The Chiang Mai night bazaar boasts one of the most thrilling shopping experiences in all of Thailand. From local street cuisine to hand-made souvenirs, the night bazaar is a shopping enthusiasts paradise.
The night bazaar is one of the main nighttime attractions in Chiang Mai, particularly popular with families and backpackers. With hundreds of stalls to choose from, you can literally find anything from clothing, jewellery, and watches; to hand-made goods, yummy food, and cheap souvenirs.
Whether you are looking for a cheap meal, local handicraft, throwaway souvenir, or just a quick stroll up and down the market, the Chiang Mai night bazaar provides something for everyone.
We are going to be sharing all of the information you need, from the bazaar’s opening times, to how to get there and what to expect. We are going to be covering the night bazaar in its entirety.
What to expect at Chiang Mai’s legendary night bazaar
You’re guaranteed to have a great time strolling the streets of any market in Thailand, and the Chiang Mai night bazaar is no exception. Stalls upon stalls selling everything and anything, from cheap souvenirs, hand-made goods, clothing, footwear, video games, accessories, to food and drink, and everything in-between.
The quality of the merchandise varies from stall to stall, but the low prices tend always to mean you get good value for money.
The night market will keep you entertained for at least a couple of hours, possibly longer. With plenty of delicious cuisines, including seafood, local delicacies like scorpions and insects (if you’re into that sort of thing), and Vietnamese, Chinese and other international dishes, you certainly won’t be going hungry.
There are also popular fast food outlets such as subway, McDonald’s, and Starbucks located on the main strip.
The night bazaar is much more than just a bazaar. One of the highlights is the central stage, where local musicians will perform to the widespread audience passing by. It is free to stop and watch; however, leaving a tip is enormously appreciated. The artists are incredibly talented, and it’s not something you can miss experiencing.
Haggling & Prices at the Chiang Mai night bazaar
There are no fixed prices at the night bazaar, and how much you spend depends entirely on how good you are at haggling. Please don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable to barter with the vendors, as their initial price will be assuming that you will. Bargaining is one of the fun parts of being there. But of course, always haggle with a smile on your face.
As a rule of thumb, we usually go in at a 50% lower price than the original offer. However, expect the vendor to come back at you with a counteroffer. Once you’ve done it a few times it becomes second nature, and can even become rather enjoyable.
Although you aren’t obliged to haggle at the night bazaar, if you don’t, expect to be paying over the odds for nearly everything.
The vendors only take cash, so make sure to have your baht handy. There are, however, plenty of banks and ATM’s alongside the night bazaar, as well as money exchange stalls within walking distance.
Where is the Chiang Mai night bazaar?
The night bazaar sits in the ancient city of Chiang Mai, roughly 700km north of Bangkok. Its central location in town makes it easy to find, located between the Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khoh Road intersection.
The entire market stretches approximately 1km across either side of the road, with neighbouring indoor markets and food courts as well.
The easiest way to find the market is by travelling east from the East Gate of the old city. It is around a ten-minute walk.
The market is open daily, between 5 pm to 11 pm, and usually at its busiest at 7 pm. The weekends are generally quieter as other weekend markets are running simultaneously.
Address: Chang Moi Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
Chiang Mai hotels near night bazaar
If you’re looking for accommodation near the Chiang Mai night bazaar, then there are plenty of options available. Typically, rooms prices are higher during the busy season (November to April) and tend to book up fast. To avoid disappointment, make sure to book early in advance.
- Tapae Place Hotel – 0.4 km from night bazaar. Prices from 600 baht.
- Dutch Cosy Home – 0.7 km from night bazaar. Prices from 230 baht.
- Thapae Boutique House – 0.6 km from night bazaar. Prices from 600 baht.
- Villa de Chiangmai – 0.6 km from night bazaar. Prices from 1000 baht.
- Mandala House – 0.5 km from night bazaar. Prices from 540 baht.
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