One of the main things you can do in Chiang Mai is to enjoy the nightlife atmosphere of its night markets, where besides being able to buy some souvenirs you can enjoy the excellent street food of northern Thailand.
During the day Chiang Mai is a quiet city, ideal for exploring its temples and surroundings but at night, the city is transformed into a large night market where foreign and domestic tourists gather to visit and enjoy their night markets.
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CHIANG MAI, MOST FAMOUS NIGHT MARKETS IN THE CITY (2020)
Chiang Mai has several night markets, of which the most important are the following… the most important night markets in Chiang Mai are the following.
CHIANG MAI NIGHT BAZAAR
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is the most famous and largest in the city. Located near the ancient wall along the Chang Khlan Road area you can find all kinds of items, from fake imitations to handicrafts typical of the ethnic groups of the mountain. It is open all year round from 7 pm to 12 am.
KALARE NIGTH BAZZAR
Located in the vicinity of Night Bazaar, the Kalare Night Bazaar is a collection of shops more focused on jewelry, traditional crafts and paintings. Apart from its shops the best thing about the Kalare Night Bazaar is its food center where you can enjoy the best of Thai street cooking at very affordable prices. Apart from that, every day there are usually some live performances, especially of traditional Thai music. For our taste of the best. The schedule is from 4 pm to 11 pm.
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Also located in the vicinity of the Night Bazaar, Anusarn Market is also perfect for enjoying food. Here, apart from the typical northern Thai cuisine, we can also find both Chinese and Indian cuisine. If you are looking to do some shopping it may not be the best place. Opening hours from 6 pm to 12 am.
SUNDAY NIGHT MARKET
No doubt the best option for us. Open only on Sunday afternoon until well into the early hours of the morning, the Sunday Market Walking Street is located within the area of the city walls, along Ratchadamnoen Road, which is closed to traffic making the Sunday Market pedestrian friendly. Here is the ideal place to buy handicrafts and typical products of the different ethnic groups of the mountain. It is also an ideal place to taste different types of food and enjoy the continuous music and dance shows that we will find. The schedule is from 6 pm to 12 pm.
SATURDAY NIGHT MARKET
Like the Sunday Market, it’s the other big pedestrian street market. Although it is not as big or as visited by tourists as the Sunday market it is also very crowded and in it we can also enjoy shows and street food. It is located along Wui Lai Road, not far from the old town. The opening hours are from 6 pm to 12 pm.
Here we leave you a map so you can easily locate each of the night markets in the city.
Try to coincide your visit to Chiang Mai with the weekend so you don’t miss out on either the Saturday Market or the Sunday Market, especially the latter.
Try to visit at least some of the walking markets and the Kalare Market to enjoy the musical performances.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Warorot Market or Chiang Mai Chinatown during the day.
In high season, try to have your accommodation booked, especially if you are looking for middle-low or upper-class accommodation. For more information, check out the following link:
Try not to overdo the bargaining when shopping at any of Chiang Mai’s night markets.