Conveniently placed local market
Somphet is a colourful, local and conveniently placed market that’s worth a peek and is 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.
There’s not a lot here that your average visitor would want to purchase, but it's an interesting place to wander around, and is excellent location 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 freshly chopped meat, but it is surrounded by plenty of cheap 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.
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.
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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