Like any Thai town, Mae Hong Son has its fair share of markets and here are three that are worth a look for the more market-inclined traveller -- note that not all are open year-round.
Every Sunday, on the right hand side of the road to Mae Sariang, you'll find Mae Hong Son's Sunday Market. This is the rotating market appearing in each of Mae Hong Son province’s districts and Sundays is the provincial capital’s turn. It’s not quite as traditional as some of the smaller town’s versions but it’s still worth a wander if you’re at a loose end on a Sunday morning. The market sets up just out of town on the Mae Sariang road and is open from early in the morning till around midday.
In town, by the lake, is Mae Hong Son's Walking street market. Open nightly (in season) from 17:00 till around 22:00, this is a lively open-air street market which sets up along Pradit Jongkham by the lake late afternoons during the dry season. You'll find snacks, juices, handicrafts, hilltribe wear and other bits and bobs here, plus it's a pleasant spot for a stroll. At present the market only opens from October to March, but plenty of locals would prefer to see it become a permanent fixture so watch this space.
The town's daily market is between Sihanat Bamrung and Panith Wattana roads and is a pretty standard Thai market but you’ll also find some unusual Shan and Burmese items on sale, and the food stalls are also pretty good. It's worth a wander.
By Mark Ord.