Worarot Market, known locally as Kad Luang, is the main local market and is a busy bustling place where you can see the ‘real’ Chiang Mai. It is located centrally at the top of Chiang Moi Road along the Ping River. Worarot Market is set in and around a huge rambling building and is a place to go to find almost anything!
On the ground flood of the main building there are a number of food stalls selling both fresh, dried and packaged food. Northern food specialties like Chiang Mai sausage, kaep moo (deep fried pork rinds), nam prik (spicy dipping sauce), as well as herbs and spices aplenty make Worarot Market especially popular with Thai visitors to the city.
Many stalls and shops around Wororot 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 (Sopa is recommended) and have something made up to you exact specifications.
Warorot Market is a real taste of “old Chiang Mai”. Kad Luang is found at the end of Chang Moi Road where it deadends into Chang Klan Road and is open all day. At night, sellers set up street side stalls selling still more goods.
Perhaps the best thing about Worarot Market is that it is a chance to see Chiang Mai life close up, a real experience that is highly recommended.