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Pai is home to several markets worth a browse, particularly for those who enjoy sampling the delicious and varied local food found in these parts.

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The town’s best known market as far as visitors go is the daily Walking Street, which sets up along Chaisongkran and the northern end of Rungsiyanon Road. It’s primarily an evening market operating from late afternoon till around 23:00, depending upon weather and business, though several of the stands do run all day. Most stalls sell food, offering delectable Thai market standards such as noodles, pancakes, rotis, kebabs and fresh juices plus there are also plenty of clothes, jewellery and handicraft stands to peruse. The market is lined by Chaisongkran’s regular cafes, bars and shops too, so this is a lively and bustling scene which can get very busy during high season.

Evening at the Walking Street. Photo taken in or around Markets, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Evening at the Walking Street. Photo: Mark Ord

Pai’s permanent municipal market—officially known as Talart Saeng Thong—is located on the main through road, Route 1095, just down from the post office. It’s a typical small town, covered market, slightly dingy and displaying what for visitors would be a rather mundane collection of household goods and cheap clothes. The clutch of food vendors out front makes for a good spot to pick up some cheap local food.

Just around the corner, down the western continuation of Raddamrong, is the more interesting Talart Don Bai, or Afternoon Market. There’s a roofed main market building though the fruit and veg stalls overflow onto adjacent footpaths and streets. Busy with vendors and shoppers from the surrounding farms and villages, you’ll see Lisu and perhaps Karen women here too, and there’s a selection of snack stalls. Located in front of the town hall it runs every afternoon from around 14:00 ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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