Chiang Mai Markets Tours
The adjoining Ton Lamyai and Warorot markets are two of the most attractive Chiang Mai markets. People know this complex as Kad Luang. We will take our time to take in the atmosphere of these beautiful 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 several other great 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 exciting 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).
Ban Ho Friday market
Besides these permanent markets, some markets 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 exciting crowd. There is a Sunday morning market at Wat Muang Kai, near the Gymkhana Club.
Chiang Mai Night Bazar
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is one of the most well known night market in Thailand. In recent times alternative weekly night markets labelled “Walking Street” have been established. They have become very popular: theSaturday Wua Lai Walking Street and the main one: the Sunday Walking Street which takes place within the Old City of Chiang Mai.
Another exciting market that takes place only once a week is the Saturday morning Sanpatong market. Sanpatong is about 20kms from Chiang Mai. The Sanpatong market is the largest open-air market in North Thailand. Virtually everything is on sale here. It has the only buffalo market in North Thailand. Apart from livestock a lot of other stuff is for sale on this vast and remarkable market. You won’t see many tourists here. It is worth visiting.
There were small department stores in Chang Klan Road and Manee Nopparat Road until the construction of the vast Central Kad Suan Kaew at the beginning of Huay Kaew Road. We are not sure of the exact year, but Central Kad Suan Kaew 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 opened in Chiang Mai. The year 2013 saw the opening of Promenada Resort Mall, of Central Festival Chiang Mai and Maya Lifestyle Mall.