Stores, Malls or Markets in Chiang Mai

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  • Warorot market (Kad Luang): Experience the real Chiang Mai

    by Ivo_K Written Mar 20, 2011

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    This market is located several blocks north of the Night Bazaar where Changklan Road intersects with Changmoi Road, near the River Ping. Its history dates back to the 19th century when early markets were established along the Ping River on the outskirts of Chiang Mai city around 150 years ago. Parking around is almost impossible so you better get there by tuk-tuk. The Warorot market (known locally as Kad Luang) is the best place to experience the 'real" Chiang Mai and to sample local delicacies such as kaeb moo (fried pork rind), sai ua (Northern-styke sausages, nam prik noom (chilli paste) - all these food and products you could found on the ground floor. You can easily recognize the stands selling these delicacies - they are usally crowded with Thai visitors to the city, buying up their provisions to take them back home. Clothing, hand-made craftwork, beauty supplies, shoes, and anything else you could possibly be looking for aside from high-end electronics are available on the second and third floors.
    What is not widely known is that this area is a crossroad of Thai, Chinese, Indian, Muslim and Western cultures - people there are from different ethnic bacgrounds and representing five religions that have existed side by side in harmony. Within walking distance from the market are the Chinese shrines Guan Yu and Pung Tao Gong, the Buddhist temples Wat San Fang, Wat Uppakut and Wat Ket Keram as well a Namdhari temple (Namdhari imovement is an offshoot of Sikhism).
    Not far is also the Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum (formerly the Mae Ping post office) where are displayed collections of ancient postal equipment and photos including rate postage stamps and postboxes.
    I would recommened visitng Warorot Market (Kad Luang) to everyone who wants to feel the pulse of Chiang Mai!

    What to buy: Local delicacies

    What to pay: Depends how well you bargain :)

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    Sunday Market: Local craft from hilltribes

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

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    The Sunday Market starts around 2pm and lasts until about 10pm with local craft persons operating stalls along Ratchadamnoen Road plus around Tapae Gate. The street is blocked off from traffic so there is plenty of room to walk. Unlike the sellers on Chang Khlan Road, who peddle many fake designer goods, excellent handmade items are displayed and sold.

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    Talat Warorot: Outdoor and indoor market near river

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

    This market is located north of Nawarat Bridge and west of the Ping River between Thapae Roads and Chang Moi Road. This sprawling outdoor market is where the locals shop, and is well worth a visit for those who enjoy shopping for fabrics, clothes, herbs and spices and hard to find items. There's also an indoor clothing and food market.

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  • Central Mall or Airport Plaza Mall: general Chiang Mai shopping

    by seagypsy Written Oct 23, 2009

    Hi Melanie,
    Is there a special reason why you need to go to Tesco Lotus? I think the one I've passed by was to the west of town.
    But if it's for general goods or shopping there's the Central shopping complex to the northwest of the old city wall. And Tops is a supermarket inside this mall as well as the Airport Plaza Mall if you're food shopping. Lots of stores in both malls with the Airport Plaza having a Robinson's Department Store. Also the Plaza Mall has a section on cultural crafts made in the Chiang Mai area with various vendors products. Both malls also have movie cinemas that show the latest western blockbusters as well as Thai movies.

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    Sunday night market: The buzz of Sunday Night market

    by iammon Updated Aug 26, 2009

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    Do not miss Sunday night market then if you like shopping. It is a bit crowded but very interessting and fun.
    Every Sunday, from 4pm until midnight, one of Chiang Mai’s great weekly events takes place. The market starts at Thapae Gate and runs along the length of Ratchadamnoen Road through the heart of the Old City and has become a Chiang Mai institution. The street, which is closed entirely to traffic, is a point for local people to meet, browse, socialise, haggle and enjoy. There numbers are considerably swelled by both Thai and foreign visitors to Chiang Mai and the whole area buzzes with the kind of excitement that can only be generated by a large number of people at leisure.

