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Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market

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There isn’t an official permanent Walking Street in Chiang Mai, but every Sunday the length of Ratchadamnoen, the Old City’s main east–west axis, plus several side streets, are closed to traffic and become one long open air street bazaar.

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The market stretches from Wat Phra Singh down to Tha Pae Gate—well over a kilometre—and it seems to grow longer by around 25 metres every week. It kicks off late afternoon and goes on until late evening, but come 18:00 or 19:00 it starts to get seriously busy, so it’s worth turning up early.

Before peak hour. Photo taken in or around Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Before peak hour. Photo: Mark Ord

Some 1.2 kilometres of dawdling browsers, buskers, lost tourists and donation-seeking Thai Girl Guides can be draining. You’ll find for sale predominantly handicrafts (local and otherwise), bric-a-brac and clothes, along with quite an eclectic range of products including some appealing ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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