While the famous Night Bazaar runs every evening, we say skip it and head to these unique markets in Chiang Mai instead for souvenirs, clothes, art, fresh produce and more.
Sunday Night Walking Street
Probably the most well known market in town, popular with both locals and tourists, the Sunday Night Walking Street runs every Sunday starting around 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Taking up the length of Rachadammnoen Road in the center of Chiang Mai’s Old City, the market is huge and draws big crowds year round. Here you’ll find a wide range of handmade items, from small key chains to large, hand stitched textiles, along with clothing, home decor, art, specialty foods, live entertainment, sprawling food courts and even pop up massage stalls. If you’re staying in Chiang Mai over the weekend, this market is a must-see!
Saturday Night Walking Street
If you can’t make it to the Sunday market, head to the Saturday Night Walking Street instead. Located on Wualai Road just outside the Old City’s south gate, this weekly market is similar to the one on Sunday but on a smaller scale.
Thanks to Chiang Mai University on the west side of town there are a range of cheap clothing options and night markets around Suthep and Huay Kaew Roads. One of the most entertaining is the market located near the front gate of the university campus known Kad Na Mor or Malin Plaza. Every evening between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. There is also a covered area with permanent food stalls that quickly fill with students every night grabbing dinner with their friends.
It’s always surprising how close Wororot Market is to the center of town, yet how few tourists visit the fascinating market. A Chiang Mai institution, you can find absolutely anything and everything at Wororot Market – from gold bracelets to deep-fried bugs. Really. Take some time to meander through the small streets, go inside to find three levels of food, clothing and handicrafts, and make your way toward the river where you can walk along the outdoor flower market that’s open practically 24/7. In the evening, when most of the surrounding stalls and shops close down, new stands line the street selling clothes, electronic items and lots of food. To get there, head east on Chiang Moi Road, just northeast of Tha Pae Gate.
Muang Mai Market
Muang Mai Market is like your local fresh market, selling meat and produce, on steroids. The sprawling food market is where many restaurants and food stalls go to buy their ingredients in wholesale – you’ll see pineapples, chilies and more piled high into the sky. Enjoy wander through the busy market but be careful where you stand. Motorbikes often drive through the area and there’s always a new shipment of goods being brought in. While parts of the markets are open 24 hours a day, it’s best to go early in the morning to catch all the action (and try to stay out of the heat).
Friday Farmer’s Market
Another food favorite, the Farmer’s Market every Friday afternoon from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the center of the Old City has local vendors selling organic produce and homemade food items like kombucha, tea, bread and honey. To find the market, head first to the Three Kings Monument. Facing the monument, walk to the right side along the building. You’ll soon see the market set up to your left in the covered open-air area behind the monument and museum.
Spent some time in Chiang Mai? What other markets did you enjoy?