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All the world’s a night market (Chiang Rai)

6:00 p.m. and the Saturday Walking Street, one of Chiang Rai’s most popular night markets, was barely getting started. It was still light out, hawkers were setting up their stalls, only a few visitors were walking around, slightly confused, as if witnessing a dress rehearsal. Suddenly, ceremonial music blasted from unseen loudspeakers. Everyone froze in their tracks, standing up straight, stopping anything they were doing at that time. Not a single movement. The scene reminded…

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