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Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

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Despite covering a fraction of the area of Chiang Mai’s vast Night Bazaar, Chiang Rai’s evening street market makes up for its small size with a lively and friendly atmosphere and plenty of good eats.

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With a prime location in the town centre, this miniature version is a fun and convenient spot for an evening stroll and an excellent option for snacks with a beer or even dinner. The offerings are in a similar vein, though reduced in choice and range, to those of its southern neighbour so: hill-tribe handicrafts, bric-a-brac, T-shirts, carved soap candles and so on—but how many Hmong shoulder bags does one really need?

Plenty to buy ... Photo taken in or around Chiang Rai Night Bazaar , Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Plenty to buy ... Photo: Mark Ord

One welcome improvement on the big city’s version is that the Chiang Rai one is entirely pedestrian so you don’t risk being run over by a tuk-tuk crossing from one row of stalls to another. Another aspect we like at the Chiang Rai affair and which makes it a worthwhile evening destination, even if you don’t want to shop, are its excellent food courts. A good alternative to Chiang Rai’s other downtown eating spots and one that’s at least as popular with locals as it is with foreign visitors.

There are two food courts; the posh one—Centre Point—coming with varnished, wooden furniture and waiting staff wearing northern Thai costumes and another more aimed at locals with aluminium chairs and staff in jeans and T-shirts. The former has all the usual Thai and north Thai dishes and a very tasteful, traditional Lanna dance show, (though you may have to put up with a guitarist singing Hotel California between dances), while the latter has live Thai pop and country singers, cheap draught beer, lots of fried insects and exotic nibbles still get the ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
Off Phaholyothin Rd, Chiang Rai
Daily from dusk to midnight
Admission: Free

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