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There are no shortage of markets in Chiang Mai, but I do have a favorite. I just love the Sunday Night Market near Tha Phae Gate.
To be honest, I think all of the markets are very similar, as is standard with most towns. You have your crafts, food, clothing and much more. You are likely to find these same items at the night bazaar or the Saturday night market too.
So why is the Sunday night market my favorite?
It is in the heart of the old city! I love that! It is on a wide street, with shops, restaurants, temples and homes to gaze at as well. Come on and I’ll show you.
Sights of The Sunday Night Market
My all time favorite thing to do is to People Watch! This is the market to do just that. I could just stand in the middle and let the world go by. It would be nice if there were a fan blowing too, as it is pretty hot in Thailand. Of course it is fun to look at all of the handicrafts as well. We don’t buy anything, as we carry everything we own. Alan joked and said “If we ever settle somewhere, we are coming back to buy a bunch of lamps and stuff.” 😉
This particular market passes by the big Wat (temple) in the center of town. It was gorgeous all lit up at night and they have food stands all around the courtyard too.
Sounds of The Sunday Night Market
What better to help you with the sound, than to provide you a brief video. Sound overload!
Smells of The Sunday Night Market
Well, I wish I had smellovision for you, but this is something you will just need to take my word for. There are smells! Some good and some not so good, depending on your likes. Of course, most of the smells creep in when you are near the many food stalls. I have to admit, we don’t know what half of the stuff is, but we can verify it does have a smell!
The Market starts at Tha Phae Gate on the East side of the Old city and runs down the center road (Rachadamnoen Road), feeding into many side streets and even into the courtyard of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan. The market is roughly within the area in the red box below.
Have you been? Where is your favorite street market?
Feel free to also check out our Family Friendly Guide to Chiang Mai