Mai : Shopping
|Chiang Mai is
Thailand's major centre for quality handicrafts. Hundreds
of shops all over Chiang Mai sell hilltribe and Northern
Thai handicrafts. Besides, the town is surrounded by
small cottage factories and workshops where visitors
can watch artisans at work. Made with skilful workmanship,
a Chiang Mai handicraft can either serve as a valuable
gift or be kept as a beautiful tangible memento of your
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||Chiang Mai is famous
for silk and other hand-woven textiles, especially
of the hilltribes. San Kamphaeng Road is one of
the best places where you can find a wide selection
of silk and fabrics, ready-made and custom-made
||At Bo Sang, the umbrella
village on San Kamphaeng Road, you'll find plenty
of hand-painted umbrellas made of delicate Sa
paper (produced from the bark of the mulberry tree).
Fans and other handmade products of Sa paper are
also available in various designs and at reasonable
Among the various areas making woodcarving and furniture,
the two most notable ones are San
Kamphaeng and Thawai
|| Woodcarving is a traditional
northern Thai art which can be seen on many temple
buildings. In recent years, however, woodcarving
has increasingly become an important part of furniture,
tableware, decorative items and crafted souvenirs.
A very popular item for tourists is carved elephants.
||This beautiful art is
made by decorating wooden or bamboo items with layers
of black lacquer strikingly adorned with golden
designs. Factories and shops can be found along
San Kamphaeng and Chang Khlan roads.
the unique Thai ceramic in soft green and blue
tone, is produced abundantly here in many forms,
including dinner sets, lamp bases and decorative
items. Among several operation areas, Hang Dong
county is a major one with a large number of factories.
Chiang Mai is one of the places where the finest Thai
silverware is produced. Traditional skills of the silversmiths
have been passed along for centuries.Silver shops are
concentrated on Wua Lai Road, but some can also be found
in San Kamphaeng and elsewhere.
|Sa (Mulberry) Paper
Mai is well known for the variety of mulberry
(Sa) paper products for example cards, notebooks,
stationery, boxes, bags, photo frames, lanterns,
etc.There are various colours with different creative
designs of mulberry paper sheets. It is handmade
natural fiber that sometimes flowers and natural
leaves are used for decoration. Sa paper sheets
can be used as a gift-wrapping paper and for many
|Hilltribe & Villager
||The hilltribe and local people produce
beautiful traditional items such as silver ornaments,
colourful embroidery, hand-woven textiles and other
handicrafts made of bamboo and other natural materials.
These handmade products are not only of high quality
but also of unique designs.
Shops selling handicrafts and gifts are scattered all
over the town.
There are two main markets which have a wide selection
of Northern folk crafts, viz. Warorot Market at the eastern
end of Chang Moi Road and the Night Bazaar on and off
Chang Khlan Road. The latter has long been a must-visit
for all visitors to Chiang Mai.
Warorot market, locally called Kad Luang, is Chiang
Mai's first shopping centre in Chinatown and a place to
see real Chiang Mai. The most famous souvenir here is
northern style food. Kaeb mu (crispy pig skin),
mu yo (traditional Thai pork sausage), and nam
phrik num (traditional northern style green chilly
paste). Beyond the market on Praisani Road are dozens
of stalls where hilltribe people sell various kinds of
tribal handicrafts and tropical fresh fruits and flowers
from the highland farms.
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||Comprising numerous stalls and shops
stretching along a long section of Chang Khlan Road,
this big famous night market offers many good buys
including hilltribe crafts, hand-woven fabrics,
clothes, silver jewellery, antiques, lacquerware,
woodcarvings, pottery, basketry, and other local
items. Due to the keen competition, buyers can easily
make a good bargain here.
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The Wualai community has been so far known for its fine
silver and lacquer wares. On Saturday evenings, the Wualai
Street is closed to traffic making it an open-air showcase
for the area's famous handicrafts. It is therefore called
Saturday Market. Don't miss a chance to shop for authentic
northern silver and lacquer wares as well as other unique
handicrafts at the venue. You are recommended to go there
from around 4 p.m. on, when the weather is cooling down
and most vendors have already set up shops. The market
runs to 10 p.m.
|Wualai Walking Street
For taxi : ถนนคนเดิน วัวลาย
Tha Pae Walking Street runs on Sundays at Tha Phae Gate
and along Ratchadamnoen Road. It hence, in the same way
as Wualai Walking Street is called Saturday Market, is
known as Sunday Market. The Sunday Market features shopping
at reasonable prices for various kinds of goods, ranging
from local handicraft products to portrait paintings.
Besides, local food and music are also key attractions
to both locals and tourists. Expect to find activities
of all kinds alongside special theme events for young
and old alike. This pedestrian market starts around 4
p.m. and runs to 10 p.m.
|Tha Pae Walking Street
For taxi : ถนนคนเดิน ท่าแพ
Development Cooperation (YC)
Located in Soi Mengrairasmi, Sermsuk Road
The YMCA of Chiang Mai established the Y. Development
Cooperation in 1986 to market and sell handicrafts and
natural products, which are produced by the poor rural
people in cottage-industry fashion. The YC offers a wide
range of products such as ceramics, Christmas decorations,
candle holders, fabrics, lanterns, jewelry, Sa paper products,
wooden products, silver plate products and many others.
on Ratchawong Road
Custom Tailoring have provided custom tailoring services
to people from all over the world, either when they
are visiting Chiang Mai or by mail order to their home.
A full range of International styles are available and
if you have a particular favourite, and can send us
a picture by e-mail, with your measurements, we can
make the style for you and forward your selection to
you by mail.
This is the most famous centre of handicrafts in Chiang
Mai. On both sides of San Kamphaeng Road, there are showrooms
and factories where you can view the production of many
traditional crafts, as well as purchase them. They are
silk, cotton, lacquerware, ceramics, silverware, leatherware,
umbrellas, woodcarvings and antiques.
For taxi : บ่อสร้าง สันกำแพง
The road to Hang Dong - Chom Thong - Hot is filled with
many fine places selling intricate handcrafted woodcarvings,
wooden furniture, porcelain and other handicrafts. Ban
Thawai wood carving village is one of the well-known
attractions on this route.
|Hang Dong - Chom
Thong - Hot
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