Chiang Mai is best known for its markets and the Night Bazaar. Despite this there are a surprising number of contemporary shopping, dining and lifestyle malls. These larger malls feature great shopping and dining venues as well as the added bonuses of cinemas, kiddies’ zones, bowling alley and ice-skating rink . The What’s Up recommended the best shopping malls in Chiang Mai below.
Last Updated: September 2018
Kad Suan Kaew was the innovative modern multi-storey mall when it opened back in the early 1990s. Due to a central location near the Old City, Kad Suan Kaew is still popular. Central Department Store, TOPS Supermarket, Tokyodo Books, Boots and fashion clothing stores such as Export Garment and Pena House, mobile phone and accessories shops are the flagships of this mall’s retail outlet portfolio.
Dining choices are varied too. The Curry Pot, Thai food courts, a Black Canyon Coffee Shop, Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut and a sukiyaki restaurant are a selection of the eateries here. Kad Suan Kaew has a post office, ATMs and, branches of three major Thai banks. A Vista cinema complex and the Bully Bowling Alley are on the fourth floor and the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel at the rear.
Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall: #21, Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 224 999 | Website | Facebook
Close to the city’s airport, Central Plaza Airport is a spacious and friendly mall packed with shopping, dining and entertainment choices. A large department store is complemented by a TOPS supermarket, technology items stores, bookshops, designer outlets and shoe shops. Dining choices run from the standard Thai food court to pizzas and Japanese and Korean restaurants. The mall’s Major Cineplex cinema screens the latest films in English and Thai.
Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai: #2, Mahidol Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 999 199 | Website
Maya is a newer mall just up Huay Kaew Road from Kad Suan Kaew. The lower floors are mostly given over to shopping and are a nice mix of Thai and foreign brands. Herb Basics, Samsung Experience, Adidas, Oakley, Guess, American Eagle Outfitters, Bratpack and Panpuri are a few of the outlets at Maya selling a wide choice of electronics, wellness products, and designer clothes and accessories. A Rimping supermarket is next to the basement food court.
Going upwards at Maya leads to a dining centre extraordinaire on the fourth floor. Cakes, pastries, ice-cream, Indian and Japanese food and Thai specialities can all be enjoyed here. Family entertainment is the order of the day on the next floor up as it hosts the multi-screen SFX Cinema Maya, the 7D Galaxy Zone, an amusement arcade and karaoke lounges. The rooftop area has several bars and a sunset view deck. Myst is one of the bars and renowned for nectar-like cocktails.
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall: #55, M. 5, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 52 081 030 | Facebook
Central Festival Chiang Mai is probably the city’s busiest shopping and lifestyle mall. It is the place to go for imported brand names. The Body Shop, Yves Rocher, Victoria’s Secret, Hush Puppies, Pepe Jeans, Omega, Dorothy Perkins, Calvin Klein and Cath Kidson are among the many global retailers with shops at Central Festival. K Starzone sells items from Korea while imports from Japan are the attraction at the Daiso store.
The other highlights include a Clarins Skin Spa, banks, a travel agency, SE-ED Book Centre and Major Cineplex. Central Festival also boasts an assorted collection of dining outlets like Laem Cha-roen Seafood, Wine Connection, Chester’s Grill and Freshy Freeze. For kids, there are a Sub Zero Ice Skating Club, the Fun City Mario Land, schools to learn English and Taekwondo classes. Central Festival is beside the inner ring road and accessible by tuk-tuk, taxi or Doi Saket bound songthaew.
Central Festival Chiang Mai: #99, M. 4, T. Fah Ham, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 999 499 | Website | Facebook
The Promenada is also out near the inner ring road. It has a good selection of places to eat and drink at, but fewer shops than most other Chiang Mai malls. Duke’s serves up wholesome international and Italian specialities while Minato Sushi Bar is a must for lovers of Japanese cuisine. Coffee shops such as Tom n Toms, Rimping supermarket, an SF Cinema and the office of Chiang Mai Immigration Bureau are other reasons to visit the Promenada.
Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai: #192-193, M. 2, T. Thasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 107 888 | Website | Facebook