Photo Essay: Walking the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Just a few of the hundreds of stalls in the Sunday Market

Busker at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Clothes stalls at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Browsing the market

Street food skewers at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wrapped skewers at one of the stalls. We tried some of the salad in the background. Yum!

Portrait artists at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Walking past a portrait artist

Portrait artist at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A portrait in progress, this one from a photo on an iPad

Keyrings at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Key rings and fluffy knickknacks at one of the market stalls

Man selling cotton candy at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A man selling bags of Fairy Floss (cotton candy) at one of the street intersections in the market

Grilled corn cobs at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Grilled corn cobs ready to be devoured

Wooden bowls and cutlery at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A stall selling wooden kitchen items. Some are made from bamboo, some from coconut shells

Street food at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

One of the many street food stalls in the market. You won’t go hungry!

Paintings for sale at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A stall selling some unique paintings. Something different to take home.

Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Walking the market as the sun goes down

Umbrellas for sale at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bamboo umbrellas for sale

Scented powders at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Scented powders at one of the market stalls

Hanging glass ornaments at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hanging glass ornaments and wind chimes

Fried street food snacks at the Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fried street food snacks

Sunday Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

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