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Chiang Mai Thailand - Shopping, Dining and Travel Guide

Hang Dong - Chom Thong - Hot route

The road to Hang Dong - Chom Thong - Hot is dotted with shops selling intricate handcrafted woodcarvings, wooden furniture, porcelain and other handicrafts.

City shopping

Shops selling handicrafts and gifts are scattered all over the town. There are three main markets which have a wide selection of Northern treasures: Wararot Market at the eastern end of Chang Moi Road, Wua Lai Road and the Night Bazaar on and off Chang Khlan Road.

Night Bazaar

For those who enjoy honing their bargaining skills, this is the place to be. The Night Bazaar is probably the largest outlet of local handicrafts with hundreds of stalls and shops stretching along a long section of Chang Khlan Road. Interesting products are hill tribe crafts, hand-woven fabrics, clothes, silver jewelry, antiques, lacquer ware, woodcarvings, pottery, basketry, and other local items.

How can you go wrong with the Night Bazaar? Over the past two decades trends have been set (and copied) by innovative and smart Night Bazaar shop owners. The products and trends available at the Night Bazaar change constantly so it's still an exciting place for locals to occasionally shop, as well as for tourists looking for souvenirs. Open daily between sunset and midnight, the Night Bazaar is the place to go for souvenirs, handicrafts, fake goods, textiles, and other knickknacks.

Bo Sang & San Kamphaeng route

This is the most famous route for those in search of excellent handicafts. On both sides of San Kamphaeng Road, are showrooms and factories where you can see how the products including silk, cotton, lacquer ware, ceramics, silverware, leather ware, umbrellas, woodcarvings and antiques are actually produced.

San Kamphaeng : Crafts galore. Buses crammed with tourists descend daily onto the dozens of massive craft industries and showrooms along the Sankampaeng Road. Because of this, many locals often dismiss Sankampaeng shopping as a tourist trap. But for those seeking the more traditional crafts: silks, weaving, wood carving, silverware and lacquer ware, Sankampaeng is the place to go. Thirteen kilometres east of Chiang Mai.

Bo Sang : Umbrellas are inextricably associated with Bo Sang where villagers have been engaged in their manufacture for at least 200 years. All materials - silk, cotton, sa paper (manufactured from the bark of the mulberry tree) and bamboo - are produced or found locally. Visitors to Borsang will see literally hundreds of designs and sizes of umbrellas ranging from the miniature to the gigantic.

Baan Tawai

Woodcarving is a traditional northern Thai art featured in numerous temples, while in modern times it has been increasingly used to embellish furniture-screens, chairs, tables, beds, indeed anything bearing a wooden surface, large enough to be carved-as well as in carved elephants, figurines, tableware and other popular items. Chiang Mai's Bantawai village in Hang Dong district is a leader in making furniture. Principal materials used include teak, rosewood and rattan. The development of Hang Dong has been a Chiang Mai success story. Not many years ago Hang Dong consisted of a couple of shop-fronts and factories stretching as far as the eye could see, but now showrooms as sophisticated as any in Europe line the street. Hang Dong is an importer's heaven. Eleven kilometers south of Chiang Mai.

Nimmanhaemin

Great little area featuring such famous shops as Gong Dee Gallery, Wit's Collection and Gerard Collection, whose designs are becoming very famous in Bangkok and beyond. Perfect gift buying shops in a quaint little shaded area of the city. Some of the products include very original hand-painted ceramics, water hyacinth furniture, lacquer home décor items and much more. Not the cheapest area, but its boutique feel makes it very popular. West side of town, towards Chiang Mai University.

Tha Pae Area

In the city centre and where many of Chiang Mai's prestigious shops are located. It's a bit of a pain to find a parking space, but shops such as Living Space, Lost Heavens and Nova Collection are well worth visiting, each selling unique and beautiful products. There are also the general tourist shops selling silk, handbags, hill tribe artifacts, handicrafts and other great souvenirs.

JJ Market

JJ market was established with determination to create a perfect gathering place of Chiang Mai's finest arts, craft products, clothing, accessories for garden or house, luxurious and unique home décor and souvenirs, sadly it hasn't quite managed to gather the crowds as expected. However, if you are looking for quality arts and crafts, it is well worth a visit. Located on Atsadathorn Road, considered as the most modern public utility road with all of the power lines embedded underground, this 15- rai Kad or Open Market is only 200 metres from the Super Highway.

Dining in Chiang Mai

For those who are homesick in Chiang Mai, there are plenty of foreign but original restaurants serving Italian, German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani and Arabic cuisine to meet certain cravings. In addition, vegetarian restaurants are also available. For Thai food lovers, there are also a variety of restaurants serving central, northeastern, and southern Thai cuisine.

Many tourists are also surprised to see street vendors selling a wide range of food, which are inexpensive. Popular items are barbecued chicken, pork and squid. To sample them without worries please make sure they are well cooked.

Northern Thai Food The people of Chiang Mai take pride in their distinctive cultural identity. The distinction of Lannas charming beauty is reflected in the lilting dialect, classic architecture, valued customs and traditions, expressive festivals, exotic handicrafts, and, of course, unique cuisine. It should be noted that the northern people traditionally sit on the floor eating food placed on a low table.

Northern people generally prefer steamed sticky rice to cooked rice. The rice is accompanied by Kaeng (curry) or Nam Phrik (chili paste) and vegetables (fresh or boiled). The two most popular local chili pastes are Nam Phrik Ong (chili paste with minced pork and tomatoes) and Nam Phrik Num (green chili paste).

Many tourists are also surprised to see street vendors selling a wide range of food, which are inexpensive. Popular items are barbecued chicken, pork and squid. To sample them without worries please make sure they are well cooked.

Northern Thai Food The people of Chiang Mai take pride in their distinctive cultural identity. The distinction of Lannas charming beauty is reflected in the lilting dialect, classic architecture, valued customs and traditions, expressive festivals, exotic handicrafts, and, of course, unique cuisine. It should be noted that the northern people traditionally sit on the floor eating food placed on a low table.

Northern people generally prefer steamed sticky rice to cooked rice. The rice is accompanied by Kaeng (curry) or Nam Phrik (chili paste) and vegetables (fresh or boiled). The two most popular local chili pastes are Nam Phrik Ong (chili paste with minced pork and tomatoes) and Nam Phrik Num (green chili paste).

 
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