Chiang Mai Market Guide

A Guide For Chiang Mai Night Market and Morning Market

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Last updated on February 18th, 2024

For an authentic experience, here are the top 10 Chiang Mai Night Market and Morning Markets you must visit on your Chiang Mai trip!

Markets in Chiang Mai are one of the best places to visit on your Chiang Mai trip. Colourful markets are abundant such as night markets, morning markets, flea markets, and farmer’s markets scattered around the city. One can easily spend days for strolling and exploring different markets when visiting the city.

Chiang Mai has a myriad of markets. The most well-known Chiang Mai Markets most likely are the famous Saturday night and Sunday night walking markets. But there are still many more Chiang Mai markets awaiting you to explore.

The Chiang Mai Market lists can be overwhelming for first-time visitors when visiting the city. That’s why we’ve put together this Chiang Mai Market Guide and listed down where to go, and what to see and eat in the Chiang Mai Morning Market and Night Market.

Let’s explore the best Chiang Mai night market and morning market in the city!

The Best Chiang Mai Morning and Night Market

Chiang Mai Food Market

Here is the list of the best Chiang Mai Morning Market and Night Market that you should go to on your next visit to Chiang Mai.

The Best Chiang Mai Market (Morning and Night):

  • Jing Jai (JJ) Morning Market
  • Sunday Night Market Walking Street
  • Saturday Night Market (Wualai Walking Street)
  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Chang Phuak Gate Night Market – for food only
  • Chiang Mai University Night Market
  • Nimman White Market and Street Food Market
  • Warorot Market

Chiang Mai Market Tips: Please take note one cannot drink any alcohol or beer when walking in the market.

Jing Jai (JJ) Morning Market

Jing Jai Market Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s Jing Jai Market, more commonly called the JJ Market is a famous open-air market that combines the farmer’s market, organic market, flea market, and the creative craft market in the same area.

Although JJ market completely targets tourists, it is still rewarding to visit. The setting is serene with many stalls setting up under a glade of trees that provide an idyllic setting plus plenty of shade. One of the trendiest markets in Chiang Mai.

Jing Jai Market Craft Stalls

JJ Market is a weekend morning market, opening from 7:00 to 13:00 every Saturday and Sunday. It is located a bit outside the old town and requires about 10 minute ride from the city center. But you could easily take a taxi or Grab to get there.

READ MORE: Jing Jai (JJ) Market Chiang Mai: A Travel Guide Blog

Jing Jai Market sells healthy organic fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products from Chiang Mai’s highland farmers. You could also buy local food, sit and relax in the small canteen or under the trees while enjoying the live music from the local musicians who also sing beautiful songs.

Jing Jai Market (JJ Market)
Opening Hours: Every Weekend from 7:00 to 13:00.
Location: Atsadathon Road, near Kham Thiang Flower Market and Tesco Lotus.

Sunday Night Market Walking Street

Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market

Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Market Walking Street, also known as Tha Pae Walking Street is the most popular night market to experience in Chiang Mai. It is a must-visit night market if you are in Chiang Mai on Sunday!

Chiang Mai’s Sunday Night Market Walking Street is started at Tha Pae Gate and runs along Ratchadamnoen Road, until Wat Phra Singh in the centre of the old city for around one kilometre. The road will be closed from 16:00 and it will create a temporary walking street for night market activities.

In Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market Walking Street, you will find a mass of a huge variety of handicrafts, souvenirs, artwork, handmade items, and street food options serving everything scattered among its narrow streets. Locals and visitors come here for food, shopping, massage, and entertainment. Street performers at every corner are making the ambiance of this market superb.

Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market Walking Street
Opening Hours: Every Sunday from 16:00 to 23:00.
Location: Starts at Tha Pae Gate and runs all along Ratchadamnoen Rd.

Saturday Night Market (Wualai Walking Street)

Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market

Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market, also known as the Wualai Walking Street is another highly recommended market to visit in Chiang Mai. It is like a mini-size of Sunday Night Market as most vendors are setting their stalls at both markets. It is smaller but still crowded with people!

Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market takes place every Saturday evening from 16:00 to 22.30. It is located at Wualai Road, which is the south-west side of the old city opposite Chiang Mai South Gate.

Saturday Night Market (Wualai Walking Street)
Opening Hours: Every Saturday from 16:00 to 22:30.
Location: Wualai Road, starts from Chiang Mai Gate (Pratu Chiang Mai).

