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Shopping in Chiang Mai
Whether you’re looking for clothing, souvenirs, or local arts and crafts, if you want to do some shopping in Chiang Mai, there are plenty of options to choose from.
There are several shopping malls in Chiang Mai worth checking out. With its proximity to the airport, Central Airport Plaza is arguably the most popular. With a selection of international stores and local Lanna style markets, Central Plaza offers a good mix of traditional and contemporary options and is a great place to pick up any last-minute souvenirs you may have forgotten.
Kad Suan Kaew, Chiang Mai’s oldest shopping mall, was built in 1992 and is affectionately referred to as “the 80s mall” by the throng of digital nomads who have found their home-away-from-home in Chiang Mai. Located within walking distance of the popular Nimman area and the Old City, this mall has a nostalgic charm, a bowling alley on the fourth floor, and a food court to satisfy any appetite.
A few glitzy western style malls have also recently popped up in Chiang Mai. With over 300 stores and 250 sqm of floor space spread over 70 acres, Central Festival is Chiang Mai’s biggest mall. There are plenty of entertainment options at “Fest,” as it’s known locally, including a world-class cinema on the fifth floor and an ice skating rink on the third floor, making it a great way to spend the day. Here you’ll find local designer brands as well as international brands, including H&M, Marks & Spencer, and Topshop/Topman.
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center is located at the intersection of Nimmanheiman and Huay Kaew Roads. Along with a convenient location, there is a 24-hour co-working space and café on the fifth floor, helping to cement this mall as a hotspot among tourists and the university crowd. The rooftop observation deck is one of the best places in town to watch the sunset over Doi Suthep.
Promenada Resort Mall is a unique concept mall with open-air parks, terraces and fairs, in addition to the indoor mall. Whether you want to spend time outdoors enjoying Chiang Mai’s plentiful sunshine, or shop in air-conditioned comfort, this sprawling contemporary mall offers the best of both worlds. On the weekends they often have local live bands playing in the outdoor areas.
WALKING STREET MARKETS
The weekend Walking Street markets in Chiang Mai should be at the top of your must-do list. Local arts and crafts, and plenty of tasty street food options make these markets the ultimate local shopping experience.
Located in the old silver-making district, the Saturday Market, which starts at 4pm and goes until 10pm, is a great place to purchase silver from the handful of silversmiths still hammering out beautiful designs.
The larger Sunday market starts at 4pm and continues until midnight. Set along Ratchadamnoen Road among the city’s temples, the Sunday Market is an ideal place to soak in the atmosphere and culture. There’s plenty of street entertainment and you can take a break and chill out with a Thai foot massage in one of the reclining chairs set up on the sidewalks.
Looking for a bargain? Then don’t pass up Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar. Vendors here expect price haggling. You can find t-shirts and knock-off brand clothing and accessories in the stalls outside, and high-quality handicrafts, textiles and clothing inside the Night Bazaar building.
Baan Tawai Village, located 15 kilometers south of the city in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district, started out primarily as a wood-carving village. Today, along with the cluster of unique shops and stalls that line the streets, there are showrooms with chic and stylish furniture and décor for even the most discerning shopper.
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