Chiang Rai Night Markets

One of the good things about spending six nights in Chiang Rai was that we got to go to three different night markets! Here’s a little about each of them.

Saturday Night Walking Street

The Saturday night market is held on Thanon Thanalal which is the same street the Hilltribe Museum is on (also worth a visit). The main market goes for about four blocks and there is a shorter side street full of food stalls. There are lots of tables set up in a big open square area so you can buy your food at the stalls and then sit down somewhere to eat it. If you can find a free table!

We had a delicious dinner at this market: grilled pork skewers, sticky rice, papaya salad (made fresh while we watched), gyoza and some Thai dumpling-like balls with a peanutty centre that we first had in Sisaket. None of them cost more than a dollar.

Saturday Night Market Chiang Rai

Saturday Night Market Food Tables

We eventually found a table to eat at and I noticed that most people around us also had beer. There was no beer on display at any of the drink stalls near us so I thought they must have brought their own. Then I noticed the drinks man get someone a beer from a big esky under the table and so I called him over and ordered one for us too! I guess they must not be allowed to display them?

Saturday Night Market

Low tables on mats

We didn’t get much chance to look at the non-food stalls. There was a jumping castle and trampoline set up for the kids and we paid 20 baht each for a good long jump. It was a fun night out for everyone!

Sunday Night Walking Street

The Sunday Night Walking Street was on the same street as our homestay, Sankhongnoi Road. It was nice to be able to just step outside and be there! The Market is known as ‘Happy Street’ and was a bit smaller than the Saturday market but otherwise pretty similar. This time we had a good look at all the non-food stalls. They were quite crafty and I saw lots of stall-keepers sitting and knitting or crocheting things to sell.

Sunday Night Market

Sunday Night Walking Street

We had dinner at a restaurant on the street rather than market food and then Dave took the kids back to the room while I had a look around the other end of the market. I found Dave some new boxer shorts for only 39 baht. Bargain!

Chiang Rai Night Market

The Chiang Rai Night Market, like the one in Chiang Mai, is on every night. It’s just near the bus station in the centre of town and we went here on our last night in Chiang Rai.

There are two food court areas, one fancier than the other, both with stages and live entertainment. We ate over by the clock tower instead so we could catch one of the three sound and light shows that happen each night. The clock tower is about a five minute walk from the night market.

ooh pretty

Clock Tower Light Show

The night market has mostly souvenir type stalls. Lots of hilltribe embroidered things and t-shirts and hippy clothes. I bought Lil a hilltribe dress to wear for Christmas (will need tights and a long sleeved top underneath for UK weather!) and myself a new skirt. I also got a pair of earrings for a whopping 10 baht (30 Being near the bus station it was easy to find a tuk tuk to take us back home.

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6 Responses to “Chiang Rai Night Markets”


  1. 1 Sharon November 10, 2013 at 8:13 am

    These sound like lots of fun! I wish I had read this before I went there… I was so bored in Chiang Rai!!

  2. 2 andthreetogo November 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I spent a week in Chiang Rai a few (well 7… wow, it doesn’t seem like it should be that long!) years ago. I was by far my favorite town in Norther Thailand. The night markets felt authentic (not touristy at all) and we hung out at a bar called the “Cat Bar” every night with some amazingly nice older Thai hippies. It was a blast. We are staying in Hua Hin down south for now, but I cannot wait to go back to Chiang Rai again soon. I am glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. 3 wanderingeducators April 18, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I totally want to go (and eat)…

  4. 4 Sheila October 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for all the info, im going to Chiang Rai for a few days from 30th Oct to celebrate my birthday there with a British friend i know..will ask him to take me all those places u mentioned ! Thanks again, friend. Sheila

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