Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Thai night market. One of the largest is held in Chiang Mai and caters for both tourists looking for souvenirs and locals looking for a snack. Head to centre of the market and look for the stall with the longest queue to find the best food.
Markets around Bangkok offer fascinating shopping experiences. Compared to air-conditioned malls, though, they are hot and sticky mazes with alleys after alleys of shops selling everything from one-off fashion accessories to knock-off kitsches to farm-fresh flowers and agricultural produce.
As well as excellent bargains, the markets also offer a slice of local life and a great opportunity to sample the kind of food you won't find in most restaurants. Of all the markets in Bangkok, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must visit, while others, such as those in Patpong, Khlong Thom and Saphan Phut offer exciting night-time shopping experiences. For something you won't find anywhere else, try one of the floating markets, which combine shopping and sightseeing into one.