Discover Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street - Chiang Mai
Add art and flavor to your Chiang Mai adventure by heading to Sunday Walking Street. This gathering of artists, craftsmen, performers, and traders covers the center of the old walled city from Tha Phae Gate down to the entire length of Ratchadamnoen Road every Sunday from 4 PM until midnight. The fleeting yet festive market showcases the art and excellent craftsmanship of the Northern Thai people. It is not so surprising to find that many of the vendors here create their merchandise with their own hands.
The market mainly features handcrafted gifts made of ceramic, glass, metal, paper, silk, or wood. Travelers can also find stalls that specialize in wearable works of art such as clothes, shoes, and jewelry. Aside from its unique crafts and colorful products, Sunday Walking Street also draws in crowds with its lively sounds and energetic performances by musicians, puppeteers, street entertainers, and Thai dancers. It also offers a wide variety of food options. Come to the market hungry and leave with a full stomach; the street is lined with bars, coffee shops, and restaurants. The food court offers an excellent al fresco dining experience with its Buddhist décor and floor mats for customers to sit on.
The entire 1.2km stretch of Ratchadamnoen Road is closed to traffic while the market is open, so prepare to stretch your legs if you plan on seeing it from end to end. Wear comfortable clothes for the long walk. Should you get tired in the middle of exploring stalls and food outlets, you can easily get a 30-minute foot massage for as low as 30 BHT.
The street really comes to life by nightfall with its colorful lights and live street performances. However, the spectacle also attracts most of the market’s patrons and first-time visitors. It is a good idea for travelers who want to really see the art stalls and food booths to begin their exploration before 6 or 7 PM. If you are within the vicinity of Sunday Walking Street before 4 PM, Trip Guru recommends that you visit Wat Phan Tao on the main street and Wat Chedi Luang down a side street before you head to Ratchadamnoen Road.