    It is a real showcase of the art and craftsmanship of Northern Thailand. Many of the stallholders have personally made the items they sell and the many hand crafted objects are a testimony to the skills and inventiveness of local people.

    Food and drink is also available in glorious abundance at the Sunday Market. There are a number of temples along Rachadamnoen Road and their grounds are open to vendors, many of whom sells fabulous local treats fresh cooked before your eyes.

    The Sunday Market is the best place in Chiang Mai to see genuine Thai style street entertainment. Right along the length of the Ratchadamoen Road are pavement artists of all descriptions, traditional musicians, Thai dancers, living statues, puppet shows and rock bands. This all adds to the festive nature of the market and makes it an unmissable event.

    What to buy: The goods available are made from an incredible array of materials including: wood, metals, ceramics, fabrics, paper, coconuts and much more besides. The products are truly authentic and original and are the perfect place to find gifts or beautiful things to decorate your home. If you are purchasing, don’t forget to bargain. Any item that is not marked with a fixed price is open for negotiation and is all part of the fun. The stall holders, many of whom have other jobs and only trade at the market, love banter and as long as you smile and barter in a good natured way you will have a great experience.

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    Painting: BO SANG UMBRELLA VILLAGE

    by balhannah Written Aug 19, 2009

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    THIS WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL, INEXPENSIVE GIFT FOR SOMEBODY.

    At the Bo Sang Umbrella village, in one section, there is a group of Artists who paint designs ON ANYTHING THAT CAN BE PAINTED ON!

    I didn't have anything with me, but he pointed out, that he could paint a waterproof design on my Jeans or on my Camera case.
    I had to choose the design and set the price. I offered 50t/b which he was happy with.
    It took approx 5 mins to do each design and they are both BEAUTIFUL.!

    When my family saw them, they wished they had something as well.

    Now that you know about it, make sure you take something with you, perhaps a wallet, new shorts, any clothing ........ have something painted either for yourself, or as a gift, I'm sure you won't be disappointed!

    From Chiang Mai City, take Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Rd., and turn left on to Bo Sang - Doi Saket Rd. The entrance to the village is only a few meters from the intersection.

    What to pay: 50t/b for small design, more for larger (Hand Painting)

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    The Lost Book Shop: Books, books, books ...

    by Tusitala Written Jun 23, 2009

    Chiang Mai has tons of bookshops, for new and used books, especially around Tha Pae gate area. But I found one which is really special for more unusual stuff, especially on South East Asian interest ...

    Better still, Joy the ever-enthusiastic assistant, speaks good English and can put her finger on exactly the title you've spent hours looking for.

    You can also bring books back within one month and receive 50% refund.

    It's affiliated to Backstreet Books off Tha Pae Rd.

    What to buy: If you enjoy your Conrads, your Somerset Maughams, as well as contemproary writing from international and local (meaning Southeast Asian) writers, chances are you'll find it here on one of the two floors. Big travel section, big history section. You can browse for hours.

    What to pay: Prices are fixed, no bargaining. Full stop.

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    Sunday Walking Street

    by tim07 Updated May 23, 2009

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    Every Sunday between 4pm & midnight Ratchadamnoen Road is blocked off to traffic. The street is then lined by stalls selling things from hill-tribe crafts to modern day souvenirs.

    The street is also full of many food stalls & buskers. It seemed popular with locals & tourists and did get very crowded. There are plenty of bars & restaurants along it to take a break from the crowds.

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    Plaza's: Plaza's

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    AIRPORT PLAZA

    The Airport Plaza is a good place for cheap shoes, clothes and electrical goods. It is a large modern plaza over 4 floors with all the normal brand name shops as well as cinemas, restaurants, food courts, supermarkets and a department store.

    The plaza is on the way to the airport on Highway 1141

    KAD SUAN KAEW
    CENTRAL

    This is Chiang Mai's largest shopping centre, it includes all the shops etc as above including a Central Department store, Marks & Spencers, a hotel and bowling alley.

