Markets, Chiang Mai
Most visitors to Chiangmai would flock to the famous Night Bazaar at Loi Kroh Road which I feel is too commercialized and the stuff are incredibly expensive. Instead, I would highly recommend the night market opposite the Amari-Rincome Hotel which is more local in flavour. You can find tasty snacks and desserts for just a few baht. A whole range of goods and souvenirs are also sold at unbelievably low prices at this market.
This is a large indoor/outdoor market that caters to local Thai. It is quite an experience walking through the market. There are vendors selling fresh fish or dried fish, meat, dry goods....almost anything you can think of. The lasting memory I will have is the odor or some would say aroma, as you walk around the isles of the market. Most smells were not pleasant. Especially when you get to the fish area.
Definitely worth a walk around and through.
They are open every day from 6:00am to 7pm but the food street vendors outside are open much longer.
Almost every tourist will visit the Night Bazzar at Changklan Road when they visit Chiang Mai. But you must not miss the Sunday Night Market when you are here on a Sunday Night.
The Sunday Night Market is located on Rachadamnuen Road. The road will be closed from 4pm to 11pm on Sunday. Street vendors will start to set up their stalls from 4pm onwards and the crowd will stroll in around 6pm.
Lots of food, shopping, massage, handi crafts are sold along the streets and on temple grounds at the Sunday Night Market.
I find that the best bargains are all at the Sunday Night Market. Prices are quite reasonable so you dont have to bargain much.
Anusarn is definitely the place to go for shopping and night market experience. Just one block next from Kalare Night Bazaar. It is much bigger and has so much more to offer. Many stalls with everything from souvenirs to everyday household needs. There are many food venders as well. I was here on my last day and did not have time to check every part of the market but definitely a place I will be returning to.
Hours they are open:
Monday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Wednesday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Friday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Saturday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
Sunday 6:00 – 11:30 pm
If you enjoy fresh cut flowers, check out the flower market on Praisanee Road. It runs along the Ping River both night and day. There are all varieties of flowers available to purchase a single flower to an arrangement. My favorite are the Lotus flowers. These are popular with locals as well and often brought to temples and left as offerings.
Warorot Market is located north of the Night Bazaar along Chang khlan Road. Just walk north and you will reach Wichayanon Road where there is a buzzling day and night market catering to both the locals and tourists.
There is a food street where the adventurous could try those creepy insects. There's also a fruit market, flower market and stalls selling clothes and accessories at cheap bargains. Usually, the prices of goods here are relatively cheap but do try to bargain if possible.
A trip to Chiang Mai wouldn't be complete without a visit to the famous Night Market. We didn't take any pictures at night, but this gate spans Chang Khlan Road, where the Night Market is located.
As the day ends, vendors set up their tables and booths along the road, and some of the side roads, and when night falls, the market is in full swing.
We saw lots of touristy items for sale, clothing, CD's, running shoes, etc. We didn't buy anything ourselves, but our friend Rose bought a nice pair of pants at a reasonable price.
There is a building called the Night Market but actually the night market has expanded for several blocks adjacent to that building. Everything you can imagine from counterfit Rolex watches, Thai arts and crafts, to Baskin Robins ice cream can be purchased here any evening from about 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Nearby is the Galeria a food plaza with nightly shows of Thai dancing and music using classical Thai instruments. The shows are free. There are also nearby a number of very clean guest houses with very reasonable daily rates -- 20 to 50 dollars per night but payable in Thai Bhat.
This market is a very lively affair. By around 4 to 5 in the afternoon, vendors start getting their stalls in place along Chang Khlan Road.
Do turn of in the smaller streets, as there are many shops, and also eateries around.
You don’t have to go shopping to enjoy the Night Market, as it has a great atmosphere and sometimes live entertainment.
If you do want to shop – the initial price given to you is highly inflated. I often got an item for about a third of the original price. During March, when I visited, there aren’t as many tourists, so it seemed that prices were a bit lower. You have to bargain!
Kalare is the first night bazaar when walking down Chang Klan Rd from ThaPae Rd. It is one of the smaller night bazaars in the area but this can be hard to tell since Chang Klan rd is just one night bazaar after another. Upon entering, I notice that the food courts here are more prominent than stalls selling souvenirs and other goods. There weren't many people here as compared to the other bazaars in the area. Anusarn Night Bazaar one block down is much bigger and has more to offer. You can save time by just passing Kalare and go directly to Anusarn.
Anusan Night Market is located near to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. There are market stalls here, but the majority of tourist's and Thais come here for the food. Plenty to choose from, most of which are set around a large Beer hall.
As you enter the market you can see many prepared food, meat and some seafood they are also selling according to one market man this is a good place to shop for household and plastic items. The cook food is so inexpensive but good, we try there chicken noodles for 10 Bath only it is worth of trying, They also selling seasonal fruits, vendors will give you a sample for tasting.
This massive multiple streets market is the best I have seen in Thailand. The range of pure craftwork, as opposed to the mass produced clothing, souvenirs etc. of most other markets, makes this a stand-out market. It is on every Sunday, from early in the morning. There must be an amazing number of people who come to town from far away to sell their goods.
Range and prices here are way above and beyond whats available at the more expensive, commercialised night market. There is simply no comparison.
I suggest you go quite early in the morning, at it is a very busy time at these markets. A lot of fresh produce is sold, but also household goods, handicraft, flowers etc.
These two markets are opposite one another, so you can see both without having to use transport.
There are also great photo opportunities at these markets.
If you are in Chiang Mai on a Sunday, make sure you hit the Night Market in the center of town. The place is packed full of locals (surpisingly). Hill tribes sell their local wares, and you can find all kinds of interesting textiles from the region. You can also sample local cuisine from the numerious food stalls. The place gets extremely busy in the late night, so make sure you go early if you don't like crowds.