Chiang Mai A Night Delight
Chiang Mai North of Thailand
ChiangÂ Mai is theÂ cityÂ whichÂ feelsÂ moreÂ like a village and combines world-class facilities suchÂ asÂ international hospitals andÂ schoolsÂ withÂ a truly local feel. Many partsÂ of Thailand do notÂ comeÂ alive until after sunset.Â Whether for dining,Â dancing,Â drinkingÂ or even browsing the night markets, the country has something to suit absolutely every taste.Chiang Mai A Night Delight.
Thai food is legendary but you have to actually visit Thailand itself to truly sample it and eating is something which theÂ Thai people like to do slowly andÂ in someÂ style. There are also plenty of international restaurantsÂ asÂ well asÂ streetÂ stalls serving tasty morsels. Anyone who likes to listen to live music or dance theÂ nightÂ awayÂ will discover thatÂ Thailandâ€™s appealÂ lastsÂ long after itâ€™s sun has set.
Chiang Mai Sightseeing Activities
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Opened in 2006, visitors are treated to a rare insight into anÂ animal kingdom that comesÂ alive after dark. Encompassing
324 acres, it has been divided into three zonesÂ thatÂ include theÂ Savanna Safari, Predator Prowl and 1,200-meter Jaguar Trail all explored from the safety of a comfortable rail system thatÂ twists and turnsÂ below a thick canopy formed by jungle timber.
Located close to theÂ airport, a 20 minute drive (12 km.) from Chiang Mai town.
33Â Moo 12, NhongÂ Kwai Sub-district,Â HangÂ Dong District, ChiangÂ Mai 50230
66 (0) 5399 9000
Shopping Paradise in Chiang Mai
Tha Pae Walking Street
There are two cultural walking streets in Chiang Mai. One of themÂ is â€˜Tha Pae Walking Streetâ€™, which runs theÂ entire lengthÂ of theÂ RatchadamnoenÂ Road starting from Tha Pae Gate, cutting rightÂ throughÂ theÂ heartÂ of theÂ old city. It turnsÂ into a pedestrianÂ streetÂ every Sunday from lateÂ afternoon until midnight and is also known as â€˜Sunday Walking Streetâ€™.
Tha Pae Walking StreetÂ is aÂ greatÂ spot to shop, eat and watch the world pass by. HereÂ you canÂ findÂ all kindsÂ of Thai handicrafts,Â decorativeÂ productsÂ in Lanna style, andÂ various clothes,Â traditional andÂ contemporary. Tha Pae Walking StreetÂ also has a great amount of eateriesÂ all along both sides asÂ youÂ walkÂ by. Look outÂ for street performances by local artists and there areÂ plentyÂ of pubsÂ andÂ barsÂ in case you getÂ tiredÂ of theÂ walking.
Start walking from Tha Pae Gate heading towardsÂ theÂ heartÂ of theÂ old city.
Wualai Walking Street
Chiang Maiâ€™s otherÂ walking street is â€˜Wualai Walking Streetâ€™,Â which commences at the southern moat opposite theÂ old city. The open-air marketÂ stretchesÂ all over theÂ lengthÂ of Wualai Road, andÂ is more often known to locals asÂ theÂ Wualai Market or simply Saturday Market, becauseÂ it is held every Saturday evening. Wualai Walking StreetÂ isÂ relatively small, comparedÂ to theÂ Sunday Market held in Tha Pae. It is also less busy with much more spaceÂ for visitors to chill out. Wualai Street usedÂ to beÂ theÂ old silver-making districtÂ of Chiang Mai and youâ€™ll still seeÂ aÂ few traditionalÂ silver workshops within this area. Like on the Sunday Walking Street, thereÂ are plenty of tasty eateries, but on Wualai there are small food shops, setÂ up asÂ a food marketÂ withinÂ theÂ sectionÂ of Soi 3.
Start walking from theÂ southernÂ moat opposite theÂ city area.Â ContinueÂ all throughÂ till theÂ very endÂ of Wualai Street.
