Looking for a souvenir but can’t find anything? Whether you’re looking for T-shirts, watches or DVDs, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar should be your first address to consider. The bustling market opens daily along the stretch of Chang Klan Road and its dozens side roads. If compared to the Saturday -and Sunday Night Markets, the Night Bazaar offers significantly different things such as fake shirts and sneakers, DVDs and Rolex watches. There are several market extensions, shopping arcades and courtyards with food stalls, restaurants, massage salons, travel agents, coffee shops and live music performances around. Let’s have a closer look at what you can expect here:
Of course, the Night Bazaar itself can’t be skipped on that list. Aside the above mentioned things you can find silver items, silk scarfs, household items, sunglasses as well luggage and travel accessories here. Do note that you can find better handicraft quality at Warorot for cheaper prices. Generally, it’s expected that you haggle – vendors will give a discount of 25-30%, in some cases even more, depending how persistent you are. Once you start craving for food, the seemingly endless dining options making it difficult to choose from – you can find almost anything from traditional Thai dishes, over kebabs, pizza, Korean, German to Spanish and American, among many others.
Location: Chang Klan Road and its side roads; parts of Loi Kroh Road. Open: daily, from 18:00-midnight.
Kalare Night Bazaar
Kalare Night Bazaar is a covered strip located at the top end of the Night Bazaar. There are numerous artist studios, clothing shops, jewellery shops and a food court around. Aside shopping and eating, you can find a few massage salons here and watch Thai dance performances.
Anusarn Market is a canopied side stretch of the Night Bazaar where vendors offer mainly handicrafts items similar to those at Saturday –and Sunday Night Market. Moreover, you can find numerous Arabic restaurants here as well Chiang Mai’s famous Ladyboy Cabaret.
Location: Chang Klan Road Open: 18:00- midnight
Cabaret shows evolved to a popular nightlife entertainment option the past years in Thailand. The shows are performed by ladyboys (transvestites) and feature a mix of dancing, comedy and singing. The entertaining shows can range from drama to hilarious, but always with a big portion comedy. Be ready for some touchy-feely ladyboys if you should sit in the front raw – don’t worry, nothing is serious!
Hilal Town is the Muslim quarter of Chiang Mai, a stretch of roughly 200m with several Halal food restaurants as well the Masjid Hidayatul Islam Banhaw Mosque. Chiang Mai has a small number of Muslims which consist mainly of Burmese –and Chinese Muslims. Popular Arabic restaurants around are the Babylonian Iraqi Restaurant (more into the market area) and ‘Khao Soy Fueng Fah’ which offers delicious dishes like mutton biryani and chicken khao soy.
Location: next to Kalare Night Bazaar
What looks like an old train bridge is one of Chiang Mai’s signature bridges. It’s open for cars and pedestrians and provides great photo opportunities.
The stylish Anantara Resort Chiang Mai is one of the city’s luxury hotels and just a stone’s throw away from the Night Bazaar, right at the banks of the Ping River. Whether you’re about to stay here or just planning to visit, the hotels wins with its exclusive charm. Do note that you need at least a confirmed table reservation in order to visit it.
Location: 123 Charoen Prathet Road
Wat Sri Don Chai
Cultural-wise, there isn’t much to see around the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar; Wat Sri Don Chai is a beautiful Lanna-style temple, built about 130 years ago.
Location: between Loi Kroh Rd. and Sridonchai Rd, next to Puyai Wat Si Donchai School. Open: daily, 06:00-18:00
Pantip Plaza is an electronic mall where you’ll find good deals on accessories and reparations for mobiles phones and laptops. There are numerous camera shops on the ground floor, selling everything from cameras to equipment.
Location: Junction of Chang Klan Road and Sri Donchai Road. Open: 10:00-20:00
Loi Kroh Entertainment Complex
The Loi Kroh Entertainment Complex is basically an ‘’adult-only-zone’’, since it’s flanked with more than two dozen go-go bars as well a Muay Thai Stadium.
Location: 96-98 Loi Kroh Road, Soi 3. Open: daily, from 18:00- midnight.
The Le Meridien Chiang Mai is yet another luxury hotel which attracts both, business and leisure travellers. It’s also one of Chiang Mai’s highest building and can be easily spotted from many points around the city.