Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar is perhaps the city's most popular attraction. The colorful mix of shops and stalls sell all sorts of things, from ersatz designer fashions to embroidered hill tribes textiles, Thai silks, silver jewelry, carvings, ceramics, and antiques. It’s also one of the best places in town to sample some spicy street food.
A visit to Chiang Mai wouldn’t be complete without an evening at the Night Bazaar. Though you can visit independently, the sheer range of options—especially when it comes to food—can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Get inside tips on the best bites by joining a guided street food tour, which will likely combine the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar with one other night market, for the chance to sample several Northern Thai specialties.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a must-visit for shoppers, foodies, and first-time visitors.
- Give yourself a couple of hours to fully experience the market.
- Many shops sell similar items, so comparison-shop before you commit.
How to Get There
The market’s busy heart sits at the intersection of Thanon Chang Khlan and Thanon Loi Kroh, east of the old walled city. The stalls extend in every direction over several streets. The easiest way to get there is to take a tuk-tuk or walk.
When to Get There
True to its name, this night market operates daily from sunset to around midnight. Arrive earlier in the evening if you prefer a calmer shopping experience. If you want to see the market in full swing, plan to arrive after 6pm.
Best Bites at the Market
When you come to the night bazaar, come hungry. You’ll find loads of street food options at relatively cheap prices. Best bets include mango sticky rice, crispy fried spring rolls, roti, and a spicy local noodle dish called khao soi.