Ton Lamyai, Chiang Mai
Concierge.com's insider take:
For Thais, shopping is a daily experience. However, the sights and smells of a chaotic morning market such as Talat Warorotfreshly butchered hogs, dried river fish, the unmistakable urinal-cake stench of durian fruitare not for the faint of stomach. But adjacent to the city's largest souk lies the heaven-scent alternative of Ton Lamyai, the daily flower market. Along a riverside stretch of Changklan Road north of Narawat Bridge, Thailand's riotous floral diversity is on full display: lotus and marigolds, heliconia and gladiolus, in helpings to sate any botanist.