This market is not for the claustrophobic or the enochlophobic. Once you step into the crowd, it’s like being caught in a current. You just have to travel with the crowd and go with the flow. If you want to look stop, step well over to the side, otherwise you’ll probably get trodden on. Penetrating back into the crowd can be quite difficult too, but it’s all worth it to see this quirky market. It’s impossible to get anywhere fast, so be patient and enjoy it.
The market is full of hundreds of different stalls. It’s so big you can walk down one row, then at the end find there are three more rows to walk down. A lot of things you will keep seeing like the elephant pants, ponchos and Thai fishermen pants but every now and then you will see something very unique/bizarre.
I don’t think these two were too happy to be modelling but they were definitely well behaved. The one on the left had just been in five different selfies so I think he’d had enough of photos.
My favourite was watching this man create animals from glass. It was fascinating and he did it so easily it looked effortless. I was going to buy a few pieces but seeing as I have another seven weeks until we fly home, I’m not sure they would survive the journey. Hopefully I can find something similar in Bangkok as that’s where we fly from.
Whilst walking a long the markets we saw a lot of charity work. There was one team of barbers cutting hair for free in honour their late King. All donations went to the local children’s school.
There was also another charity which focuses on the health of the street dogs in Chiang Mai. For a donation you can spend some time petting the two dogs and cat that were there.
Of course we donated.
What was especially great about this market was the temples you pass on your way through. Of course you can’t go in, but to be shopping right next to them was a real experience. My phone’s photos don’t do it much justice, but the gold lit up in the night was brilliant.
After buying Mitch some miniature ice creams, we got back into the stream of people and headed back to our bike. Just in time as well as it absolutely poured down. We had to take refuge in KFC and buy a couple of 20baht ponchos from 7 eleven, as we left ours at home – doh!