Known by the local name of Kad Chin Haw, the Chinese Muslim farmers’ market comes alive every Friday morning between 6 am and lunch time. It’s located in an empty lot next to an old northern Thai teak house, opposite the oldest mosque in Chiang Mai.
The Chin Haw originally came from Yunnan as traders. They travelled extensively between China and Burma, across the rugged mountainous tracks of northern Thailand in large mule caravans, selling their goods for centuries before settling down in Chiang Mai. In this particular market, you can still hear them speak in their native language and see them in traditional clothes.
Among a variety of interesting foods that are sold at this market are chickens, seafood, fermented bean curd, fried tofu, and pickled vegetables.
Kad Chin Haw also accommodates another large ethnic group – the Tai Yai (Shans) from the Shan State in Burma. It’s radical to imagine that the Shan traders are allowed to sell homemade pork sausages in a traditional Chinese Muslim area but alas – they do without any conflict!