Chiang Mai

The area dominated by the Warorot and Ton Lam Yai markets doubles as the city's small Chinatown, marked by a flamboyant Chinese welcome gate across Th Chang Moi. Dotted around the bazaar area are several small Confucian temples, a handful of Chinese apothecaries and lots of Chinese jewellery shops, decorated in brilliant red, a symbol of good fortune.

However, the area has lost some of its prominence with the construction of the vast Samakkee Charity Foundation temple.

South of the flower market on Th Praisani is the Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple.

A small parade winds through the streets for Chinese New Year.

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1. Talat Warorot

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Chiang Mai's oldest public market, Warorot (also spelt Waroros) is a great place to connect with the city's Thai soul. Alongside souvenir vendors you'll…

2. Namdhari Sikh Temple

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Chinatown is also home to a small population of Sikh migrants from Myanmar who specialize in selling bolts of fabric. They worship at the nearby Namdhari…

3. Talat Ton Lam Yai

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Adjacent to Talat Warorot, Talat Ton Lam Yai morphs from a covered household market into an animated flower market (gàht dòrk mái), flanking the river on…

4. Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple

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South of the flower market on Th Praisani, the Pung Tao Gong Ancestral Temple was founded in 1876, but the shrine fell into ruin as the city's Chinese…

6. Philatelic Museum

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Housed in the old city post office, this museum has lots of historic Thai stamps.

7. Wat Saen Fang

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A large and colourful wát with an impressive, mosaic-tiled chedi that blends Burmese and Lanna styles. The chedi is guarded by lion figures and an old…

8. Wat Upakhut

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A large and colourful wát that comes alive for Dhevo Rohana, a merit-making ceremony during Auk Phansa (Buddhist Lent).