Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market

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.

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chiang mai sunday night market

one last coconut before leaving Chiang Mai

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.

chiang mai sunday night market

chiang mai sunday night market

These beauties are actually soaps!

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.

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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.

chiang mai sunday night market

Had I had more time I probably would’ve ended up here to avoid the shopping crowds

I didn’t end up buying anything other than a quick treat to cool down. But it was definitely an experience.

chiang mai sunday night market

chiang mai sunday night market

What are your favorite markets and shopping spots?

Yum
  • I was here last month, it was amazing though came out quite a bit fatter and lots poorer! Markets are my favourite shopping spots as they have such good atmosphere.

    • I love the market atmosphere too! Although I’m awful at haggling.

  • The Domestic Curator

    Gorgeous photos of a lovely place. Favorite market is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen in Paris!

    • I have a friend living in Paris at the moment and will have to pass that on to her. Thanks!

  • Looks like such a fun trip!

    • I’m definitely glad I was able to stop by for a visit!