CHIANG MAI NIGHT BAZAAR
A visit to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is on the agenda of just about every out-of-town visitor. The main Night Bazaar building is on Chang Klan Road and is set amid a larger shopping area in which the Kalare Night Market is the other prominent feature. Stallholders in and around the Night Bazaar stock a huge range of T-shirts, shorts, trousers, belts, watches, shoes, silver jewellery, lacquerware, pewter products, DVDs, wood carvings, soap carvings, ornamental candles, wooden games and gimmicky toys. Bargaining over prices is de rigueur. The Night Bazaar is where the city’s illustrious portrait artists hang out. These skilled artists can do a live sitting or recreate an image from a photograph. A proportion of the Night Bazaar shops and stalls are open during the day and the rest open up around 18:00.
Night Bazaar: #- Tha Phae Rd, T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-24: (Daily) | Map
Kalare Night Market is an atmospheric food and shopping centre across the other side of Chang Klan Road from the Night Bazaar. The range of souvenirs, clothing and other items is similar to that of the Night Bazaar and detailed above. The Kalare centre is also a good spot to enjoy a meal or a glass of beer while watching live entertainment. The dining experience here is akin to that in Thai shopping malls. This requires diners to buy coupons and then go and choose what they want to eat from the outlets surrounding the dining area. The choice at the Kalare is varied and ranges from seafood dishes to Thai favourites like fried rice, khao soi egg noodle and curry soup, and mango and sticky rice desserts. There are also outlets serving up Middle Eastern specialities and Indian curries. Dancers in traditional costumes serenade diners.
Kalare Market: #- T. Chang Klan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 12:00-24:00 (Daily) | Map
Anusarn Market is on the same road as the Night Bazaar, but about 200-metres south. Anusarn Market is also a combined shopping and dining location. A full assortment of handicrafts, music CDS, fashion clothing, hand-crafted jewellery and accessories is available both in Anusarn Market and outside on Chang Klan Road. Dining is another facet of Anusarn discerning foodies will love. There are seafood restaurants and food stalls offering the likes of satay barbecue sticks and tom yam gung (spicy prawn soup), plus the ever-popular O’Malley’s Irish Bar & Restaurant to choose from. In one corner, traditional Thai and foot massages are administered by skilled masseuses.
Anusarn Market: – Charoen Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 18:00-24:00 (Daily) | Map