Northern Thailand shopping

Market in Mae Sot

Municipal Market

Mae Sot’s municipal market is among the largest and most vibrant we’ve encountered anywhere in Thailand. There’s heaps of exotic stuff from Myanmar, including Burmese bookshops, sticks of thanaka (the source of the …
Market in Nan

Walking Street

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon, the stretch of Th Pha Kong in front of Wat Phumin is closed and vendors selling food, textiles, clothing and local handicrafts set up shop.
Market in Phrae

Kat Korng Kow

Every Saturday afternoon Phrae hosts Kat Korng Kow, an open-air market held at the western end of Th Kham Leu. It's mostly food, but there's also a few souvenirs and handicrafts.
Market in Lampang Province

Thung Kwiang Market

Located about 5km southeast of the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, this covered market is a crash course in northern Thai food and handicrafts, with everything from rót dòo·an (deep-fried worms, a northern specia…
Market in Chiang Rai

Thanon Khon Muan

Come Sunday evening, the stretch of Th Sankhongnoi from Soi 2 heading west is closed to traffic and in its place are vendors selling clothes, handicrafts and local food. Th Sankhongnoi is called Th Sathanpayabarn wh…
Market in Chiang Rai

Walking Street

If you’re in town on a Saturday evening, be sure not to miss the open-air Walking Street, an expansive street market focusing on all things Chiang Rai, from handicrafts to local dishes. The market spans Th Thanalai …
Market in Chiang Khong

Walking Street

On Wednesday and Saturday during the tourist season (around November to May), Chiang Khong’s main drag hosts a Walking Street market, which has a decent selection of local eats (mains 30B to 60B) and a small selecti…
Arts & Crafts in Mae Sot

Borderline Shop

Selling arts and crafts made by refugee women, the profits from this shop go back into a women’s collective and a child-assistance foundation. The upstairs gallery sells paintings, and the house is also home to a te…
Market in Lampang

Walking Street

Lampang has its own Walking Street market along charming Th Talad Gao. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, the usual traffic is replaced by souvenir, handicraft and food stalls.
Arts & Crafts in Mae Sot


One of two branches in northern Thailand, this shop specialises in bright hand-crafted cloth goods created by displaced women from Burma.