One thing I noticed about Chiang Mai in Thailand is it does not have a shortage of markets or temples. This old city is packed with a magnificent array of temples. If you are lucky enough to be in Chiang Mai on a Sunday, The Sunday night market at Ratchadamnoen road is a fantastic event to experience. The entire street which is closed entirely to traffic, is a point for the local to socialize, browse, meet haggle and enjoy. It begins at Thapae gate and ends at the city police station. Most of the temples ground along this road are where almost all the food stalls are set up to satisfy the hunger that develops after all that shopping. They have tables and chairs where you can sit while enjoying your favorite Thai food or milk tea.
Hand Made Lamps
Miniature of Thai tuk-tuk (Made of can materials)
Wallet made of jeans
Compared to the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos, Chiang Mai night market is way bigger. But both night market are fun and several hours can be spent to enjoy the food, culture, people and atmosphere. Chiang Mai Sunday night market attracts a large crowd of not only tourists, but locals as well. You can spend the rest of your night by walking up and down while being entertained by street performers. In my opinion, the real fun here is not the shopping but the ambience. Each corner has traditional Thai Music being played by elders and children.
The Sunday night market in Chiang Mai is a real showcase of the art and craftsmanship of the people in Northern Thailand. Most of the stallholders and sellers have personally made the items they sell. And many of the hand crafted items you will find here are made from an incredible array of materials like wood, ceramics, metals, paper, fabrics and many more. Their products is a true testimony to the inventiveness and skills of the local people.