With countless markets, shops and boutiques scattered around the city, Chiang Mai is a shopper's paradise. When you have so many options the hardest choice is often where to start. Fortunately, in Thailand many places that specialize in the same products can often be found near one another, making life easier on shoppers (and their feet).
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Simply the best place in Thailand to buy antiques, antique reproductions, home furnishing and decorative art, Ban Tawai is well worth the trip out of town. Located 20 km (12 miles) south of the city centre on the road towards Doi Inthanon, Ban Tawai is one of the most important craft centres in Thailand. Many of the fantastic items sold in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui are produced right here and by going straight to the source you can get some truly fantastic deals.
Woodcarving is the medium of choice for the majority of the artisans at Ban Tawai, a skill passed down for generations. Thai woodcarvers are among the best in the world and Ban Tawai artisans are incredibly versatile, producing exquisite works in an incredibly diverse array of styles. Aside from décor items and furniture Ban Tawai will impress with its wonderful selection of Thai silk, bamboo products, soaps and oils, ornaments and vases.
With so many fabulous pieces on display at such incredible prices, you might just find yourself with a sudden urge to re-decorate your entire house, and why not? Here you can get top floor quality at bargain basement prices. The only problem is how to get that finely carved Lanna style end table into your suitcase. But don't worry, a professional packing and logistics industry has grown up around the craft centre and all you need to do is bring your credit card and the merchants can easily arrange shipping.
Even if you're not interested in giving your home décor a makeover, a trip to Ban Tawai is worth it just to watch the artisans and craftsmen at work, practicing techniques handed down for centuries.
- Address: 90 Moo 2 ban-Tawai Khun Khong, Hangdong, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 882 4882
Bor Sang Village in Chiang Mai
Bor Sang mid-sized craft village about nine kilometres east of the Old City specialises in the paper umbrella-making craft. Well known for outstanding handcraft quality as well as signature floral designs, Bor Sang Village has made its name throughout the country and abroad – so much so that the name Bor Sang has become synonymous with Read More...
- Location: Nine kilometres from the Old City, on Chiang Mai-San Kampaeng Highway (Route 1006)
- Tel: +66 (0)53 248 604
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
The main venue for shopping in Chiang Mai, indeed all of Thailand, the night bazaar is a can't-miss part of the Chiang Mai experience. Ground zero of this nightly commerce bomb is located at the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road but the whole thing spreads out for two blocks in either direction. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Best time to go: After 19:00
- Location: Intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang Roads
As a rule of thumb, the larger the furniture or wholesale store is, the further you have to go from Chiang Mai city centre to find it. Chiangmai Sudaluck is no exception, and you will need your own set of wheels (or hire a songtheaw) for the trip into the countryside east of the city. The place has a great collection of locally-produced furniture (perhaps second only to the more popular Baan Tawai). Hefty wood carvings – be it artwork, garden benches, chests of draws or dinner tables – are a speciality here, and most are made from locally sourced teak wood from the surrounding forests. Check out their site (link below) to see all their teak furniture categorised into living room, cabinets, office items, bedroom, outdoor and carvings.
- Address: 99/9 Chiangmai-Sankampaeng Road, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 5333 8006-11
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport
A newer, cleaner and more modern version of Kad Suan Kaew, Central Airport Plaza is the upmarket shopping destination of Chiang Mai. The Robinson's department store is the main feature but there are plenty of specialty shops selling everything from wine to sunglasses. A unique feature of this mall is the Northern Village, a three storey Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:30 – 21:00; Sat - Sun & Holidays 10:00 – 21:30
- Address: 2 Mahidol Road, Haiya, Muang District, Chiangmai 50100 Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 999 199
Central Festival Chiang Mai
Central Festival Chiang Mai is the first full-scale lifestyle shopping centre and forms part of a triad of new glitzy malls that have recently opened in Chiang Mai – Promenada Mall and Maya Mall make up the threesome. Festival, or Fest as it’s known to locals, is perhaps unique in that it offers a shopping experience Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 11:00 - 21:30, Fri - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
- Location: San Dek Intersection, close to the outer ring road east of the Ping River.
