Chiang Mai walking street
Purchase handmade products and admire Lanna art when the whole street is turned over to pedestrians.
It is truly a heaven on earth when Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai is transformed into a walking street on Sunday evenings. This allows you wonderful opportunities to shop, enjoy cultural performances and try tasty local food.
Chiang Mai is a province full of nature, art and culture, temples, and especially the towering Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai is a tourism destination with a large number of activities to do every single day. In the late afternoon every Sunday, both local people of Chiang Mai and tourists – both Thais and foreigners – share one mutual appointment; the walking street. It starts at Thapae Gate and runs along the length of Ratchadamnoen Road through the heart of the old city. This busy and popular thoroughfare, normally jammed with traffic, is instead filled with vendors selling handicrafts, food and drinks. Among these products are, for example, homespun textiles, silverware, wooden crafts, drawings from hill tribes, and modern artworks. If you keep walking down a little further, you will be entertained by cultural performances from traditional musicians, Thai dancers, living statues and puppet shows along the street and in front of the Three Kings Monument. In case your stomach starts to rumble with hunger, there are plenty of local savory food and desserts to complement your leisurely walk.
Great local dishes
When in Chiang Mai, eat like the locals. So do not miss khao soy, northern Thai noodles in curry soup, one of the well-known dishes. Chiang Mai natives recommend ones at Khao Soi Samer Jai that is located near Fa Ham temple (Tel. 053-242-928)
From late afternoon to the dusk of every Sunday is the most suitable time to visit Chiang Mai walking street because of the comfortable temperature and the opening hours of most shops. Another walking street like this can be found on Saturday evenings at Wualia street.