About ten minutes from us are some markets that set up on a Sunday afternoon to service the local population. On the other side of Mae Jo university they are about 30 minutes outside the centre of Chiang Mai so not on the tourist agenda, and they are not designed to be.
I am in tourist guide mode with my good friends Gaz and Saskia visiting us from Perth. The afternoon was given over to exploring some local sights. The R Rated Buddhist temple was first off – my post HERE, followed by coffee at Biscotti – my post HERE, and then drop into the local Sunday markets to pick up some fish to BBQ on Monday.
Hidden away in the back streets the market sets up on a crossroads close to a small Wat.
These are true “local” markets selling everything from meats, fruit and veggies and a small range of clothes, shoes plus of course heaps of cooked food as shopping builds an appetite.
As well as the food, both fresh and cooked there is a range of other “basics” such as the following:
Our shopping done we headed back to the car. Water and kids always go together and it is no different here. The canal proved too much for these children on a hot day while mum was shopping or working.
I find one of the great things about living here is that one can “treat” oneself and have it not cost too much. I have been meaning to have a drink at this little bar just outside the markets and having visitors gave me the ideal excuse. In Australia a side-trip to the bar for a few drinks would end up costing a significant amount. Here not so much!
I wanted a glass of Thai whisky, it is actually rum, ice and coke. In the local bars the Thais don’t understand the concept of a single glass of spirits and mixer. What you are offered is the full bottle with matching bottle of mixer. As the cost for the bottle of whisky at this bar was 300 baht, only 30 baht or $1.00 more than I can buy it in the shop, it seemed like a reasonable solution.
Coming from Australia where the mark-up is 200 – 300% on a bottle a 10% premium on retail price is awesome. A bucket of ice, a 1.5 litre of coke, a 750 ml of whisky and three serves of fried chicken wings cost us a bit over $16.00. Treating oneself and guests is not a drain on the pocket.
This part of the day happily over. We headed home to drop off the shopping and then head out to the Sunday walking markets and a ladyboy show! Blog post HERE.
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