Chiang Mai, is a city that is known as the rose of the north of Thailand. Take a break from buzzling Bangkok, and head up north to Chiang Mai, a more relaxed and peaceful urban town.
If you still cannot imagine what it’s like or have never been there before, think of Sydney as Bangkok and Melbourne as Chiang Mai, or Tokyo as Bangkok and Osaka as Chiang Mai, and you will go ah-hah!… Got it!.
Yes, not totally remote, but a city that is slower-paced than the capital and more cultured in lifestyle. Nice coffee shops and lots of happy times to stroll along the shops.
Forget about fancy and tall skyscrapers and shopping malls in Chiang Mai. It’s all about art and unique handmade products here. Not often do other sites give you local insights into Chiang Mai, but here it is, we have the latest on where to shop in Chiang Mai and the top must-have products from each of these places.
1. NIGHT BAZAAR
Night Bazaar is a dazzling street lighted up at night in the heart of Chiang Mai. Here you will find stalls lined up both sides of the street with unique handmade local products. Let’s have a glimpse of our selection on the top A-list.
[PRODUCT #1 – HMONG HANDMADE SHOULDER BAG]
Wow! Looks like a designer-grade bag. Its 100% cotton and all hand-sewn by hilltribes who are original designers and stitchers of these stylish shoulder bags. We absolutely lovvve the vibrant coloured-stitching and design. The shoulder bag comes in a zip and has a zip pocket inside the bag too. Fantastic!
It also comes in a just-right dimension:
- Width 22 inches
- Height 15.5 inches
- Strap 24 inches
Best fit for a casual day with your favourite t-shirt and denim and stroll along the shops in town and you’ll definite have envious glares of this unique bag on your shoulder. Comes in 4 colours for your selection: orange, red, blue, and green. Click!
[PRODUCT #2 – HMONG HANDMADE POUCH]
Whether you want to buy this piece as a local souvenir from Chiang Mai or a stylish piece for yourself, it rocks! Your friends will be awed at the design and it is also perfect as a personal make-up pouch (or any pouch) that fits perfectly in your handbag.
It also has a strap at the side, making the pouch easy to hold. The pouch can be opened/closed with a zip, so you don’t have to worry that your stuff will fall out. There is also a small compartment inside which can also be zipped inside. Cool! More space!
This pouch’s dimensions are:
- Length 11 inches
- Height 7.5 inches
- Strap length 6 inches
2. CHIANG MAI WALKING STREET
Chiangmai Walking Street is another famous street to visit on a Sunday evening. Lots of young crowd gather there on Sunday evenings till late night to display their local goodies and handmade pieces. You don’t have to paved through the crowd to have a glimpse, here it is on this page for your selection.
[PRODUCT #1 – RAINBOW HANDMADE EARRINGS]
These handmade earrings are extremely beautiful and colourful. Beautiful rainbows! The top of the earring is decorated with beads and the multi rainbow colours flash up your ears instantly.
This piece of chic accessory goes well with a casual day to pair it with basic color t-shirts such as black or white and denim jeans, and you’re ready to rock the day. The rainbow strings are made of cotton material so it is soft when it touches the ear. Super stylo!
- Width 5 inches
- Height 3 inches
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These stretchable pants are sooo comfy to wear. Without having to worry about sizes, because its stretchable, it comes in one free size that is high-waisted and full in length to below-the-ankle.
So don’t have to worry about pants falling off. With cute elephant prints on the pants, these pants are classic local pants from Chiang Mai. Can be worn in all seasons, be it spring, summer, autumn or even winter – because it can be worn casually as a daily wear at home or even to yoga sessions.
This classic pants comes in 3 colours: black, red, and blue. The best part of this pants is that it’s machine washable too! Awesome! Super comfy!
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3. WOROROT MARKET
Wororot Market is a must-visit local market in Chiang Mai that not only sells local snacks and food, the market also sells local clothes. A lot of youngsters and people go to Wororot Market to shop for street fashion at a good bargain.
Lots of street fashion at Wororot Market that is sold both during the day and night. Quality-wise, pretty good for the relatively low prices. Lets check out the most popular item at Wororot Market at the moment.
[PRODUCT #1 – CHIANGMAI HANDMADE BLUE DYED T-SHIRT]
As denim jeans are very common, we wouldn’t want to recommend it on this site. However, we want to recommend a local unique piece that goes superbly well with denim. And that is, the ‘Chiangmai handmade blue dyed t-shirt’.
The dyes come in different styles and this piece is dyed in the pattern of a spider web. Can wear this blue dyed t-shirt with long denim jeans or shorts on a hot summer with your favourite pair of sneakers or slippers.
No matter how you style it, will look casually awesome because this local “it” item are so different from the commercial t-shirts that are sold in the shopping malls. Super comfy materials too! Sizes range from S all the way to 3XL. What are you waiting for? Click!
4. NIMMAN STREET
Nimman Street is the new heart of Chiang Mai as its fulled with urban cafes and shops – similar to Chapel Street in Melbourne, just that Nimman Street caters Thai urban cafes and shops, not western brands.
Don’t be surprised if you spot a lot of Bangkok and Asian youngsters from abroad hanging out in this area as the street is full of chic shops and cafes.
[PRODUCT #1 – CHIANGMAI SEMI-OVAL BAMBOO HANDBAG]
The most hipped items on Nimman Street are bamboo handbags. These bags are loved by both Bangkok and Asian youngsters as they are must-grab pieces from Chiang Mai.
The first piece that we truly love is this semi-oval bamboo handbag. Why is so lovable? Because it can be carried as a clutch and also slinged on the shoulders at long-length.
The long sling is beaded with bamboo beads and the inside of the bag is zipped, super awesome! Look how stylish these bags are in the photoshoot below. Super stylish! A definite must-have!
[PRODUCT #2 – CHIANGMAI WOVEN CIRCULAR BAMBOO BAG]
Leather handbags are so out now. Another A-list bamboo handbag from Chiang Mai is this circular shaped bamboo bag. Another hit item! Imagine wearing this bag to the beach or even to the shops or the mall, it will definitely catch eyes of envious admirers for the bag and you as the fashionista.
Just right in size, you can fit your smartphone, keys and short-wallet into the bag and clipped it in the front and your items are secured. Totally love this piece too!