Mae Hong Son markets

Mae Hong Son markets

A few to choose from

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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.

Travelfish says:
Typical market scenes. Photo 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 ... 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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