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Municipal market

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There’s an extensive municipal market area off both sides of Uttarakit Road, (one block north of Thanalai), and goes by several names, including Talad Ngam Muang, Talad Tesaban and Talad Luang Chiang Rai.

Photo of Municipal market

This sprawling labyrinth of indoor and pavement stalls is the city’s largest wet market and as one section closes another opens so it is, de facto, open 24 hours.

You’ll see local vendors plus hill-tribe buyers and sellers from surrounding villages and such a display of unusual and wonderful herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, identifiable and unidentifiable food stuffs that even after 25 years in the country we saw stuff we’d never seen before. Absolutely fascinating and with a fraction of the Walking Street or Night Bazaar visitors, foreigners are still a novelty to the friendly vendors.

There are also household goods, hardware and clothes plus of course plenty of nibbling options though we do confess to passing on the raw hornet that a crowd of shopkeepers in hysterics were urging us to try. You could walk through in five minutes or browse for an hour and the outdoor sections along the mid-market alleys are particularly photogenic. The market stretches from Thanalai, (the main south entrance is opposite the mosque soi), through Uttarakit and Ruangnakorn with it’s street stalls to emerge on Singkhala Road.

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