Chang Puak is a lovely neighbourhood located around the northern part of the moat and consists of various restaurants, hostels and markets.
Free Bird Café
Free Bird Café is a vegetarian restaurant specialized in Burmese cuisine and popular among expats and young travellers. The upper floor serves as learning centre for children, primarily kids whose parents are refugees from Burma, hill tribes and indigenous people. The ground floor, where the restaurant is, is colourful decorated with lots of artwork from the kids and photos displaying various activities and events at Free Bird Café. Try the delicious vegetarian fried rice or Burmese Tea Leaf Salad and have a fresh shake along.
Location: Manee Nopparat Road Open: Tuesday-Saturday, from 09:00-17:00.
Also known as Siri Wattana Market is a big canopied market similar to the morning market at Chiang Mai Gate. You can find lots fruits, vegetables and cooked food here. It’s a colourful place where you can spot lots of locals from all walks of life buying their daily goods. The market also provides lots of great photo opportunities.
Location: take road 107 (the one to Mae Rim), after about 1km on the left side. Open: daily, 05:00-18:00
Chang Puak Fresh Market
Located near the North Gate, or Chang Puak Gate, is a large market that only opens only at night. Lots of food vendors are lined up, selling all sorts of mouthwatering Thai food at really cheap prices. There are enough tables and plastic stools around to enjoy your meal right on the spot.
Location: near the North Gate. Open: daily, 17:00-midnight.
Chang Puak Bus Station
Chiang Mai has two main bus stations – Arcade, which is close to the train station and serves primarily distant locations such as Bangkok, Hua Hin and a few closer ones such as Chiang Rai and Pai. The buses leaving from Chang Puak, mainly mini buses and yellow Songthaews, serve local destinations within Chiang Mai city and its surroundings such as Chiang Dao or Doi Saket for example. Timetables indicating destinations and departure time can be found everywhere. Worth to mention that the staff speaks almost no English there.
Location: take road 107 (the one to Mae Rim), after about 400m on the left side.
Wat Lok Molee
Wat Lok Molee is a 14th century temple, located about 400m away from Chang Puak Gate. The legend goes that King Kuena, one of Chiang Mai’s former rulers, invited monks to spread the teachings of Buddhism. Its centrepiece is a massive chedi which holds the ashes of several kings of the Lanna Kingdom.