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  • Chiang Mai night markets are shopping heaven that comes alive after dark to fulfill the shopping needs of tourists. Such types of markets are the major night-time attractions for the city travelers and tourists as they are spread across the city and provide an excellent range of diversity.

    Night markets in Chiang Mai offer everything from fresh food to antique handmade items, clothing, and all kinds of essential accessories. In fact, night markets are probably the best places for observing the local culture, snacking, and soaking up the scene.

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    Therefore, even if you don’t want to purchase anything; just going for an evening walk will give you an amazing experience. Simply, these wonderful markets are the must-see destination if you are visiting the city of Chiang Mai.

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    Some of the popular night markets in Chiang Mai include Sompet Market which is known for providing fresh seasonal fruits and the Kalare Night Market which is famous for being an excellent open-air dining zone.

    Here are some best Chiang Mai night markets:

  • 01Chiang Mai Night Bazaarr

    Chiang Mai night bazaar is probably the largest night market in Chiang Mai accommodating hundreds of shops in one place. This night bazaar offers a range of products such as shoes, bags, clothes, handicrafts, artwork, sunglasses, and electronic items, etc.

    However, make sure to test and check everything thoroughly before purchasing it, especially any electronic item. Moreover, the prices in this bazaar aren’t fixed so get ready to bargain hard before grabbing a cost-effective deal.

    After long hours of roaming and shopping, don’t forget to fill your empty stomach with some delicious Thai seafood and tasty local dishes.

    Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Handicrafts and portrait paintings.

    Timings: 6 PM to 11 PM

  • 02Anusarn Night Market

    Just like the other night markets, the Anusarn night market is also filled with a range of small vendor stalls and permanent shops. This is a great place if you want to enjoy a low-cost wonderful dinner while shopping for some essential accessories.

    You can find all kinds of Thai, Indian, and Japanese food stalls at a very reasonable price. If you are an art lover, you can get some incredible sculptures that will work as great décor pieces for your home and perfect gifts for your relatives. Furthermore, if you are tired of roaming around and shopping, enjoy the live music performance with some chilled beers and cocktails in any restaurant.

    Location: 149/24 Chang Khlan Road, Night Bazaar

    Highlight of the Market: Fish and Thai massage

    Timings: 6:30 PM to 12 AM

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  • 04Kalare Night Market

    Kalare night market is another beautiful Chiang Mai night market that hosts a number of shops such as clothes & bags outlets, jewelry items, accessories, and art studio, etc. With ample space for a variety of stalls, it also has a food center that operates on a coupon dining system.

    This food court serves multiple vegetarian and non-vegetarian eating options so as to give you an excellent dining experience. All in all, Kalare night market is indeed an excellent place with a unique combination of cultural performance and an open-air dining zone.

    Location:
    Chang Khlan Road, Chang Khlan Subdistrict, Chiang Mai

    Highlight of the Market: Puppet show and traditional Thai dance performances.

    Timings
    : 6 PM to 12 AM

  • 05Sunday Walking Market

    The Sunday walking market of Chiang Mai is essentially the most popular shopping place due to its wide spectrum of art, craft, music, and food items. You can find a lot of tourists and local people bargaining hard on a variety of items. You will notice many of the stall vendors selling their own handcrafted items that have superb quality.

    This market is also a food lovers’ dream as there are multiple areas dedicated to food stalls. Also if you get tired while exploring this huge market; there are plenty of massage vendors where you can just sit down to get a relaxing and gentle foot massage.

    Location: Tha Pae to Ratchadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai Old City

    Highlight of the Market: Art and handmade items.

    Timings: Every Sunday 4 PM to 12 AM

  • 06Ploen Ruedee Night Market

    This night market has become the most preferred tourist destination for grabbing a bite of tasty food along with some quality entertainment. You can just sit on casual picnic tables to have some delicious food and listen to live music and soak in the atmosphere.

    In addition to enjoying your favorite drink with a live band performance, you can also purchase some handmade and jewelry items at extremely affordable prices. There is also a separate entertainment zone for children where they can indulge in a number of entertainment activities. Therefore, it is also considered as the favorite night market for family outings.

    Location: Chang Klan Road, Opposite Mosque, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Street food, restaurants with live music.

    Timings: 4 PM to 12 AM

  • 07Saturday Walking Street Market (Wualai Walking Street)

    At a stone’s throw from Chiang Mai old city walls, Wualai walking street is one of those famous night markets in Chiang Mai, which is known for its liveliness and fun. The market is flooded with clothing stalls, bars, restaurants, art and crafts shops, etc. You will literally get confused about what to pick and what to leave here.

