The Warorot Market in Chiang Mai which is known locally as “Kad Luang”, is the main local market and is a busy bustling place where you can see the ‘real’ Chiang Mai.
The market is located several blocks north of the Night Bazaar where Changklan Road intersects with Changmoi Road, near the River Ping.
Parking is always impossible, so it’s best to arrive via tuk-tuk or songtheaw. If walking, you will no doubt be distracted from your destination by the abundance of shopping stalls on the blocks surrounding Warorot Market selling everything from gold jewelry to tennis shoes to fresh flowers.
Warorot Market is set in and around a huge rambling old single storey building, with a high ceiling making it possible to see the floors below, which circle like large balconies around the ground floor.
This market is a place to go to find almost anything & everything!.
The actual Warorot building is not marked in English at all, just look for the pedestrian overpass connecting two 3-storey buildings.Enter on the west side of the street under the overpass.
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All the ground floor is devoted to foodstuffs and produce. If you plan to stay awhile and have access to a kitchen, this is the place for pickled goods, herbs, spices and dried goods.
Keep a lookout for Northern food specialties like “Sai Ua”(Chiang Mai sausage),”Kaep Moo” (deep fried pork rinds) & “Nam Prik” (spicy chillies dipping sauce),you will easily find these stands, they are usally crowded with Thai visitors to the city, buying up their provisions to take home with them.
Clothing, handicrafts, beauty supplies, shoes, and anything else you could possibly be looking for aside from high-end electronics are available on the second and third floors.
There’s even a modest food court on the third floor where you can relax with a very inexpensive Thai lunch, snack or dessert.
Many stalls and shops around Warorot Market sell all kinds of household goods often at a fraction of the price you will find elsewhere. Cooking equipment, utensils, crockery, glassware everything you need to set up home here is available so it is the perfect place for people just moving to Chiang Mai.
There are also a number of fabric shops with a bewildering array of materials suitable for making anything from a suit to a cushion cover. If you see something you like take a sample of the material to one of the nearby tailors and have something made up to you exact specifications within a day !.
One of the best things about Warorot Market is that it is a chance to see “real” Chiang Mai life close up, an experience that is highly recommended and should not be missed.