Chiang Mai is a shopping paradise. There are varieties of products along the way and get a twinkle in your eye. You will not having to plan anything. Just only Sunday walking street available once a week which have to plan during that time.
Chiang Mai still has remaining a product factory on the road heading to San Kamphaeng District. Once, it was being a popular places to shopping there. The products such as Leather, Silverware, Lacquerware, Jade, Diamonds, and Silk where you can learn how to and watching the process.
The route will reach and end up the umbrella making village at Bor Sang. Paint your own and making hand-made paper umbrellas. Or watch the whole process of making and how to beautifully paint each product. It truly is a local culture worth preserving.
Not very far from downtown Chiang Mai, the Factory lists shown you below;
- Chiangmai Silverware
- Baan Celadon
- S.K. Leather
- P.Collection Jewelry store
- Thai Silk Village
- Gems Gallery
- Shinawatra Trading Thaisilk
- Louis Silverware Gold Shop
- Saa Paper and Umbrella Handicraft Center
- Umbrella Making Centre
And beyond Bor Sang to see 2 more places are Siam Celadon and MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum. Arts and crafts flourish in the northern kingdom of Chiang Mai
For the wood carvings, the zone where making and selling at is Baan Tawai village. Located on the west side of the city. Now, this business is currently very sluggish.
Some people say that Chiang Mai has everything like Bangkok. But Bangkok does not have mountains like Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the one city that has varieties of shopping malls. Some department stores have more than 2 branches. Type of size as small, medium and large upon your lifestyle. And covering every square inch where your stayed.
A few local people know that there used to be Auchan, the modern trade business from France. It had been in Chiang Mai and had the only one branch in Thailand. They constructed a tunnel under the highway to the mall. Now, it still works well and has changed its business to Big C Supercenter Donchan Chiangmai.
OK, they are many places go shopping i.e. Central Festival, Promenada, Big C, Tesco Lotus, Makro, Index Living Mall and more. But I like this one Rimping Supermarket. The different consumer products for home use only. I convenient to drive in and get a car to parking area. You will not crushed and pressed with other stores closely. Although the price is slightly different.
The latest fashion and a popular trend is located alongside Nimman Haemin Road and the entertainment zone nearby. It is a gathering place for the young generation and tourists.
The shop sold ideas for home decoration, fashion clothes, fusion food and beverages, the boutique hostels, Maya department stores and more hotels around corner at the intersection.
They also have a small unique plaza is and a charming little artist village where hidden nearby Chiang Mai University.
The highlight is Sunday Walking Street. It is a collection of general products in Chiang Mai to be sold here.
Of course, it also have street food regularly. The shopping trend was changed and replace the Night Bazaar which once we had to gather here at night. We will not see the atmosphere of the old day anymore.
But if you missed Sunday Walking Street. Don’t worry, we also have Saturday Walking Street on Wua Lai Road. Located on the other side of the old city.
The target another one, Kad Luang or Kad Warorot which has local products, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. You can find local food anytime even you don’t want to shopping. Just come to see and take photos.
And more the markets on the north and south of the city walls such as the Chang Puak Gate and Chiang Mai Gate. They have a lot of food to eating there. Just to know when its open, in the morning or evening (both of them), mark on the direction to go. And of course, what would you like to eat? Please remember that there is no parking space.
Aha! Chiang Mai is also a foodie paradise.
Usually, I don’t like shopping but I’m happy to take you there. I often used to drive the tourists go shopping around Bor Sang zone 1 or 2 places and then find to nice restaurant for lunch before go to San Kham Phaeng Hot Spring. That’s the better.
While your shopping please do not forget your travel plans. Because you have to carry it belong with you. By the way, please check the import of goods from your country on the way back as well. My friend from Australia told me, there are some products cannot be back to the country.
Let’s enjoy shopping day