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“Jam Packed with People and Bargains!”

Saturday Night Market Walking Street - Wua Lai Road
Ranked #23 of 254 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Hong Kong, China
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“Jam Packed with People and Bargains!”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

This market was by far the best market in Chiang Mai (disclaimer - I didn't make it to the Sunday walking market) and I went to almost all of them. It is EXTREMELY CROWDED but most people are good natured and do not try to push/shove their way past.

This market has all the usual tourist trinkets but lots more. There were quite a few stalls selling unique, handmade handicrafts that I hadn't seen at any of the other markets. One tip - I found that most vendors were not up for bargaining - especially if you are purchasing some thing handmade and out of the ordinary. That being said, most of the stalls had prices clearly signposted to after a few tries, I gave up trying (everything was such a bargain anyways!).

Favourite stalls included the ones supporting dog charities (dog themed bric a brac), the woman selling handmade men's shirt collars for dogs (I lived in NYC for a few years and never saw anything like them!) and a stall selling notebooks with cute illustrations on all the covers.

Make sure you wear comfy shoes and bring lots of smaller bills to spend. Don't forget to sample all the food - it's amazingly tasty, fresh and cheap!

Visited January 2013
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“It was fun but more trinkets and trash... yawn.”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

After going to all the street markets in Chiang Mai saturday, sunday, they all are the same with the same vendors selling the same stuff it all got a bit boring and tiresome. The real treat was finding some amazing cafe/bar/restaurants off the main streets and down the side streets as well as the seedy bars with "the trade girls" and "lady boys" if not to partake then just to look.
I'm not nor will I ever be a sex tourist but it seems to flourish here in a disturbing way. Human Trafficking is alive, well and thriving in Thailand. Oldest profession in all of history. Sad.:-(

Visited January 2013
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“Very crowded... and some great bargains”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Not too far from the old city walls, you will find the Saturday night market. Here you will experience night shopping along the streets and be able to find some really interesting souvenirs and clothings, but be warned that these are not branded items.

Amazed by the Thai's creativity especially when with a few twists and turns, they turn leaves into insects and roses... WOW! Love watching them at work!

Visited February 2012
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“Crowded - but enjoyable”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

It seems that all of Chiang Mai's residents and its tourists wants ti check out this market - Yes it is worth it. Incredible chesp hand made stuff here and good local food. A must see in Chiang Mai.

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“Loved this experience”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

This is a market over quite a few streets in the old city walls which starts from 5ish. Our tour guide had told us that at 6pm (from memory!) the whole place stops when the national anthem is played and everyone sings it out loud so we wanted to see for ourselves. It happened when we were there and it's a sight I'll never forget - you would certainly never get anything like that in the UK (it's like Remembrance Day minutes silence just with everyone singing!)

The market itself got very busy and there were a wide selection of stalls selling food, local crafts and goods. We didn't buy much but I would suggest you barter if you are looking to buy anything. Overall a nice way to spend an evening mooching around but it did get too busy at one point so we decided to head back to the hotel. Definitely try and visit if you're in the area!

Visited November 2012
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