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Chiang Mai markets are a great place to experience Thai culture and learn about the local food scene.
In Thailand’s second largest city after Bangkok, markets are an essential part of daily life and culture.
There are a several Chiang Mai markets each with their own personality and distinct offerings. Find popular day markets selling fresh produce and others specializing in handicrafts and souvenirs.
In the evenings, you’ll find a wide number of night markets. There is also a dedicated Saturday night market and Sunday night market.
Based on our multiple visits to the city, we’ve put together this helpful guide to the best Chiang Mai markets to explore.
There’s something for everyone at the markets, don’t miss this unique experience while in northern Thailand.
Chiang Mai Day Markets
Chiang Mai day markets are mostly food markets and places to purchase food for day to day consumption.
These market consists ofa mix of fresh vegetables, meats, fruits as well as a selection of local dishes and street foods.
There is also a nice selection of breakfast foods that you cannot find at any other time of day.
Generally, the atmosphere at these markets is friendly and relaxed. They are great spots to get a sense of everyday life in Chiang Mai.
Following are some of the best day markets in Chiang Mai for authentic experiences.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: One easy way to explore Chiang Mai markets is to take a food tour. For a taste of the local culture and flavors at the markets, we recommend this delicious and immersive northern Thai food tour we took with A Chef’s Tour. For more, see our detailed review of the Best Chiang Mai Food Tour You Want To Take.
1. Chiang Mai South Gate Market
Tip: Best For Quite Bite And Local Thai Dishes
Chiang Mai Gate Market, also known as Bumrung Buri Market, is a great place to go for cheap and delicious food.
The market is located on the south side of the old city walls, making it a great place to explore after you’ve seen the sights.
This South Gate Market is a great place to find authentic northern Thai food. It is less touristy than some markets in the city, and as a result, the prices are much more reasonable.
An open air market, you want to be prepared for the heat especially in the middle of the day. There are dozens of carts selling a wide variety of dishes including classic Thai street food like khao soi, green curry, pad thai ad more.
What’s’ nice about eating at this Chiang Mai market is that each vendor sets up tables and chairs at their stall. This makes it a convenient place to eat while on the go.
Another part of this Bumrung Buri Market is a section dedicated to Thai snacks and desserts like mango stick rice.
And if you are looking for clothes, there’s a good selection of souvenir shops selling everything from elephant pants to traditional Thai dresses.
And, don’t hesitate to to take advantage of the roadside massage area. Starting at about ฿250 ($6 – $7 USD) they’re a great way to relax after a day of exploring the city.
Address: Bumrung Buri Rd Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: For the some of the best areas to stay with close proximity to the day and night markets, see our detailed guide Best Chiang Mai Neighborhoods: Where to Stay in Chiang Mai (for Food Lovers)
2. Warorot Market: Chiang Mai’s Largest Food Market in Chinatown
Tip: Best for Chinatown Cultural Experience
Warorot Market is a landmark not to miss in Chiang Mai. This huge market offers wonderful food choices with different vendors in the morning and at night.
Warorot market, also spelled Waroros one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai, is in the core of Chinatown.
One section we enjoyed visiting was the Thai desserts section. We were amazed by the range and variety of street food snacks, including the special Chinese New Year treats.
On display were different colored coconut rice cakes, called khanom keng, made special for the celebration.
You’ll even find festival items for religious events sold here like New Year lanterns, incense, candles, and more.
Make a stop at the flower market, where beautiful flower decorations are created.
Before heading out, be sure to walk through Wet Market area. This is a fascinating section filled with fresh seafood, meat, fish, poultry, and more. Be sure to watch out for the slippery and grimy floors.
If you’re looking for an authentic Chinese Thai food experience, there’s no better place to go than Warorot Market.
Address: between Chang Moi Road and Thapae Road, a block west of Ping River, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 4:00 am to 6:00 pm for the inside market.
Night food vendors are located in the exterior of the building and are open until 10:00 pm
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3. Ton Lamyai Outdoor Market next to Waroros Market
Tip: Best for Textile Shopping
This outdoor market is attached to the larger Warorot Market. In it, you’ll find a wide variety of goods for sale like handmade jewelry and Thai silk, to cheap bags and clothes.
The indoor part of the market has similar hours as Warorot (5:00 am to 6:00 pm), but the outdoor part of Talat Ton Lamyai is always busy 24/7.
