Four unmissable markets in Thailand

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There are many attractions in Southeast Asia’s most popular country. Beaches and temples definitely rank up there, but nothing gets the juices flowing quite like the unmissable markets in Thailand.

Which ones should be sure to check out during your travels? In our opinion, these four spots will not fail to disappoint…

1) Chatuchak Market (Bangkok)

Start your explorations of Thailand’s markets with the mother of them all. Chatuchak Market is a massive outdoor bazaar that sells everything from t-shirts to televisions to toilet seats, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Bangkok’s creative class has carved out a large niche for themselves here alongside the traditional artisans and the wholesalers, so if you are looking for some modern Thai décor for your home, this is the perfect place to find it! There are also plenty of other things to do in Bangkok while you’re in the city.

2) Sunday Night Walking Street Market (Chiang Mai)

In the Rose of the North, there are numerous markets, but none have developed the positive reputation to the degree that the Sunday Night Walking Street Market enjoys.

Spanning the length of Ratchadamnoen Road from Tha Pae Gate to its terminus in the western part of the Old City (plus smaller portions of north/south streets along the way), this market is a showcase for the creativity and ingenuity of the Lanna Thai people.

They draw inspiration from traditional and pop culture influences, enabling them to create handicrafts that will have you pulling out your wallet before you even realize what’s happening.

3) Amphawa Floating Market (Samut Songkhram Province)

Of all the markets in Thailand, perhaps none have captured the imagination of foreigners quite like the floating market.

The canals of low-lying Central Thailand provide the course through which your boat passes and on either side of these, vendors vie for your attention, selling tropical produce, cooked food, handicrafts and more.

While some of these have become tourist traps (Damnoen Saduak), others like the Amphawa Floating Market has retained their local status, as many Bangkokians make the weekly trip on weekends out to this spot in Samut Songkhram Province to dine on regional seafood specialties with their family and friends.

4) Talad Kaset Market (Phuket Town)

While most of the major markets that travelers know about on a first name basis can be found primarily in the central and northern parts of Thailand, that doesn’t mean that there are no markets of significance in the south.

Many locals frequent these traditional shopping places for their food shopping even in the present day. You will find that this is the case in Phuket Town as well, as the crowds at Talad Kaset will attest.

A wet market that has served the needs of residents and restauranteurs for generations, you’ll find everything from cilantro to chicken feet being weighed, chopped up and sold here … don’t forget to bring your camera!

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