Chiang Mai Old City

Everything you Need to Know About Chiang Mai Old City

Chiang Mai City encompasses everything outside of the Old City walls to the Nimmanhaemin and Huay Kaew Roads. Tourist attractions are a little thin on the ground around here, it is predominantly an area to shop, eat and drink. Nimmanhaemin Road has emerged as Chiang Mai’s hippest area. Laden with boutiques, galleries and great dining choices; it is often described as the ‘epicentre of arty Chiang Mai’. If you have a special interest in picking up unique handicrafts, antiques, clothes or accessories, we strongly recommend that you spend an afternoon rummaging along the Nimmanhaemin. Everything about the area smacks of quality.

The nearby Huay Kaew Road has a night market that is often packed full of students and teenagers shopping for the latest fashions at reduced prices. This road also has a high concentration of cafés, restaurants and cool bars. The central part of Chiang Mai City fringes the Night Bazaar and Old City, around here the dense warren of shop houses still carry an essence of old world meets new world, with a multitude of contemporary and traditional merchandise shops, cafés and massage shops. 

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    10 Best Shopping in Old City

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Where to Stay in Chiang Mai Old City

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    10 Best Luxury Hotels in Old City

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Most Popular in Chiang Mai Old City

  • Wat Chedi Luang

    Wat Chedi Luang

    Built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, Wat Read More»

  • Tha Pae Gate

    Tha Pae Gate is one of the most famous landmarks in Chiang Mai and is part of the crumbling city wall which once acted Read More»

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    Wualai Walking Street

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Featured Stories

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    Sunday Walking Street Market

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  • Doppio Ristr8to

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    Bays Café Chiang Mai focuses on making coffee using the pour over method so there is no machine, just an impressive Read More»

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Chiang Mai Old City Travel Guide

All Chiang Mai Old City Hotels

All Chiang Mai Old City Hotels

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Chiang Mai Old City Attractions

Old City Attractions A-Z

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Chiang Mai Old City Shopping

Old City Shopping A-Z

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Chiang Mai Old City Restaurants

Old City Restaurants A-Z

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Chiang Mai Old City Nightlife

Old City Nightlife A-Z

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Chiang Mai Old City Map

Chiang Mai Old City Map

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