At Warorot you can buy nearly anything. There are impressive amounts of fruits (fresh or dried), vegetables, meat, fish, flowers, pastries, spices but also clothes, shoes, jewels (and many shops are specialized in buying and selling gold), cosmetics, beauty products, kitchen utensils etc. the list could go on for several lines.
In the streets adjacent to the market, you can find many fabric sellers, most are Indians, as well as sellers coming from mountain tribes who have booths or shops and who sell objects created in their village.
As a local market frequented almost exclusively by Thais, the rates there are excellent and like everywhere else in the country,you can bargain if you wish. Also, don’t decide to buy something at the first booth you’re interested in, take time to go for a walk in the alleys because the number of sellers is incredible and it’s a good idea to compare the rates.
Don’t hesitate to test the numerous fruits that are offered. This is an excellent opportunity to discover new flavors and textures. Also indulge yourself with the pastries or food that are on sale. You won’t risk being sick and that’s an excellent experience. The most curious among you will also be able to indulge themselves with fried insects full of proteins.
Don’t be afraid to go up the stairs of both buildings that compose all of the market. From the upper floors, you will have an amazing view over the booths on the ground floor and you will find local clothes, especially the famous Thai fisherman pants, shirts, bags etc. It’s very interesting to go through all these alleys.
While you’re at it, you can stop in one of the Chinese pharmacies in the main street that goes down to the river. A doctor will examine you by taking your wrist in his hands and the pharmacist will weigh the herbs and the mushrooms corresponding to the diagnosis of the doctor. Really unfamiliar. Also if you need, have your shoes repaired by one of the shoemaker,working directly on the walking side. The work is well done, you nearly don’t wait and the price is unbeatable.
The Warorot market is a special place not-to-be-missed during your stay in Chiang Mai. If you’re looking for authenticity, you won’t find anything better. You will be disoriented and all your senses will be used. Definitely worth a visit.