Fresh Local Market Tour by Walking in Chiang Mai

Food, Wine & Nightlife in Thailand

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Introduction to fresh vegetables, fruits and authentic Thai food that local people eat everyday.Thailand is divided into two sections: tourist areas and local areas. They are totally different from each other, and most foreigners only get to know the tourist ones. Have you visited a local market in Thailand? Maybe “Yes” and maybe “No”. If the answer is “Yes”, you might have ended up with many questions, for example: • Why is everything in the open air? Is it safe to do that? The pork, fish, chicken… They have no ice! • Why do they put everything in plastic bags? • Do local people really eat insects or is it just a tourist thing? • Dessert! Do Thai people eat dessert? • Uhmm… I want to try that but I'm not sure. What is inside of it?And many more...Our Tour will lead you to all the answers. The best way of getting to know all of this is going into the area — seeing, touching and trying.
We will start early at 8:00 am to meet at the Local Fresh Market. Normally Thai people get up very early, around 4 to 5 in the morning to go to the fresh market to buy or sell vegetables and food for restaurants that will open up later for tourists.How does the tour work? • 8:00 am - 8:40 am. Meeting up, introducing each other and having Thai breakfast together. • 8:50 am - 10:30 am. Going into the market! First, we’ll go through the vegetables and condiment sections to learn about the basic Thai ingredients by touching, feeling and smelling them. I’m sure a lot of you have eaten them before but have never seen the real ones!Then, it’s time to explore and try some authentic, new Thai dishes, drinks and sweets. • 10:30 am  - 11:30 am. Let’s take a walk with the food that we bought at the market and take it to the park, while we grab some street stand dishes along the way. • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.We’ll hang out like locals do at the park with food. This is a very classic way of Thai “hanging out”. You will see local faces from outside the tourist perspective — always eating something. • 12:00 pm.We’ll say goodbye.Highlights • You’ll get to try Thai traditional breakfast! Please come with an empty stomach. • We promise you that this will be a day in which you will try many new things in your life! So, come with an open mind; willing to try new things. • Explore a local market and get the answers you have been asking yourself all along. • Try foods, drinks and fruits that seem interesting to you. See, meet and get a feel of the locals — spend time with Thai people out of the tourist perspective. This is the best way to experience Thai culture: through food. Because food is life, and life is culture. • Hang out at the park and share lunch all together like Thai people do. • 4 hour tour.  After the Local Market Tour, you will know what to eat and what is inside your meals. It will make your holidays easier, cheaper and more comfortable. By eating in local places, you will find the most affordable and authentic Thai food.

What’s included

  • Fluent English - Thai speaking guide.
  • Fees and handling charges for food and drinks.
  • Handbook” with the name of all the dishes, fruits, vegetables, etc. that we’ll discover in this tour. The handbook will be in English, Thai and it will include the pronunciation in Thai. You can take this book with you after the tour.
  • A cross bag (custom-made Akha bag) with a bottle of drinking water, hand sanitary tissue, pen and an umbrella (to be returned after the tour is finished)
  • A Thai traditional lunch box with a spoon, fork and chopsticks (to be returned after the tour finished)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (only within 3 km from city area)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)