Tourist attraction markets in Chiang Mai

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It’s can’t be denied that markets play big role in Thailand’s tourism. Every single town in Thailand, there are a bunch of markets, from small ones to big ones. These markets sell most everything, for instances, foods, beverages, costumes, toys, accessories and lots more. Some of them even set up market fairs every weeks, probably 1 day or 2 days per week. Most tourists, including Thai people themselves, love market fairs, because more different and interesting goods will be sold. You can find various new vendor booths. So, if you visit a market fair, don’t be surprise if you’re in the middle of hundred or thousand people.

Chiang Mai is in fact almost as civilised as Bangkok, but it has been being baked with memorable history. Chiang Mai, in the past, was a part of ancient Lanna Kingdom. Therefore there is on wonder why Chiang Mai nowadays is called ‘The Land of Lanna’. No matter where you go in Chiang Mai, including markets, you will clearly see the reflection of Lanna culture. Markets in Chiang Mai usually sell local foods or traditional items, for instances, paper umbrellas or other art objects.

Markets in Chiang Mai is mostly big. Some of them are enourmous commercial district, really. You are possibily not able to finish your shopping in just one day. And, some of them are market fairs, which means they will not be set up everyday, but will be set up on specific days. The example of these market fairs is ‘Wualai Walking Saturday Walking Street’. You can go to Wualai at night on Saturday only. The market takes place on the whole area of the street. Normally, the street is used for traffic, but when the commercial time of the market comes, the street is closed, in order to let tourists walk around freely without having to worry about accident.

The conclusion is, there are different types of markets in Chiang Mai and in other towns of Thailand. But, no matter which one you choose to go, you will always find one very same thing. That thing is the sweet smile and warm-welcome of locals.

We make the lists of the markets in Chiang Mai as below.

Local markets

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Kad Luang or Warorot Market is a must visit if you love a try on local food. It is a 3-storey building with first floor selling food and goods while second and third floors selling inexpensive clothing and merchandise. All the ground floor is devoted to foodstuffs and produce. It is the main local market and is a busy place where you can see the real Chiang Mai.   Read more….

Shopping area

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Speaking of famous shopping districts in Chiang Mai, you can not possibly ignore the area of Sankhampaeng. It’s well-known for making paper umbrellas, weaving Thai silks and cotton fabrics. You can travel there in short times, because it stays only 13 kilometres away from eastern Chiang Mai downtown.    Read more….

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The area of Nimman is called ‘an all-time awake street’, due to its joyful atmosphere. Most tourists from various lands go there to have fun with shopping and grabing something to eat. You should realise that this place is everything. Foods, costumes, entertaining performances are all here!   Read more….

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Ban Tawai is one of the most important cultural tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. Also, it is the original OTOP tourism village of Thailand. Most tourists, both Thai and foreign, never miss this, due to the long-time fame of stunning, glorious and valuable wooden-carving artworks. Those works are created by unique ideas, which has caused them to become worldwide-popular products.   Read more….

Night markets

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Wualai is one of these streets! It’s available on Saturday only! So, if you feel so bored or have nothing to do, then just grab your wallet and rush to it! The whole marketplace is the whole Wualai street, total 1.1 kilometre. It’s not hard to find anyway. You just start your way from Chiang Mai Gate, turning your back to it.    Read more….

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Tha Phae Sunday Walking Street is the biggest walking street in Chiangmai. It is available on Sunday only, from 18:00-22:00. The whole area starts from Tha-Phae Gate to Rachdamnoen Road and then ends at Wat Phra Singh, total 1 kilometre. Wanna taste some delicious Thai food or buy local s