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Top 15 Markets and Night Markets in Chiang Mai

Top 15 Markets and Night Markets in Chiang Mai

You probably always thought of Chiang Mai as a place to do some temple hopping (temples in Chiang Mai) and nature trekking. But did you know that you can also score some good and local finds here through its different markets and night markets?

Each market is unique and offers something different for shoppers such as yourself. So, shop until you drop at the different locations we listed in this list of top markets and night markets around Chiang Mai!

Chiang Mai South Gate Market  

Address: Bumrung Buri Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Contact details: N/A

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 4:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Website 

Locals call this market Bumrung Buri Market and it’s a site you need to visit if you want to enjoy some delicious and affordable meals. 

It’s located near the city wall’s south side which means it’s an ideal place to check out after visiting the different tourists in and around the old city. 

You can try out some local cuisine here such as pad thai, green curry, and khao soi. The best part is that you can buy all of these local foods and eat them right in the middle of the market as the food stalls usually have designated areas near respective stores.

Food isn’t the only thing being sold here though, as you can also walk around the market to check out the different souvenirs and clothes being sold at low prices. If ever you get tired of exploring the area, you can always get a roadside massage to relax.

Pro tip:

  • This is an open area market so we recommend that you bring essentials to combat the heat especially if you plan on visiting mid-day. Wearing light material clothes, bringing some water, and applying some sunscreen will surely help. 

Warorot Market 

Address: Wichayanon Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

Contact details: N/A

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Considered an icon in Chiang Mai, Warorot Market is something you shouldn’t miss when you visit Thailand. It’s the centre of the city’s Chinatown and it offers a wide array of food choices from morning until night.

One of the most beloved sections here for you to check out is their local dessert area. It has a variety of sweets and treats especially if you visit during Chinese New Year– a truly unforgettable place for those with a sweet tooth!

Warorot Market also features religious items for various festivals like candles, incense, and more. There’s also a flower market here where you can drop by to appreciate the colourful flower decorations on display.

Before leaving the area, we also recommend passing by Warorot’s Wet Market area where you can shop for some produce, poultry, meat, and some seafood. 

If your hotel or room has a small kitchen, you can cook up these ingredients for a fresh and delightful meal.

Pro tip:

  • Schedule your visit to the Warorot Market during the more popular festivals in Chiang Mai. This way, you can purchase souvenir items related to these festivities like lanterns during Loi Krathong and Yee Ping.

Ton Lamyai Outdoor Market    

Address: 88 1 Wichayanon Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand 

Contact details: +66 53 234 701  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Website 

Right next to Warorot Market is the lively and vibrant outdoor market called Ton Lamyai. You don’t have to go to any upscale mall once you’re here as you can buy a ton of different items such as clothes, bags, Thai silk, and handcrafted jewellery.

Also, you can shop to your heart’s content here as the outdoor portion of Ton Lamyai is open to serve you 24/7. Their indoor stores have a schedule they follow through (5:00 AM to 6:00 PM) so plan your visit if ever you’re planning to buy from their indoor shops.

For the best textiles, we recommend that you check out the topmost floor of the market. The other sections of Ton Lamyai, though, are certainly worth a visit as they sell cheap local woven baskets, wooden utensils, and other cooking supplies.

Once you get tired of walking around and window shopping, you can then proceed to the middle section of this market to grab a quick bite in one of their local food stalls. Coffee and tea are also available for you to enjoy after a long day of shopping here.

Pro tip:

  • Ton Lamyai is Chiang Mai’s most popular market for textiles. Hence, we recommend that you bring any measuring tape or tool in case you need to buy a very specific size of material or cloth from the stalls.

Friday Morning Market – Yunnan Market  

Address: Charoenprathet Lane 6 Alley, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand  

Contact details: +66982769614  

Operating hours: 

  • Friday, 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Closed from Monday to Thursday and from Saturday to Sunday

Do you want to try something new? Then the Yunnan Market might be the market for you as you can experience a unique culinary adventure when you visit this area for some Yunnanese cuisine!

