Have a look
Published/Last edited or updated: 10th September, 2016
The daily permanent market -- take the first right after the bridge, heading south -- is tiny and not very exciting, with a few fruit, veg and household goods stalls, though it does have a small Hmong handicraft section. Of more interest are the few lively weekly and walking street markets.
The Saturday night walking market extends for some 500 metres along the central part of Sai Klang Road, which fills with pedestrians and market stalls. Here you’ll find the usual assortment of clothing, household goods, knick-knacks and food stalls.
A useful market for insomniacs, or if you’ve been dropped off in the middle of the night on a Pai to Luang Prabang package, is a wholesale wet market located in a small covered building just on the left before the bridge, as you arrive from town. This starts up nightly around midnight, going on to 05:00. Vendors consist mostly of Hmong from surrounding villages, so this is a particularly picturesque market.
On a Wednesday, cross over the bridge, turn left at the traffic lights and take the first right -- you’ll see all the tuk tuks waiting on the main road -- and you’ll reach another market. Part walking street down the lane but also spreading out across a grassy field, this is another large and lively affair. As usual there’s a bit of everything on sale, but here seemed particularly good for snacks and food, too.
Finally yet another weekly market pops up on Fridays opposite Lotus superstore alongside the main road. It’s a similar deal to the others.
Friday market: Opposite Tesco Lotus on Route 1020 heading south, 16:00-20:00
Permanent market: Off Route 1020, on the right after the bridge, as you exit town. Open daily 06:00-16:00.
Saturday Walking Street Market: Sai Klang Road from Soi 2 extending around 4-500m south. Saturday 16:00-20:00.
Wednesday market: First right after traffic lights on Route 1020 heading south. Wednesday 16:00-20:00.
Wholesale market: In front of town hall before the bridge at the south end of town. Daily 00:00-05:00.
Note: all times are approximate.
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.
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