Weekly Markets - Talad Nut - In North Thailand

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    #1 DavidFL, Dec 15, 2016
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    Most amphurs / districts in North Thailand (if not Thailand) have a weekly "Talad Nut" where there is an open market set up for the district.
    Many of the traders come from out of town & / or professional "Talad Nut" vendors who travel on a Talad Nut circuit in a province, going from one town to another for the talad nut.
    In the bigger towns these perhaps are not so important, but in the quieter & more remote towns they are a big event & people come from everywhere to do their shopping for products that perhaps are not always available; and these often attract a lot of ethnic/ hill tribe people, or if on the border people from neighbouring countries - Laos or Myanmar.

    Weekly Markets in Northern Thailand:

    Chiang Rai Province

    • Ban Chambong Talad Nut, Chiang Rai province
    • Chiang Khong city Market - Saturdays - Chiang Rai province
    • Thoed Thai Talad Nut - Mondays - on the soi to the Mah Fah Luang hospital

    Phayao Province

    • Huak Market - Chiang Kham District, Phayao province - Thai/Laos Border

    Chiang Mai Province

    • Chom Thong - Thursday Market
    • Hot - Friday Market - main highway, east of the Mae Chaem River bridge
    • Arunothai Market - Fridays - Chiang Mai Province


    Mae Hon Son Province

    • Mae Sariang - Saturday Morning Market - main highway beside PTT
    • Mae Hong Son city - Sunday Morning Market - south end of town, traffic lights
    • Soppong / Pang Mapha Tuesday Morning Market - Mae Hong Son Loop

    There's a fantastic one at Ban Cham Bong Market on the Mekong, downstream from Chiang Khong on Wednesdays.
    Mentioned here
    On the road with Destination Thailand TV part 8
    hundreds of people come from Laos by boat from villages far away inside Laos.
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    Chiang Khong city also has one on Saturdays? just past the town police station & lots of Hmong people come from inside & outside Thailand.

    Sop Pong / Pang Mapha Morning - Tuesday Morning Market
    Sop Pong / Pang Mapha on the Mae Hong Son Loop has one on Tuesday? & lots of Lisu & Lahu people come.
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    I was in Thoed Thai looking forward to my favourite early morning market,
    This market has featured on GTR here
    Chiang Mai - Thoed Thai Return
    and here
    2011 Sunflower Hill Tribe Festival. Hua Mae Kham.
    and here

    & I reckon it is the best traditional early morning market you can see in North Thailand.
    but it was quiet & as fate would have it - Monday is Talad Nut day in Thoed Thai.
    So off to the find the market & check out the local early morning risers.
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    Most of the people are Akha & Shan & it's a fabulous mix
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    It gets cold in the morning in the mountains
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    The GF aka, Madam Champa, loves chatting with the locals too.
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    Akhas heading home from the market.
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    Location of the Thoed Thai Talad Nut
    It's on the soi to the Mah Fah Luang hospital.
    Less than 1kms from the regular early morning market
    GPS Waypoint: N20 14.813 E99 39.369

    Check it out if you're ever in TT on a Monday.
    Loads of fun, but nippy in the morning.

    As stated earlier there are loads of Talad Nuts around the North.
    The more remote ones would be the best.
    I reckon Mae Sam Laep must have one.
    Huak on the border with Laos, ouyt of Chiang Kham, has one on a Thursday I think.
    Huay Phueng out of Mae Hong Son & on the border ith Myanmar & Shan state has one a week too I believe.
    Piang Luang & Arunothai also on the Myanmar Borders, out of Chiang Dao must have good ones too.
    Tha Ton probably has a good one with Shan people coming down the Kok from Myanmar too.
    Chiang Saen on the Mekong also has an interesting one with lots of people from Laos.

    If anyone else has some Talad Nut tips & pics, please share them.
     
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    All so colourful............ wonderful photos....
     
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    Same but different:
    The big-box stores in Nong Khai are inundated by Lao shoppers on week-ends.
     
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    I don't know if it is on any special day in Chiang Saen. Seems every morning the pavments are full of people selling local foodstuffs on the pavement outside 7-11. But I do see more tents at weekends when people sleep there to sell their wares the next morning.
     
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    GREAT post mate. These markets can be so rewarding, such a culturally enriching experience. I remember well enjoying early mornings at the Thoed Thai market with you. I trust this will encourage others to seek just a little bit further....there's so much to be found.
     
