Photo: Bananas anyone?

Somphet market

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Somphet; a colourful, local style and very conveniently placed market that’s worth a peek as well as making for a good spot to pick up some snacks or to grab a coffee or juice.



A very traditional little shopping spot, Somphet market is just off Moonmuang Road, right in the heart of Chiang Mai’s “Guesthouse Land”. In fact we can only assume that most customers in the market these days are guesthouse cooks or cookery school students, since there really aren’t that many private houses in this part of town anymore.

A typical Thai fresh produce market. Photo taken in or around Somphet market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

A typical Thai fresh produce market. Photo: Mark Ord

Now there’s not a lot there that your average visitor would actually want to purchase, but it is an interesting place to wander around and it is excellent for a morning coffee or fresh fruit juice, or for that matter, a late night noodle soup when everything else is shut.

The market itself is mostly fruit and vegetables, plus some fly-blown meat, but it is surrounded by plenty of cheapo coffee and juice stalls which make great people watching spots. You can also get a bite to eat in one of the adjacent cafes and noodle stalls spilling out along the edge of Moonmuang Road.

A great spot for a fresh juice. Photo taken in or around Somphet market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

A great spot for a fresh juice. Photo: Mark Ord

So grab a juice and watch the Chiang Mai locals in a traditional market while you can—it’ll probably all be turned into the Somphet Boutique Lodge in a couple of years!


Somphet market

Moonmuang Soi 6, Sri Phum
Mo–Su: 06:00–18:00

Location map for Somphet market

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