Chiangmai Night Bazaar
Chiangmai Night Bazaar located in the center of town, the Chiangmai Night Bazaar is not to be missed. Travelers can take in rows androws of handicrafts, from purses to sparkling jewelry. Just make sure to watch your wallet as pickpockets abound. In the Night Bazaar you will find a huge variety of brand name designer goods (real and fake) (clothing, T-shirts, belts, shoes, jewellery, watches, DVD’s & CD’s) and local Thai goods at really low prices.
The night bazaar consists of countless stalls packed along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street. Here you can find vendors selling almost anything you can think of. The selection is simply staggering and items on offer include CDs, DVDs, clothes, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, wallets, watches, video games, luggage, housewares, furniture, statues of aliens made from auto parts, spices, souvenirs, samurai swords, art, jewellery, silver, antiques, and a hundred other species of knick-knack and goo-gah that defy categorization. Quality varies from vendor to vendor but low prices mean you almost always get good value for your money. The best goods on offer here are usually clothes, from hand-tailored Thai silk to the latest ‘designer’ fashions to the ubiquitous Red Bull and “Same Same But Different” t-shirts. Another big draw for visitors is the huge selection of cheap CDs and DVDs. When buying music or movies make sure you test the disc before buying. The quality of the copies is sometimes abysmally low, especially for the newest movies (i.e. ones that are still in theatres). Most CD and DVD vendors will have a player set up so you can check out the merchandise before making a purchase.
While you are in the Night Bazaar make sure you check out two other good markets, Kalare Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets, both are offshoots from the main Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Kalare Night Bazaar is an arcade style bazaar located about 1/3 of the way down from the top end of the main Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets is located about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom end of the main Night Bazaar. (see quick links on left of this page for further information).
#TIP = use Thai Baht for your purchases, it is easier. If you are short of funds, there are plenty of Banks and ATMs along the Night Bazaar and there are Money Exchanges located near the 7 Eleven and on both sides of the street between McDonalds and Anusarn Market.