Something that is always mentioned as a must-do when reading about Chiang Mai is the Sunday Walking Street market (or just Sunday night market), and I can definitely see why. Stalls are lined up 1 km along Ratchadamnoen Road in the center of the old walled city with music and dance shows. Starting from 16:00 till midnight, Ratchadamnoen Road is always closed to traffic while the market is open.
We grabbed a tuk-tuk from Maeklong Railway Market and told the driver to go to At Casa Guesthouse situated by the canal in Amphawa a 15-minte drive away. Here we stayed one night as our plan was to visit the popular weekend market in Amphawa and later the same night take a boat trip to see fireflies along Mae Khlong River. Here’s our 24-hour stay in Amphawa.
If there is one thing Thais love, it’s their markets. Every village has its local market where people buy fresh meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables several days per week.
Then we have the night market where people come to eat street food like fried chicken, pad thai, soups and papaya salad to mention a few.
Last and perhaps the most fun market is the walking street market. These markets are held on certain days, like the weekends or midweek and provide us with everything from clothes, fake Ray-Ban sunglasses, and souvenirs to street food and handmade ice cream. It’s also common with street performers and playgrounds for children at these markets.
Below are two walking street markets that you definitely should check out when in Krabi.
Damnoen Saduak is the most popular floating market in Thailand, known all over the world from movies such as the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. This morning market is located in Ratchaburi province, about one and a half hours drive from Bangkok. The fastest way to get there is by minibus close the Victory Monument in Bangkok. It costs 100 baht, and you should go around 8.00 a.m. to see the market when it’s crowded with boats, providing many great photo opportunities.