Explore the Magic of Chiang Rai After Dark: Top 5 Night Markets to Visit


Chiang Rai is located in the north of Thailand, about 200 km from Chiang Mai and 800 km from the capital city of Bangkok which can be examined in the sun. But the nightlife in Chiang Rai is what most visitors are looking for. Once the sun goes down, Chiang Rai wakes up and feels the true charm of the city.

The main attractions and hotspots that are part of Chiang Rai nightlife include bars, restaurants, massage parlors, shopping centers, and yet a tourist-friendly Chiang Rai also offers experience some amazing variety for some memorable nights.

You would be surprised to find a pub on every step on both sides of the main road around the city center. Listed below are some of the most popular and must-visit bars in Chiang Rai. Walk the bustling streets of Chiang Rai’s night markets and be dazzled by the amazing variety on offer here. From Happy Street’s live folk show on Saturdays to Kad Luang’s Thai massage center, you can find it all.

If you want to dive deeper into the vibrant Thai culture, these markets are the perfect places as you can find everything different here from entertainment to the Thai food that it is famous for. When night falls, the light of these night markets changes and lightens up! Be sure to buy something from the CHIANG RAI NIGHT MARKETS as they offer all sorts of goods from basic to exotic, which would be perfect for souvenirs.

From a famous Sunday market for seafood to CHIANG RAI NIGHT MARKET where you can buy souvenirs made by hill tribes, there is a wide variety of options Take your loved one with you and roam the streets of Chiang Rai, satisfy your thirst for good food, unique ingredients, and Northern Thai culture!

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SATURDAY NIGHT MARKET CHIANG RAI Is one of the busiest night markets in Chiang Rai, Saturday Night Market is located on Thana Lai Road. From Thai comfort food to art from local artists here, you’ll want to buy every little thing. If you are not looking to shop small, you can mess around in food stalls as the smell will distract you.

Make sure you arrive before 8 pm as all the long queues will end if you are late. The whole market is filled with the smell of good food and this place is foodie heaven!

This market is worth at least three visits. Just a handful can afford some delicious food! The Thai market stall owners are so friendly and helpful. Try chicken liver and sticky rice.

If you want to shop, this is the place to go. Everything is in one place. Good food and entertainment to go with it. It is also a short walk to many hotels. This pedestrian street market runs more than 1km. It is a great local market so you will find stalls selling items used by the locals. There is a great selection of Thai food.

Tourists have come in cheap clothes that's it.

Well worth a visit. Allow yourself two hours.

Location: Suk Satit, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueng Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Hours: Saturday from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m

Highlights: Delicious Thai food at stalls and unique work by local artisans

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Known for its Sunday noise, Snag Khon Noi also known as Happy Street is a walking area for locals every few hours making this small but bright market a great place to shop and spend some Sunday evening hours devouring the nightlife stalls There are many different things. Popularly known as the SUNDAY NIGHT MARKET OF CHIANG RAI, only runs once a week, so if you’re only in town for the weekend, be sure to head here on a Sunday evening. This 1 km long road is located in the heart of the city's main tourist attraction and runs west from Tha Pae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road

The road is closed to traffic from 4 pm to allow for a temporary walkway. During the sale, you will find a wide variety of crafts, souvenirs, and accessories. Apart from shopping, there are food stalls, makeshift bars, and roadside massage parlors for a quick kick.

The atmosphere is friendly to a few foreign tourists and a lot of locals and as the name suggests lively streets here you can learn a lot about Thai culture and traditions by mingling with the locals.

Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Si Phum, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

Hours: Sunday only 6:00 to 10:00 pm

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Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Dance to the beat do live concerts or just walk with friends in unique art shops. Chiang Rai's night market is very small - only two streets. Nowhere near as big and sophisticated as the night markets in other cities Chiang Rai is a real place to visit local attractions and not a city to visit in itself.

A vibrant market that has a wide range of food offerings ranging from 60bhat to 300 plus for hotpot dishes. Hot pot is very popular with locals and tourists, you can also enjoy some extra small local stalls.

There are also a few bars where you can grab a beer and dance tippy-toe to jazz music. You can also buy a bric-o-brac t-shirt from the stalls here or just pick up a handicraft from the hill tribe.

Location: Viang, Mueang Chiang Rai Mantam, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm all days.

Highlights: Live jazz, bars, and much more.

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Kad Luang

Kad Luang

Next on the spectrum of amazing CHIANG RAI NIGHT MARKETS is Kad Luang which is often called the big wet market. The landscape of this market changes as the sun sets. At first, it looks more like a local market and as soon as the sun goes down it becomes a food lover’s paradise.

Kad Luang is famous for its historic site, old-fashioned market, and unique Chiang Mai food and amenities. If you like to try local food, it’s the place to go. This 3-story building sells food on the first floor and clothes and cheap merchandise on the second and third floors. The entire floor is devoted to food and crops. It’s the main local market and a busy place to see the real Chiang Mai. Clothes, crafts, beauty products, shoes, and everything else you are looking for are available on the second and third floors.

