Chiang Mai has many, many, many markets. Some are aimed at tourists and full of “crafts”, while others are wet markets where Thais do their daily shopping for fresh fruits and veggies, meat, and prepared foods like curry or bbq chicken. My goal was to get Mom and Pam out to some of the larger local markets to see what interesting fruits, veggies, and textiles we could find.
On Monday, unfortunately Pam had a stomach bug and stayed in for the day. After getting her set up with drinks and snacks Mom and I set out for Warorot Market and Monsoon Tea. At Warorot Market you can find anything from prepared foods to batiks, from fishing nets to gold jewelry. First stop, the flower market. We cruised down the street oooohing and awwwing over the orchids, strawflowers, helconia, and bird of paradise.
As we entered the market again a kitchen ware shop caught our eye. In front of the shop at a crowded donut cart dough was being shaped into fun things like dragons and elephants.
We spent several hours wandering through Warorot Market. I’d warned Mom if she saw something she liked to buy it on the first pass through because I couldn’t guarantee I’d be able to find our way back again. Sure enough she found some gorgeous batik at an unmanned shop and when we try to find our way back to it later we had no clue even which building it was in. We sampled dried mango, plums, and strawberries. I picked up a bag of my favorite peanut mix (roasted peanuts, kaffir lime, fried garlic, dried shrimp, and chile) and dried fruit to take to Tee’s village over the holidays.
Then we were off to Monsoon Tea. We couldn’t get a songthaew heading our direction so we ended up walking to Moonson Tea from Warorot Market, about 4 km round trip. We had a nice afternoon sampling teas 2 blacks teas and one oolong from Mae Taeng, Mae Salong, and Fang. I bought myself a little treat, some Lahu black tea. Yum! When we left I remembered we were near the bulk fruit market. Mom found snake fruit, sapote, and mangosteen to try. Also got some fresh pressed sugar cane juice. We were both wiped out by then and it was time for dinner.