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    Yeah that Poi Sang Long event we witnessed there is still one of the highlights of my 30+ years here.
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    More people should go to Thoed Thai to experience the real exotic Thailand.

    From
    North Thailand Top Ten Roads

    Thoed Thai is my favourite out of the way traditional "back water" town in North Thailand.
    The ex home of Khun Sa the infamous opium warlord / Shan freedom fighter.
    Featured on GTR here
    Prince of Death Road Trip-Khun Sa Memorial

    Also on Destination Thailand TV with GTR
    A fun time on the road for Destination Thailand

    The best greatest Poi Sang Kong festival Ive ever had the pleasure of participating in
    Poi Sang Long - 2011

    Plus Shan New Year
    Shan New Year 2011 Thoed Thai

    Thoed Thai might be out of the way bit it should be one of the highlights of a night in the Golden Triangle for anyone.
    A fabulous "wild west" town full of charm for the adventurous.

    It's also the place where I go for Shan spiritual cleansing - getting rid of life's bad luck & bringing in the new luck
    Thai New Year a Shan Blessing - Spirit Cleansing

    Wanna check it out Thoed Thai...
    Where to stay in Thoed Thai
    Thoed Thai Accomodation

    Where to eat in Thoed Thai
    Thoed Thai Restaurants

     
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    Arunothai Market, Chiang Mai Province

    Arunothai has one on Fridays.
     
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    Ban Chambong Talad Nut Market

    The Ban Chambong talad nut, 23 kms downstream from Chiang Khong still rocks on Wednesday

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    There are scores of boats bringing people from Laos

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    The boatmen patiently wait in their boats for the shoppers to return

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    Supplies waiting for transport back to Laos, & when you look at the fresh produce going back to Laos you have to think that they have to lift their game in Laos?
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    It has rained over night & the river banks are slippery manouvering on.

    Fish for sale in the market, & there were bags of them being sold to go to Laos!
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    a happy vendor, making money.

    The current grounds are set up in the Ban Chambong school while they are re-concreting the site by the river.
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    The sausage stall
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    Lao vendors
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    The Ban Chambong talad nut is a beauty & well worth making the point of staying in Chiang Khong on a Tuesday night to see the market early Wednesday morning.

    The market is on the GTR Golden Triangle guide map
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    Golden Triangle Map
     
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    'Laos needs to up it's game' indeed ! ... I was recently talking to a Laos person about the cost of living over there. The price of Pork, Chicken and I suspect Fish is almost double compared to Thailand. I guess that's the reason the Ban Cham pong and CK Talad nut is so popular with Laos citizen's and why the authorities allow it. Further down the River at Huey Luk you can see lots of trade going on, building supplies, Roof Tiles all going down onto the floating pontoons and across the river. It's also the only place I know that the Laos Speedboats dock in Thailand. They come over for Gas to fuel the Engines before the journey down to Pak Beng. I suspect Gas is also double the price in Laos.

    You can sit on one of the Pontoons in the shade and have a knoodle soup and watch the Speedboats coming and going. Certainly great for people watching.
     
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    #10 DavidFL, Jun 11, 2018
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    Huak Market - Chiang Kham District, Phayao province - Thai/Laos Border

    Huak out of Chiang Kham in Phayao province & on the border with Laos has a Talad Nut every 10th & 30th of the month.

    I've been meaning to get out there for a long time, as it was rumoured the market was big with a lot of people Hmong, coming from Laos.
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    For me the actual produce they have for sale does not vary a lot, but it is the variety of people, characters who come that I find really interesting sometimes.
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    So I raced off from Chiang Khong late in the afternoon, heading for the resort by Phu Sang waterfall to spend the night & so be close to Huak & the market in the morning.
    But as luck would have it the resort was full with a big Thai group in party mode. I scouted around the area for something else but everything I saw was closed up = it's low season.

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    Not wanting to totally waste my time, I rode out to the actual border to reconfirm that yes, the market was on.
    A super friendly Thai immigration officer confirmed yes the market was still on, & the earlier you come the better, because it all winds down from 9am.

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    First light it is then I thought, be there at 6am would be the plan.
    Its only 35 kms back into Chiang Kham city central and the road is good for a quick 30 minute blast .

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    and it is a beautiful road & ride.

    Unbelievably I was up at 5.15 AM the next morning ready for the market at Huak.
    I was on time, 6AM on the dot. The market is set up in the main street & down a side lane.