The top floor of the Ton Lamyai market is the most tourist-friendly. You can find a good selection of textile, clothes, and souvenirs.
There are also stalls that sell coffee, locally-grown tea leaves, homeware, and other goods.
In another section, you’ll also find cooking supplies like wooden kitchen utensils, traditional woven baskets and more.
The southern end of the market is dedicated to souvenirs and textile stalls. While the middle section is home to a variety of independent street vendors selling food, local snacks and some handcrafts.
In the northern section of the market there’s a wet market. Here, you’ll find stalls full of fresh vegetables, fish, and meats. There is a dining area where you can also savor some delicious Thai dishes.
If you are looking for a bathroom, the toilets are clean and easy to find. Be sure to have about ฿3 ($0.80) in cash with you.
Address: 88 1 Wichayanon Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 5:00 am to 6:00 pm
4. Friday Morning Market – Yunnan Market
Tip: Best for Halal Food
The Friday Morning Yunnan market is a great place to go for breakfast and to discover Yunnanese cuisine.
You’ll find this market right across the Ban Ho mosque, one of the largest Chinese mosques in Chiang Mai.
The area has a high concentration of Chinese immigrants from the province of Yunnan, China. They practice Islam and you’ll find Halal food in keeping with Muslim practices.
This market is unlike other Chiang Mai markets and we highly recommend taking time to visit it on a Friday morning.
An outdoor market, you’ll find vendors selling tasty freshly made food underneath multi colored tents.
The selection is quite diverse with a wide selection of local vegetables, vegetarian dishes, soups and halal meat products.
It was at this market where we first tasted “xi dou fen”, a popular Chinese breakfast dish. We were intrigued by this thick and creamy soup at one of the food stalls with the longest lines.
We ended up learning about it from locals and enjoyed the discovery of Chinese halal food in Chiang Mai.
As long as you are in the area, do visit the Ban Ho mosque. It’s one of the largest mosques in Chiang Mai dating back to the 19th century.
The Friday morning Yunnan Market is one of the best Chiang Mai markets for a regional food experience.
Address: Charoen Prathet 1 Alley, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open on Friday mornings; 5:00 am to 12:00 pm
5. Tom Payom Market
Tip: Best for Northern Thai Specialties
Ton Payom Market is one of the best places in Chiang Mai to taste the legendary sai oua sausage.
These famous northern Thai sausages are infused with a beautiful blend of spices and herbs. The pork is combined with a mixture of herbs like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and galangal with a bite from hot chilies.
The sausages are wrapped into beautiful coils and then grilled to perfection.
One of our favorite vendors is located in the middle of the stalls. You will identify her with the large selection of Thai fermented pork sausage called naem, that is around her stall.
We like the sai oua she sells as it is well spiced and on the lean side. She also has a milder version, for those who don’t like spice.
At the market, you can also and kap moo or crispy fried pig skin. This is another Chiang Mai specialty food where pig skins are cleaned, cut into strips and dried.
Traditionally, they are eaten with nam prik, the green chili dip, a tasty sauce and local food
This market is located near the east gate of the old city wall, and has fewer tourists around.
It is one of the best places to eat the northern sausage, sai oua, which Chiang Mai is famous for.
Address: Ton Payom Market is located behind Lanna Traditional House Museum, at the intersection of Suthep Road and Chiang Mai Outer Ring Road, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
6. Siri Wattana Market
Tip: Best Covered Market For Fresh Produce
The Siri Wattana Market is located in the Chang Phueak neighborhood making it easy to access around Huay Kaew Road.
Also known as Tha-Nin Market, this Chiang Mai market specializes in fresh food and local produce. You’ll find everything from raw meats and seafood to fruits and vegetables.
It’s a food lover’s paradise and home to a wide variety of vendors, selling delicious pre cooked curries, vegetables, stews and more.
The food court within Siri Wattana is quite popular for its sai oua sausages and khao gaeng Thai curry.
The food court is a stand alone complex surrounded not only by food stalls, but clothing and accessories vendors selling designer knock offs.
The food courts open as early at 4:30 am making it a great spot for a Thai local breakfast. Go for the Thai omelette or kai jeow cha om and pair that with freshly made fruit shakes.
For a snack or a quick bite in the evenings, stop by for some sai oua sausages along with local Thai beer.
Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal, Siri Wattana Market is sure to have something to suit your tastes.
