is a labyrinth of narrow lanes home to wholesale shops and vendors, with not too much of particular interest for casual visitors but with a strong Chinese feel to them. Between Chang Moi Tat Mai and Kuang Mane Roads is a Hmong and hilltribe market, while facing the Ping River is a photogenic flower market backing on to Lam Yai covered market. Kind of in the middle of all this—and surrounding streets are also full of stalls and ambulant vendors of all description as well—is Worarot covered ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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