Chiang Mai night market, also known as Ching Mai night bazaar happens on Sundays, after 6pm or so. It is very crowded, yes, but it’s a good entertainment to walk around and watch people, artists, crafts and try the food from the stalls.
Where’s Waldo? Can you spot me on the picture above?
As a result of “ooh, what’s there, let’s check it out, oh! it’s a market!” we’ve bought a singing bowl (supposedly Nepalese, but it sings so nicely we didn’t care that much for the authenticity), a wooden frog and a black and white bag for the Tiny Black Box giveaway. And a few nice postcards from a local photographer.
Our friend got a few pillowcases, a wooden moose, a few coconut bowls and a few other things that I forgot by now, but you get the idea – there are just so many craftsy things on that market! Anyone will get excited.
Pro tips to the night bazaar shopping
- don’t buy right away, walk around, there will be more stalls with the similar thing, 90% that it will. If you don’t find anything similar to what you liked, go back, it’s a deal
- bargain, you can surely get 20-30% off, some things are just too overpriced
- don’t get the first street food that you saw other people eating. Chances are, you’ll find better options along the way into the heart of the market. I got some passionfruit lemonade, but it had so much sugar it was impossible to drink. 10 minutes later found a stall with ‘sugar free passion fruit’ all over it. And five more 100m later. Duh
- after you walk around and see that most of the sellers sell the same thing, you get relaxed and enjoy noticing truly unique crafts and artists making them
- please ask if you can take pictures. Most of them don’t mind, but it’s simply polite
- be aware of your personal belongings, have your bag in front and don’t take your valuables to the market.
But gosh, there are so many people. And the bazaar is huge. It takes over most of the city center.
And that’s a wrap for Chiang Mai! Here are all three posts about it.
Lovely city, will definitely come back for a long weekend and for some hiking.