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    and well .....at 6am there was not a lot going on.
    Most of the vendors I thought were Hmong, but interesting people from Wiang Kaen near Chiang Khong, Chiang Kham city environs, and from off R1148 the Chiang Kham - Tha Wang Pha road.
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    The most popular Hmong stalls were Hmong herbal medicines.
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    There must be a real science to understanding these Hmong herbal medicines. One Hmong vendor spoke good English, he had been educated in Bangkok & seemed to know his stuff, and was able to explain quite a bit. Products are sourced, ordered from all over North Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia.
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    Some of these Hmong implements on sale are for use in funerals
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    and only used by elders and/or shamans in contact with the spirits. Fascinating customs & history if you can find someone to explain.

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    The time went by slowly and it seemed rather low key.....what the enthusiastic Thai immigration had failed to tell me was that whilst the border opened at 6AM on the Thai side, it didn't open until 8AM on the Laos side. Work that one out?
    So that meant no one could come from Laos until 8AM! Funny isn't it that they can't agree on the hours of business for an "international border." But what's wrong with a 7AM compromise I thought?

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    A 70 year old Hmong lady with her daughter, a school teacher, from off R1148.

    This guy had a rip roaring business going selling BBQ-ed chicken.
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    His barbie was ingenious too I thought & certainly cooked up a storm.
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    it was bloody hot & seemed to work a charm.

    Huak may seem like it is at the end of the road, but you can catch a bus to Bangkok from there.
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    Time trickled by
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    8am rolled up & suddenly a single pick up came through from Laos.
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    The people got out from the pick up as fast as they could. Then they were immediately crowded by other Hmong, waiting to greet them perhaps, & have a chat.

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    all this I thought - just selling a few bamboo shoots, some river sea weed for 10 and 20 baht?

    They couldn't get more than 100 baht total, and then they head back inside Laos, like into another world?

    But the one lady was a super star character.
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    Everyone came to talk to her, as if she had dropped in from another planet.
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    Across the street another young gal, as poor as sat alone on a bag with a few brushes for sale.
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    What a life these people must have. I felt humbled just looking at her. How do they survive?

    9am came along & soon people started drifting off.
    Well it wasn't quite as dynamic as I anticipated, but the few Hmong who came were something. Incredible characters.
    The site of these incredibly poor people made me think - we are so lucky living in Thailand - unlimited good food, a safe environment & politically stable in comparison to what has been & is going on next door.
    I will be back for another look at the Huak border market. The marker is on every 10th & 30th of the month. Check it out sometime & aim for a 7AM arrival I reckon.

    Huak is on the GTR Golden Triangle Guide map.
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    The market is now bi-monthly. Every 10th & 30th of the month. Check it out sometime.

    To get a GTR map go here
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    Kad Kong Ta Street Market - Lampang


    Kat Kong Ta, or Talat Cheen, is an old market in Lampang, located near Ratsada Pisek Bridge. The name Kat Kong Ta means "the market near the pier" (Kat is a market and Kong Ta means a pier.) Situated on the bank of Wang River, the market dates back to the reign of King Rama V in about 1877.

    In the old days, Kat Tong Ka was bustling with merchants from Thailand, China, Myanmar, which contributed to the diverse architectural styles in the streets around the market. There are Thai Lanna, Burmese, Chinese, and western architectures dating back a century. Buildings are preserved and passed on to following generations, ensuring that Kat Tong Ka Market retains its lovely classic atmosphere which in turn attracts many visitors.

    Besides the architecture, Kat Tong Ka Market offers a wide range of interesting local and handmade products. Food stalls offer delicious local dishes such as Kanom Cheen Nam Ngew, Miang Kham, Khai Pam, and Thong Muan Sod.

    Kat Tong Ka opens from around 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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    Sunday Morning Market - Mae Hong Son City

    Mae Hong Son as a laid-back place, if ever there was one! After more than a decade of exploring the Thailand, I still rate this provincial capital as one of my Top 3 places to spend a relaxing weekend. (Doi Mae Salong and Phayao are the other two)

    The Sunday Morning Market is a great place to wander through, sampling some of the food on offer, and observing the locals going about their business.

    The location: coming in from the south of town, turn left at the first set of traffic lights if you are on a bike, there's usually ample parking. If you are in a car, its best to park on the main rad and stroll in to the street.

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    About 50 metres down the right hand side of the street is a very nice bakery / cafe. Their outside tables provide an excellent vantage point from which to observe the ebb and flow of market commerce...
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    See additional market photos from Moto-Rex : The Mae Hong Son Sunday Market.
     
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