A big part of the reason we love shopping in Chiang Mai so much is its range of excellent markets, which are found dotted all over the city. Alongside the same old tourist souvenirs you’ll find anywhere else in the country, many of Chiang Mai’s markets offer a much more interesting shopping experience, with stalls selling locally made handicrafts, one-off clothing items, and plenty of northern delicacies that are hard to find anywhere else.
The Sunday Walking Street is one of the highlights, though in high season it can get quite busy. We’ve rounded up five of the best, presenting Chiang Mai’s five must-visit markets below.
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An epicentre of shopping in Chiang Mai, the huge Night Bazaar runs every evening from 18:00 to 22:30. Defining where this market begins and ends is not easy, as the collection of stalls and shops does vary; head to intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road and you’ll be roughly in the middle, with the bazaar spreading out for about two blocks in every direction. The market offers pretty much everything any other Thai night market has, just more of it; this means fake football shirts, carved elephants, artwork, handicrafts, sunglasses, DVDs, shoes, luggage, furniture, and homeware. After your retail fix, head to one of the dozens of nearby bars or restaurants to wind down. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00 daily
- Location: Intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road
Chiang Mai’s most famous market runs only once a week, so if you’re only in town for just one weekend, make sure you head here on a Sunday evening. The kilometre-long stretch is situated in the heart of the city’s main tourist area and runs from Tha Pae Gate going towards Ratchadamnoen Road in the west. The road is closed to traffic from 16:00 creating a temporary walking street, and on sale you’ll find a huge variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, and accessories. Aside from the shopping, the area comes alive with food vendors, makeshift bars and roadside massage areas for a quick foot rub. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sundays 16:00 – 22:00
- Location: Tha Pae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road
No time for Chiang Mai’s famous Sunday Walking Street? Then pencil in Saturday’s smaller ‘Wualai’ market instead. In fact, many visitors actually prefer Wualai Walking Street to the larger one by Tha Pae Gate, thanks to its excellent range of locally-made products, as well as the fact that there’s room to walk, rather than shuffle. The market is named after Wualai, which links to Thipanet Road – just off the south side of the old city walls. Stalls and street vendors start to set up from late afternoon on Saturday, with things winding down around 22:30. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every Saturday 16:00-22:30
- Location: Wualai Road with Thipanet Road
One of the top food markets in Chiang Mai, Warorot offers an impressive array of fresh produce alongside ready-to-eat snacks and meals. Additionally, the second and third floors are dedicated to clothing and accessories – most of it’s not of any great quality or style, but at least the prices are low. Going back to the food, look out for authentic northern-style delicacies such as sai oua (spicy sausage), nam prik ong/nam prik noom (red and green chili dip) keap moo (crispy pork skin). Find Warorot Market at the end of Chang Moi Road near the river. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00-22:00
- Location: Between Chiang Moi and Kunag Men Roads
For an alternative market experience in Chiang Mai, a morning stroll around Ton Lamyai Market is a great way to kick off your day in the city. Specialising in one thing and one thing only – flowers – this vibrant, colourful market is located next door to the larger Worarat Market, right on the banks of the tranquil River Ping. Open 24 hours every day, the visiting in the morning means you’ll escape the heat and crowds of later in the day, and also get see to see the day’s deliveries arriving in the lorry load. Expect to see fresh, locally-grown roses, orchids, chrysanthemums, pussy willow and lotus flowers. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours, daily
- Location: Thanon Praisani, running alongside the river