shopping

Shopping in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is known as "the Capital of Handicrafts" since numerous generations of artisans of various skills, have settled down here for long time.

In Chiang Mai you can enjoy shopping at night in the beautiful atmosphere at the Famous Sunday Walking Street Market and the growing Saturday Walking Street Market. Also two shopping malls are located in the city, and nearby to Chiang Mai there are many special handicraft villages to discover.

Chiang Mai also continues its renowned tradition as a handicraft center, producing items in silk, wood, silver, ceramics and more, which make it Thailand's top shopping destination for arts and crafts.

You can find, home decoration, clothing and ornaments, Hill Tribe products, Lanna (Northern Thai) products, painting and portraits, souvenirs and more!

Remember bargaining is quite common in Thailand and is a part of market life for most Thais, so you can expect a discount in all shops except the fixed-price shops and department stores. Experience practicing bargaining with a smile!

Sunday Walking Street

When: Every Sunday
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Located in Chiang Mai old city on Ractchadamneon Road that stretches from Tha Pae Gate to Wat Pra Singh.

The Sunday Walking Street is one of the famous outdoor market in Thailand are the biggest (4 streets), located in Chiang Mai old city. The markets starts at Tha Phae Gate and goes along Ratchdamnoen Road to Wat Pra Singh. Sunday Street Market has become a Lanna (Link to definition) wisdom center where the artisans creations are presented to visitors from all over the world — artisans make new creations every week to present.

You can observe the Thai lifestyle by enjoying northern Thai food like sai ua (Northern Thai herb sausage), khao khai chiao (omelet with rice), khao laam (sticky rice on a bamboo stick), and more. Dishes and snacks are as low as 15 baht per snack so you can try a lot and share with friends.

Also after a long walk you can indulge in a relaxing foot massage on the street or a Thai massage. At the Sunday Market you are able to visit five temples at night.

A perfect place for shopping, eating, drinking and hanging out with friends.

Lanna: Lanna (English One Million Rice Fields, Thai: ล้านนา) was a kingdom in the north of Thailand around the city of Chiang Mai.

Saturday Walking Street

When: Every Saturday
Time: 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Located south of Chiang Mai Old City (Starts at Chiang Mai Gate along Wualai Road)

The Saturday Walking Street is smaller than the Sunday Walking Street but with the same variety of handicrafts and other good for sale. During the day, Wualai Road is famous for the silversmith shops. As with the Sunday Walking Street, you can observe the lifestyle of Thai people.

Night Bazaar

When: Everyday
Time: 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Located West of Chiang Mai Old City (Chang Klan Road )

Kad Luang (Big Market)

When: Everyday
Time: 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Located east of Chiang Mai Old City between Chang Moi Road and Tapae Road along the Ping River.

This is the busiest fresh market in Chiang Mai. There are two inside buildings on either side of the road, and along the river is a flower market at night. This is a local market that is very busy with Thai customers.

Local people lifestyle at the local market. There are various food, such as Pad Thai, northern Thai sausage, bamboo worms, ants eggs, insects, local vegetables and fruits are sold. Visitors will be able to chat with local people as well.

JJ Market

When: Everyday
Time: 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Located north of Chiang Mai Old City (Assadathorn road)

Kham Thian Plantation Market

When: Everyday
Time: 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Located north of Chiang Mai Old City (Assadathorn road)

Central Airport Plaza

When: Everyday
Time: 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Located near the airport (Less than 10 minutes away by Tuk Tuk from the Old City)

The largest modern shopping mall in Chiang Mai is conveniently located down the street from the airport. This shopping mall is also known by locals as “Robinson’s” for the main department store.

Kad Suan Kaew Central

When: Everyday
Time: 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Located on Huay Kaew Road off the northwest corner of the Old City.

The very first shopping mall built in Chiang Mai is also the nearest shopping mall to the Old City. There are many shops such as Tops Supermarket, a Starbucks, A Boots Pharmacy, and Central Department Store. Other entertainment include movie theatres, a bowling alley and karaoke.

Sankampaeng

When: Everyday
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Located South East of Chiang Mai (about 30 minutes away)

Bosang Umbrella

When: Everyday
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Located South East of Chiang Mai (about 30 minutes away)

Bosang is a small village located about 30 minutes from Chiang Mai Old City and known as the Umbrella Village. They are famous for their handmade umbrellas (parasols) made from bamboo and saa (mulberry) paper. You will see hundreds of colorful umbrella designs and sizes ranging from the miniature to the gigantic. You can observe them being made before you can take them home as souvenirs. Every January, the village holds the "Bosang Umbrella Festival".

There was a legend about who bring the Umbrella making in Thailand, we will let you discover the legend by yourself!

To go to Bosang, it is more comfortable to take taxi or book a tour so you can have more information about the village.

Baan Tawai

When: Everyday
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Located South West of Chiang Mai (about 30 minutes away)

Baan Tawai is well-known for its proud tradition of woodcarving and the charming lifestyle of the wood sculptors. Shops present handicrafts and handmade merchandise that reflect the heritage of local wisdom and villagers’ way of living.

For a private tour of any of the markets, please contact us directly.