Every Sunday, from 4pm until midnight, one of Chiang Mai’s greatest weekly events takes place.
The Sunday Walking Street Market commences at Thapae Gate and runsthe complete length of Ratchadamnoen Road through the heart of the Old City and over the years 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.
The numbers of people visiting the market 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.
The Sunday Walking Street Market is also known as the Weekend or Sunday Market and is a real showcase of the quality of arts and crafts 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 creativity of the local people.
The goods available are made from an incrediblearray 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 haggle for the best price. Any item that is not marked with a fixed price is open for negotiation and is all part of the fun.
There’s food and drink available in glorious abundance at the 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 very eyes.
The Sunday Walking Street Market is the very 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.