Thousands of people slowly shuffling along Rachadamnoen Road on Sunday night are not bothered by the gentle drizzle of rain and as the clock strikes 6.00pm the multitude stop, stand still and listen to the national anthem being played through speakers dotted along the road. They are here for the Sunday night walking market – showcasing art and craft of the people from Northern Thailand. Local produce is available and people walk while sampling new and unusual food prepared by families in the villages and nearby.
It is an effort to move forward through the dense crowd. Walking on the left side of the street, people are coming towards me, so I move to the right side, only to encounter the same. Musicians and dancers sit and occupy the middle of the road where the markets stretch for more than a kilometer.
Traditional handcrafts are made from a variety of materials including silk, paper, fabric, wood and ceramics.
Even the food is colourful – sticky rice and coconut and a sweet coconut drink.
It is difficult to find a path through the crowds and stalls to Wat Phan Tao or Wat Chedi Luang but their familiar sculptured roof lines are in focus throughout the walk.
Every Sunday night from 4pm until midnight, these dedicated stall holders ensure tourists and locals can sample the traditional crafts, skills and produce from the people of northern Thailand.