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Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai

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The Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai is a one of the most popular markets in all of Thailand.  Its hard to describe if you’ve never been to a Thai street market before.  There are knick-knacks, handicrafts, food, drinks and more but its definitely a different thing that what we have in the USA.

At first we didn’t care for the Sunday Night Market.  We could barely find any food the 4 of us would eat aside from Pad Thai (there was food, but not the kind we like to eat) and we would wander around desperately hunting for food and not enjoying ourselves.  However our friends Ellen and Kevin were pros at this market and told us about the massive food area inside one of the wats.  Not sure if the name, but it’s on the south side of the street about 3 blocks from Tha Pae Gate.  Once we met them there, our opinion of the market changed and it became one of our 2 favorite markets here.  (Tip: Most wats have significant food areas, so poke your head into the other wats as well)

One of the coolest things about this market is what happens at 6pm.  At 6pm every day (not just at the market), they play the National Anthem over loudspeakers.  Everyone stands up from eating, remains silent through the song, bows when its over and then carries on with whatever they were doing.

We went our last Sunday in Chiang Mai and had a nice evening of gorging ourselves on all our favorites and wandering around.  What follows are a glimpse into the Sunday Night Market (and really most markets here) and is our way of reminding ourselves of the street markets in Chiang Mai.

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Tuk Tuks!

Tuk Tuks!

Beautiful silks

Beautiful silks

Love these hand painted lacquer bowls

Love these hand painted lacquer bowls

Hand painting a lacquer bowl

Hand painting a lacquer bowl

Waffles!

Waffles!

My favorite Pad Thai lady cooking it up fresh

My favorite Pad Thai lady cooking it up fresh

Fruit smoothie stands

Fruit smoothie stands

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Street performers

Street performers

Another street performer

Another street performer

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Some of the food we do not eat – Hello, bizarre white spongy meat on a stick

So much clothing for sale

So much clothing for sale

Beckett's favorite stand - fresh grilled corn on the cob (with generous helpings of salt, sugar and butter)

Beckett’s favorite stand – fresh grilled corn on the cob (with generous helpings of salt, sugar and butter)

"Ancient" ice cream and our favorite, Mango with Sticky Rice

“Ancient” ice cream and our favorite, Mango with Sticky Rice

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Bizarre black jello substance - Bubble Tea perhaps?

Bizarre black jello substance – Bubble Tea perhaps?

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Pancake/Crepes with banana drizzled with chocolate syrup

Pancake/Crepes with banana drizzled with chocolate syrup

Dessert!  Banana pancake with chocolate syrup and a young coconut.  Delish!

Dessert! Banana pancake with chocolate syrup and a young coconut. Delish!

Fun mushrooms wrapped with bacon

Fun mushrooms wrapped with bacon

Food court near the one Wat

Food court near the one Wat

Another corn vendor.  Another one of Beckett's favorite places.

Another corn vendor. Another one of Beckett’s favorite places.

A typical drink vendor

A typical drink vendor

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Massage places

Massage places

Drink vendor

Drink vendor – I can’t even tell you how many coconuts we drank while in Thailand

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Street performer

Street performer

T-shirts, t-shirts and more t-shirts

T-shirts, t-shirts and more t-shirts

Bags, bags, bags

Bags, bags, bags

Fun juices

Fun juices

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One night we got the kids’ portraits done.  Unfortunately, they didn’t come out very well and didn’t look like either kid.  Oh well.

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  • Marilyn Ebel December 14, 2013, 12:00 am

    I enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures of your wonderful adventure journey. Your children are so fortunate
    to have this opportunity and their interview enables you to
    know they are learning so much. What a way to bond together
    as a family.
    Perhaps I will have the opportunity to see you on your visit with
    your dad in Lancaster.
    Marilyn