The Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market is an institution. It’s huge. Crowded. And absolute shopping madness.
My personal shopping style and traveling style usually entails avoiding the hectic masses as much as possible, but my last day in Chiang Mai last February happened to fall on a Sunday so off to the night market we went.
First we fueled up with some Burmese food just across the street from where hundreds of market stalls were beginning to open up.
By the time we made our way towards the market. The market was absolutely massive. By far the largest street market I’ve ever seen. Stalls filled streets throughout Chiang Mai’s Old City.
We were there around 5PM and did a quick walk through to see all the brightly colored tapestries, embroidered fabrics, jewelry, bags, clothes and other crafts. There were also lots of food stands and if I hadn’t just eaten dinner, I would’ve been all over the street food.
I was a bit overwhelmed by all the options! Impulse buys make me nervous. And so does haggling.
At 5PM the market was still relatively empty. Even by 5:30 the streets were really starting to fill up.
I’ve heard that by 7 you can barely move! Ah! I wouldn’t be able to handle it, let alone shop.
I didn’t end up buying anything other than a quick treat to cool down. But it was definitely an experience.