It’s located right in front of the largest Chinese Mosque in the city, the Ban Ho Mosque. After enjoying the sights in and around the mosque, you can then proceed to Yunnan Market for a delicious early morning meal.

What’s more, Yunnan Market is one of the most popular sites in Chiang Mai that can serve you some halal food. So if you’re looking for options to satisfy your halal cravings, this unique market is one worth visiting.

Pro tip:

  • If you want to find out why the locals keep coming back to this market, we recommend that you order some of their xi dou fen. It’s a thick, creamy, and flavourful dish that you can have for breakfast.
  • It’s something to write home about as it has the consistency of thick chowder but with a unique Southeast Asian flavour that you won’t easily forget!

Tom Payom Market

Address: ตลาดต้นพยอม, ซอย, Tambon Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand 

Contact details: N/A

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Carnivores will most certainly have a field day here at Tom Payom Market. It’s a popular market here in Chiang Mai thanks to its featured Northern Thailand dishes. What draws locals in though, is their highly sought-after Thai sausages (sai oua). 

You need to try these sausages yourself to know what the buzz is all about– it’s a pork dish seasoned with herbs and spices. This combination will make your tastebuds sing with delight especially if you pair it with some chillies on the side.

Another dish you can eat with some chilli dip (nam prik) is their famous crispy fried pig skin (locally known as kap moo). This is perfect if you want a quick snack to go as it’s just dried pig skin that’s easy to eat while walking around the area.

Pro tip:

  • You can have your Thai sausages grilled the way you want. Look for vendors that have grilling stations in front of them, order the sausage you want, and ask them to cook them the way you want.

We prefer ours to be a bit more cooked and caramelised but it’s all up to you how you want your sausages prepared!

Siri Wattana Market  

Address: Siriwattana Market 193 Changpuak Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, เมือง Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand 

Contact details: +6653221298  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 4:30 AM to 9:00 PM 

Website 

If you plan on visiting the Siri Wattana Market, we recommend that you take Huay Kaew Road going into the Chang Phueak neighbourhood where this market is located. This market is also referred to as Tha-Nin Market and it’s a big hit with locals and tourists.

Siri Wattana draws huge crowds all thanks to its wide variety of items on sale– from fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, local produce, and fresh food. You’ll appreciate the food items sold here too as they come pre-cooked and easy to prepare.

You and your family can also have an early morning breakfast here before you start touring Chiang Mai as the food court of the market opens at exactly 4:30 AM. After breakfast, you can then check out the surrounding stalls for some clothes and trinkets.

Pro tip:

  • Their food court here offers a mind-boggling variety of dishes but we highly recommend that you go for their Thai curry (khao gaeng) and their Thai sausages (sai oua).

Slathering the smoky sausages in some thick flavourful curry is something you definitely need to try out at least once in your life (or even more if you get the chance!)

Mueang Mai Market 

Address: 98, 9 Chiang Mai Soi 3, Chang Moi Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand 

Contact details: +66 53 234 255  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, open 24 hours

Website 

You better be ready for some hustlin’ and bustlin’ if you decide to visit Muang Mai Market! This is one of Chiang Mai’s busiest fresh markets due to the fact that it has some of the best wholesale fruit stores in the country.

We say this because if you get to the area in the morning, you’d have to join in on the restaurants and hotels buying their fruits and produce here at ultra-discounted prices. It’s not just fruits sold here, though, as you can also score cheap spices and herbs.

You can also find discounted clothes and souvenir items on sale here which you can bring back home for your loved ones. 

Once you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, you can then buy some local food items from some of the food stalls here- they’re not that many though. At the end of the day, this is primarily a wet market and the hustle and bustle here is one worth experiencing!

Pro tip:

  • While this market in Chiang Mai focuses more on the wholesale selling of fruits, you can use this to your advantage to stock up on fruits or share your purchases with your loved ones. 

As such, you can buy fruits in bulk for you to enjoy during the entire duration of your stay in Thailand or just feast on these refreshing treats with your family and friends.

Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market 

Address: RX55+XG3, Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand  

Contact details: N/A  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Closed from Tuesday to Sunday

Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market is a regular market frequented by locals and it’s not surprising why. On this site, you can buy delicious local food items along with some fresh produce to prepare home-cooked meals.

The first section of the site is actually open every day and has a food market that you can check out from Monday to Sunday if you need a quick bite. Down the street, though, is where you’ll find the actual Monday market.

Once you reach the Monday market area, you can buy some of the freshest and most colourful vegetables and fruits on this side of Chiang Mai. 

In addition, you’ll find vendors here offering different local dishes for you to feast on in case you get hungry while making your way through the different stores.

We strongly recommend that you visit this market if you want to experience the local vibe and atmosphere of Chiang Mai and if you want to immerse yourself more in Thailand’s culture without having to contend with large crowds and other tourists.

Pro tip:

  • We recommend that you get to the market at the earliest possible time you can (around 1:00 PM). This will ensure that you get to choose among the freshest produce being sold at Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market. 

Ming Muang Market  

Address: 163 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand 

Contact details: N/A  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Getting lost within the walls of Old City Chiang Mai is a wonderful experience in and of itself. Walking to the edge of these walls will bring you to a site, Ming Muang Market, that you need to visit if you want to know more about the food culture of Thailand.

Ming Muang Market is a vibrant market where you can find fresh meats, spices, herbs, vegetables, and fresh fruits. If you head down to the back of the market, you’ll also get the chance to try out different Thai foods such as curries, local cakes, and juices.

Just like the other markets on the list, you can also shop around for other items here in Ming Muang. Look for stalls selling affordable shoes, wallets,  bags, watches, and clothes, if you want to travel in style without breaking the bank.

Pro tip:

  • You’ll probably run into groups of tourists here as this market is pretty popular among cooking classes. If you run into one and are interested in learning more about traditional Thai cooking, you can ask the class coordinator how to enrol.

Chang Phueak Gate Market  

Address: 248/70 Manee Nopparat Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand 

Contact details: N/A 

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Also referred to as the White Elephant Gate, the Chang Phueak Gate Market, is an open-air night market where you can buy local delicacies and feast on some Thai street food while enjoying the fantastic night breeze of Chiang Mai.

It’s a foodie’s paradise especially if you’re a big fan of Northern Thai dishes. Some of the best-sellers you should try include pork curry (kaeng hang lei), sticky rice, and sai oua (Thai sausage). 

Once you get to the venue, we recommend heading straight for the Cowboy Lady food stall. It sells one of the most delicious and juiciest braised pork legs in all of Thailand– its tenderness and flavours are out of this world especially when eaten with some rice!

After having some of that pork dish, head over to the nearby family-run stall selling suki. It’s a local dish that uses delicate and thin noodles cooked with local herbs and spices, topped with some vegetables and meat– a perfect medley of ingredients if you ask us.

Pro tip:

  • If you want to find this market, just follow the large crowds gathering near the north gate. These groups are usually there to embark on a food journey in this market, something that we recommend you do as well.

Saturday Night Market Chiang Mai – WuaLai Road 

Address: 69 Wua Lai Road, Haiya Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Contact details: N/A

Operating hours:  

  • Saturday, 5:00 PM to 11:00 AM
  • Closed from Monday to Friday and Sunday

This market is just a few minutes walk from the walls of the old city and is located to the south of the old town. You almost certainly won’t miss it as it’s a buzzing and lively market on Wualai Road where you can find stalls selling crafts, paintings, and handmade arts.

If you want to bring home something unique, then this is also the market for you to shop in. Here, you can find trinkets and souvenirs created by Hill Tribe craftsmen from Northern Thailand along with special (but affordable) silverware from local artisans.

Souvenirs are not the only things you can buy from this market though as it also has a thriving food culture for foodies to enjoy. We recommend trying out their grilled seafood options (squids and crabs) and their desserts made from flavoured shaved ice.

Once you get tired from all that shopping and snacking, rest a while and enjoy a roadside massage. You should try their foot massage here as it’s a great way to relax your weary feet after a long day of travelling around Chiang Mai.

