Chiang Mai, Hotels — 16 August 2013 15 h 23 min

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

Visitors to the Northern city of Chiang Mai haven’t seen the ancient city if they skipped a visit to the famous Night Bazaar.
The Night Bazaar is open every day of the year regardless of the weather from dusk till around midnight.

Chang Khlan Road where the market is located is during daytime an ordinary street full of shops, hotels and restaurants of all types including Starbucks, Burger King and Mc Donalds.
But the street comes alive when the evening starts.
In the late afternoon lots of busy workers wheeling little metal stalls out and lining them up on the footpaths down both sides of the road. As the sun sets over Chiang Mai all the street vendors turn up and load their goods for sale into their stalls.
In the Night Bazaar you will find a variety of designer goods (real and fake) (clothing, T-shirts, belts, shoes, jewelry, watches, DVD’s & CD’s) and local Thai goods at really low prices.

Remember to bargain, It’s not only part of the fun, it will also let you save between 20 and 30% off the purchase price.

While you are in the Night Bazaar make sure you check out two other good markets, Kalare Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets, both are offshoots from the main Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Kalare Night Bazaar is an arcade style bazaar located about 1/3 of the way down from the top end of the main Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets is located about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom end of the main Night Bazaar. (see quick links on left of this page for further information)

There is a small number of restaurants and burger, pizza shops along the Night Bazaar, plus a heap of mobile food street stalls for those in need of a quick bite. Banana Roti, yum. Highly recommended is Daddy’s Pizza & Steakhouse Restaurant (they also do great Chinese food). For the really hungry try either the Kalare Night Bazaar or the Asunarm Market for great sit down meals. For the thirsty, go to the 7 Eleven or better yet try The Red Lion pub or the German Hofbrauhaus both in Loi Khro Road (middle of the Night Bazaar), or O’Mally’s Irish Pub further down the street in the Asunarm Market square.

Even if you do not want to buy anything (but you probably will) just going for a stroll up and down the Night Bazaar is an amazing experience. The place is alive with brightly coloured lights, music, the sounds of tourists bargaining for goods and the aromatic smells as you pass by a hot food vendor. Every open bit of space becomes a place for someone to set up a stall.

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

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