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Ratchdamnoen Walking Night Market
The Ratchdamnoen Walking Night Market in Chiangmai is famous - well, we realised it was once we began to look into where to go in the city. It takes place every Sunday night along the road of the same name which runs about two thirds the width of the walled old city. That's pretty long, more so than the Wualai Road Night Market which we visited the previous night.


Because the Wualai and Ratchdamnoen markets happened on consecutive days, having our five days in Chiangmai including the weekend conveniently allowed us to visit both. This was good on the one hand since we could see what both "events" were like, as well as do some shopping and have a place for dinner each night.

Wualai Road Night Market
We went to the Chang Klan Road Night Bazaar yesterday evening and whereas that's a nightly, fixed location shopping area, the Wualai Road Night Market is temporary, with stalls pitching up every Saturday.


It takes place on the lengthy Wualai Road, especially long when faced with all the ambling visitors, both local and tourists browsing at leisure. The area is actually an old city silver-making district which apparently still has silversmiths banging out their creations during the day on various metal household wares and surfaces.

The All Wooden Wat Pan Tao Sermon Hall
The Wat Pan Tao is an all-teak sermon hall, constructed of unpolished panels and held up with enormous pillars. We stumbled across it when walking up Ratchadamnoen Road through the centre of the old city.


The sermon hall, or the viharn caught our eye with its striking, layered, triple roof design together with all the orange flags right next to it. Teams of young monks in their trademark orange cloths were also cleaning the grounds.

Flight of the Gibbon Waterfall Trek
The second part of the Flight of the Gibbon experience was the opportunity to climb up to a waterfall. In comparison to zooming through the forest air by zipline, its pretty tame, but the effort required at least built our appetites up for the forthcoming lunch.


We were transported the short distance to the bottom of the waterfall and then were given some initial directions by some waiting staff. Our group was pretty much left to our own devices, although the route was straightforward.

Flight of the Gibbon Rainforest Zipline Adventure in Chiangmai
Voted Best Attraction in Thailand, the Flight of the Gibbon Rainforest Adventure billboards got our attention as we began planning our activities, soon after we arrived in Chiangmai.


We initially decided not to do it, since it didn't seem like an activity inherent to Thai culture and wasn't cheap either at 1700 THB (£33) each (normal full price was over 2000 THB). But then we changed our minds, since we didn't think we'd get many opportunities to do something like this often.

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