the market is nothing in comparison to Bnagkok but its still worth a look, there are some strange smells lurking around every corner and the clothes are non-existent compared to bangkok. BUT, we did get massive machetes that we managed to hang on to all the way home, despite numerous border stops and warnings!!!
What to buy: machetes
What to pay: £2
The night market in Chiang Mai was the best night market that we saw in Thailand, much better than those in Bangkok, more organized, cleaner, more much variety and the people are really kind and noble.
Also I found that their goods were better quality, similar to what I saw in Chatuchak Market in Bangkok.
Is huge, are several streets selling everything, even there are an open shopping mall with painters working, beautiful handicrafts, inciences, etc
Different was the market on Sunday in the old city, was full of people, with some performances on the street, small tents selling local food and the goods were more locals as well, a nice experience too, but different.
I found the night market in Chiang mai to be one of the best . We were sorry we didn't pick up more silk scarves ...we thought we'd see more variety in bangkok but we didn't . The prices were so cheap ...but they many of them were real silk ( easy to spot the fakes) They come in so many colours....and would sell for 10 times as much in North America.
It's an inexpensive way to pamper yourself, or give as a gift to someone special.
What to buy: Silk Scarves!!
What to pay: You can bargain ..the price range is somewhere between $5.00 50 $10.00 depending on the size.
The night market is not to be missed while in Chiang Mai. The streets come alive after dark with stalls selling almost everything. It's hard to see everything in one night so you will have to go back again!
Even if you don't need to buy cushion covers, watches, bags, shoes, t-shirts, dvds etc it's still fun to wander along and try your hand at bargaining. I'm sure you'll end up with something you didn't really intend to buy!!
The Akha hill tribe ladies are everywhere with their little wooden frogs. They will pester you to buy something from them but they don't get upset if you refuse.
Shopping in Chaing mai was less expensive than Bangkok and had more interesting crafts.
The entire experience was a bit overwhelming. The streets are lined with exotic linens, crafts, silk, paintings, home furnishings, and you can't get away without buying a wooden croaking frog.
They have a Thursday night market where local artists display their art. Much more interesting that the night market that happens every night.
What to buy: Depending what strikes your fancy, you can find it here.
If you want fake Prada, or other designer lables you can find some good bargins.
I would however suggest if you are looking for local tribal crafts that you can find some very unique things made by the tribes.
If you buy wood or spices check with your country's custom laws. Wood can be very tricky to get back into certain countries.
I would avoid buying silver as most looked cheap and not real quality.
At the Thursday night market..............
there was one booth that had the most beautiful exotic butterfly pins (real butterflies). If you can find it, they are worth the money. I so regret not buying one!
Custom made journals with silver elephants on the front.
What to pay: The amount varies due to what you buy. Bargin within your comfort level.
If you enjoy local handicrafts, cheap knock-off t-shirts, silver and ethnic jewellery etc, you will like the night market. Similar to other markets you can find in Thailand, it's chock-full of the above items. You can also find lots of nice stuff for the house, including bedside lamps, thai silk cushion covers, table runners, candles, soap flowers etc. Local foodstuffs are also in abundance, like dried fruits, chilli pastes, tea etc.
As in many night markets, the stalls sell mostly the same variety of stuff. So it may get repetitive after a while.
Also be prepared to bargain like crazy, and you can usually get discounts if you purchase more items from one stall.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar are said to be the best in Thailand.
What to buy: You can find almost anything at the night market from gold, clothes handicrafts, fake watches and massage.
All sorts of souvenirs are sold here. There are many restaurants and food stalls.
What to pay: From US$1.00 and over
The night bazaar is fairly rubbish and quite expensive when compared to the markets in Bangkok i.e. Chatuchak. We were hoping to get a load of presents to bring back to Bangkok but ended up just buying a couple of cheap ass t shirts and a postcard or 2.
When the girlfriend is dissappointed with shopping you know it is bad. She preferred shopping on walking street which is just off Moon Muang Road. I think these are the 2 best places to shop but do not compare to Bangkok markets.
These guys do the most amazing work! Show them any picture, and watch them come to life in pencil sketches. I took a wedding picture over last holiday, and had it copied for about $30, which was well worth the investment. This is a local skill which is important to preserve.
Hardest part is choosing the "one" who you want to do your job! You also need to be able to give them a few days to get the picture completed, as they are many hours work.
What to buy: Pencil drawings
What to pay: About $30 for a poster size picture of two people's faces
An extensive night market sprawls over the area between Loi Khrao and Tha Phae Roads, off Chang Klan Road, just east of the Khlong Mae Kha, near trhe Chiang Inn. This market is made up of several different concession areas and dozens of street vendors displaying an incredible variety of Thai and northern Thai goods at very low prices - if you bargain well. Acually, many importers buy here because the prices are so good, especially when buying in quantity.
If you're in need of new travelling clothes, this is a good place to look.
You must bargain patiently but mercilessly. There are so many different concessions selling the same type of items that competition effectively keeps prices low, if you haggle. Look over the whole bazar before you begin buying. If you're not in the mood or don't have the money to buy, it's still worth a stroll, unless you don't like crowds - most nights it's elbow to elbow. Several restaurants and scores of food trolleys feed the hungry masses.
