Photo: Streetside market in Mae Salong.


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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.

First up is the permanent, morning market which gets going before daybreak behind Shin Sane in the centre of town, winding down by mid-morning. It mainly caters to locals doing their fresh food and grocery shopping but is a lively affair with plenty of Akha and villagers from the surrounding hills coming into town to trade. There’s a small, permanent, covered market building while other vendors spread their wares on the ground outside. Plonk yourself down at one of the noodle and tea stands to watch the goings-on. There’ll be some unusual products on display too include various foodstuffs from over the border.

Takeaway fare. Photo taken in or around Markets, Mae Salong, Thailand 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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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