Kad Luang is one of the places where many Thai shoppers are, so expect it to sell the same or similar products as other markets but at lower prices.

You can also spend hours walking the surrounding areas outside the market with all kinds of changing vendors and plenty of street action.

The quaint market charms visitors with its vibrant atmosphere and is often considered a place where you can still see old and real Chiang Mai. Kad Luang is a multi-level shopping mall with dozens of traditional shops, mostly selling food (ground floor) and clothes (upstairs). What many people don’t know is that such a building, Ton Lamy, is right opposite Kad Luang, and there are also many vendors selling food and clothes Just outside these buildings sit hundreds of vendors in the open-air market, selling everything from ceramic food towels to flowers and handicrafts Together, the three markets form the largest daily supermarket in the city.

The whole market is lined with fresh fruits and quick-grab snacks that you can get while shopping. In addition to this, there are a few brand stores with local products where you can buy holiday souvenirs.

Location: Chang Phuek, Mueng Chiang Mai Mantam, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Hours: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm all days

Highlights: Grocery store and local shops.

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Walking Street Chiang Rai

Walking Street Chiang Rai

Another of Chiang Rai’s night markets, Walking Street Chiang Rai offers visitors a wide variety of options such as Thai spas, clothing, Thai dance shows, handicraft items, traditional concerts, and fun things to keep you occupied in.

This street not only features all kinds of shopping, food, and entertainment but also showcases arts and crafts stalls, and entertains you with local performances on the small stage here make sure you add this place to w 'about travel planning because it's an unmistakable place. There are plenty of good places to grab a bite or shop. 

And if you're a real tourist, with a simple personality and not used to all that luxury, you can enjoy walking in Chiang Rai, especially on 'Chiang Rai Walking Street' and 'Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street' '. The two streets are famous shopping districts. They may not be very big, but they are great places to shop and get something to eat after the sun goes down. Both are similar in some ways to a country fair or market fair. There is plenty of food, souvenirs, and cultural items for sale.

The Chiang Rai Walking Trail is open every Saturday, 16:00-24:00. It is located on Thanalai Street in downtown Chiang Rai, from the Tobacco Department meeting to the Government Treasury meeting

There are 3 different areas along the walkway. The first area is the OTOP area, where you can buy quality products such as royalty, regional, or tribal products. The second area is the handicraft area, where you can see valuable and wonderful handicrafts made by the villagers. Also, they still have traditional massages for tourists. You will learn a lot about local wisdom from this place. And, the last place is the exhibition and souvenir area, where you can get something for your friends and family.

There is also another hiking trail called Chiang Raikhon Muan Trail next to the hiking trail. It’s like Chiang Rai Walking Street, with lots of food and souvenir vendors, except Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street is only there on Sundays. So if you don’t know what to do Saturday and Sunday night, you can just go for a walk and grab something to eat either way. It will be exciting.

You will want to take all your friends and family.

And don’t forget this, after running out of time in both directions, you have to walk a little further to see the beautiful and famous Chiang Rai clock tower. This area is the focal point of the district.

Location: Thanalai, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Hours: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am Sunday only.

Highlights: Thai shops, shows, and clothing stores.

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What to do in Chiang Rai at night?

Shop your favorites at Chiang Rai Night Bazaar or browse the goody-filled aisles at Central Plaza. Chiang Rai’s nightlife has plenty of options for a fitting end to your day with countless high-end restaurants and beautiful sights like the Clock Tower and the Hill Tribe Museum souvenir shop

Does Chiang Rai have a night market?

 Chiang Rai's night market is very small - only two streets. Night markets in other cities (e.g. Chiang Mai) are nowhere near as large and impressive. Chiang Rai is a place to visit regional attractions and not necessarily a city to visit.


There are also a few bars where you can grab a beer and dance tippy-toe to jazz music. You can also buy a bric-o-brac t-shirt from the stalls here or just pick up a handicraft from the hill tribe. Hours: 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm all days.

Which is the largest weekend market in Thailand?

Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest flea market in Thailand, and the largest in the world. It covers more than 35 acres and has more than 15,000 stalls. It is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 visitors visit the market daily. Most stalls are open only on Saturdays and Sundays. The market offers a variety of goods including clothes, accessories, home decor, arts and crafts, Thai handicrafts, religious items, collectibles, food, and live animals. Asking prices for groceries here are already cheaper than elsewhere in Bangkok so don’t expect any significant discounts.

What can I find in the CHIANG RAI NIGHT MARKET FOOD?

Food available at Chiang Rai's Sunday Walking Street Night MARKET includes pad thai, BBQ skewers, sushi, noodles, gyoza, omelets with rice, all kinds of curries, and even chicken liver on those sticks, fried insects. If you are craving something sweet, you will find a wide selection of desserts from cheesecakes to crispy little pancakes, waffles, and mango sticky rice

The best part is that the prices are super affordable, ranging from just 6 baht for finger food and up to 50-100 baht for the main course.

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