Markets

Markets

This small town hosts several interesting markets

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Although only a small town, Mae Salong is the principal commercial centre for surrounding villages, as well as having plenty of tourists passing through, so it does come with more than its usual share of markets.

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Takeaway fare. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Takeaway fare. Photo: Mark Ord

A second morning market sets up on Saturdays at the top of the hill on the south side of town—opposite the hill-tribe market. This is another lively affair, with stalls in a roadside carpark overflowing onto the sides of Highway 1234. Again aimed at locals rather than tourists, we saw people from the Lisu and Lahu ethnic groups, as well as Akha, and offerings include clothes, hardware and household items in addition to food. During busy—and dry—periods there’ll be some Sunday action here as well, with the little market running from around 06:00 until midday-ish.

In the same part of town but daily—and lasting all day weather permitting—are two more small markets aimed more at the temporary visitors. Both set up on the roadside around the T-junction and police box at the southern end of town. On the south side of the road a side street sees a string of stalls selling hill-tribe souvenirs such as hats, sarongs, scarves, jewellery and so on while on the opposite side of the highway, with their produce laid out on mats on the floor, sit Akha women selling fruit, veg, herbs and spices as well as some forest gatherings such as herbal medicines, mushrooms and wild orchids. Vendors do tend to get very dressed up so the deal seems to be: buy my Akha carrots and you can ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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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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