    Central is on Huay Kaew Road.

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    Tiki Thai Art's: Tiki Thai Art's

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    Tiki Thai Art's is a small shop selling good quality statues and wood carvings.

    Her shop is in the Kalare Night Bazaar which fronts Changklan Rd where the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is held and the back joins the Pornping Tower Hotel.

    As soon as Gary and I saw the carving of Luang Por Koon (Parisuto) (Thailand’s most famous monk) we knew we would buy it.

    The carving was done by a Master Carver who has signed the piece and it is sensational.
    We also had to have a license to take this out of the country due to his ranking and this cost 300baht.

    The license and shipping was all handled by Tiki and there were no problems at all.

    Teak abbot carving weight 10kilo – 11,000baht (was 15,000baht)
    Teak Spirit House 950 baht

    Shipping door to door Australia 3,000baht (economy air, door to door takes 3-4weeks)

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    Kalare Night Bazaar: Kalare Night Bazaar

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

    This bazaar is great, its undercover, there is a large eatery, an entertainment area with cultural performances and a nice beer garden.

    My favorite shop is in here, Tiki Thai Art's. There are many shops selling products from all over Thailand at fantastic prices and shipping goods home is easy.

    See more info on Tikis page.

    The front of Kalare Night Bazaar is on Changklan Rd where the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is held and the back joins the Pornping Tower Hotel.

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    Anusarn Market's: Anusarn Market's

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    These markets are off Changklan Rd where the famous night markets are held. There are also lots of massage places, open air restaurants and the Irish Pub.

    The markets start setting up about 5pm and close around midnight.

    The street is also closed to traffic during this time.

    It is a fun place to sit with a cold drink and watch the hustle and bustle of the markets.

    There are some good bargains to be had here, some of the items and prices we paid are listed below:

    Hand Beaded dragon wall hanging - 2700baht
    Hand Beaded T Shirts - 150 baht
    Mens Shirt - 179 baht
    Strands of colored lights with adaptors - 79baht

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    Pantip Plaza: IT and electronic shopping

    by June.b Written Oct 13, 2008

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    Bangkok's Pantip Plaza has a smaller sister in Chiang Mai. Located at the corner of Chang
    Klan Road and Sri Donchai Road, it is in fact within the Night Bazaar radius.

    One day we went out searching for a place to repair a friend's portable video player, went around Chiang Mai and found this Pantip Plaza from local people's advise. problem is, spare part is not available, so she was forced by necessity to buy a new one (at THB2500 from the original quoted price of THB3000) at the 3rd level of the Pantip Plaza.

    Like it's bigger sister in Bangkok, Pantip houses several electronics shops (big and small) selling computers, laptops, video players, TVs, mobile phones and many other things electronic.

    What to buy: Electronic items apparently

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    Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport: The best shopping mall in Chiang Mai

    by June.b Updated Oct 13, 2008

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    I enjoyed the cultural shopping of Saturday and Sunday Market and the Night Bazaar, but whenever I need to buy quality clothings with the convenience of airconditioning and finding almost everything I need --- the Central Airport Plaza is the best place.

    A mere 10 minutes walking distance from our thai massage school (Shivagakomarpaj) , so I go there at times during lunch break cuz they have a good foodcouort with so many choices of meals at reasonable cost.

    The plaza houses also a Robinsons, cinema complex, amusement center, and several shops - clothings, bakeshops, perfumes, toiletries, pharmacies,, acccessories, electronics, photo shops, etc...etc...etc... on its 4 floors.

    It's the biggest shopping mall in Chiang Mai, unless there's someone out there who would prove otherwise.

    What to buy: clothing, shoes, toiletries, etc..

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    Gems Gallery

    by Gili_S Written Jun 3, 2008

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    Gems Gallery is famous Thai jewellery store. It is just outside the city on the industrial area and there you can surely find some items you would like, and, well, you can even ask them to make for you something that you would like.

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