The best shopping malls in Chiang Mai offer an impressive choice of high-end lifestyle and fashion stores. Even with the city’s wide range of unique boutiques and general small-store shopping scene, these malls stand out as must-visit places for those in need of some retail therapy. You can expect to find plenty of big-name labels alongside great dining outlets, all in well-placed buildings with striking designs.

    The Chiang Mai best shopping malls are fairly modest compared to the mighty megamalls of Bangkok. Don’t expect to see too many ice rinks or any of the other novelties available in the capital. However, as a place to get out of the rain or the heat, enjoy some convenient luxury shopping and get a tasty bite to eat, they’re exceptional. Several are also home to entertainment complexes, with movie theaters, arcades and bowling alleys.


    Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport

    This first Central Mall to be built in Chiang Mai still remains the most popular thanks to its easy to reach location near the airport, just a short 5-to-10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the Old City. Inside you’ll find an air-conditioned haven of shops, from designer brands (not that many) to common main street names.

    There’s a decent food court downstairs, cute Lanna-style markets selling handicrafts and local produce and a large entertainment complex at the top complete with a movie theater and games arcade.

    Location: 2 Mahidol Road, Pa Daet, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)53 999 199


    Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center

    One of the latest malls to hit Chiang Mai is the impressive Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center, located on the trendy Niman Road (thus proving very popular with local yuppies and university students). The ‘lifestyle’ title is quite appropriate for this mall; as well as ample fashion stores, you’ll find a range of restaurants, cafés, an entertainment complex with a movie theater, and an awesome rooftop which boasts plenty of bars with city views. On the shopping front, big names to look out for at this rather futuristic-looking mall include Jaspal, CC-00, Adidas and Oakley.

    Location: 55 Moo 5, Huay Kaew Road, Nimmanhaemin, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)52 081 555


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    Central Festival Chiang Mai

    Central Festival Chiang Mai is the second of Central Group’s malls in Chiang Mai and offers a whopping 250,000 sqm of floor space over 28.3 hectares – making this one of the city’s biggest malls. Sometimes just known as "Central Fest", the mall is located right on the superhighway that goes around the city – great for those with automobiles, not do great for tourists staying in the Old City, about 15-20 minutes away (you’ll need a taxi cab or tuk-tuk).

    In terms of fashion, Central Festival is also unrivaled, with international brands such as Topshop/Topman, Marks & Spencer, H&M and plenty of international and local designer names taking up space in the department store spread over 6 floors. Of course, no Central mall is complete without a movie theater and dozens of restaurants, meaning you could spend a whole day here if that your thing (or if it’s raining outside).

    Location: Hwy Chiang Mai-Lampang Frontage Rd, Fa Ham, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Friday–Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)53 999 499


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    Kad Suan Kaew Department Store

    The long-standing Kad Suan Kaew Department Store was the first-ever mall to be built in Chiang Mai, It's a shopping institution in the city, even though it doesn’t draw the same crowds as it used to. The inside is showing its age a bit, but the good thing about this mall is that it's located equidistance from both Niman Road and the north-western edge of the Old City – so walking distance if you are staying around here. International fashion stores are a bit limited, but the food court never disappoints and there's also some bowling and beers available on the top floor – good for rainy days or an afternoon out of the heat.

    Location: 21 Huay Kaew Rd, Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)53 224 999


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    Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai

    Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai is a shopping space that feels as though you're on vacation, or walking through a park with plenty of greenery, trees and ponds to help the mall blend into the natural landscape. While we’re not sure about how ‘natural’ this mall really is, there is plenty of good stores and restaurants to look out for, as well as a large movie theater, bowling lanes and ice skating rink. Find Promenada Resort mall on Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road, just off the Super Highway.

    Location: 192-193 Somphot Chiang Mai 700 Pi Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)53 107 888

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