Chiang Mai Markets Tours

Chiang Mai markets

The adjoining Ton Lamyai and Warorot markets are two of the most attractive Chiang Mai markets. They feature in all Chiang Mai Markets tours. We will take our time to take in the atmosphere of these wonderful places and let you taste some of the typical Northern Thai products that are for sale here. Both markets were destroyed in a fire in 1968. We will show you the pictures and you will learn about the resilience of the people who built up the markets from the ashes. The area around the markets is also known as Chinatown. There are a number of other interesting day markets such as San Pakoy, Chiang Mai Gate and the more recently established Mae Hia market. The Sriwattana is also known as the Thanin market. Another very interesting day market is the Muang Mai market which is more like a wholesale fresh food market than the more touristic Kad Luang (Ton Lamyai and Warorot).

Besides these permanent markets there are also markets that take place only once per week. The Friday morning market at Ban Ho is such a market. Many of the sellers are tribal people and the market attracts an interesting crowd. There is a Sunday morning market at Wat Muang Kai, near the Gymkhana Club.

The Chiang Mai Night Bazar is one of the most well known night markets in Thailand. It has an interesting history but in recent times alternative weekly night markets, labeled “Walking Street” have been established that have become very popular: the Saturday Wua Lai Walking Street and the main one: the Sunday Walking Street which takes place within the Old City of Chiang Mai.

Another very interesting market that takes place only once a week is the Saturday morning San Patong market. San Patong is about 20kms from Chiang Mai. The San Patong market is the largest open air market in North Thailand. Virtually everything is on sale here. It’s the only market near Chiang Mai where buffaloes and oxen are still being traded. Apart from livestock a lot of other stuff is for sale on this huge and remarkable market. You won’t see many tourists here. It is really worth visiting.

Chiang Mai Malls

Apart from the fresh and souvenir markets there is a number of interesting shopping malls in Chiang Mai such as Central  Kad Suan Kaew, Central Airport Plaza (still our favourite), Central Festival, Maya and Promenada. It’s just about 30 years ago that Chiang Mai only had a couple of small department stores such as the Tantraphan Department Store on Thapae Road. Below is a picture of the late 1960’s.

There were small department stores in Chang Klan Road and Manee Nopparat Road until the construction of the huge Central Kad Suan Kaew at the beginning of Huay Kaew Road. We are not sure of the exact year but Central Kad Suan Kaew was opened in the early 90’s.  The next mall to open was Central Airport Plaza which doesn’t house a Central Department Store but Robinson Department Store. CAP opened in March 1996. It took more than 15 years until the next major shopping mall was opened in Chiang Mai. The year 2013 saw the opening of Promenada Resort Mall, of Central Festival Chiang Mai and Maya Lifestyle Mall.

These are some the Chiang Mai Markets tours we offer: