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Unique Thailand Street Shopping

The night-market or locally named, ‘walking-street’ for the locals to sell their handicrafts and clothing, cooked food, natural herbs, and traditional street Thai massage service for the tired shoppers and tourists.

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Our close friends from Malaysia came on March 2010 to home stay with the family to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We are located in Chiangrai, Northern Thailand or 60 minutes by air or 12 hours by road from Bangkok. Presently, a Thai village home stay in Chiangrai is an ideal choice of destination because it is far away and safe from the political turmoil of Bangkok.

Prior to their trip, the husband asked what attractions are available that fancy his wife. We know the wife loves to shop, so I mentioned the weekly Saturday ‘Walking-Street’ market.

The function of this night-market or locally named, ‘walking-street’ is to provide an avenue and revenue for the locals to sell their handicrafts and clothing, cooked food, natural herbs, and traditional street Thai massage service for the tired shoppers and tourists. Several kilometers of roads lined with vendors are closed to vehicle traffic from 6 pm to 10 pm. Stalls are set-up on the left, right and center of the road as seen in the picture.

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Soon after our dinner, we drove for 20 minutes to the ‘walking-street’ located in the city center. Locating a parking space as close to where the action is, proves to be quite a challenge because we started our journey a bit late due to the delayed dinner. So, the ‘early bird’ gets to park at the most convenient parking space.

To most experience travelers will already know, that Thailand serve-up an enormous variety of delicious street food to feed the hungry locals and the tourists. Naturally, a section of the street is reserved for the food vendors.

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The city council provides hundreds of tables and chairs for the shoppers to enjoy their food. But, you will have to thank your ‘lucky stars’ if you are able to grab a table because it is so pack with people, the moment it is vacated, more people will fill-in.

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For those who are traditionally inclined, here is an added taste of Northern Lanna Thai tradition, the display of drumming skills and music to entertain the shoppers.

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There is a park for wife and daughter to rest their tired feet, to enjoy the atmosphere and exercise our poodle named Pepper.

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And for those who loves to show-off their dancing skills, by all means dance to your hearts content with the crisp and clear music to accompany you.

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Of course, besides the three hours of walking, filling up our stomachs and the wives too had their hands full of shopping bags, it was indeed a family quality time spent. You will be amazed that the food and merchandise sold at the Walking Street Market are so affordable.

We really enjoyed ourselves and at the same time, we made our friends/guests fulfill their wedding anniversary wish.

More information on Walking Street at http://a-thai-village-homestay.weebly.com

Posted by ekay 21:07 Archived in Thailand Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

A Guide on How to Behave in Thailand.

Ethics to observe while in Thailand.

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A Guide On How To Behave In Thailand.

Thai people put great emphasis on good manners and politeness so it will help if you understand some of their customs and beliefs by home stay with a Thai family. Also, should you have a problem of any kind, remember, a smile will be of much more help than a scowl.

1. When entering a Thai home, or temple, it is customary to remove your shoes. This is not simply a religious custom but has practical implications. Also, do not point your feet at anyone or use it to indicate anything.

2. The King and all the Royal Family are held in extremely high regard by all Thai people and due respect is required. This also applies to money, or any other object bearing the King’s image. Above all, do NOT put your foot on money.

3. Any insult to the Buddhist religion or Buddha icons or images can carry heavy penalties. Again, respect must be shown at all times and, when visiting temples, appropriate clothing must be worn. When entering a temple you are requested to dress appropriately. Singlets and shorts are not acceptable. Also touching any part of a monk, or his robes, is strictly taboo.

4. A ‘wai’ is when hands are put in front of the face as a gesture of greeting or respect. It has many meanings and visitors are advised only to reply to a ‘wai’ rather than ‘lead the way’. It is never proper to ‘wai’ to servants or children although it is appropriate to ‘return’ a wai.

5. Always observe extreme caution with your money and valuables. Such things as passports and credit cards should not be carried externally and all leading hotels provide secure safe systems. Shoulder bags and handbags may be especially vulnerable.

6. It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled or carbonated water is cheaply and readily available.

7. If traveling in a taxi or tuk tuk it is usual to settle the fare before you begin your journey.

8. When beckoning waiters, or anyone, do so with your palm down and fingers straight with an up and down movement. Never clap, snap your fingers, or whistle.

9. Do not accept offers of food, drink, candies, or free trips from strangers or taxi drivers.

This blog is for those who are first time travelers/tourist to Thailand. To understand and remember these guidelines will make your stay in this country a memorable sojourn.

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