Sunday Market in Chiang Mai
There are so many delightful markets in Chiang Mai!
Last night was the Saturday (Wua Lai) Market (from late afternoon till midnight), which runs all the way down Wua Lai Road opposite Chiang Mai Gate, about 1km long, on the south side of Chiang Mai’s Old City section.
And today is the fabulous Sunday Market, which is also called the Walking Street Markets (from late afternoon till midnight). In the center of Chiang Mai’s Old City section from the Tha Phae Gate it stretches to all the way down Rachadamnoen Road, about 1klm long, and spreading out down all the side streets. It’s HUGE!
When we were here in Chiang Mai in 2004, we were lucky to be staying right on the main road of the Sunday market and having arrived on a Sunday afternoon, it was right there in front of us. Amazing!
The Sunday Market has everything!
Sunday Market Chaing Mai
Every Sunday, from 4pm until midnight, one of Chiang Mai’s great weekly events takes place. Walking Street Market starts at Thapae Gate and runs along the length of Ratchadamnoen Road through the heart of the Old City and has become a Chiang Mai institution. The street, which is closed entirely to traffic, is a focal point for local people to meet, browse, socialise, haggle and enjoy. There numbers are considerably swelled by both Thai and foreign visitors to Chiang Mai and the whole area buzzes with the kind of excitement that can only be generated by a large number of people at leisure.
Walking Street Market is also known as the Weekend or Sunday market and is a real showcase of the art and craftsmanship of Northern Thailand. Many of the stallholders have personally made the items they sell and the many hand crafted objects are a testimony to the skills and inventiveness of local people.
The goods available are made from an incredible array of materials including: wood, metals, ceramics, fabrics, paper, coconuts and much more besides. The products are truly authentic and original and are the perfect place to find gifts or beautiful things to decorate your home. If you are purchasing, don’t forget to bargain. Any item that is not marked with a fixed price is open for negotiation and is all part of the fun. The stall holders, many of whom have other jobs and only trade at the market, love banter and as long as you smile and barter in a good natured way you will have a great experience.
Food and drink is also available in glorious abundance at the Sunday Market. There are a number of temples along Rachadamnoen Road and their grounds are open to vendors, many of whom sells fabulous local treats fresh cooked before your eyes.
The Sunday Market is the best place in Chiang Mai to see genuine Thai style street entertainment. Right along the length of the Ratchadamoen Road are pavement artists of all descriptions, traditional musicians, Thai dancers, living statues, puppet shows and rock bands. This all adds to the festive nature of the market and makes it an unmissable event.