Chiang Mai Market Guide – Part II

And we’re back with the second installment of the Chiang Mai Market Guide – don’t miss Part I here.

Warorot Market (day)
Warorot Market, Chiang Mai Market
Inside one of the market halls

Located at the end of Chiang Moi Road near the river, Warorot Market is…something else.  You literally can get just about anything within this area – from jeans to furniture and kitchen ware, to fabric and medicine, to donuts and dried fruit.  There are several buildings and alley ways that make up the total area and are well worth a couple areas discovering all the nooks and crannies.  Only now, after going many times, am I able to find what I’m looking for without going around in circles and each time I go I see something new.

Pictured above is where they sell many dried and packaged goods, but there are also many individual shops along the street selling who knows what and several gold shops to buying and selling jewelry.

  • When:  Daily – early until sunset
  • Where: On the east side of town at the end of Chiang Moi Road

 

Warorot (night)

Warorot Market at night, Chiang Mai Market

While the shops and indoor marketplace close down in the early evening, the fruit and flower stalls outside stay open  and new street vendors selling produce and prepared food stalls start setting up.

Come here to piece together your dinner, try out some Thai snacks and sweets, or buy some of the smallest clothes ever.

  • When:  Nightly from around 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: On the east side of town at the end of Chiang Moi Road

 

Flower Market

Flower Market, Chiang Mai Market

The flower market along the river is impressive with its stalls and stalls of garlands and offerings.  We just don’t have them at home.  There are also places selling large floral arrangements, roses, orchids (incredibly cheap!) and whatever else is in season.  I like coming here during the day, but actually find it more interesting at night (while the florist shops are closed, the stalls are still open).  There’s something special about having it be 10 o’clock at night and driving down the street with burst of color and the smell of fresh flowers in the air.  You can just drive up and purchase a fresh, handmade garland, for around a dollar at any time and drive off.

  • When:  Daily 24/7
  • Where: Behind Warorot market along the Mae Ping River on the east side of town

 

Muang Mai Market – Wholesale Food Market
Wholesale Food Market, Muang Mai, Chiang Mai Market
Pig head anyone?

There are several local fresh markets throughout town, but Muang Mai Market takes it to the next level.  This is where many restaurants and food stalls come everyday to get their produce and fresh meat.  The amazing thing here is the sheer amount of food piled up – bags of hot Thai chilies up to your waist, mounds of individually peeled garlic cloves and stacks upon stacks of vegetables.  It’s also amazing that while the walkways are narrows and there’s always carts, motorbikes and bicycles weaving through them, I’ve never seen them hit anything…

It’s best to come in the morning when everything is open and people are coming to do their shopping for the day, but it’s also interesting to stop by late, late at night because they’re still selling!

  • When:  Daily – Many of the meat and fish/seafood stalls are done in the early afternoon, but you can catch a new round of produce coming in from the hills late at night (12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.) and being sold throughout the night and early morning
  • Where: West of Wang Singkam Road (near the river)

 

Student Market

Student Market, Chiang Mai Market

As I’ve posted before, the student market located near the front gate of Chiang Mai University is a the place for cheap clothes, accessories and food.  Open nightly, the market caters to the large student population living in the area and is one of two markets along the same road.  The other, Kad Rin Kum, is on the same side of the street but further east heading into town and is the place to go if you want a cheap (sketchy…) tattoo.

  • When: Nightly starting around 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Huay Gaew Road near the university

There’s still more >> check back next week for Part III of this Chiang Mai Market Guide series!

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13 Comments

  • Posted May 7, 2013
    by Adam Pervez | HappinessPlunge.com

    What a shame! I missed the flower market when I was there! Next time…

  • Posted May 7, 2013
    by Angela

    Great sampling of pictures of each of the markets. Thanks for putting together a summary of the markets that Chiang Mai has to offer. your market posts are helpful to both tourists and expats alike. Love the post!

    • Posted May 8, 2013
      by Alana Morgan

      Thanks for reading…there’s still more!

  • Posted May 7, 2013
    by Greg Goodman

    Such good food at the Student Market. However, I will say that the one thing you can’t get at Warrorot is a fitted bed sheet. Trust me on this one :)

    • Posted May 8, 2013
      by Alana Morgan

      HA! I think you might be able to find a shop hidden away in the surrounding area, but I know what you mean… I don’t know why finding sheets seems to be so difficult for foreigners here – and relatively expensive!

  • Posted May 8, 2013
    by Agness

    What I loved the most about this place is the fact we didn’t have to haggle that much and the prices locals quoted were very low. the food’s been amazing as well, especially Pad thai:)

    • Posted May 8, 2013
      by Alana Morgan

      Aside from the Night Bazaar and some of the walking street stalls, I think usually most the prices you’ll find in Chiang Mai are reasonable and fair. I’ve never felt like I was being tricked or overcharged.

  • Posted May 13, 2013
    by Ash Clark

    I never really checked out any of the markets when i was in chiang mai, great list for next time!

  • Posted May 14, 2013
    by Lani

    Looking forward to part 3 :)

  • Posted November 4, 2014
    by Rinrada

    Hey! Really love your blogspot! I am very interested in the Student market though, so may i ask you if is it convenient to get there? and if it is open every night? Haha i am heading to chiang mai this December so is looking for those places where they will sell rather cheap clothes and shoes! Thank you so much! :)

    • Posted November 5, 2014
      by Alana Morgan

      The student markets are open daily starting around 6pm to 11pm and have a lot of cheap clothes and shoes – you’ll most likely need to get a tuk tuk or songthaew there – close to the Chiang Mai University entrance on Huay Kaew Road (the road heading up to Doi Suthep Mountain). Have fun!

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