The famous night bazaar in Chiang Mai has a history of selling, and it was first recognised as a trading area several centuries ago during the time of the Lanna Kingdom when it became an important stop between Chinese and Burmese traders. Now this is one of the most popular areas of modern Chiang Mai, with many hotels, shops, restaurants, bars as well as of course the market being located there. The night bazaar consists of three blocks along the Chang Klan Road, shopping arcades as well as streets full of market stalls and small shops.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Shopping
Shopping in the Night Bazaar is a fantastic experience and certainly a place to find those holiday gift bargains. Take you wallet with you and be prepared for haggling and spending as you shop for anything from Thai silks to the latest bootlegged DVDS. Chiang Mai has a wealth of quality handicrafts and woven goods, and the low cost reflects the cheap standard of living in this area and proximity to the makers. Arts, crafts and clothes are all on offer here, a stunning array of silver and jade jewellery, opium pipes, paintings, wood works amongst others are readily available at the Chiang Mai’s night bazaar. Chiang Mai’s hilltribe’s art and goods are also here, hand woven silks, hemp clothes and wood carvings being their speciality. Be wary of buying antique goods in the night bazaar though as many are extremely good copies and not the authentic item.
For less traditional items, the night bazaar still accommodates with the latest bootleg DVDs, VCDs, music CDs and console games for sale as well as counterfeit clothes, bags, watches and luggage. Many of the counterfeit items are brought up from Bangkok though and you may actually find a better price and better quality range of these items in the many markets of Bangkok itself.
Be prepared to haggle well in the night bazaar, as typical of Thailand the first price will be always be inflated and the sellers will expect you to haggle them down from there. Smile a lot when haggling, always be polite, and don’t be afraid to walk away if you don’t get the price you want as there are many other shops in the area and many will sell the same product. How well you haggle depends on how much of a bargain you can get in any part of Thailand and it is even more important in touristy areas.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Nightlife
If after an evening shopping in Chiang Mai's famous Night Bazaar you are in need of a refreshing drink then don't fear as you are never far away from a good bar in this area. Higher priced than bars in the Thapae Gate area you will find a better quality of bars ranging from English and Irish bars serving good food and showing the latest sports events, to karaoke bars and coffee shops in the surrounding hotels.