- Tel: +66 (0) 5399 8999
For a slightly more modern collection of furniture, Gerald Collection on the hip and happening Niman Road offers and small but high-quality range of sofas, beds, tables, chair sets, cabinets and draws made from a variety of different kinds of wood. As well as larger items, those travelling light might be interested in some of the lighting fixtures, ornaments or fold-away furnishings. There are two showrooms now on Niman, or if the choice here is not enough, head out to their factory store (where you can get a tour and see the furniture being made) out on Maejo New Road in Nongjom.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
- Address: 6/23-24 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Muang District
- Tel: +66 (0) 5322 0604
Ginger & The House Shop in Chiang Mai
Shopping can be lots of fun, but nowhere is it more cheery than at The House, where Thai brand Ginger display their colourful range of kitchen-ware, Thai-inspired furniture and clothing. Anyone who loves to shop will have a field-day here, with so many eye-catching items on display. The House is a beautifully renovated home that makes Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 until 22:00
- Address: 199 Moonmuang Road, T.Sriphum, A.Maung,Chiangmai
- Tel: +66(0)53 418 263
Jing Jai Market in Chiang Mai
Jing Jai Market is a little north of Chiang Mai’s old city and a pleasant area to relax and sip a coffee. Not to be confused with the JJ (otherwise known as Chatuchak) market in Bangkok, Chiang Mai’s JJ market is much more relaxed. Most of the time Jing Jai market is just a small collection Read More...
- Opening Hours: Jing Jai shopping complex – daily 10:00 -18:00, Wednesday and Saturday markets 6:00 – 9:00, Sunday market 6:00 – 12:00
- Location: 45 Assadathon Road, Chiang Mai
Index Living Mall Chiang Mai
If you’re not interested in locally-made stuff or traditional teak furnishings, but care more about modern design on the cheap, the huge Index Living Mall could be the answer. The stuff here is certainly not authentic Chiang Mai, but what you are guaranteed is a huge range of furniture for cheap prices, including beds, garden furniture, table sets, plumbing, lighting, kitchen wares, office furniture and everything in between. What’s more, it’s impossible to miss, located right on the superhighway that runs around the city, next to Big C and not too far from the new Central Festival Shopping Mall. Do note that you don’t have especially travel to Chiang Mai to explore Index Living Mall; there are also branches located in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Udon Thai and about a dozen other places throughout Thailand.
- Location: Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:00; Sat - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
- Address: 132 / 1 , Nongpakrung, Muang Chiang Mai 50000
- Tel: +66 (0) 5385 1700
Kad Suan Kaew Department Store
Located on Huay Kaew Road, this sprawling shopping mall is located in a four storey red brick building. This is closer to a western idea of shopping than traditional markets or the night bazaar, with department stores, fast food chains and movie theatres showing the major Hollywood releases (in English). Homesick shoppers looking for some familiarity Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 – 21:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 – 21:00
- Address: 99/4 Huay Kaew Road
- Tel: +66 (0)53 224 444
Kantrary Terrace is a small and stylish shopping complex that is next door to the 5 star Kantary Hills Hotel. Located on Nimmanhaemin Road, from the outside Kantary Terrace is hidden behind HOBS bar and restaurant and Kasikorn Bank but between the two places there are some stairs that lead you into Kantary Terrace itself. The Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 00:00
- Address: 44/1 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 12, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
- Tel: +66 5322 2111
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center is a world-class shopping mall and urban lifestyle hub in the Nimmanhaemin district of Chiang Mai. From the moment you see the mammoth size and futuristic look of Maya Shopping Mall, it’s clear there is nothing else like it in the city. Owned and operated by the famous MBK group, this shopping Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: Maya 55 Moo 5, Huay Kaew Road, Nimmanhaemin
- Tel: +66 (0) 5208 1555
Muang Noi Market
Ten minutes' walk north from the Warorot Market will take you to the Muang Noi Market, Chiang Mai's best place for fresh fruit. This is the place where local restaurateurs come for pineapple, watermelon and bananas. The pickings are best early in the morning, when the farmers have just delivered their produce and the air is still as crisp as the cucumbers.