Shopping Paradise Kad Luang
In northernÂ ThaiÂ languageÂ â€˜Kadâ€™ means â€˜Marketâ€™. TheÂ wordÂ â€˜Luangâ€™ represents â€˜big or hugeâ€™.Â TheÂ meaningÂ Â of â€˜Kad Luangâ€™ is, therefore,Â â€˜Big Marketâ€™. TheÂ other name of Kad LuangÂ isÂ â€˜Warorot Marketâ€™. Kad LuangÂ is oneÂ of theÂ oldestÂ remaining marketsÂ in ChiangÂ Mai. Since theÂ old days, it hasÂ alwaysÂ beenÂ very well-known for ThaiÂ traditionalÂ food, products, such as â€˜NamÂ Prik Noomâ€™,Â a delicious chili paste, whichÂ goesÂ very well withÂ mostÂ kindsÂ of Thai food, evenÂ withÂ plain rice. TheÂ taste of this pasteÂ is sweetÂ ratherÂ thanÂ spicy, andÂ is comparableÂ withÂ marmaladeÂ in Western culture.
There are also other kinds of food and productsÂ inÂ Kad LuangÂ ChiangÂ Mai. You canÂ findÂ almostÂ everythingÂ in Kad Luang. ThereÂ areÂ greatÂ choicesÂ of food, clothes, fabrics or metal wares and much more. This is another good place to look for wonderful souvenirs.
JustÂ tell your Tuk Tuk or Song ThaeoÂ (red truck) driver you wantÂ to go to Kad Luang.
NimmanhaeminÂ RoadÂ inÂ ChiangÂ Mai, lying westÂ from theÂ city walls heading towards the Suthep Mountain, has recently become a blooming shopping area with a great number of designer shops.Most of theÂ purchasable products here are decorative or ornamental. There areÂ several shopsÂ whichÂ sell fabrics or candles.Â Nimmanhaemin Road is also anotherÂ goodÂ placeÂ whereÂ you canÂ look for inspiring works from local artists. There is also an art shop, a gallery and a theatre called â€˜Gong Deeâ€™ at the end of Soi 1, which is certainly worth a visit. Most recently, arcades such as the â€˜Moda Placeâ€™, theÂ â€˜Nimmanhaemin Promenadeâ€™ asÂ well asÂ theÂ â€˜Tall Teak Plazaâ€™ haveÂ beenÂ addedÂ toÂ Soi 1 of NimmanhaeminÂ Road due to the popularity of the place. All three arcades are standingÂ right next to eachÂ other.
Nimmanhaemin Road lies westÂ from theÂ city walls headingÂ towardsÂ theÂ Suthep Mountain. It is betterÂ to useÂ a Tuk Tuk or Song Thaeo.
Kad Suan Kaew
Kad Suan Kaew is one of the biggest modernÂ shoppingÂ complexesÂ in Chiang Mai. It isÂ locatedÂ onÂ HuayÂ Kaew Road. Here you canÂ find almostÂ everything.Events andÂ exhibitions are frequently held here andÂ people of all agesÂ come for shoppingÂ andÂ relaxation. Kad Suan Kaew also has a nice food court with a great variety of delicacies atÂ reasonable prices. Along with theÂ shopping complex, Kad Suan Kaew also comprises theÂ famousÂ â€˜Lotus PangÂ SuanÂ Kaewâ€˜ Hotel.
Kad SuanÂ Kaew lies onÂ HuayÂ Kaew Road, andÂ is very-well knownÂ to all theÂ peopleÂ in Chiang Mai. Any Tuk Tuk or Song Thaeo driver canÂ takeÂ you to this place.
21 Huay Kaew Road, SuthepÂ Sub-district, MueangÂ District, ChiangÂ Mai 50200 ,66 (0) 5322 4444
CentralPlaza Chiang Mai Airport
IfÂ you are looking for anÂ international standardÂ shoppingÂ complex selling internationalÂ brandsÂ thenÂ look no further.CentralPlaza ChiangmaiÂ Airport is vast andÂ is full of shopsÂ selling Western goodsÂ atÂ reasonableÂ prices. It is also homeÂ to anÂ enomorousÂ rangeÂ of restaurantsÂ andÂ a Cineplex Cinema.
CentralPlaza Chiang Mai Airport really is right nextÂ door to theÂ airport, 10-minuteÂ drive from Chiang Mai old town.
2 Hai Ya Sub-district,Â MueangÂ District, ChiangÂ Mai 50100
66 (0) 5399 9199