When we started planning itinerary for our trip to Chiang Mai, we googled top things to do and TADAA ! That’s when we came to know about Chiang Mai Sunday night market. Luckily in our four day trip to this city, our very fist day itself turned out to be a Sunday. So the first thing we did in Chiang Mai ever since we landed in this beautiful town is witnessing this market, we got a sneak peek into art and culture of North Thailand! A perfect start of a wonderful trip we would say!
In this blog we will tell you all the important things you ought to know, what is Sunday market, its location, timing, what to expect! Read on!
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Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market
Every Sunday, as sun starts setting in horizon, the streets of Chiang Mai gets crowded with thousands of tourists and local Thai people flocking to witness what is known as Chiang Mai Sunday Night market or Walking Street.
A weekly market which exhibits variety of local art & craft and delicious local cuisines. With hundreds of local and hill tribe vendors selling everything from cloths to shoes , souvenirs, foods, accessories, anything and everything you name it, this is a place to be if you are in Chiang Mai on Sunday!
Location And Timing
Located right in the centre of the Chiang Mai old city walled area, this makeshift street market starts from Phae gate and runs approx 1 k.m on Ratchadamnoen road till Wat Phra Singh. It starts every Sunday at 4 p.m in evening and is very much alive till midnight. Every Sunday, the traffic on this road is closed for vehicles so that pedestrians can easily walk and enjoy the market without fear of being hit by a car or bike.
We stayed in Vida Guest house which is hardly 500 meters away from the walking street, so we easily walked our way to this market.
What to expect?
Unlike other markets we visited in Thailand, this market predominantly focuses on local handicrafts. Many vendors from hill tribes attend to showcase their work, you will find beautiful souvenirs, accessories, handmade cards, organically dyed clothes, shoes and loads to food to try.
The temples beside the walking street become food court by night where you can sit and sample variety of food and drink items. There are many food stalls selling everything from pancake, waffles, french fries, sushi to local cuisines like khao soi and pad thai.
The prices are reasonable if we compared prices from other street markets of Bangkok and Krabi. And amidst all these many local artists performing right on streets will keep you entertained and amused.
Expect a lot of crowd, and hours of walking. But don’t worry if you get tired , just find a masseuse who will give you a relaxing foot spa right on road. Exciting much ? Check our vlog to know our experience:
If you are planning to experience to the fullest, we have some go to tips for you:
- Carry cash, this market is a makeshift street market so do not expect that you can make cashless transactions, carry Thai Bahts in all denominations with you.
- Some spots can become really crowded, so secure your belongings, our suggestion is to carry your backpack/pouch in front to keep an eye.
- Come empty stomach, yes! you heard me right, if you want to try several items which you will definitely, do not come with your tummy full. And trust me the food is so inviting you will end up trying dozens of local cuisines and by the end of it you will be full.
- Tip local artists; You will find many artists performing on streets and they are amazing, just keep some change handy.
- Although the prices are reasonable but little bargaining does not hurt anyone, right? You can bargain for clothes, shoes unless it is written ‘Fixed price’ in bold.
Chiang mai Sunday street market is definately something you should not miss while in Chiangmai and for this make sure you get a sunday in your itinerary. Hope our blog helped you in planning your visit, pin it for later.
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