It was the second time that I visited Chiang Mai, but as previous time I wanted to make sure that I would be there on a Sunday. Why would you ask? Well because it’s the mother of all markets! Here you can find anything and everything. In the afternoon Ratchadamnoen Road is closed off to cars and sellers start to set up their stalls. You’ll find stall after stall selling anything from handmade crafts, paintings to clothes. A great place to browse, or sit down watch people and enjoy a foot massage right there on the street.
The market is located in the centre of the old walled city area, and starts at the Tha Phae Gate going down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road. And even though the market is huge, it is full of people everywhere. Local people and tourist alike browse the market looking for great buys, but also for the great food that is on offer.
Most of the markets in Thailand – and for instance the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai as well – are filled with imitation designer labels. However the Sunday Market showcases art and craftsmanship of the Northern Thai people.
For the second time visiting this market, I was still impressed with the things that were sold, the crowd of people coming down to see it, and the sumptuous food that was prepared on the street. For the second time being on the same market, but it all looked so different. And for the second time on this market and I still loved it. So this is why I recommend you to go and visit Chiang Mai, and make sure you’re here on a Sunday evening!