If you visit Chiang Rai, do not miss to go to “Kad” (Markets). Shopaholics might already make a plan to go there even before traveling to Chiang Rai. After a long period of hard work and get the chance to have a vacation, you have to go shopping, eating, and sightseeing.
The finest market that you must not miss is “The Chiang Rai Walking Street”. The feature of this place not only attracts many tourists to Chiang Rai but also the local people. Everyone will have fun shopping a variety of local foods sold along a one-kilometer and a half road. Moreover, lots of local goods that can be souvenirs for your family or to decorate your home are available in this market. So, this market has not only “must-have” foods to eat but also “must-have” things to buy.
"Chiang Rai Walking Street" or "Kad Jiang Hai Rum Luk" is open every Saturday. It is situated from the intersection of the tobacco office on Thanalai Road to the Government Saving Bank. Whether you turn left or turn right, you will be surrounded by other local dishes that cannot be eaten anywhere else, such as Tam Khanun (Spicy Jackfruit Salad, Khao Nueng (Parboiled Rice), Abb-pla (a grilled fish with seasoning wrapped in banana leaves), Chinsom Mok (a local Lanna food similar to Thai Naem), Khao Yong Huay ( Mae Sai Rice Crackers), grilled pork necks, grilled pork chitterlings, Kanom Duang (Ladyfinger Dumpling), Khao Nga Ping (Grilled Black Sticky Rice and Sesame), fried insects, Khao Jee (Grilled Sticky Rice with Eggs), avocado juice, fresh fruit smoothies, and many kinds of foods. Moreover, local products are also worth shopping such as products from hill tribes, OTOP projects, local handicrafts, handmade products, souvenirs, and so on. Furthermore, if you feel tired, you can relax at the Thai massage corner.
Finally, another great impression, the vendors reduce the use of plastic bags and use the natural materials instead. So, you will see the bowls made of banana leaves and paper bags here. Chiang Rai is not just a beautiful city but also cares about the environment.
Besides the market in downtown Chiang Rai, if you visit the Chiang Khong District, shoppers should not miss "Kad Kong Kao", a small charming walking street. It is open every Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Kad Kong Kao is full of local foods and handicrafts with the melodious folk music played along. Finally, you will end up the night in Chiang Rai with the twinkling lights from colorful Tung adorned to welcome visitors along the way.
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