The Meechok Plaza is located on the second ring road and the corner of the Mae Jo Road leading out of Chiang Mai. Fortunately for us, it was only about a 10 minute motorbike ride from our rental on the outskirts of Chiang Mai—and the drive didn’t require us to enter the city at all!
The Meechok Plaza boasts of a variety of restaurants, McDonalds (not a restaurant…hahaa!), Rimping Grocery store (with a great selection of foreign imports and organic produce), a pharmacy, dentist (that we can recommend), ice cream parlors, spas, an excellent computer repair place, and a massage place!
Next door to the Meechok Plaza is a large covered local market where you can get any produce and Thai goodies to your heart’s delight!
Also, on Monday and Tuesday nights you can enjoy the Meechok open-air market! Tourists are rare in this area, so you’re likely to be the only foreign trying to push through the immense crowds (and small isles) and enjoy some street food. While there are clothing vendors, you won’t find touristy-type stuff here…and most of the vendors are there to fill tummies. The selection is wide and varied!
I still don’t know what these white things are. Anyone?
Seating is limited and only available with certain vendors!
We loved the garlic bread vendor. Yummy!
On market nights, the covered market next door stays open late!
The meat vendors have these funny fans (covered in plastic bags) above their fresh slices…presumably to keep the flies off? Gag!
You can get pre-made food here, as well. Curries, rices, noodles, etc.
If critters float your boat…you will get plenty of opportunities to munch on them here!
I thought it was interesting how they sliced and displayed these fish (lengthwise with the mouth turned under and through the center).
The covered market is open most days, and you can enjoy the Monday and Tuesday outdoor market starting around dusk until the late evening hours. Come early if you want to avoid the crowds!
Overall, we loved living in this area and having access to this great plaza on a regular basis, as well as the option to head down to the covered or outdoor markets!