More tourist-oriented than the weekend walking markets, the night bazaars are a pleasant way to pass the evening.
Chang Klan Road is lined sidewalk to sidewalk with stalls and filled with every kind of souvenir imaginable from carved soap artwork to designer knock off purses. There are several night bazaars clustered together and you’d be hard pressed to tell them apart if it wasn’t for the entrance signs telling you otherwise.
Ploen Ruedee Night Market
Ploen Ruedee Night Market is home to some good, if not a bit expensive, western and international options (as well as the requisite local fare). I picked up some delicious khao soi, a main staple of Northern Thailand cuisine, and also sampled some savory pork buns and french crepes. Banana & Nutella for democratic presidential candidate in 2020? Yes, please.
Is This Burning Man?
Funnily enough, the makeshift and appropriated booths very much reminded me of Burning Man’s DIY, industrial aesthetic (minus all of the playa dust). Or is it the other way around? At any rate, the food was delicious and the beer aplenty.
Drinks and a View
The night ended with cocktails atop Bus Bar with a pleasant view of the Mae Ping River, where long boats lazily cruised beneath the neon-lit Iron Bridge (Sapaan Lek). Quiet residential streets and the ambient glow of Chiang Mai at night has already cast it’s lulling spell upon me.
Namaste, as they say?