Chiang Mai Night Market and Bazaar
Every evening, the centre of Chiang Mai comes alive with the massive Night Market that stretches for several blocks and includes restaurants, bars and entertainment. Few people visit Chiang Mai without picking up a few bargains here. In fact, the stalls that are squeezed on to the pavement and in the purpose-built arcades of Chang Klan Road are one of Chiang Mai's biggest attractions.
In addition, there are two 'Walking Street' markets each week - the Sunday Market along Ratchadamonoen Road (through the old town), and the Saturday evening market along Wualai Street (through the traditional Silversmith quarter). It's worth planning your trip to coincide with one of these, since the products on sale are more authentic arts and crafts.
At the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar you can pick up everything from antiques to fake Rolex watches and an astonishing variety of handicraft souvenirs, or sample the smoothness of the colourful silk on sale everywhere. You can have a suit measured up, ready for your collection the following evening, browse exquisite Asian silver jewellery, or stock up on cheap DVDs.*