Lang Prince Market, also known simply as the secondhand market, runs across the river in eastern Chiang Mai and is well worth a poke around to see how Thais love to buy and sell a bargain. It’s not as well known to foreigners as Saturday’s Wualai walking street or the Sunday Ratchadamnoen version, but this is a fun place for a stroll and a rummage.
The merchandise is to say the least eclectic. Imagine a cross between a carless carboot sale and Antiques Roadshow, with secondhand bric-a-brac of all descriptions on offer — clothes, home furnishings, books and DVDs, motorbike parts and even complete motos — and you’ll come close to getting the gist of Lang Prince.
You’ll also find new items for sale, with several leatherware stalls, clothes, herbal medicines and artwork. If you are looking for anything in particular though, be prepared to work for it — you’ll have to do the entire length of the market since all the stands are completely jumbled up.
Needless to say, being Thailand, you won’t be far from plenty of food and snack stands either, with soft drinks, juices, noodles, grilled chicken and so on all here to keep you refuelled while shopping or browsing.
The market starts off around 07:00 and winds down from 16:00 onwards on both Saturdays and Sundays. It’s far less congested than the better known walking streets and you’ll see a much higher proportion of locals to tourists.
You’ll find it along the northern section of Bumrung Rat Road running behind Prince Royal’s College — hence the name Lang Prince, which means in Thai ‘behind Prince’ — between Kaew Narawat and Rattanakosin Roads (see our city map here). It spreads down Rattanakosin Road almost as far as the Rama 9 Bridge.
By Mark Ord.
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