Night Market, Chiang Mai
This is Chiang Mai's main night time attraction, selling anything from clothes to souvenirs, wallets and crafts. Pretty much anything you can think of they have it here. Runs from 7pm-midnight every night.
What to buy: Anything from clothes to wallets, it has everything!
What to pay: As much as you want - most things are very cheap.
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.
The market attracts huge crowds every evening and probably every tourist knows about it!
It is meant to start at 6pm and finish about 11pm. I arrived at 6pm, and most of the inside stalls were still closed. The stalls on the street were mostly open, so I would advise to leave it until later.
Be warned, it was hot when I visited, and even though this was held in the evening, walking the footpath between stalls IS EXTREMELY HOT AND STIFLING, IT IS VERY NARROW, AND MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR WALLET IS.
Nothing happened, but I could see how you could become a pick pocket victim very easily.
Here, there are gifts, local handicrafts,silk, jewelry and items like Cameras, TVs, DVD's & CDs, plus a lot more. Remember to bargain here!
Inside the building itself, and located downstairs, are portrait painters. You sit, and they draw!
A friend got hers done, and it turned out very nice.
It’s a big place to wander around, so it will take a few hours to have a good look.
Another street market that attracts a lot of people.
This market also has everything you could possibly want, and as a tourist, it is worth going to for a browse around.
It starts at 5, but it is probably better to arrive after 6pm in the hot weather. The road is closed to cars from 4pm. It finishes at 11pm.
It's the old silver working district, and some shops stay open late on this day.
I went to this market 1st, then the Sunday market, which in my opinion is a lot better.
THIS SUNDAY NIGHT STREET MARKET, WOULD HAVE TO BE THE BEST IN CHIANG MAI!
It was actually located in the street where my Hotel was, so I just walked out of the door and into the market.
My Hotel told me this was a good one, that prices were better than the other markets and the Night Bazaar AND that the prices are 'THAI PRICES' which means the same as Thai people pay.
I think they were right, as I had already been to both.
Here, you'll not only find Thai crafts and products, it's also located in an area full of coffee shops, sidewalk cafes, bars, restaurants, beautiful Thai temples and food & drink stalls.
The choice at these markets was amazing, and quite a lot that was on sale here, WAS NOT ON SALE AT THE OTHER MARKETS.
Thai handicrafts, clothing, shoes, food, photograph frames, hill tribe pillowcases and bed spreads, handmade jewelry, slippers, bags, Thai silk shawls and scarves, handmade soaps, dolls, pillow cases, art work and more ......
The Stalls are located on the sides and centre, so walk down one side, and back up the other, you won't miss anything then.
Chiang Mai's Sunday Walking Street Market is located in Old Town, (the area with the old city wall and the moat). On Sundays around 4pm, the city closes off the entire street (which stretches for at least a mile), plus other streets off the main road.
Then stall keepers start to set up their wares. There were street performers, and at the end of Phraprokkaow road, there was a Stage set up, with Thai Dancers and Music.
Plenty of chairs for seating was available.
The market opens at around 4pm and closes at 11pm every Sunday.
Lots and lots of people come here, keep your money safe, and have a good time.
Make sure you take a lot of money (you'll need it!)
A MUST DO!!!!!!
The night market & bazaar is situated on Chang Khlan Road & is open daily between sunrise & midnight. Both sides of the road are lined with shops & pavement stalls selling handicrafts, souvenirs as well as silk & jewellery. Many of the stalls sell a range of designer goods, both genuine & fake.
The main night bazaar is a two storey mezzanine arcade, shops here sell antiques, crafts & clothing. A walk round the arcade gives you a bit of relief from the crowded pavements.
There are many places here to eat & drink. I enjoyed the Kalare Centre, with its indoor & outdoor seated area. There are many different food stalls for you to try. As you eat you are entertained by performances of Thai music & dance.
Here you will find everything you could ever think of, including all the normal copy watches, bags, tailors etc.
For about 3 blocks every evening on Changklan Rd stalls set up along both sides of the road on the footpaths.
To me its a nightmare, annoying sellers, no room to move let alone walk and its stifling hot.
Everything is the same and to be honest I don't care if I ever see this bazaar again. (It actually reminds me of the southern end of Patong beach - you need to run the gauntlet to get through).
If your an avid bargain shopper then you will love it!