What to buy: Good buys include blue denim farmer's shirts, northern and north-eastern handwoven fabrics, yaams (shoulder bags), hill-tribe crafts (many tribe people set up their own concessions here), hats, silver jewellery, lacquerware and many other items. Cheap cassette tapes are plentiful too.
If you're in need of new travelling clothes, this is a good place to look.
What to pay: Haggle, Haggle, Haggle
What to buy:
Night market in Chiang Mai is very diverse - and quite different in some ways to Bangkok Markets I saw. Upstairs area full of artistic and antiquity items - from SE Asia - including Burma, Laos, Cambodia and beyond! Really interesting - cooler to shop at night , and the artistic ability is very impressive. The wood carving (doesn't really do it justice) is just ogle material - no pics allowed :( - the detail is amazing, and the price just does not do the human hours justice!
I always enjoy night markets more - not as heat sapped of energy, and the crowds not as sustained.
What to pay: Cost of market depends on time of year, I am sure. But - in general, I found that Bangkok prices were cheaper. However, the diversity of goods makes it a bit hard to compare on some levels. Much of the items are the same mass produced goodies - and you are just as likely to walk a dozen paces and see the same thing for more or less Baht! Its all part of the sport really!
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar occurs nightly just east of the city walls. Here you'll find both indoor and outdoor stalls selling pretty much anything you could imagine, from paintings to hill-tribe crafts to pad thai. You might even see some Anhka women walking around hawking their wares.
Also, always remember to bargain. If you're patient, persistent and most importantly smile a lot, you can usually get them down by 30-50%. Learning some basic Thai also helps.
Transportation: Any of the ubiquitous red songthaews (pick-up taxis) can take you there for 10-20 baht.
Bottom-line: The Night Bazaar has quite a bustling atmosphere, and some of the best prices for souvenirs. If you don't like dealing with large groups of tourists, however, I would stay away.
this shop was selling some wooden crafts...there are many different carvings on it which makes each one special. they will make nice gifts for people who appreciate stuff like that. ^_^
What to pay: the question is how much do you want to spend....:P
This has everything. Both sides of the streets are covered with shops, there are some malls that start at the street and go back and have hunderds of other stores. It is crazy and has everything. It is hot though the minute you start walking you will be covered in sweat. Also watch for people stealing money out of your pockets, try to wear a money belt, and if you have backpacks on make sure you have locks on them. The first night we were there we heard someone screaming police police I have been robbed. So be careful!!!!
What to buy: Silk is always good in Thailand be it boxers, ties, table clothes, pillowcases. They have fake purses, beautiful artwork, and wood carvings, elephant everything, clothes.
What to pay: You could end up spending a lot but getting a lot in return. Depends on what you are looking for. We bought little change purses for 60 cents. Always barter and if you want to pay less just start to walk away. We walked away from something and they dropped it in half.
When it comes to the open markets of Chiangmai, most newly arrived foreigners are steered directly either by guidebooks, travel agencies, hotel desk clerks and even tuk-tuk drivers to the Night Bazaar on Changklan Road between Tha Phae and Loi Kroh Roads. This sizeable market, with a gigantic, well-lit sign in English and surrounded by many familiar food chains of the west, is no doubt most oriented to foreign tourists. It's here where most western visitors get their first taste of a traditional Northern Thai shopping experience. Once amongst the tightly packed stalls, visitors very soon become acquainted with the bargaining game.
When it comes to bargaining there are a few things to remember. Asians do not like to lose face, which is very important, however they don’t want you to lose face either. Here is how to bargain so no-one loses face.
You first ask “How much” for an item. The vendor will come back with a price and you say “too much” and they will come back with a 20% lower price. You offer about 50% lower than the second price they gave you. They will smile and probably say nothing. This means they know what you are doing. After a few seconds they will come back with a price around 20% lower again. You then raise your price to 40% lower. They come back with maybe 25% lower. You go to 30% lower and hold. They will most likely sell it to you. This way you can get the item at the 50% discount you wanted but they do not lose face and neither do you.
Try to make purchases all from the same shop or vendor and you can get the price even lower. Do not pay for your items one at a time. Set your first purchase aside then bargain for a few more items. Put all your items together and ask “How much for all these?” When the salesperson gives you a price make an offer for 10% lower. If they say “no” start taking items off your pile and act like you just want to purchase just the first item you bargained for. Nine times out of ten they will say, “OK” to your 10% additional discount.
What to buy: There is everything available here including handicrafts and foodstuffs, clothing and shoes, jewelry, ceramic knick-knacks and more. Many of the tiems sold at shops inside the Night Bazaar building are of good quality and handmade.
The vendors on the street sell cheap copied products made in China or Burma and not true Thai handicrafts. One example is lacquerware. The high quality lacquerware houses of Chiang Mai today still apply at least seven coats of lacquer to each piece and allow approximately one week between coatings for drying. The lacquerware sold by vendors are very cheap and painted with sprayed on lacquerware paint.
What to pay: Remember you get what you pay for. If you want t-shirts, knock-off designer brands or imitation handicrafts the Night Bazaar vendors have what you need. For high quality handicrafts, textiles, shoes and clothing at great prices compared to prices in your home country go to the shops inside the Night Bazaar building.