Night markets offer the best shopping options in Chiang Mai. The range and diversity is excellent, and they're found dotted all over the city. If you're in town at the weekend then you have even more options to choose from, with entire evenings spent browsing, shopping, snacking and soaking up the scene.

    Alongside the same old tourist souvenirs you can find anywhere else in the country, many of Chiang Mai’s markets offer a much more interesting shopping experience, with stalls selling locally made handicrafts, 1-time clothing items, and plenty of northern delicacies that are hard to find anywhere else. The Sunday Walking Street is one of the highlights, though in high season it can get quite busy.

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    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

    Night Bazaar

    The epicenter of shopping in Chiang Mai, the Night Bazaar runs every evening from 5 pm and covers a whole neighbourhood. Defining where this market begins and ends is not easy, as the collection of stalls and shops does vary; head to the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road and you’ll be roughly in the middle, with the bazaar spreading out for about 2 blocks in every direction. 

    The market offers pretty much everything any other Thai night market has, just more of it. This means soccer shirts, carved elephants, artwork, handicrafts, sunglasses, shoes, luggage, furniture, and homeware. After your retail fix, head to one of the dozens of nearby bars or restaurants to wind down.

    Location: Intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to midnight

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    Tha Pae Sunday Walking Street

    Chiang Mai Old City

    Chiang Mai’s most famous market runs only once a week, so if you’re only in town for just one weekend, make sure you head here on a Sunday evening. The 1-km-long stretch is situated in the heart of the city’s main tourist area and runs from Tha Pae Gate going toward Ratchadamnoen Road in the west.

    The road is closed to traffic from 4 pm creating a temporary walking street. On sale, you’ll find a huge variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, and accessories. Aside from the shopping, the area comes alive with food vendors, makeshift bars and roadside massage neighborhoods for a quick foot rub.

    Location: Rachadamnoen Rd, Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Sundays from 4 pm to 10.30 pm

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    Wua Lai Walking Street

    Chiang Mai Old City

    Many visitors prefer Saturday's Wua Lai Walking Street to the larger Sunday one by Tha Pae Gate, thanks to its excellent range of locally-made products, as well as the fact that there’s room to walk rather than shuffle. The market is named after Wua Lai Road, which links to Thipanet Road, just off the south side of the old city walls. Stalls and street vendors start to set up from late afternoon on Saturday, with things winding down around 10.30 pm.

    Location: Wua Lai Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Open: Saturday from 4 pm to 10.30 pm

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    Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

    Riverside

    Warorot Market (Kad Luang) is one of the top food markets in Chiang Mai. You'll find an impressive array of fresh produce alongside ready-to-eat snacks and meals. Additionally, the second and third floors are dedicated to clothing and accessories – most of it’s not of any great quality or style, but at least the prices are low.

    Going back to the food, look out for authentic northern-style delicacies such as sai oua (spicy sausage), nam prik ong/nam prik noom (red and green chili dip) keap moo (crispy pork skin). Find Warorot Market at the end of Chang Moi Road, near the river.

    Location: Wichayanon Rd, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 4 am to 6 pm

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    Ton Lam Yai Market

    Riverside

    A morning stroll around Ton Lamyai Market is a great way to kick off your day in the city, especially if you're looking for an alternate market experience in Chiang Mai. Specializing in one thing and one thing only – flowers – this vibrant, colorful market is located next door to the larger Worarat Market, right on the banks of the tranquil River Ping.

    Open 24 hours every day, visiting in the morning means you’ll escape the heat and crowds of later in the day, and also get see to see the day’s deliveries arriving in the truck load. Expect to see fresh, locally-grown roses, orchids, chrysanthemums, pussy willow and lotus flowers.

    Location: 88/1 Wichayanon Rd, Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

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