Pro tip:

  • There aren’t a lot of ATMs here so we recommend bringing enough cash with you before going to the site. You’re going to be doing a lot of haggling here so it’s best to have enough cash to score some really good finds from this market.

Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai – Ratchadamnoen Road  

Address: Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Contact details:  N/A

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Closed from Monday to Saturday

Walking straight up to Tha Pae Gate will bring you to this buzzing and vibrant market known for selling unique artwork and handicrafts from local artists and artisans. If you’re looking for unique gift ideas or home decor, then this  Sunday Night Market is for you!

What we really liked here is that you can have your purchased items personalised (have your name engraved, customise item colours, etc.). Most of these trinkets include necklaces and wood carvings which are perfect if you plan to give them as souvenirs.

Plus, this is one of the most interesting night markets to be as you’ll be entertained by street performers dancing and singing around the area as you do some shopping. You’ll also be able to snack on some local cuisine here thanks to the food stalls of the market.

Pro tip:

  • There are two nearby temples you might want to check out before going to the night market. These are Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phan Tao.

We recommend visiting these temples before going to the night market as these sacred sites are best enjoyed before it gets too dark.

The Chiangmai Complex – Malin Plaza  

Address: หน้ามหาวิทยาลัยเชียงใหม่ 99 58 Huay Kaew Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Contact details: N/A  

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Here’s a unique night market for you to check out if you want something budget-friendly–the Chiangmai Complex – Malin Plaza. It’s quite popular with Thai students as it offers affordable food options that combine the modern and traditional.

Compared to the other food stalls in the other markets in Chiang Mai, the food served here isn’t as authentic but they can offer you fusion dishes that mix the best of both worlds (Western and Thai).

Their most popular section here has got to be their dessert section. You’ll get the chance to order Thai desserts slathered with cream and other sweet treats that you won’t see anywhere else in Thailand.

You’ll also see the latest and greatest in gadgets as this market has an electronics section. Here, you can browse through the stalls’ different mobile accessories, phones, and gadgets– perfect if you want to upgrade the phone or tablet you’re using!

Pro tip:

  • Do you need an extra charger for your Chiang Mai trip? This is the perfect night market to purchase one from as you can get some cheap options here for your mobile charging needs and other accessories.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – Kalare Night Bazaar  

Address: 89 โครงการกาแลไนท์บาซาร์ 2 Chang Klan Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand 

Contact details: +66625923447  

Operating hours: 

  • 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM

You can go to the Kalare Night Bazaar if you want something less touristy and if you want tons of food items to choose from. It’s an open food court where you can just sit, relax, and order which dishes you want to try out.

If you’re with a group, then this food court should be right up your alley as it offers both Western and Thai dishes

Plus, the Kalare Night Bazaar has a performing stage that features performers to entertain you with some modern and traditional song and dance numbers! 

There are also some stalls here that offer gift items, jewellery, and clothing. You may find that they don’t have the biggest selection of items but we noted that they’re quality is much better compared to other markets (quality over quantity, as they say!).

Pro tip:

  • If you want to ask for a discount from the vendors in this market, start by offering to pay around 75% of the item price. From here, you and the vendor can have some fun figuring out the best deal for your purchase.

Langmore Night Market 

Address: ใหม่หลังมอ ซอย 7 บ้าน Tambon Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Contact details: N/A  

Operating hours: 

  • 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

If you’re in search of budget-friendly and authentic local foods along with that vibrant vibe, then you can’t go wrong with the Langmor Night Market. 

It’s located on Suthep Road, just outside Chiang Mai University which means students and teachers (along with other locals) converge and feast on some local street food. It can be a bit cramped and crowded but the variety of food here won’t disappoint.

You can try some of their curries, noodle dishes, sushi, waffles, and crepes. The best part is that you can enjoy all of these right beside the food stall where you bought them– just use the plastic chairs provided by the vendors and enjoy dining alfresco!

Pro tip:

  • This market can get a bit crowded, especially during peak hours. Just be patient and wait to be seated– we promise the variety, taste, and value for money are all worth it!
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