Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a commercial wonderland of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, and most visitors to Chiang Mai will find themselves here at least once – especially after 18:00 when all of the market stalls open for business. Although only a small area there is plenty to experience, and it’s fair to say the Night Bazaar is as hectic as Chiang Mai can become.
Not surprisingly with a name like Night Bazaar, markets feature heavily in our list of attractions, but we have also sourced some interesting museums and galleries for a little culture and it wouldn’t be Chiang Mai without at least one Buddhist temple. We have covered the whole area of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and have compiled the best of what to see and do to make your stay a memorable one. Enjoy!
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The Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai is probably the best place in all of Thailand to buy your commonplace souvenirs at the absolute best prices. Printed tees, candle holders, shawls and other everyday items are overflowing from the endless stalls in this area.
There are actually several parts to the night bazaar, with indoor and outdoor sections on either side of Chang Klan Road, so our advice is to start from the intersection in front of Le Meridien Hotel and simply explore. Along the way there are snacks, drinks and ice creams to try, and many restaurants serving a wide range of regional cuisines are also in the area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 24:00
- Location: Around the intersection of Loi Kroh Street and Chang Klan Street
Art in Paradise is a fun activity for all the whole family, where expertly painted three-dimensional pictures allow visitors to interact with the art for some memorable photographs. The gallery is split into several zones such as ancient Egypt, underwater and a section where old classic works of art are given humorous touches.
Art in Paradise also has a café on the ground floor and a small food court in case you get hungry. You could get around the entire four floors in an hour but we recommend around three hours to really make the most of your experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00-21:00
- Location: 199/9 Changklan Rd, south of the Night Bazaar (close to the Shangri-La Hotel)
- Tel: +66 (0) 5327 4100
- Price Range: 300 baht foreign adults, 200 baht foreign children, 180 baht Thai adults, 100 baht Thai children.
There are several places to watch muay Thai in Chiang Mai, but the boxing ring inside Kalare Night Bazaar is by far the best if you want to see genuine bouts, rather than the staged shows often put on for tourists. Flyers are handed out all around the Night Bazaar when there is a scheduled fight night so you can see who is fighting and there is usually a good mix of nationalities so you might find a homegrown hero to cheer on.
To find the boxing ring, walk through the Kalare Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road and on the far side of the market, behind the food court, it’s unmissable (although you’ll probably hear the distinctive sound of the Thai flute long before you see the ring). Fights start from 21:00 and it costs from 400 baht for a full evening of bouts.
- Opening Hours: 21:00-24:00
- Location: Kalare Night Bazaar, behind the food court
- Price Range: 400 Baht
Ton Lamyai Flower Market is a bustling trading area that is just north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar on Chang Khan Road. Open 24 hours a day, visitors are advised to arrive in the early morning when the flower deliveries are being made and the place is alive with traders. Most stalls here are packed tightly together under tarpaulin but there are other open-air stalls that are less frantic.
Photographers will love seeing all the exquisitely prepared bouquets, while those intending to buy some fresh flowers will find the prices extremely good value. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
- Location: Thanon Praisani, running alongside the river
Wat Chang Kong is an atmospheric temple complex close to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. It has a central temple building with the typical sloping roof and a gold-topped stupa within its grounds. Wat Chang Kong is easy to find on Loi Kroh Road at the intersection with Kampaengdin Road. Built by Chang Kong villagers who were immigrants to Chiang Mai in the early Rama Period, the temple now stands abandoned and is surrounded by shops and dwellings on three sides.
- Opening Hours: 06:00-19:00
- Location: Kampaengdin Road (next to several book stores on the corner of Loi Kroh Road)
Baan Haw Mosque is the largest in Chiang Mai and is a hub of life for Muslims in Thailand’s second-largest city. First built in the 19th century by a group of Chinese people called the Chin Ho from Yunnan, it still caters to this unique ethnic group; you'll hear Yunnanese spoken as often as Thai within the compound.
Although the mosque has been rebuilt to represent a more Arabic style – complete with a green minaret – the prayer hall still features the Chinese symbols for the word mosque. Baan Haw Mosque is located towards the northern edge of the Night Bazaar just off Chang Klan Road and many of the finest Halal restaurants can be found in the vicinity.
- Location: Chang Klan Road (next to Kalare Night Bazaar)
Anusarn Market is a central feature to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar: a complex of restaurants, massage shops, a central market area and some live music venues. Although most of the stalls here sell similar items to the rest of the night bazaar, it is possible to find some of the handmade items and handicrafts which are in abundance at the famous Chiang Mai weekend walking streets.
The restaurants here range from large Chinese seafood diners to small bars offering pub grub and acoustic live bands covering of classic western hits. The vibe here is a little more relaxed and you can also pick up some good souvenirs at Anusarn Market.
- Opening Hours: 18:00-24:00
- Location: Chang Klan Road, opposite the Royal Princess Hotel
Part art gallery, part cocktail bar, Kampangmuang Gallery is a unique attraction in Chiang Mai where visitors can enjoy some excellent works by local artists. Prices vary, but there are certainly some affordable pieces for most budgets. Kampangmuang Gallery is located close to the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, a short journey south of the central Night Bazaar. There is a charming garden out front where you can relax with a cool drink, and at night the timber and brick confines come alive with locals and visitors to Chiang Mai.
- Location: 119 Kampangdin Road
The Stamp Museum in Chiang Mai is a quaint attraction that keeps a small part of the regions rich heritage alive in the form of old paraphernalia associated with post offices of yesteryear. Of course, there is a huge collection of stamps on display, and it is all housed in a beautiful old colonial building. The Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum is easy to find, close to Ton Lamyai Flower Market on the riverside, a short walk north of the Night Bazaar.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 - 16.00. Closed on Mondays and Thai holidays.
- Location: 15 Praisanee Road, close to the Flower Market (Talat Tonlamyai)
- Tel: +66 (0) 5325 1200
For centuries Chiang Mai has been the centre of religious activity in Northern Thailand. During the Lanna era, Buddhism was the main religion that flourished and grew; the many ancient temples in the city are testimony to this legacy. Important ceremonies and functions are held at the Buddhist association which also serves as a Buddhist youth club.
If you happen to be in Chiang Mai on a Buddhist holiday (known as the wan phra), religious talks and lectures are arranged by the club. These can offer a great insight into this fascinatinge religion and those who have chosen to follow it.
- Location: Thapae Road (opposite Chiang Mai City Tourist Information)
- Tel: +66 (0) 53-276514