Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai is a great place for shopping with its sprawling markets selling from cheap trinkets to skillfully made handicrafts. ATM's can be found all around but charge 150 baht for foreign issued cards except Aeon. Aeon's most conveniently located ATM's can be found on the 3rd floor of Central Airport Plaza (shopping mall located southwest of the old city) and on the ground floor of Tesco Lotus (hypermarket located north of the old city).

 
 
 
 
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Night market in Chiang Mai by Deror Avi

Markets

Night Bazaar
Chang Khlan Rd, between Tha Pae Rd and Si Donchai Rd. Opens: daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
A huge outdoor market stretching on both sides of
Chang Khlan Road with the Night Bazaar Building at the centre. Targeted at tourists, you rarely see local Thais shopping here. Furthermore, you have to take efforts among from the near identical stalls to find something interesting beyond the tourist trinkets, T-shirts and pirated gears. The market is a short walk out from Tha Pae Gate in the old city.

Sunday Walking Market
Rajdumnern Rd (from the inner-east side of Tha Pae Gate). Opens: Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Also known as the Sunday Street Market, the market starts at Tha Pae Gate and stretches along
Rajdumnern Road. The street is blocked off to traffic, when the market opens, for vendors to layout their merchandise. The market is popular with both Thais and tourists searching for handcrafted items. There are also street vendors preparing varieties of Thai foods.

Saturday Walking Market
Wualai Rd (south side of the old city). Opens: Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Saturday Market is located in Chiang Mai's old silversmith district, on the south side of the old city. Many shops in the market area also open late on the day.
The market is a smaller version of the Sunday Market and with many of the same vendors. Therefore expect to find similar merchandise here and plenty of food.

Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
Tha Pae Rd and Chang Moi Rd. Opens: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This sprawling 3-floor indoor market is located several blocks from the Night Bazaar and the largest market in the city. Prices are at a bargain and locals shop here for clothes, silk, handicrafts, ceramics, spices, tea and almost about anything you can think of. Across the road is a flower and fruit market and at night the street is packed with street food stalls.

Warorot Market by Manop

Shopping Malls
Modern shopping malls in Chiang Mai offer the usual brand name merchandise but worth investigating the electronic goods here as prices can be negotiated down to a bargain.

Central Airport Plaza
Corner Thipanet Rd and Mahidon Rd. Opens: Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The shopping mall is about half a mile (1 km) from the airport and somewhat adventurous walk from the terminal. It has several floors of retail space and major brands here include Body Shop, Watson, Esprit, Export Shop, Robinson, and Oriental Princess. The mall also features a food court, banks, ATMs and multi-screen cinema. It also has a Cultural Centre selling various local handicrafts.

Kad Suan Keaw
Corner of Huay Kaew Rd and Bunreuangrit Rd. Opens: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A large shopping centre in Chiang Mai but not as glitzy but generally cheaper than Central Airport Plaza. Retailers include stores selling branded items and local handicrafts as well as computers, mobile phones and shoes to name a few. There are food courts and several Thai restaurants here as well as western-style food chains including KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Sizzler, Subway and Dunkin Donuts.

Ware Factories
Along Route 1006 (Charoen Muang Rd), just past the Route 11 (
Superhighway) are various factories offering tours on how wares are made and showrooms. Silverware, silk, furniture and brass items are generally priced with the pocketed tourist in mind. However, the tours might be worth a look to see how things are made. The factories generally open to visitors during typical daytime hours.

 
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