The mist-covered highlands of the artistic Chiang Mai Province have long tempted tourists to explore this southern part of the legendary Himalayan mountain range. Primarily drawn north by the sagas of elephants and vine-filled wildernesses, tourists are amusingly distracted by the doorway city of Chiang Mai. However the most unique allure of this northern Thai town has been the shopping, for hundreds of years.
Commercial and Cultural Hub of Asia
Chang Mai spans one of the great crossroads of Asia- southern portion of the Silk Road – merging commerce and culture between segments further north and west in present-day China, Myanmar and Laos. Early caravan traders sold timber, silks and opium. Now, the ‘well-known’ Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai is located a few steps away from the original trade movements that bought opium, silk, tea, musk, dried fruit, ponies and mules, lacquer ware, gold, copper, edible birds’ nests, cotton, betel nut, ivory and tobacco into the region.
Start Planning before Weekends
It is important that you land in Chiang Mai one or two days before the weekend so that you can get the best experience of shopping in Chiang Mai that Thailand has to offer. When the weekend begins, local traders emerge with tempting, colorful displays of homegrown arts and crafts, fashion and jewelry that will leave your moneybag begging for mercy.
Start Shopping Early
You can also look out for the Sunday Walking Street. It offers better than average products and a good taste of provincial culture which can also remind you the itinerant merchant ritual of the ancient Chinese traders. If you arrive early then you will be able to watch the merchants unpack their puffy packs and neatly place their product for displays.
Most of the products sold here are handmade, in and around of Chiang Mai, which include cotton scarves, wood carvings and leather sandals.
Eating While Shopping in Chiang Mai
There is a good chance you would get hungry as you go deep inside, shopping in the streets of Chiang Mai. For you, the temples along the way would host stalls selling flavorsome northern Thai cuisine and other energy boosts with the exchange of small amount of money. You will also find numerous local restaurants waiting for you to serve a wide range of food items to suit your taste.
What you can do after dark?
After dark you can discover some veiled attractions as well. You can find buskers takes over some small spots of the pedestrian path to entertain the tourist with some all-time favorites or new-fangled hits. If you get tired of shopping, you can grab a massage chair where clients are stretched and pulled to give them both pleasure and extra power.
When Everything Shuts Down It Is the Time to Enter the Night Bazar
You will see that when everything else is closing down, the Night Bazaar is lighting up. You can venture to the devoted shopping buildings behind which antique and handicraft stores are bursting with. At the Galare Night Bazaar you will find home décor and upmarket clothes. The Amusan Market and the Anusan Food Centre are two other common tourist destinations for cottage industry goods and a wide variety of foods respectively.
Finally, when you are travelling to Chiang Mai, you should not forget to bring an extra luggage and have an appropriate courier in mind, because you might end up purchasing enough souvenirs to decorate an entire house! Shopping in Chiang Mai can be that much of fun!