    Moreover, you will see some of the restaurants serving delicious local Thai food with live music performances. You can also find some portrait booths around and get a beautiful sketch portrait drawn for your friends or family. 

    Location:
    Wualai Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Local Thai food and handmade items

    Timings:
    5 PM to 10 PM

  • 08Chang Puak Gate Night Market

    Also known as North Gate Market, the Chang Puak market is one of the topmost Chiang Mai night markets that has built its reputation for providing a range of authentic Thai dishes. It is a favorite tourist destination to grab a reasonable and tasty meal for your dinner. You can find almost any type of dishes here including seafood, noodles, fresh fruit juice, soup, and Thai desserts, etc.

    In addition to this, you can find a fantastic collection of household items such as electronic appliances, perfumes, clothes, candles, bags, shoes, and paintings, etc. 

    Location:
    Manee Nopparat Road, Si Phum, Chiang Mai

    Highlight of the Market: Thai cuisine and seafood.

    Timings:
    5 PM to 12 AM

  • 09Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar

    Though it is relatively a smaller night market in Chiang Mai, yet it offers every small to big and top to toe essential thing under one roof. This night bazaar is quite popular among the youths because of its extremely affordable rates.

    There are plenty of stalls selling bags, clothes, shoes, accessories, manicures, and crafts at a very reasonable price. You can even find a couple of stalls offering contact lenses in the market. 

    Location:
    Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Household products and daily essentials.

    Timings:
    6 PM to 12 AM

  • 10Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

    Located right in the center of town, Kad Luang is another great market for food lovers in Chiang Mai. It is the oldest Chiang Mai night markets where you can enjoy a wide variety of ready to eat food, snacks, juice, and cocktails.

    Moreover, this market offers a range of herbs, mushrooms, and ingredients which can only be found in the northern areas of Thailand. Similar to the other night markets in the city Warorot Market also has plenty of shops featuring clothing, fashion accessories, and handcrafted items, etc.

    Location: Chang Moi Road, close to the River Ping, north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

    Highlight of the Market: Street food and household shopping items.

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM

  • 11Central Kad Suan Kaew Night Market

    One of the smallest yet popular night markets of Chiang Mai offers a range of things like clothes, handicrafts, shoes, and accessories, etc. The best thing about this market is its outdoor food court with tasty and high-quality food offerings.

    You can find tons of local snacks and dishes food stalls that are expertly prepared and perfectly priced. Moreover, you can also purchase the latest trending clothes, footwear, and other household items at very cheap prices.

    Location: 2 Huaykaew Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Variety of food stalls, clothes, bags, etc.

    Timings: Thursday to Saturday, 4 PM to 10 PM

  • 12Sompet Market

    Sompet Market is an amazing place to buy seasonal fruits and dried goods. You can find a lot of tourists in this area bargaining with the local vendors. It is also considered as one of the most favorite Chiang Mai night markets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Furthermore, if you come here in the morning, you might also notice groups of students taking Thai cooking classes. Consequently, it gets a little crowded in the morning or early afternoon. Nevertheless, it is the best place to purchase ingredients for the day.

    Location: Moon Muang Soi 6, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200

    Highlight of the Market: Thai cooking classes and a wide variety of local fruits.

    Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM

  • 13Muang Mai Market

    Muang Mai market is considered as one of the greatest fruit markets in the world. It is a must visit place for fruit lovers. You can find plenty of vendors selling all kinds of fruits like common staples bananas, mangoes, oranges, watermelon, and tropical delights such as dragon fruit, durian, and rambutans, etc.

    Location: Witchayanon and Mueang Samut Road | Chang Moi, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Highlight of the Market: Variety of fresh fruits.

    Timings: Most of the seller stays, early in the morning to 6 PM in the evening. However, some of the stalls can be seen open throughout the whole day.


Sightseeing in Chiang Mai

Attractions in Chiang Mai

Attractions

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Doi Inthanon National Park

This place is a must-visit for adventure lovers. The park forms part of the Doi Inthanon mountain range, a part of the mighty Himalayas. There are many small and big peaks here with heights of about 865m to 2565m above sea level. Doi Intahnon is the tallest mountain in Thailand.

Highlights - The view from here is absolutely stunning. Take a trek through to the peaks, enjoy the early morning sunrise, waterfalls and don’t miss the Siamese sakura flowers in full bloom during the months of December & January. Main camp site, the tall summit, Two huge stupas (Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon & Nophamethanidon), Kaew Mae Pan Nature Trails, Bird-watching, large number of waterfalls and Brichinda Cave are the major highlights.

