Borsang village in Chiang Mai’s Sankampheng district is one the best places to find authentic handmade Thai souvenirs.
This program is designed to allow you plenty of time, after visiting the temples in the morning, to stroll around the “Handicraft San Kampeang Village” where most of Chiang Mai’s hand-made products are created. Here you will find hand woven Thai silk, silverware, lacquer and typical Sa paper umbrellas, with a demonstration of how these are made. We will next visit Chiang Mai’s famous Shinwatra silk farm or Jolie Femme silk shop, as well as shops selling unique local wood carvings in a setting of traditional northern wooden homes, complete with traditional furniture and decorations. Prices are negotiable.
This was recently voted the most visited market in Thailand by Tripadvisor.com.
The Sunday night walking street is located near the Tha Pae gate and is brimming with tourists, both Thai and visiting travelers. In this marketplace you can buy almost any type of clothing and household items, and of course souvenirs. From silver to silk, bamboo home décor to lacquer wares, intricate wood carvings and much more. An array of inexpensive gourmet Chiang Mai street food will dazzle and delight. The market features various local shows, music and traditional performances along the streets. The markets remain open until about 11.30 pm.
Situated in the city near the Chiang Mai gate, this market is open air and a must see for all tourists. By day, the Wua Lai street is well known for the finest examples of handmade silver products in Chiang Mai. By night you will find exotic fresh and cooked food, specialty local souvenirs and gifts enough to engage you for hours of shopping.
While you are here, don’t miss a visit to the neighboring Wat Sri Suphan temple by night. Quiet and less touristy, you will see this unusual temple’s ordination hall which is made of silver, costing approximately 25 million Thai baht. This temple is really worth a visit and entrance is free.