Chiang Mai is a shoppers paradise, and nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Bazaar night market.
Chiang Mai Bazaar night market, on the east side of the old walled city, is approximately 1km long on Thanon Chang Khlan. The market is open every day of the year regardless of the weather from dusk till around midnight.
In the daytime, Chang Khlan Road is an ordinary street full of shops, hotels and restaurants of all types including Starbucks and the Burger King, along with the first McDonalds in the city. There are also several large shopping arcades running off the main street. But at night time, this place really comes alive. As the sun sets over Chiang Mai, all the street vendors turn up and load their goods for sale into their stalls. The lights, fans and portable TVs are plugged in and turned on and the tourists start arriving in numbers. You will most likely find the same vendors in the same spot every night.
Shopping in Chiang Mai Bazaar night market
The Night market offers the whole range of northern Thai and hilltribe handicraft products including carvings, artwork, clothes, fabrics, jewellery and much more. Some of the artistic innovations from vendors in the Night Bazaar have been copied worldwide. There is also a range of more modern goods including clothing, watches, CDs, DVDs, software and computer games.
Thai cuisine stalls are available at some certain areas of the night market, flavors and aromas that can only be found in the North. Fill the air, a vibrant atmosphere every night as traditional Thai dancing shows are held every hour in the central square, live bands come into action after 10 bringing a party vibe to the night.
Even if you do not want to buy anything (but you probably will) just going for a stroll up and down the Chiang Mai Bazaar night market is an amazing experience. It definitely not to be missed on any visit to Chiang Mai.