Photo Essay: Walking the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Dean WickhamJuly 5, 2014
Every Sunday afternoon in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Rachadamnoen Rd – the main street through the Old City – is closed off to all traffic to become one big long night market. From the central area around Tha Pha Gate, stalls set up all along the road right up to Wat Phra Singh, and they sell all kinds of items ranging from clothes and crafts to souvenirs and food. The market stall owners set up in the late afternoon, and just as the sun is setting, the street that was once filled with cars and scooters is now filled with pedestrians. Locals and tourists alike come here to browse the market stalls, take a long walk while shopping and nibbling on street food along the way.
Having an extended stay in Chiang Mai, we visited the Sunday Walking Street almost every week. It wasn’t for the shopping; it was for the atmosphere, the interesting sights, and of course, the street food.
On Sunday nights in Chiang Mai, this is the place to be. I hope you enjoy this photo essay of the Sunday Walking Street Market.
Just a few of the hundreds of stalls in the Sunday Market
A busker at the market. This guy was really good. He is blind, and plays his string instrument while also keeping the beat with his tambourine, which his plays with his foot.
Browsing the market
Wrapped skewers at one of the stalls. We tried some of the salad in the background. Yum!
Walking past a portrait artist
A portrait in progress, this one from a photo on an iPad
Key rings and fluffy knickknacks at one of the market stalls
A man selling bags of Fairy Floss (cotton candy) at one of the street intersections in the market
Grilled corn cobs ready to be devoured
A stall selling wooden kitchen items. Some are made from bamboo, some from coconut shells
One of the many street food stalls in the market. You won’t go hungry!
A stall selling some unique paintings. Something different to take home.
Walking the market as the sun goes down
Bamboo umbrellas for sale
Scented powders at one of the market stalls
Hanging glass ornaments and wind chimes
Fried street food snacks
The Sunday Market – the thing to do on a Sunday evening in Chiang Mai
If you’re in Chiang Mai on the weekend, don’t miss the Sunday Walking Street Market.