The Night Bazaar is a huge market covering a long outdoor stretch of Chang Khlan Road between Tha Phae Road and Si Donchai Road, with the centre of the maelstrom in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Building, three storeys of shopping under a Thai temple-style roof. The bazaar area straddles both sides of the street, with a gauntlet of street vendors along both pavements at night. It opens at about 5PM, but many vendors open about 7PM until 11PM or so. It's not just a place to shop, but possibly Chiang Mai's largest tourist attraction, with products from Northern Thailand and neighbouring countries, especially those associated with Thailand's hill tribes - but take all claims with a pinch of salt and bargain hard for good prices.
This should be in the Shopping Tip but I consider it (or many people) a nightlife
There are 3 major night bazaars in Chiang Mai, as far as I know ---
- the staple Night Bazaar in Chang Khlan Road near the Duangtawan Hotel. There are several stalls along the street at night but the main shopping where you'll find local hilltribe handicrafts can be found at the huge 3-storey thai temple designed Chiangmai Night Bazaar.
- The Saturday Night Market is located at the Wuolai Road, south side of the old city going to the airport, and like the Night Bazaar, it has stalls selling local crafts and clothings, plus various food and streetside massage parlours. They closed the whole street from traffic and starts to build stalls as early as 2pm and finishes at 11pm.
- The Sunday Night Market along Rajdamnoern Road, stone-throw away from the Thapae Gate - in fact there are also stalls inside the gates and good food too. Sunday N.B. is a delight, not only for shoppers but for streetfood-lovers too. It starts at 5pm til 10pm, obviously every Sunday.
Personally, I like the Sunday Night Market, it's longer, livelier and more to offer.
The 2 Night Markets have better bargains than the staple Night Bazaar which is very commercial and geared towards tourist shoppers.
Dress Code: Tuxedo and evening gowns........ are you kidding???? Go light, short pants and light shirts would be great as it could get really warm with the swarm of people.
The Sunday Night walk is an impressive extravaganza of food, people watching and shops selling very nice touristy type gifts. The market has a great array of food choices for you to sample, even try your hand at some salted and roasted grasshoppers and other bugs! It is a great opportunity to try different delicacies of the area, and very cultural. In addition, the market has for offer some great touristy paraphernalia to take home and treasure. I got some great items at this market. It is a fairly large market, just ask around on how to get there as there are two night markets on sunday. It is an open area and encompasses a couple closed off streets. It is near the main road which is dissected by the canal. Really a great time!
Take notice of all the blind musicians at this market, they are quite talented
Before i went to Chiang Mai, i couldn't tell the exact location of Night Bazaar. That was because different map vendor gives different location... i was so confused... Now i'd been to the place, i'm able to tell the location and the different...
Overall, the Night Bazaar is made up of several shopping complexes/areas and stalls along the Chang Khlan road. It starts from the Tapae Rd intersection and ends about at Sri Don Chai Rd intersection. There are up to thousands of merchandise stalls, food stalls and also service provider stalls along both sides of Chang Khlan Rd. Some complexes/areas off the main street are a newly built to cater the increasing number of stalls.
We went to the Night Bazaar from the Loi Khro Rd, which was about at the middle of the Chang Khlan Rd. My first impression to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar was it seems like a China market. I felt like most if not all of the stalls along Chang Khlan Rd were selling 'Made in China' merchandises. All of the watches, T-shirts, bag, torch, etc were look like being imported from China.
Just in a while, we lost our interest on the Night Bazaar and walked to a end of Night Bazaar to get our dinner. At least there we found something not really came out from the Chinese factory. After dinner, we walked along both side of the street and i realized most of the stalls along the Chang Khlan Rd were selling 'Made in China' merchandises... If you are looking for something else, below will be the places i would like to suggest:
- Anusarn Market
- Kalare Night Bazaar
- A multi-story complex on the left toward Tapae Rd (can't remember the name)
I've written down some unique characteristics of the places above. Please look for individual details in their respective page.
This is a multi-story (about 3-5 stories) shopping complex beside the Chang Khlan road. It is at the left hand side if you are facing North at Chang Khlan road. Sorry i cannot remember the name of the complex...
The unique characteristic about this place is that the whole complex is like a art center. They sell all kind of art, handicraft, home-made merchandise, etc... If you stepped into the upper or lower ground floor, the first thing you will get is you will definitely amaze with the painting the artists are working on. I have come across a lot of artists selling their paintings/potraits before, but i never see an artist putting 'life' into the drawing! Looking at thier painting, i felt it more real than the camera can ever capture. If you look into the eyes of the object in the painting, it is as the person is looking at you... Try to get a sit provided to see the artists' determination of bringing painting into life!
