Photo: At the weekend market.

Mae Hong Son markets

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Like any Thai town, Mae Hong Son has its fair share of markets and here are a handful that are worth a look for the more market-inclined traveller—note that not all are open year-round.

A large covered, daily market stretches between Singhanat and Langpanich Roads to the east side of the main drag Khunlumprapas. At first glance a standard looking Thai market, but you’ll find some unusual Shan and Burmese products on sale and the food stalls located to the north side by the main entrance on Langpanich are pretty good. Overall it is worth a wander and is open from daybreak onwards—though it starts to wind down by late morning.

Typical market scenes. Photo taken in or around Mae Hong Son markets, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Typical market scenes. Photo: Mark Ord

In the evening a night market sets up on the Langpanich pavement selling a range of largely pre-prepared curries and local dishes. Unfortunately, it lacks much seating but it could be useful if you’re staying at say Pana Huts or Baan Mai Guesthouse where you have access to a kitchen and eating utensils. Parked against the opposite pavement of the same street, a string of yellow songthaews or pick-up buses wait to whisk market-goers off to outlying villages. In the market itself, you’ll see Karen shoppers as well as occasionally Hmong and Lisu.

There is a rotating market appearing in each of Mae Hong Son province’s districts and the Sunday market is the provincial capital’s turn. It’s not quite as traditional as some of the smaller town versions but it’s certainly busy and very popular with locals. So much so that opening hours have now been extended to Saturdays so perhaps Weekend rather than Sunday is more accurate these days.

There’s a wide variety of products on sale and though much is clothes or household goods you’ll also see numerous fruit and vegetable vendors and the predictable array of snack stalls to keep browsers fed and watered. It’s a bustling and colourful scene and well worth a wander but isn’t a walking street as such, so watch out for ladened motorbikes and delivery trucks on the busy road between the two stall-filled pavements.

The market sets up just south of town off the continuation of Khunlumprapas Road and fills a lane between the latter road and the bus station. It’s open from early morning until around mid-day.

A lively open-air street market sets up along Pradit Jongkham by the lake in the late afternoons during the dry season. On sale are handicrafts and hill-tribe wear (mainly Hmong, Lisu and Karen) including clothes, bags, jewellery and so-on as well as plenty of local—Thai and Shan—snacks and nibbles. It’s a great place to wander or you could grab a lake-side bench or watch the goings-on from a street-side table at Sunflower Restaurant. At present it only opens (from around 17:00 to 22:00) during the high and dry season from October to March but plenty of locals would prefer to see it become a permanent fixture so watch this space.

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