Shop ‘til you drop at one of Chiang Mai’s popular weekend walking markets. Starting around dusk the road closes to traffic and tables pop up displaying a myriad of local products and handicrafts. The walking markets are equally popular with tourists and locals and you’ll find everything for sale from souvenir t-shirts to spices to DVDs to silvery jewelry. In most cases there is no fixed price and you are expected to bargain.
The markets are as much about socializing as shopping and there are open-air dining areas where you can sit and chat with friends while snacking on fried noodles, spring rolls, and fresh fruit shakes. Buskers often set up amid the busy market singing traditional northern Thai songs or playing traditional instruments. If you find yourself in Chiang Mai on the weekend, the markets are not to be missed.
Chiang Mai’s Saturday Walking Market takes place on Wua Lai Road just south of the old city walls from roughly 17:00 – 23:00. The Sunday Walking Market takes place on Ratchadamnoen Road within the old city walls from roughly 16:00 – 24:00. The Sunday Walking Market is the larger and more crowded of the two.
Remember to stop by an ATM before the visiting the markets as vendors only accept Thai currency.