Location -
 Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai

Timings: 5:30am to 6:30pm

Price:  
INR 650/THB 300
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Wat Chedi Luang

Built during the rule of King Saen Muang Ma in the 15th Century, Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. If you are a history buff or an architecture aficionado, you are going to love a short visit to this magnificent temple complex. Though the tests of time have diminished its original grace, the temple still stands imposing and impressive.

Due to its great religious significance among the locals, it is also visited in great numbers by devotees, especially at Visakha Buja. In addition to a unique style of architecture, an emerald image of Lord Buddha, a pillar and a gum tree are the focal points for tourists here.

Location: 103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 6 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: Free

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Chiang Mai Night Safari

A must try activity while you are touring Chiang Mai, Night Safari is a delightful experience where you get to spot a wide range of nocturnal animals. In this activity, you board an enclosed tram at night and get close to rare species of animals. Spread across an area of 132 hectares, this nocturnal zoo in Chiang Mai is modelled after the concept of Singapore Zoo.

The park claims a collection of 1400 animals in total. Buffet dinner and Musical Fountain are just additional treats you can enjoy while you are here. If you are looking for Chiang Mai attractions that you can visit with your family, this nocturnal zoo in Chiang Mai is one of your best bets.

Location: 33 Moo 12, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 

Timings: 11 am to 10 pm

Entry Fee: INR 215/THB 100

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The Tiger Kingdom

The Tiger Kingdom is a great combination of tourism with wildlife preservation. The preservation provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers of varying ages and sizes that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. The vicinity also boasts facilities to camp for the night with several amenities.

Things to Keep in Mind: Before entering the visitors are asked to leave the belongings outside in a locker, remove your shoes and wash hands.

Location:
  Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180

Timings:
8 am to 6 pm.

Price: Starts from INR 1530/THB 700
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Flight of the Gibbon

Flight of the Gibbon, which had its first operation became wildly popular amongst travelers in Laos, now has expanded to include a spot in the jungles of Chonburi, an hour's drive from Bangkok. Billed as Thailand's premier zip line canopy tour, this adventure takes you deep into the jungles around the Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary, where you travel above the forest floor from platform to platform via a series of ziplines suspended high in the air.

Trained Sky Ranger guides to ensure safety and leave you to soar amongst the treetops, with chances of spotting wild boar, macaques, barking deer, and hornbills. An exhilarating adrenaline-filled Timings is assured.

Location: 
106 Village, No.3, Huai Kaeo, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130

Timings: 6 AM to11 PM.

Price: INR 7580/THB 3599

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Sunday Walking Market

One of the liveliest tourist places in Chiang Mai where you can spend a pleasant evening with your family and friends, Rachadamnoen Road is the venue for Sunday Walking Street Market. For Shoppers, there are streetside stalls selling goods at cheap prices and air conditioned malls where you can buy branded products.

Though you can find a wide range of products here, handicrafts made from wood, paper, silk, metal, ceramic, and glass dominate the market. And for epicures, the market offers a variety of options in the form of streetside cafes, upscale restaurants, and even food stalls.

Before sunset, the market comes into motion and remains active till midnight, making for a perfect choice for a memorable Sunday evening.

Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai

Timings: 4 pm to midnight

Entry Fee: Free Entry

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Art in Paradise Museum

Your search for the most fun places to visit in Chiang Mai ends at Art in Paradise Museum. The museum boasts of a large and impressive collection of 3D images and paintings creating fun moments for you and your family. When you pose in front of these paintings, it creates the illusion as if you are a part of the scene.

Thus, a photography session here is a must. The museum is divided into six themed zones: underwater world, wildlife area, dinosaur zone, surreal art, classic art, and ancient Egypt. For a memorable experience, visit and explore each of the zones.

Location: 199/9 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: INR 650/THB 300


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Wat Phra Singh

Buddhist temples are one of the major highlights of Thailand. Wat Phra Singh, located in the northern most island of Chiang Rai, is one of the oldest Buddhist temple of the island country. One of the main attractions of the temple, the gold-plated Pagoda is located right beneath the viharn in this temple.

Highlights - Constructed during as early as 1385, this temple, constructed in white and gold, contains the highly revered Phra Singh Buddha image in its sanctum sanctorum. With great decors, antique golden motifs in pure Thai Lanna style, the temple contains the ubosot, viharn and a chapel bearing the footmarks of Lord Buddha.

Location
 - 
2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings 
- 6 am to 5 pm

Price
 - Free

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San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Simply among the best places to visit in Chiang Mai where you can relax your tense muscles and prepare yourself for another day of exploration, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is ideal for spending a day relaxing. The water springs feature a temperature of 105 degree Celsius.

The site has long pools where visitors can be seen dipping their feet and there are also separate pool for kids. And when you come out of the pool after a calming long dip, do not forget to try the food options available nearby serving local delicacies. To add more relaxation to the overall experience, visit one of the several massage parlours near the pools.

