Night Bazaars in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai 

chiang mai street view

  • Chiang Mai is known for the mountains home to Northern Thailand’s hill tribes and many night markets. Once the capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is now Northern Thailand’s largest city. 

Traveling Gingerbread Note: Chiang Mai is a great home base for tours of Northern Thailand. Transportation is included from Chiang Mai on our tours to The Golden Triangle and the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary.

Chiang mai Gate Opening

  • A square moat still surrounds the brick walls separating the quiet Chiang Mai Old City from the lively night markets and bustling city outside.

Pavilion Night Bazaar

pavilion night bazaar chiang mai

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  • The Pavilion Night Bazaar open 7 days a week, from dusk until dawn, rain or shine is the perfect place to indulge in street food, shop, and enjoy the live music. Clothing, jewelry, DVDs, artwork, soap, handcrafted items, and more are for sale at the bazaar. Remember to haggle!
Fresh Rolls in Chiang Mai
Freshly made Vietnamese fresh rolls and Japanese Gyoza

Food at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

  • We walk through the Pavilion Night Bazaar inspecting the street food hawkers: clean stands, no visible insects or rodents, vendor is wearing gloves, meat is on ice, orders are prepared fresh for each customer, and we deem the food safe to eat. Time to eat our way through the bazaar! From Japanese Gyoza to Thai coconut cakes.

Kalare Night Bazaar

Kalare night bazaar chiang mai

Kalare night bazaar chiang mai food and shopping

  • Vendors line the street selling spices, paintings, tailored silk dresses, DVDs, and so much more. Inside, the Kalare Night Bazaar is an open market and coupon dining food court. At the entrance of the food court, Baht are exchanged for coupons that can be used at any vendor in the bazaar. Live music, dance performances, and puppet shows provide entertainment to diners. The quality of products and food is slightly higher inside the market than from vendors located outside.

underground market chiang mai

artist painting night market

  • We follow the stairs to the quiet, underground market. Artists are hard at work painting, texturing, and sculpting works of art. Paintings of beautiful orange and black landscapes, large black elephants splattered with a rainbow of colors, textured black and red temples, and multicolored dog heads hang from the ceiling to the floor.

sculpting in chiang mai

Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

Lemongrass Thai Chiang Mai

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant Chiang Mai


September 2018

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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