OP Place, if you are looking for one stop shop for quality handicrafts and local products in Chiang Mai, then we recommend a browse of the stalls and shops in OP Place just next door to Le Méridien Chiang Mai’s . This large airy shopping mall has made local artisans its focus, and we had a great time rummaging through the collection. A bonus for anyone who find the night market outside a bit too busy and hot, the space is air-conditioned, there is a nice cafe and you don’t have to worry about the stress of haggling.
Open daily from 11:00 until 22:00.
Nimmanhemin Promenade this hip artist street is more than just trendy – Nimmanhaemin sets trends for Chiang Mai’s contemporary art and crafts scene. Soi 1, in particular, is the centre of boutique shopping. Explore its short but lively stretch for all kinds of crafts, from period-style wooden furniture to candle sculptures, bohemian clothing to abstract paintings, hand-woven textiles to creative sa paper products.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, every evening, the centre of Chiang Mai comes alive with the massive Night Market that stretches for several blocks and includes restaurants, bars and entertainment. Few people visit Chiang Mai without picking up a few bargains here. In fact, the stalls that are squeezed on to the pavement and in the purpose-built arcades of Chang Klan Road are one of Chiang Mai's biggest attractions.
At the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar you can pick up everything from antiques to an astonishing variety of handicraft souvenirs, or sample the smoothness of the colourful silk on sale everywhere. You can have a suit measured up, ready for your collection the following evening or browse exquisite Asian silver jewellery.
Walking street in Chiang Mai (Saturday and Sunday) shopping in Chiang Mai is all about immersing yourself in the local culture, and there’s no better place to experience it than at the Weekend Walking Streets. Here, the essence of Chiang Mai comes to life in a vibrant spectrum of art, crafts, music and food – with mostly handmade quality than mass-produced goods.
Apart from shopping, both the Sunday and Saturday Walking Streets serve as a venue for all kinds of local events, from dance recitals to beauty pageants and the sois (lanes) on either side of the main road feature stages and performance spaces, while the intersections act as informal venues for all kinds of street performers-musicians, puppeteers and even soccer virtuosos. As you stroll down the jam-packed streets, you will get a full exposure to a wealth of traditional and modern Chiang Mai culture all in one visit.
Warorot Market (or Kad Luang) is a must-visit for food lovers as it offers a wide range of ready-to-eat meals, local snacks and all kinds of fresh produce. A large section of the market features inexpensive goods, such as clothing, fashion accessories and personal care products.
Targeting mostly Thais, Warorot Market is a great place to get a feel for the local way of life. The three-storey building is close to the riverside and easy to find, just at the end of Chang Moi Road, east of the moat and north of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
Thai antiques in Chiang Mai, With such a rich history and impressive legacy of art and culture, it's not surprising that Thais boast a flourishing trade in antiques. Chiang Mai is especially good for seeking out Thai antiques, because there are many dealers located in the Baan Tawai area and several good dealers in the city itself. Nonetheless, there are plenty of shops displaying a museum-like collection of aged pieces that are more affordable and would certainly look impressive in your living room. This includes sculptures of stone, copper, brass pewter and bronze, as well as pottery and porcelain, glass, furniture, silver, jewellery, farm implements, amulets and more. There are several shops on Thapae Road with a small selection, plus various home décor shops and upmarket hotel souvenir shops with selected pieces.
Thai Silk from San Kampaeng, a suburban centre to the east of Chiang Mai, has become Thailand's main centre for Thai silk. The pretty road is lined with small factories and showrooms that are full of silk fabric and clothing, as well as other textiles and popular handicrafts. Many export agents base themselves here and market sellers and purveyors of Thai goods worldwide beat a path to this area. At San Khaempeng, you can see Thai 'loomsmiths' weaving silk and witness the skilled process required to produce a fine garment.
Chiang Mai handicrafts at Baan Tawai, home to Chiang Mai’s woodcarving villages, is simply the best place to buy antique reproductions, home furnishing and decorative art made from wood. Many of the fantastic items sold in Bangkok, Phuket and Samui are produced right here and by going straight to the source you can get really good deals. Even if you're not interested in shopping, a trip to Ban Tawai just to watch the artisans and craftsmen at work is worth it.