Address: 193 Changpuak Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open daily; 4:30 am– 9:00 pm
7. Mueang Mai Market
Tip: Best for Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables
For a totally unique market experience, a visit to Mueang Mai market will not disappoint. The Mueang Mai Market is situated just outside the old city and is one of the busiest wholesale fruit markets in Thailand.
Every morning, the market is bustling with businesses and restaurants looking for fresh produce ingredients at heavily discounted prices.
A pack of green beans for stir-fried dishes costs about ฿40 ($1.06) or less when bought in bulk. While seasonal exotic fruits like santol, lanzones and rambutan are available for about ฿50 ($1.33) per pack.
Visitors can find a wide variety of spices, condiments, and sauces, as well as clothing and souvenirs.
The prices are reasonable, making it a great place to stock up on supplies or pick up souvenirs for friends and family back home.
Mueang Mai Market is primarily a fresh wholesale market, though you’ll find a small selection of vendors selling prepared foods.
Even though you may not be buying things in wholesale quantities, the bustling local market activity is worth experiencing.
Picking up fresh seasonal fruits is something we recommend, especially in the mornings when you have the most choices.
Address: 97 Muang Samut Rd, Chang Moi Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open always
8. Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market
Tip: Best for Local Food Hunt
The Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market was our regular market in Chiang Mai. Located not too far from Chiang Mai university this was our go to spot for fresh produce and delicious local Thai foods.
The market at the first part of the street was a food market open almost every day. Further along the street on Thanon Chang Khian road is where the actual Monday market begins.
As the name suggests, the official Monday market is open only on Mondays, continuously into the afternoon and evening.
We frequented the first part of the street and specifically a lady in the middle of the street with pots of unusual local noodle soup and foods.
She was always busy and we would pick up curry dishes to have for lunch or dinner.
Further down the street on Mondays, you’ll find a variety of street food vendors with fresh fruits and vegetables.
You’ll also find some vendors selling a variety of different local dishes. For the best selection, we recommend going in the morning for the best selection and options.
This is a very local Chiang Mai market with an authentic vibe. It is not touristy and the area is compact.
English is not spoken at this market, but curiosity, a smile and some sign language will help you get understood.
Address: RX55+XG3, Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open Monday’s; 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
9. Ming Muang Market
Tip: Best for Food Culture and Community
Chiang Mai’s Ming Muang Market is a great little market located at the edge of the old city walls.
It’s a lively market with fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and more. You’ll also find fresh meat products available.
At the back of the market you’ll find ladies with hot steaming pots of different Thai curries. You can eat there or pick up some food to go.
There’s also a section devoted to dried foods, cakes, desserts, juices, snacks and more.
This Chiang Mai market is popular with cooking clases. Many local cooking classes bring their students to this market to pick up fresh ingredients. Don’t be surprised if you run into groups of students.
Like other markets in Chiang Mai, there are a few stall selling clothes, cheap watches, bags, and wallets and shoes.
The market is open every day from early morning until late at night. This makes it easy to find different food offerings no matter what time of day it is.
We learned that Ming Muang Market plans to open a community museum within the food hall. This museum is a public space and it designed for cultural learning and exchange.
Address: 163 Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: If you want to learn to make delicious Thai northern food, consider taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai. See our detailed review of the 6 Best Chiang Mai cooking classes for Thai Cuisine
Chiang Mai Day Markets Comparison Table
|Chiang Mai Day Markets||Hours of Operation||Best For||Food / Clothing|
|Chiang Mai South Gate Market||Mon – Sun 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.||Quick bite and a leisurely meal||Food and clothing|
|Warorot Market: Chiang Mai’s Largest Food Market in Chinatown||Everyday Inside Market 4:00 am – 6:00 pm |
Night food vendors outside until 10:00 pm
|Chinatown Cultural Experience||Flowers, Food and clothing|
|Ton Lamyai||Everyday 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.||Textile Shopping||Clothing|
|Friday Mornings Market – Yunnan Market||Friday 5:00 am – 12:00 pm||Halal Food||Food|
|Tom Payom Market||Everyday 6:00 am – 7:00 pm||Authentic Northern Thai Food||Food|
|Siri Wattana Market||Everyday 4:30 am – 9:00 pm||Fresh Produce||Food|
|Mueang Mai Market||Open 24 hours||Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables||Food|
|Thanon Chang Khian and Monday Market||Everday 7:00 am – 12 pm Monday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm||Local Food Hunt||Food and clothing|
|Ming Muang Market||Everyday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm||Food Culture and Community Market||Food|
Chiang Mai Night Markets
Night markets in Chiang Mai offer a different vibe than the day markets. You’ll find a mix of food street vendors, and vendors selling clothes, souvenirs, and more.