Beside the astonishing work of the artists, there are other stalls in the complex selling a lot of nice handicarfts. It worth a walk around the complex as most of them selling merchandises quite different from the stalls along the street...
This place is beside the Chang Khlan main street, at the right hand side if you are facing north at Chang Khlan load.
The unique characteristic about this place is that it looks like a newly built area comprising merchandise stalls and food stalls. The whole place is very clean and pleasant. The food stalls are well organised and selling different kind of foods. You have to buy coupun first before you can buy your food. The merchandise stalls are also some distance from each other giving so that you can move around comfortably. Some more, the toilet is free and very clean.
During my visit, there was a traditional Thai dance on the stage and people got to enjoy it while having their dinner. I never try the food there, nor the merchandise there as i'm was very fyll... but i bet the price there should be slightly higher than other stalls, right?...
This area is off the main street of Chang Khlan Road, somewhere near the Anusan Market.
Compare to other stalls along the Chang Khlan Road, this place is more spacious and comfortable to walk around. Here you can also find more local made products such as key chains, fabric wallet, souvenier, hand made notepad, local fried food, etc...
Beside that, you can find a lot of foot-massage center at this area and their rate is very competitive. 30min foot massage for only THB 60. Other places the price might vary around THB 150 - THB 250 per hour... So after a tiring walk along and around the Night Bazaar, it is good to 'treat' your foot with something nice and relax... Believe me, your foot will feel like a total relief after the massage.
It felt as if everyone who was holidaying in Chiang Mai was at the night bazar everytime we were!
I'm sure we were there every night. It's an easy place to walk to, and it built up an appetite for dinner!
Plenty of choices for food. We ate at the open air market places, cheap and yummy.
Lots of choices for shopping, either inside the permanent shops or outside at the stalls that line the road each night (except Sunday).
Need dvd's, cd's, cushion covers, shoes, clothes, watches, souvenirs? Well, this is the place to come to.
The Night Bazaar offers a wide-range of shopping from open air street vendors to sidewalks and small boutiques.
There are a wide variety of dining and shopping along Chang Khlan Road. It is your chance to make use of your haggling and bargaining skills.
You can buy anything from handicraft especially made by hilltribe, clothings, shoes, T-Shirt, accessories. The Nakhorn Ping Night Bazaar Building, Kalare Night Bazaar, The Peak offers an open-air dining terrace and free performances of classical dancing and performances.
However, I would strongly recommend that you make your purchases at the Sunday Night Market and Warorot Market. The price are fixed and you dont really have to bargain hard.
I spent more time enjoying the cheap and excellent massage services and rotee than shopping along here.
Dress Code: Massage
This night market is open only on Sundays and is located in one of the entrances to the old city. Is very special, is more authentic, there are some performances, music or dance, is smaller than the night bazar, but I found the articles not so good than the night bazar, not so good quality, and the food is more… let’s say, Thai. There are hundreds of motorbikes parked outside the wall where the market start, the streets are closed and you can see a sea of people walking one behind the other, even that is a good experience, different from the night bazar and not so good if you want shopping.
After have seen all those night bazar in Bangkok, I've to tell that this night bazar is excellent!!!, very clean, people is nicer and not so agressive, there were a wide variety of products and articles, painters, and a very organized food court. I saw also a shopping mall with paintings, handicrafts, games, food, pewter, woodcarving, beautiful, an excellent opcion to spend a while at night, then you can go for dinner at Irish Pub or simply in the market for more authentic food. The thing that I don't recommend is the reflexology in the street, the ladies are looking for everything but not for your foot.
Chiang Mai has a number of markets but this is the big one. Outside the old city area on the eastern side of central Chiang Mai. We walked, shopped, grabbed a brew and then shopped some more. The tasty snack of made-while-you-wait-fried-insects is worth a skip unless you are demented.
Dress Code: Whatever you want.
The night bazaar is the perfect place to be from 5 or 6 in the evening up till about 12 midnight...here I am actually at the entrance to the eating place where there are a few stalls selling seafood and other local food. There were so many people I thought it would be quite selfish of me to use a single table so I did not have the chance to sit down and try the food. :(
Most places you'd have to keep your baby off the pool table but here in Chiang Mai they're so friendly they'll allow your little one to celebrate the night as well. Other than the loud juke box music we didn't have any problem bring our kids with us for a night out on the town.
I didn't pay attention to which beer bar/ pool table bar we walked into that night but I do recall that it was one of several in and around the Night Bazar in Chiang Mai. Seeing that we were a group of families we weren't hassled by the girls at the bar.