Shopping & Markets in Chiang Mai
The Night Bazaar
For those who enjoy bargaining, this is the place to be. The Night Bazaar is the North’s largest outlet of local handicrafts with hundreds of stalls and shops along a long section of Chang Khlan Road. The stalls open around 18:00 and remain open until about 23:00 every day. This is perhaps Chiang Mai’s biggest tourist attraction and when crowded it can be a bit overwhelming. Some of the interesting products include hill tribe crafts, hand-woven fabrics, silver jewelry, clothes, antiques, lacquer ware, woodcarvings, pottery, basketry, and other local items. Bargaining is expected just remember to play fair.
Starts around 14:00 and goes on until 22:00, with local craftpersons operating stalls along Rajdumnern Road. The street is closed to traffic so there is plenty of room to walk. At the 5 temples on this road you can savor some real Northern Thai food and snacks.
On Wualai Road opens at 17:00, although the road will be closed to cars from about 14:00 and over by 23:00. It’s the old silver working district, and some shops stay open late. Like the more popular Sunday Market, there’s plenty of Thai food and local crafts on offer.
Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
Located north of Nawarat Bridge and west of the Ping River between Thapae Roads and Chang Moi Road. This large outdoor market is where the locals shop. Fabrics, food, fruits, clothes, herbs and spices and hard to find items can be found here. It also includes a flower market with hundreds of varieties at bargain prices.
Shopping in and Around Chiang Mai
Ban Si Pan Khrua is known for its bamboo products and lacquerware. The village is in the Tha Sala sub-district.
Ban Muang Kung is in the Nong Khwai sub-district, Hang Dong District. It is famous for earthenware.
Ban Roi Chan, is in the Nong Khwai sub-district, Hang Dong District. It is famous for basketry products.
Ban Kuan Thahan Kaeo is in the Thahan Kaeo sub-district, Hang Dong District. It is famous for earthenware.
Ban Nong Ap Chang is in the Sop Tia sub-district, Chom Thong District. It is famous for handmade naturally dyed cotton.
Ban Don Kaeo is in the Don Kaeo sub-district, Saraphi District. It is famous for bucket weaving.
Ban Pa Bong is in the Pha Bong sub-district, Saraphi District. It is known for woven products.
Ban Ton Pao is in the Ton Pao sub-district, San Kamphaeng District. It is well known for its high-quality “Sa” paper products.
Ban Ton Phung is in the Ton Pao Sub-district, San Kamphaeng District. The village is famous for umbrella making and woodcarving.
Some useful tips:
If you are making large purchases, please note that packing and shipping services are available. To select a courier, check out the list in the local free copy magazines.