You’ll find no fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, but rather a wide selection of prepared foods.
These Chiang Mai night markets are where you can try local specialties like grilled meats on skewers, fresh seafood, and coconut pancakes.
Various night markets have long walking streets full of artisans, live music, and more food stalls than you can count.
Below, we highlight some of our favorite night markets in Chiang Mai. Popular with both locals and tourists, these are not tourist traps and they all offer authentic experiences.
10. Chang Phueak Gate Market
Tip: Best for Iconic Thai Dishes
The Chang Phueak Gate Market, also known as the White Elephant Gate, is one of the most popular markets in the city.
It’s an open-air market full of street food stalls with local delicacies and Thai street food.
Prices are incredibly cheap, and you can find just about any northern Thai food like sai oua, sticky rice, and kaeng hang lei (pork curry).
The market is located just outside the north gate of the old city, and it’s easy to find due to the large crowds that gather here every night.
One of the most famous food stalls is the Cowboy Lady stall. Rightly named, because the stall owner always wears a cowboy hat and sells tender and juicy khao kha moo.
This braised pork leg served over rice is a fan favorite. Even Anthony Bourdain ordered her famous pork leg stew when he visited Chiang Mai.
Not to far from the Cowboy Lady stand is a family run stall selling “suki.” This is a delicious thin noodle dish that was another of our favorite local foods.
Chang Phueak Gate Market is open every Saturday from the late afternoon until midnight. This is one of the best night markets in Chiang Mai worth visiting.
Address: Chang Phueak Market across the Chang Phueak Gate, Chiang Mai.
Hours: Open everyday, from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
11. Saturday Night Market Chiang Mai – WuaLai Road
Tip: Best for Souvenir Shopping
Chiang Mai’s Saturday Night Market, or Wualai market, is a buzzing market located south of old town. It is just a short walk from the old city walls.
This market takes place on Wualai road which is closed off every Saturday evening for this market.
Along this long, Wualai walking street, you’ll find wide variety of stalls, selling handmade arts, paintings, and crafts.
You can find unique souvenirs from the Hill Tribes in northern Chiang Mai. Lacquer and silverware artisans can also be found selling their wares at affordable prices.
Popular fashion items, personalized shirts, silk scarves, pajamas, hats and more can also be purchased as gifts.
If you are looking to rest your weary feet, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the roadside massage areas. Foot massages start at about ฿250 or approximately $7.00.
Like other markets in Chiang Mai, there is a delicious local food scene. You can try many famous Chiang Mai foods and desserts.
Don’t leave without trying the grilled crabs and squids for about ฿60, approximately $1.60. And, ice-shaved desserts starting at about ฿20,approximately $0.60.
One thing we recommend is to carry cash as you visit this popular Saturday walking street. There are limited ATM machines in the area, and you want to have your money with you as you bargain.
You’ll have alot of fun as you browse around, and this is one of the best walking streets to savor.
Address: WuaLai Rd, Tambon Hai Ya, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open Saturday’s; 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm
12. Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai – Ratchadamnoen Road
Tip: Best for Local Handicrafts and Artworks
Chiang Mai’s Sunday night market on Ratchadamnoen Road, is a vibrant and colorful market that leads up to Tha Pae Gate.
This market is home to local artisans and artists each selling their unique handicrafts and artwork.
The Sunday night market is quite popular drawing both locals and tourists alike.
When it comes to artisans, the market has a great selection of beautiful handmade goods. You can get personalized items like necklaces, gorgeous wood carvings and paintings.
As you walk up and down the streets of this Chiang Mai Sunday market, you’ll be entertained by street musicians, dancers, and puppeteers.
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find a wide variety of Chiang Mai food. There are many street food vendors selling Thai dishes, artisanal drinks and colorful ice cream and desserts.
Wear comfortable shoes as you peruse the many artisanal items at this Chiang Mai Sunday market. It’s one of the best places for souvenirs from local artists.
Two of the most notable attractions at the Sunday market are the temples Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang. These temples are well worth a visit, so make sure to get there before it gets too dark.
