Experiencing shopping in Chiangmai is an indispensable thing when visiting Thailand. Chiangmai is being known as a shopping paradise, the address for those who love shopping. Chiangmai shopping is very different from what you would find in Bangkok.
According to the experience of shopping in Chiangmai, there are many markets, night markets, and malls that you can freely go shopping. Here are some ideal destinations to go shopping in beautiful Chiangmai: Bazaar Night Market, Warorot Market, Chiangmai Walking Street, Central Plaza Chiangmai Airport, Nimmanhemin Street, Bor Sang Village, and Op Place.
1. Bazzar Night Market:
- Open hours: 6:00 – 13:00 , best time to go shopping: after 19:00
- Address: Intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang Roads
As one of the biggest night markets in Chiangmai, Bazaar Night Market is referred to as “the mother of outdoor night market”, which is located at the intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang Roads.
Come to Bazaar and you will find all the merchandises very abundant and attractive which are displayed at many stalls along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street. They sell clothes, shoes, wallets, handicrafts, Thai silk, watches, statues, souvenirs, etc. Moreover, sellers here are so friendly that you can freely choose and take pictures. As the prices at Bazaar Night Market are not fixed, it would be wise to bargain for the best prices (about 40% the challenging price) and remember to smile and friendly when haggling with Thais.
When you feel tired and hungry after going shopping at this Chiangmai night market, you can not only enjoy Thai seafood and noodle or you can find international restaurants such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway but you can also have a relaxing time by stopping at the foot massage shops.
2. Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
- Open hours: 6:00 – 17:00
- Address: Chang Moi Road
Another market in Chiangmai is Warorot Market (or Kad Luang) which is the first commercial center of Chiangmai. Warorot Market is loacted at the end of Chang Moi Road, near River Ping so it is easy to find.
Warorot Market is an ideal shopping destination in Chiangmai to discover the culture of Northern residents and to get a feel for the local way of life. Additionally, it is a great place for food lovers because there are many stalls offering a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, local snacks and all kinds of fresh products. The second and third floors are dedicated to clothes and everyday goods. Warorot Market is a local market, so there are not kinds of handicrafts and souvenirs like Bazaar Market. However, the prices at Warorot Market are much cheaper than ones at Bazaar as well as other touristy markets.
3. Chiangmai Walking Street:
- Open hours: Sunday 16:00 – 24:00
- Address: Ratchadamnoen Street
Along with Bazaar Night Market, Chiangmai Walking Street is also one of Chiangmai bustling shopping destination. Walking to the pedestrian street, tourists can find Chiangmai’s handicraft products and enjoy Thai food. There are many different products from different ethnicities of Chiangmai that are traditional features of Chiangmai.
You can buy whatever you like with the best prices if you are good at bargaining. Not only hill tribe souvenirs or Thai food, but you can also enjoy the performances of music and dance by the Chiangmai artists. They are Sunday Walking Street Chiangmai (one kilometer from Tha Pae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road) known for dance recitals as well as beauty pageants and Wualai Walking Street (Saturday Night Market on Wualai Road) with plenty of delicious Thai dishes.
4. Nimmanhaemin Street:
- Open hours:n 10:00 – 20:00
- Address: Suthep town, Mueang
If you are believers of fashion, do not forget to visit Nimmanhaemin Street. This is the place where a lot of fashion stores are gathering for you to choose the clothes that you like. Furthermore, Nimmanhaemin Road is the place for you to go shopping in a spacious pleasant environment. Most of the fashionable products you can find when go shopping on this street are very beautiful and eye-catching. Particularly, handicraft products are almost handmade products with good quality and exquisite such as silk fabrics, items of gold and silver.
If you want to purchase a decent gift for a friend, do not hesitate to visit Nimmanhaemin Street to choose an unique jewelry or pretty clothes and accessories. Besides stores of clothes and handicrafts, many cafes, restaurants, massage parlors are quite small and cute to serve tourists.
5. Op Place:
- Open hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Address: Thippatana Arcade, Chang Klan Road
For those who do not like crowded and hot night markets, Op Place is not difficult to find, right next to Le Meridien – a bold yellow hotel on Chang Klan Road, and opens from 11:00 to 22:00. Op Place shopping center is divided into many different areas: large shops facing out onto Chang Klan Road offering high-end brands such as Villa Cinni or Sophie Roumeliotie and small shops with much cheaper prices. In addition, tourists can buy some unusual and interesting handicrafts, gifts for family and friends and toys for children. In the other corner of Op Place, you can also find leather handbags, hand-crafted jewelry, scarves and beauty products. There is also a branch of Doi Tung café at Op Place so you can enjoy some tasty coffee and snacks after shopping.
6. Bor Sang Village:
- Open hours: Everyday
- Address: Chiang Mai – San Kampaeng Highway (Route 1006), 9km from Chiangmai Old City
You want to find cute souvenirs for your family and friends? Bor Sang Village will not make you disappointed as this is the most reasonable place to buy attractive handicrafts. About nine kilometers from the east of the city, Bor Sang Village is well known for outstanding handicraft quality as well as signature floral designs.
The village is also famous for traditional umbrellas, a cultural symbol of Chiangmai, with plenty of hand-painted umbrellas, tiny cocktail umbrellas in various street-side shops. The umbrellas are specially designed in a variety of ways from the original floral patterns to depictions of Chiangmai’s rural scenery. Buying pretty umbrellas as gifts for relatives after your trip is a good idea. Not only that, visitors can take part in the process of making the umbrellas, an enjoyable experience for your Chiangmai trip.
7. Central Airport Plaza:
- Open hours: Monday – Friday 10:30 – 21:00; Saturday – Sunday & Holidays 10:00 – 21:30
- Address: Mahidol Road
It is apparent that malls in Chiangmai are also an ideal destination to go shopping with family and friends. Central Airport Plaza Chiangmai is definitely suitable for those who are interested in international brands and is also a good stop off point for last-minute souvenirs.
Located within walking distance of the airport, Central Airport Plaza has five floors with many shops, restaurants as well as an international supermarket and a cinema. The first and second floors are dedicated to shops and boutiques at affordable prices. You can also find technology and gadgets on the third floor. Supermarket offering international branches from other countries is located in the basement. There are also international restaurants serving fast food and Thai food. Central Airport Plaza Chiangmai is an indispensable destination for the western style shopping experience in the city.
If Bangkok is a wonderful place of designer labels in luxury malls, Chiangmai is “the capital of unique handicrafts” in Thailand. Therefore, traveling in Chiangmai will give you unforgettable experiences about shopping in Chiangmai. Hopefully, you, as well as tourists visiting Chiangmai, will have fun trips and dropping shopping in Chiangmai without worrying about anything.