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The Night Bazar

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In 1987 we first learned about the night market, or Night Bazar as in Chiang Mai is called.
Two large halls, each with two floors filled with small shops. Products of the hill tribes, clothing, furniture, music.
And many, many people.
Also on the street in front of the market are items for sale, you must make an effort to get through the crowd to get ahead.

During subsequent visits to Chiang Mai, the market has expanded even more. Across the street is a large square with restaurants all around. And in the middle a stage with music and dance. And again many visitors, both in the old and the new part.

How different it was during our last visit in 2010 and 2012.
Quiet, extinct!
The old part of the market is still there, but almost no visitors, and many shops are closed. The same in the new part and on the street.
We do not understand it at all, if you read something about Chiang Mai, then the Night Bazar mentioned, so we were expecting many visitors.
Maybe we were there on a wrong day, we were there both at the weekend and during the week. Or maybe we were there at the wrong time, between 8 and 11 o'clock in the evening.


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