Address: Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open Sunday; 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
13. The Chiangmai Complex – Malin Plaza
Tip: Best for the Budget Thai Dishes and Fast Foods
The Chiangmai Complex is a popular student hangout. It’s located next to the main university in Chiang Mai and is bustling especially in the evenings.
This market is divided into different sections. There are a variety of stores selling clothes, shoes and accessories.
And there are also electronic stalls with mobile phones, gadgets and accessories.
There is a huge food market behind all the clothing and accessory stalls serving fast foods and some Thai dishes.
This Chiang Mai complex is not as authentic as compared with the city’s more authentic night markets. It is a bit more commercialized, but nevertheless very popular with students.
Located not too far from where we stayed in Chiang Mai, we visited this night market a couple of times.
Our favorite foods were tasty desserts and simple thai dishes which were always fresh and deliciously filling.
Visiting this night market in Chiang Mai offers something a little different to the other Saturdary or Sunday walking street market.
The Thai dishes and fast foods have a modern twist and the student ambiance is quite enjoyable.
Address: 100/20 Huay Kaew Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 2:00 pm to 10:30 pm
14. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – Kalare Night Bazaar
Tip: Best for Variety of Foods
The Chiang Mai Kalare Night Bazaar is an fascinating experience. It is a loud and vibrant experience with bright colored lights, music, and wonderful aromas from different food vendors.
This Kalare Chiang Mai night market is one of the less hectic markets in the Chiang Mai night bazaar.
It’s a mostly covered night market with an open food court. Surrounding the dining area are a variety of food vendors with standard Thai food to western dishes.
There is also an entertainment area with a stage for performances. The performances range from western style music to traditional Thai dances.
Unlike the larger markets, you’ll find a smaller selection of stalls selling clothes, jewellery and gift items.
While you have fewer choices, we found the quality to be a little bit better compared to what you can find at the night markets.
If you are keen on something in particular, you can always haggle on the price. Start by offering to pay three-quarters of the original price, it is expected and all part of the fun.
All in all, the Kalare night market within the Chiang Mai night bazaar in Malin Plaza offers a more relaxed market experience.
Address: 89, 2 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day; 5:00 pm to 12:00 am
15. Langmor Night Market
Tip: Best for student-budget food experience
Located just outside the Chiang Mai University gates, the local market offers inexpensive food.
Many students, teachers, and nearby workers come for traditional dishes and street foods.
The market is located on the sidewalks of Suthep Road, so it can feel a bit crowded and cramped. That nonentheless just adds to the atmosphere.
When you visit this Chiang Mai market, prop up some plastic chairs next to the vendor’s stall. There’s a wide variety of food options and the stall owners are friendly and helpful.
The food selection is varied and you’ll find crepes, sushi, waffles as well as local curries and noodle dishes.
As this Chiang Market is quite popular you may have to wait a little bit for a seat. Be patient, take in the local student culture and enjoy delicious inexpensive food.
Nearby is a limited number of stalls selling clothes, accessories, bags, and more..
Address: 14 Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
Hours: Open every day: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chiang Mai Night Markets Comparison Table
|Chiang Mai Night Markets||Hours of Operation||Best For||Food / Clothing|
|Chang Phueak Gate Market||Everyday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am||Iconic Dishes||Food|
|Saturday Night Market Chiang Mai – WuaLai Road||Saturday 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm||Artisanal Goods||Food and clothing|
|Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai – Ratchadamnoen Road||Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm||Local handicrafts and artworks||Food and clothing|
|The Chiangmai Complex – Malin Plaza||Everyday 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm||Budget Thai dishes and fast foods||Food and clothing|
|Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – Kalare Night Bazaar||Everyday 5:00 pm – 12:00 am||Best for Variety of foods||Food and clothing|
|Langmor Night Market||Everyday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Student-budget food experience||Food|
Frequently Asked Questions
Chiang Mai Markets Covid 19 Regulations
As you plan your visit Chiang Mai please be sure to check the latest travel and Covid 19 regulations.
The health regulations keep evolving and visitors are advised to follow local health and safety standards.
Chiang Mai Markets Closures
The Ploen Ruedee Night Market on Chang Khlan Road is now closed. Although the night market was always bustling with shoppers, it is now eerily quiet. Vendors have packed up their stalls, and the once lively Chang Khlan Road has been replaced with a feeling of sadness.
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