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Warorot Market in Chiang Mai

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Warorot Market (or Kad Luang) is a must-visit for food lovers as it offers a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, local snacks and all kinds of fresh produce. A large section of the market features inexpensive goods, such as clothing, fashion accessories and personal care products.

Targeting mostly Thais, Warorot Market is a great place to get a feel for the local way of life. The three-storey building is close to the riverside and easy to find, just at the end of Chang Moi Road, east of the moat and north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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Warorot Market Highlights

The second and third floors at Warorot Market are dedicated to clothing and everyday merchandise. Since the market targets mostly locals, you won’t find the kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs that you would normally find at the night bazaar or other crafts markets around town. Fashion is mostly casual wear, such as T-shirts, shorts and simple dresses. The prices here are much cheaper than at other touristy markets so if you need an extra pair of shorts or a T-shirt, Warorot Market is a good place to go.

Compared to food and fashion, the merchandise section is not as interesting (unless you want an authentic Thai spatula). A wide range of cheap cosmetics and personal care products are also on sale, although the quality is probably questionable.

What to Buy at Warorot Market

Most people head to Warorot Market to browse its tantalising selection of food. Holidaymakers from Bangkok are particularly fond of the grilled northern-style sausage (sai oua), red and green chili dip (nam prik ong/nam prik noom) and crispy pork skin (cap moo) here. Grilled meats and ready-to-eat curries are also popular.

Besides picking up savoury treats, the food section is quite a feast for the other senses as well. Stroll around and watch the action as it unfolds. Vendors chop up meat, stuff sausages, then arrange them on the grill. Or smell wafts of spice and all kinds of wonderful aromas as you wander from a giant caldron of sweet curries (kaeng hangle) to khao soi noodles to fried chili dips. The entire basement and part of the first floor are like huge open kitchens where you can see everything skillfully whipped up from scratch.

Warorot Market

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 19:00
  • Location: Chang Moi Road, close to the River Ping, north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
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