Sunday Walking Street Market – Chiang Mai


Not to be confused with the famous Night Bazaar on Changklan Road, the Sunday Walking Street Market is a popular venue and offers a more authentic local shopping experience.  The  Market is located right in the centre of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai, starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end and extends for roughly 1km down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road. Walking Street Market is open every Sunday from 4pm to 11pm, come rain or shine.

Ratchadamnoen Road is always closed to traffic while the Sunday Market is open. This allows shoppers to browse the goods on display, bargain with vendors for a good price and wander freely around without watching over their shoulder for a motor bike zipping past.

Sunday Walking Street Market Chiang Mai

Handicrafts on sale

Walking Street Market Chiang Mai

Over 1klm of market stalls

At the Sunday Market you will find lots of tourists and Thai locals all gathered together having a good time looking for bargains. The Sunday Walking Street Market is growing bigger every year and has now started to spread down many of the side streets off the main road, as well as the big open area around the Tha Phae Gate itself.

Unlike the Night Bazaar which is filled with imitation designer labels, the Sunday Market is a showcase of the art and craftsmanship of the Northern Thai people. Many of the stall vendors make and sell their own products and the quality of craftsmanship is superb.

The goods available are made from a wide variety of materials such as silk, paper, fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramic etc.

The handicraft products displayed are perfect as gifts or beautiful and useful items to decorate your own home. You will also find many vendors selling shoes, jewellery, souvenirs and clothing (Thai Silk boxer shorts for $2).

There are a number of restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the Walking Street area where you can opt out of the crowd and sit and enjoy a meal or a drink and watch the ebb and flow of shoppers.

Chiang Mai Walking Street Market

Very colourful atmosphere

Foot massage Chiang Mai Markets

Tired feet? Stop for a foot massage.

The Sunday Market really comes alive after dark when all the street entertainers, musicians, puppeteers, Thai dancers, and bands start to perform; and all the coloured light are turned on. Even if shopping isn’t your thing, it’s a great place to go and enjoy a cheap meal and drink or just to people-watch. If you’re feeling weary there are numerous places offering foot massages.

The whole place has a very festive nature which makes the Sunday Walking Street Market a must see thing to do on any visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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