There are some fantastic shops on this road, separate to the markets and little shopping centers with art places, carvings, silver etc.
The Night Bazaar is located outside of the old city along Chang Khlan Road near the Ping River. It's alive at night (that's why they call it night bazaar), with so much stuff to buy -- from silks, handicrafts from northern thailand, even as far as the neighboring countries, fake designer products and accessories, electronic items, DVDs, home decors, anything and everything are almost available here.
The huge arcade is in the middle of it all and products here are better than along the sidewalks. Browse around for the best bargain, they could really get away with their best catch of the day...or you could.
It's open daily and in my opinion, it's more of a foreign tourists shopping place as most items are expensive, so master the art of bargaining as you could almost always get items at half or less than half of the first quoted price.
Great for people watching too, after getting tired with roaming around the bazaar, sitdown al-fresco and sip a cold beverage at the Starbucks.
...or buy banana/choco roti, there's one there that is popular and reputedly the best in Chiangmai.
You can check out also Nightlife Tip
What to buy: Handicrafts, home decors, silks, clothings, etc..etc...
Every day in the evening there is the night market just in the city centre. There are few streets of it and you can buy there from souvenirs to clothing, just don't think that they are the original brand name you wish for.
A colourful shopping arcade, well stocked with gifts and unusual crafts of Lanna products. Enjoy favourite flavours with refreshing daft beer. Select delectable food from Thai, Asian, BBQ & vegetarian. Relax in our easy-going, spacious beer garden with open air stage where lovely Chiang Mai maidens perform traditional dance.
What is interesting here is that you can shop for everything and drink and dine & watch live band / performance here, all under one roof, without worrying rain or shine.
Open daily from 11am till midnight.
To many Chiang Mai first-timers, the Night Bazaar serves as their introduction to nothern Thailand. Located on Changklan Road, it is made up of hundreds of street vendors, several roofed areas and ordinary shops that offer a huge variety of Nothern Thai products. Needless to say, a night at the Night Bazaar could be your best nightout in Chiang Mai.
Open evryday from sunset to around midnight along a long section of Changklan Road. Stalls begin to set up progressively from 6pm. If you would like to shop with lesser crowd, then pick this time. Some stall owners can give better discount for early bird customer.
What to buy: Guests can go around the plethora of shops and stalls and browse through the huge assortments of handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques, clothes, hilltribe items, woodcarvings, silverware, lacquer ware, celadon, ceramics, paintings, Thai silk and cotton garments, etc.
Paper Japanese Lamp, unique T-shirt, fake designer handbags, shoes & watches, silver jewelry, portrait painting, silk cusion cover, table runner, etc.
I'm not sure whether this place is called Anusarn Market but the stall vendors are located near to this area in the day time.
What to buy: Local food products like cashew nuts, fried silk worms, dried longan, pork cracklings, fish sauce, Tom Yam paste, etc. You can buy some local food produce for your friends & family.
Fresh & high grade of longan should be round, lighter colour and tastes sweet naturally. Tom Yam paste selling on the market could be spicier than the one that you have tasted during your guided tour. The soup prepared for tour group is usually less spicy to suit the average tastebuds. The bizarre food of silk worm is salty & crunchy and serves as a good snack while drinking.
What to pay: Cashew nuts: THB70 to THB100 for a small pack
Silk worms: THB90 to THB150 for a small pack
Dried longan: THB120 to THB200 depends on grade
What to buy: Cotton is popular for shirts and dresses since it "breathes" in the hot and humid air. In markets like Changklan, you can find cotton jackets, shirts made by hilltribes, dark blue farmers' shirts and casual clothes. Other cotton products are like bags, purse, blouse, pants, skirt, etc.
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar first appeared several centuries ago as a meeting point for traders when the Lanna Kingdom’s capital was a major stop on the caravan route between southern China and Burmese seaports.
What to buy: You name it you can get it. Clothes, rip designer hand bags, copy DVD's, copy watches, handicrafts, jeans, shoes, Hilltribe jewellry. Make sure you try the local sweets sold by the bag or by the grams.
Clustered around it are many restaurants and other useful services, such as camera shops, travel agents, internet cafés and more.
There wre some wonderful artists who can copy from a photo and I wish I had have taken a family photo to be copied.
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.
What to buy: massage