Sights, Sounds & Smells Of The Sunday Night Market – Chiang Mai

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.

Sunday Night Market Chiang Mai

Flashback to 2014:

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.”  😉

Sunday Night Market Tha Phae Gate

Sunday Night Market Tha Phae Gate

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.

Sunday Night Market Tha Phae Gate - Wat in center of town
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan


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!

Sunday Night Market Tha Pae Gate(- Fish Balls
We think she is making fish balls. If you know, tell us! We don’t plan on tasting it.
Chiang Mai on a Stick
No Clue! Do you know? On the right are tiny eggs.
Fruit! Chiang Mai
We got this one! Fruit! 🙂


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?

What to do in Chiang Mai!

We also have a very all inclusive list of Things to do in Chiang Mai with kids or without.  This also includes our expenses living in Chiang Mai, where to eat and places to stay in Chiang Mai.

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