If you want to shop where the locals shop and eat what the locals eat, then bypass the Night Bazaar completely and instead opt for a visit to the Warorot Market east of the Old City. This indoor commodities bonanza offers everything from footwear and textiles to deep-fried pork rinds, but the real gem for foreigners will be the variety of tasty, fresh regional food options available. Peruse the first floor for stalls selling all kinds of dried, packaged and freshly cooked goodies and indulge in some of the more exotic flavors of northern Thailand. It's made for locals, not necessarily for tourists, so if you're squeamish about crowded stalls or unique odors then you may want to wait outside. Otherwise, this is a true (and truly inexpensive) cultural/gastronomic experience.
Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand