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.
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
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)
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. Read More...
- 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
Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum
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
Buddhist Association of Chiang Mai
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
Ploen Rudee Night Market
Ploen Rudee Night Market is an international food park serving a range of different cuisines, with live music and small boutiques to shop at. Open daily from sunset, Ploen Rudee night market is a taste of Chiang Mai's best street eats. There are a few shops that are part of the Ploen Rudee Night Market selling souvenirs and hand made goods.Being within walking distance of the famous Night Bazaar you can combine dinner at Ploen Rudee evening food market with an evening of shopping.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 24:00
- Location: Chang Klan Road (next to Kalare Night Bazaar)
Spas and Massage Shops
Scattered throughout the Night Bazaar area you’ll find plenty of shophouses offering foot massage, Thai massage, facials and other treatments. Considering most people walk for hours when exploring this area, a pit stop at a massage shop is very popular. The quality is generally good, but owing to the turnover of staff, it’s hard to pick out a clear favourite. Massages start from 200 baht, with the price increasing in the fancier looking places. If you've never tried a genuine Thai foot massage, it should definitely come high on your list of things to do in Night Bazaar.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00
- Location: Found throughout the Night Bazaar area
- Price Range: 1 hour massage starts from 200 baht and up