OP Place Chiang Mai
If you are looking for one stop shop for quality handicrafts and local products in Chiang Mai, then we recommend a browse of the stalls and shops in OP Place just a few steps from the bustling night bazaar. This large airy shopping mall has made local artisans its focus, and we had a great time Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 daily
- Address: Thippatana Arcade, 108 Chang Klan Rd., Tambon Changklan
- Tel: +66 (0) 5325 2004
Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai
Never heard of a ‘resort mall’ before? Let us explain the concept. The idea behind Promenada was to create a shopping space that felt as though you were on vacation, or walking through a park with plenty of greenery, trees and ponds to help the mall blend into the natural landscape. While we’re not sure about how ‘natural’ this mall really is, there is plenty of good stores and restaurants to look out for, as well as a large cinema, bowling lanes and ice skating rink. Find Promenada Resort mall on Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road, just off the Super Highway.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 daily
- Address: Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai 192 - 193 Tambon Tasala, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai
San Kamphaeng is a haven for crafts lovers. The 18-km stretch of highway that runs through it is home to villages and factories producing pottery, saa paper, lacquerware, paper umbrellas and silk. With so many crafts concentrated in one area, it is one of the best places to watch craftsmen at work.
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- Location: Highway 1006 (starting from km. 5)
T Tara Collection
Located on Chiang Mai’s picturesque Riverside, T Tara is not only easy to find but also stocks a decent range of locally-made furniture, artwork and handicrafts. They also boast some superb antiques, carvings and Buddhist statues imported from nearby Myanmar. Whatever your budget, T Tara is a great place visit as they have everything from 100-baht pendants and keyrings, to US$4,000 Buddha head sculptures (plus the shipping costs…). Other items from our last visit included a pair of wood carved deer that sold as a set and some knee-high resin statues of dancing tribeswomen. Find the medium-sized store on Charoenprathet Road, one block down from the famous Iron Bridge and not too far away from the Night Bazaar.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00
- Address: 78/1 Charoenprathet Road, one block away from the Iron Bridge, on the way to Night Bazaar
- Tel: +66 (0) 5381 8191
The Weekend Market
Also known as the walking street, this pleasant market used to be restricted to Sundays but it has become popular enough to rate the full weekend. Starting in mid-afternoon Ratchadamneon road from Phra Pokkao Road to Tha Phae Gate is closed to traffic and open for business. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets in the Read More...
Ton Lamyai Market
While ambling around the Warorot Market you might be treated to a sudden sweet waft of scent on the breeze from the river. That's Ton Lamyai, the flower market. Located just opposite the river bank the Ton Lamyai is the oldest wet market in Chiang Mai. Wet markets, so named for the water on the floor, Read More...
Warorot Market (or Kad Luang) is a must-visit for food lovers as it offers a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, local snacks and all kinds of fresh produce. A large section of the market features inexpensive goods, such as clothing, fashion accessories and personal care products.
Targeting mostly Thais, Warorot Market is a great place to Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:00-19:00
- Location: Chang Moi Road, close to the River Ping, north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Wualai Walking Street
Wualai, the Saturday walking street, is a lively and fun night market that takes place in Chiang Mai just a short walk from the old city walls. It starts in the late afternoon and continues until around 22:30. We prefer the atmosphere here to the more famous Sunday night walking street, because even though it’s smaller, Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 until 23:00 (approximately), Saturday nights only
- Location: Wualai Road, near the South moat of the old town