Location: Tambon Ban Sa Ha Khon, Amphoe Mae On, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: INR 217/THB 100

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Bo Sang Umbrella Village

A stop at the Bo Sang Umbrella Village, gives you a chance to see a lot of beautiful painted Umbrellas and also Fans. Renowned for its wonderful handcrafted products and its magnificent natural surroundings, a visit to this place allows you to learn more about the traditional industries and culture of Thailand.

Highlights
: Bo Sang Umbrella Village boasts a string of souvenir shops, showrooms and workshops, most devoted to the production of paper and bamboo umbrellas and parasols. However, prices aren't very reasonable.

Location: 1014, Tambon Ton Pao, Amphoe San Kamphaeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Entry is free

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Huay Kaew Waterfall

The list of the most exquisite natural tourist places in Chiang Rai is incomplete without a mention of this piece of nature’s art – Huay Kaew Waterfall. Located in close proximity to Chiang Mai Zoo, this waterfall offers perfect space and atmosphere for rejuvenation and recreation.

The inviting views and the lovely ambience of this site attracts tourists and picnickers alike to come experience a state of pure relaxation while being surrounded by a pristine verdure. On a picnic here, you can not only admire the visual and auditory appeal of the waterfall, but also indulge in activities like hiking and photography. There are a few pools here with clean water where one can swim and bathe.

Location: Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Price: Free Entry

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Kalare Night Market

One of those places in Chiang Mai that brim with a wealth of cultural experiences for visitors, Kalare Night Market is a perfect spot to experience the rich nightlife scene of the city. Lively with the presence of enthusiastic locals and foreigners, it is less hectic than its counterpart, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

From jewelry and clothing to artworks and electronics, a wide array of products can be bought here. Additionally, an open food court and entertainment zone add to the appeal of the market, making it a haven for those looking for a fun evening in the city. While you are here, do not skip to catch a nightly traditional Thai dance performance.

Location:
Changklan Road, Chiang Mai

Timings:
5 pm to Midnight

Entry Fee:
Free Entry

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Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

Creating a peaceful and safe environment for Asian elephants to thrive, Thai Elephant Conservation Center is one of the best places to see in Chiang Mai. Offering the visitors an impressive selection of varied experiences that are both entertaining and educational in nature, this is the only elephant camp in Thailand that is owned by the government.

The camp houses more than 50 elephants that are looked after by mahouts and trained by experts. You will be surprised to know that elephants here can create music and paint, that you will get to see during the shows held every day. Those willing to spend more time with these elephants can book a stay at the conservation center.

Location: Wiang Tan, Lampang

Timings: 8 am to 3:30 pm

Entry Fee: Starts from INR 445/THB 200

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai

Developed in an abandoned limestone quarry, Grand Canyon is a waterpark in Chiang Mai, apt for kids and adults. Greatly loved by the locals, this waterpark is also counted as one of the most happening tourist places in Chiang Mai. Just wear the lifejacket and plunge into the water to swim to your heart’s content.

In addition to an inflatable obstacle course which is the major attraction here, the park features several slides, a short zipline, and wakeboarding experiences. And when you are done immersing yourself in the fun of splashes, you can spend some peaceful moments at the café and the restaurant located within the park.

Location: Nam Phrae, Chiang Mai

Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: INR 1000/THB 450 Baht per person

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Saturday Walking street market

Another exciting entry on the list of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai, Saturday Street Walking Market is best known for its bustling traditional bazaar scene with huge variety of products being sold at cheap prices. It doesn't matter whether you are a foodie, shopaholic, or somebody seeking a fun filled evening in Chiang Mai, Wui Lai Market, that turns into a street walking market on Saturdays is a spot loved by locals and tourists alike.

Silverware, aluminium sculptures, ornaments, clothing and, handicrafts – you can find it all here. To increase your hunger, you will find plenty of stalls and small eateries sending aromatic air in all directions. Ultimately, you can avail of Thai massage service within the market when all the exploration has tired your body.

Location: Wua Lai, Chiang Mai

Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry

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Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Any list of the most serene Chiang Mai tourist places is incomplete without a mention of Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden which is a blessing for nature lovers dwelling and visiting the city. Set in a valley amidst rainforests, the garden is a whiff of fresh air for locals and tourists. A visit to this garden is a learning experience where you get to know about a wide range of flora Thailand is blessed with.

You have the option to rent a motorbike if you are not in the mood to tour the place on foot. A 30 minute drive separates the garden from the city centre, and travelling to this site is a pleasant experience owing to the beautiful scenery en route.

Location: 9 Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: INR 220/THB 100

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