A visit to the Sunday Walking Street Market is definitely one of Chiang Mai’s shopping highlights. This market is only held on a Sunday evening so if you are in Chiang Mai this market should not be missed! At around 4 o-clock the main thoroughfare through the old city is closed to traffic and the vendors will set up their stalls. The market is both popular with Thais and foreign visitors alike and the locals come out in their droves for a walk around the market and to grab something to eat. The market does get extremely busy (especially between 7-9pm) and for parts of the market you may be reduced to a slow shuffle as you move along the market stalls with the crowds. If you want to avoid the most busy time then 5pm quite a pleasant time for a visit to this market shortly after the vendors have set up shop as the market is far less busy and there is more space to move freely. There is a whole plethora of goods being sold here with locally made products and crafts featuring heavily, there is also plenty of stuff here you will not find at Chiang Mai Night Bazaar so well worth the visit even if you have visited the Night Bazaar.
Food at Sunday Walking Street Market
The selling of food at Walking Street market has been restricted by the market administrators and most food vendors are not allowed to set up along the main market route, however the food vendors are allowed to set up in the grounds of temples along the route of the market. The largest concentration and biggest variety of food stalls can be found at Wat Pan On and Wat Samphao along the Rachadamnoen Road. Food is mostly Thai and a whole variety is on offer. This is a great place to try some Thai street food so you may want to skip your evening meal before visiting this market.
Chiang Mai Walking Street Market hours
Vendors start to set up around 3pm with most being ready to go by 4-5pm the market finishes around 11:00pm
Chiang Mai Walking Street Market location
The main roads which bisect the old city of Chiang Mai are closed to traffic (Rachadamnoen Road and Phrapokklao Roads) and the main market will set up either side of these streets. Market stalls will also set up in the open area in front of Thapae Gate and food vendors will set up in the grounds of temples along the route