city of Chiang Mai is compact enough for walking, and you probably will
not need a car or Tuk-Tuk for this tour; except perhaps for getting you
to the Ton Lamyai Market, which is located at the end of Chang Moi
Road next to the river Ping, near a footbridge. Ton Lamyai is the
oldest wet market of Chiang Mai. You can find anything you want, from tempting
fresh fruit and vegetables to flowers, spices, and
butchered meats. It is best to come early in the morning. Another market,
Warorot, is just some 400 meters away; you have to walk back on Chang Moi
Street (away form the river). Warorot Market is a Day Market that
specializes in household utensils.
There are several more temples on Tapae Road. Not the prettiest, but the most interesting is perhaps Wat Boopharam. It has a brandnew Viharn, that mixes various styles and is decorated with lots of filigree and golden chofahs. Very beautiful, on the other hand, is the smaller old wooden Viharn in pure Lanna style on the right. Inside are several gilded Buddha images. On the other side of the road opposite Wat Boopharam is Wat Chetawan, also worth a visit.
If it is already late in the afternoon after your visit to Tapae road, ask a Tuk-Tuk driver to take you to Chang Klang Road. Chang Klang Road is the setting for the famous Night Market of Chiang Mai. From around 5 p.m. until late in the evening lots of merchants open stalls on the sidewalks and display their goods: clothes, purses, suitcases, hilltribe jewellery, all kinds of lacquerware items, carved wooden animals, etc. Although you can buy the same items also in the big souvenir shopping emporia in and around Chiang Mai, shopping at the Night Market is more fun! (Even better is going to the workshops and studios where they are produced, see Handicraft Shopping Tour.)
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