The Sunday Walking Street is a large open air craft, food and things market located in the center of the old walled city. We have visited on a few occasions and it can get really crowded due to it’s popularity. The market area starts at the Tha Phae Gate at one end and extends for about 1 km down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road and spreading down many of the side streets off the main road, as well as the big open area around the Tha Phae Gate. This operates very Sunday from 4 pm till late and the road is closed to traffic allowing shoppers to browse the goods, bargain with vendors and wander freely.
The Sunday Market is a showcase of the art and craftsmanship of the Northern Thai stall vendors that make and sell their own products. The goods available are made from a wide variety of materials such as silk, paper, fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramic etc. You will also find many vendors selling shoes, jewelry, souvenirs and clothing. There are a number of food and refreshment offerings and bars in the Market area where you can opt out of the crowd and enjoy a meal or a drink and people watch. It is a lively and busy scene when all the street entertainers, musicians, puppeteers, Thai dancers, and bands start to perform.
The whole market atmosphere has a festival feeling about it which makes it an event to take in on any visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand.
There is also a Wailea Road Saturday Walking street and the Chang Klan Night Bazaar for those with shopping interests and to explore the uniqueness of Thai markets.