Visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand would not be complete without popping over to their famous night markets. Every day, as the sun sets, watch as the intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang roads come to life with vendors setting up shops that stretches for several blocks. It’s the very picture of a shopper’s paradise.
The convenient location is just a few minutes’ walk from many hotels, bars, restaurants, travel agencies, and other commercial establishments. Aside from the nightly bazaar, be sure to catch their weekend markets as well. There’s the Sunday market along Ratchadamonoen Road, and the Saturday evening market along Wualai Street. Another must-see is the two-level Vieng Ping Night Bazaar, where you’re more apt to find beautiful, local hand-crafted items at affordable prices.
Chiang Mai night bazaar is a great place to snag cool items like wallets, watches, local handicrafts, jewellery, colourful knick-knacks, and even gadgets at low prices. Once you see something you like, try to haggle! Be friendly and maybe even crack a couple of jokes to get the vendor to offer it to you at a lower cost. However, do keep in mind that they don’t earn a lot from their wares. Be reasonable and don’t play hardball.
Some of the best souvenirs to buy from the Thailand night market include: genuine Thai silk and other textiles, sarongs, essential oils, meditation bowls (great for people who love yoga), triangle cushions (truly local and not mass-produced), soap carvings (perfect for gift boxes), and authentic Thai umbrellas (the bamboo ones are for use in the rain!).
Close-up shot of a man working in a coffee shop in the Chiang Mai Night Market.
Close-up shot of three decorative lights with other lights out of focus in the background.
Man using fire to make glass jewelry at the Chiang Mai Night Market.
Two young girls at the Chiang Mai Night Market photographed behind hanging decorative lights.
Busy streets in Chiang Mai during the Night Market.
Fish cooking over hot charcoal at the night market in Chiang Mai.
Colorful handmade jewelry at the Chiang Mai Night Market.
Close-up shot of a man cooking eggs at a night market food stand.
Beautiful ceramic cups and plates for sale at the Night Market in Chiang Mai.
Women preparing food for the customers in the Chiang Mai Night Market.
People walking through the Chiang Mai Night Market photographed behind a snack stand.
Young woman buying jewelry at the night market while other customers are checking out the rest of the jewelry.
People crowding the streets of Chiang Mai Night Market.
Man working behind a fruit stand at the night market photographed from behind.
Street food stand with a man cooking behind it at the night market in Chiang Mai.
Two people drawing at a local shop in the Chiang Mai Night Market.
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