Silver Temple

Chiang Mai Market Guide Tips: A visit to Saturday Night Market should be combined with a visit to the Silver Temple (Wat Sri Suphan) which is located on the same street. The Silver Temple lit up at night and it looks like covered in silver.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Night Market

If you’re not in Chiang Mai on the weekend there are also other night bazaars and markets in the area.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a place with a huge collection of shops and stalls. You’ll find street food stalls, local and international chain restaurants, travel agents, souvenirs, clothing and craft stalls, music, and other entertainment. Although Night Bazaar is not as huge as Sunday Night Market, still, it’s still a great spot for an evening walk, a tasty meal from a street food stall, and maybe some shopping.

The Night Bazaar runs everyday evening from 18:00 to 22.30 at Changklan Road on the east side of the old city. It is about 10 minutes walking distance from Tha Pae Gate.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00pm to 23:00
Location: Changklan Road, near Le Meridien Hotel and Dusit Hotel.

Chang Phuak Gate Night Market

Chang Phuak Gate Night Market

Another reliable street market in Chiang Mai that specializes in street food is the Chang Phuak Gate Night Market. This market is one of the best places for street food in Chiang Mai. It is lively at night where locals and tourists come here to enjoy their dinner and supper here.

The Chang Phuak Gate Night Market filled up with about 10 to 20 food stalls which offered a wide range of tasty Thai dishes. Some of the stalls here have been around for ages. The iconic Cowboy hat lady for braised pork leg rice and Suki Koka are always with people in the queue for their food. Other food options include dumplings, seafood, Thai sausage, fried omelets, grilled meat on sticks, fresh fruit smoothies, and many more.

A night market to visit for a foodie.

Chang Phuak Gate Night Market
Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 until midnight.
Location: Opposite Chang Phuak Gate (The North side of the Old City wall).

Warorot Market

Warorot Market Kad Luang

Commonly known as Kad Luang by locals, Warorot Market is the most popular local market in Chiang Mai. This three-story complex building is located in the little Chinatown area of Chiang Mai. Local vendors set up their stalls selling fresh products, spices, snacks, local souvenirs, and great food.

Warorot Market

Inside the building, the upper floors mostly feature handicrafts, clothes, and bags. The ground floor is dedicated to food and packaged food such as dried fruits, teas, pork skin, dried shrimp, and mushrooms. You’ll also see fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, and fruits in the Warorot Market.

Locals visit Warorot Market to do their daily shopping. Items here are cheaper and you can get a feel for the local way of life.

Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
Opening Hours: Daily from 5:00 to 18:00.
Location: Chang Moi Road, Chinatown area close to the Ping River.

Chiang Mai University Night Market

Another popular Chiang Mai night market for food is the Chiang Mai University Night Market. It is situated close to Chiang Mai University and is popular among locals, especially students. There are around 300 stalls set up in the market, selling food, clothing, fashion, and furnishing items. The market is not huge but can easily spend 2 to 3 hours on food and shopping.

Chiang Mai night market is open daily from 17:00 until around 23:00.

Chiang Mai University Night Market (Student Night Market)
Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 until around 23:00.
Location: Tambon Chang Phueak Road, nearby Chiang Mai University.

Nimman Street Food Market

Nimman Street Food Market

The “One Nimman” is a beautiful European-style plaza, surrounded by Lanna-style buildings. A couple of night markets take place every Friday to Sunday, from 15:00 to 22:00.

The Nimman Street Food Night Market takes place in the One Square area, in the shadow of a big and beautiful clock tower. There were around 20 food and drink stalls selling street snacks such as seafood sticks, pad thai, Thai dishes, coconut ice cream, grilled pork, plus a variety of local snacks.

The highlight is the live music taking place in the cobbled square where you can enjoy the food and chill with the lively music at night!

Nimman White Market

Nimman White Market

The Nimman White Market around the edge of the One Nimman Complex is coupled with the visit with Nimman Street Food Market. This market is described as a Japanese Lanna Hand Craft night market with about 30 stalls selling beautifully handcrafted and artisan goods of all varieties.

Nimman White Market Stalls

The vibe in Nimman White Market is fantastic like a flea market and the items are fine and high quality. If you haven’t already bought some treats for friends and family back home, this is the place to stock up on quality, affordable pieces.

Overall: Plan A Visit To Chiang Mai Market

All in all, we hope our Chiang Mai Market Guide is helpful. It is always a great way to start your day at Chiang Mai Morning Market or end your day in one of the Chiang Mai Night Markets for food and shopping. The bustling markets always are the best place for shopping, eating delicious street food, and getting in touch with local culture. Although the items sold are mostly similar, but still, we truly enjoyed our visit to the market.

If time is permitted, we recommend visiting at least one night market (Sunday Tha Pae Walking Street, Wualai Walking Street, or Chiang Mai University Night Market) to experience the lively bustling market vibe. Then, plan your morning visit to Jing Jai Market for a chill market vibe and go to Warorot Market to buy your souvenirs to bring back home.

That’s it. Enjoy your trip to Chiang Mai!

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