Chiang Mai Markets Tour
During this tour you will visit the historic Wat Ket area. This is the neighbourhood where foreigners were allowed to settle in the early days. It’s east of the Ping River. You will visit the San Pakoy, Warorot and Ton Lamyai markets. You will cross the iconic Iron Bridge and the recently re-opened Chansom Memorial footbridge. The Wat Ket Museum offers an eclectic mix of exhibits as well as many old pictures of Chiang Mai.
The morning tour starts at Thapae Gate at 0830 and ends there at 1230. The morning tour starts at Thapae Gate at 1300 and ends there at 1700.
Chiang Mai Markets tour
Wat Loi Kroh and Iron Bridge
Your samlor driver will be waiting for you at the Thapae Gate. Start of your Chiang Mai Markets Tour by samlor. You will visit some of the most famous markets of Chiang Mai. First of all this tour will take you to Wat Loi Kroh, a lovely temple. We continue to the famous Iron Bridge over the Ping River. Before we cross the bridge we have a brief look at the Ancient Lanna House, which has been recently reconstructed.
San Pakoy Market and Wat Ket Museum
Our next destination is the first Christian church. We continue to San Pakoy market, a market where very few tourists go. We wander around this small, very old market and taste some of the typical Thai delicacies. Chat with some of the vendors before we get back in our samlors. After this we cross the busy Charoenmuang road and wind our way through small alleys in the direction of Wat Ket. This is an historic area. Many of the first Western visitors settled in this area. We briefly stop at the Bain compound, formerly the offices of the Borneo Company. Next stop is the Wat Ket temple which houses a fascinating museum with old pictures and artefacts. Jack Bain, son of William Bain, the last manager of the Borneo Company, founded this museum.
Kad Luang and Thapae Road
We will continue on foot and cross the Ping River via the recently restored Chansom Memorial Bridge that will bring us right into the Tonlamyai Market. We wander through Kad Luang, as the complex of Tonlamyai and Warorot Markets is called. Kad Luang is without a doubt the most famous fresh food markets of Chiang Mai. We get on our samlors for the last stretch back to Thapae Gate where the tour ends.
- Transportation by samlor, a traditional bicycle taxi – one person per samlor
- English speaking guide
- Drinking water
- Local snack/fruit of the season
- Transfer from your hotel to Thapae Gate and back to the hotel
- Personal expenses