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The selection of foods in Thai markets can be baffling to westerners; and that’s only the stuff they see in mainstream markets. Move out of the big cities and the selection becomes even more strange. This is a market on the highway between Chiang Mai and Lampang; at the moment (May) it has some jungle produce that is very seasonal – in particular mushrooms – but also some strange (to me) vegetables and fruits.

Some of these vegetables actually do fight back – I think this is the first time I have ever been warned to be careful about eating a vegetable… the spiky one below – the trick is to snap off the young fronds and eat those with other veg. The flavours are beyond what I can describe, but I can honestly say I have never tasted anything like it.

Thai Market - no idea what this fruit is...

Thai Market – Gac Fruit, Vietnamese in origin

Its Saturday morning and time for markets to appear in Chiang Mai. In addition to the big players of Wualai Saturday Market and the Ratchdamnoern Sunday Walking Street Market there are a couple of smaller events worth visiting:

Saturday – Nana Jungle (because its in the jungle).

8.00 am – 10.30. Features organic products, cheese, vegetarian foods and lots of fresh baked goods (Sour Dough loaves and fresh Croissants are especially popular). There are some craft and clothing stalls too. Need to get there early for the best stuff.
Location: Turn off Canal Road at the Convention Centre, follow the road almost to the end and look for the crowd.

Sunday – Sunday Morning Hangout.

10.30 – 13.00. More of a get together than a full market, but fresh bread, cheese and other items are available.
Location: Turn off Canal Road by the B2 Black hotel, follow the Soi until you get to Mountain View Condo and then turn left, about 150m at the end of this Soi go through the gates.

Both are on the listings map here

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