Night Market, Chiang Mai
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
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!
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 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.
A patch work of tiny shops that stretches several blocks.
What to buy: You can't miss the night market. It's several city blocks long and like a patch work of various shops selling anything from Thai silk pillow cases to Chinese herbal medicine. You can find just about any handicraft unique to Thailand here in the night market. Wood work seems to be popular among the tourists and Thai silk is also highly sought after.
What to pay: Bargain, and have fun with it!
The Chaing Mai night market is know as one of the best in Thailand. It has a lot more on offer than that of Kao San Road in Bangkok. The market traces down both sides of a busy street. It has alot on offer including the usual, t shirts and clothing, as well as the cheapest silver in Thailand (92.5%) It also has a range of spices, flowere, handycraft and perfumes. The latest on stock when I was there last april was counterfeit Birkenstocks, G shock and rolex watches.
On Sunday afternoon there is an aditional market place that stocks mainly handycraft. It runs from the old city gate all the way up to the bordering night market
What to buy: Silver and handycrafts are the cheapest to buy. You will also find a lot of village people from near by hill tribes wondering the streets selling handy crafts. There is not as many tshirts as in Kao San Rd but everything is alot cheaper
What to pay: Decide what your willing to pay beforehand, have some fun bartaring, but hey don't be stupid, smile, and keep friendly. You look like a fool when your arguing over what works out to be a dollar. And hey after all, your a visitor in this country, have a little respect for these hard working people.
The area of night bazaar is huge, and you get anything there. Dont forget to barguin!
What to buy: Clothes, watches, hats, jewellery,...
What to pay: The hats seen in the pic costed 200 bahts. First the ladies ask 450 bahts, but after few minutes smiling and barguin we got that cool hat for 200.
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.
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.
In the Chiang Mai day market you can find anything, and I mean anything from old Burmese weapons to Thai silk for a cheap and fair price. Some of the best deals in Thailand come from the Chiang Mai day market and night bazaar. These places are HUGE (over five stories of market over several blocks) and complex. These markets are not just outdoor but deep indoor also. Everywhere you turn there are shops and stuff. These are the best deals and just going through the market is a maze and challenge.
What to buy: Anything from elecronics, to carvings, to silk, to knives, to chicken feet and satay.
What to pay: It's cheap
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.
Night Bazzar is a huge building that houses hundreds of venders selling crafts to tourists.
I found that venders are not offended when you try to negotiate the price. Come to think of it, if I were the vendor, I would rather deal with customers who haggle for it would make my life a lot more interesting than just ringing up the cash register every now and then.
I found it almost useless comparing prices among venders. Because they all give you the same high prices anyway. So you probably save 10 Baht here and there, you still end up paying too much.
My strategy is to bargain hard. Depends on my mood and the uniqueness of the product, I usually started my bargaining at about 40-50% of asking price and I stood firm for a while. People in Chiang Mai have great smiles so you should always keep your smile no matter how hard you bargain.
As how much you end up paying, it really comes down to how much you really have to have the goods and how much they really have to sell the goods.
What to buy: I found great cotton fisherman's pants and sarong in Night Bazzar for my wife. The price was very tough but since the clerk had great smile and I knew it was not a bad price already, I didn't mind not getting my price.
If you have room in your luggage, the wooden sculptures are great too. And the price is much much cheaper than that in the US.
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
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.
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.