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.
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.