Don’t miss must-buys: Thai silk, wood carvings, Buddha statues, jade jewelries and local artisan goodies!
1. Vila Cini – Best Silk and Textiles
This is a high-end option for silk and local textiles. The feel and style of Vila Cini is similar to the famous brand: Jim Thmopson, but Vila Cini is located inside a gorgeous teak house that holds beautiful antique, home accessories, and anything that fits into your living space. If you don’t want to get ripped off by the silk you find at night bazaars, then you’re guaranteed with quality here but the gorgeous products here do come a bit more expensive.
2. Eranyara – Best Jewelry Boutique
When you’re in Thailand, definitely look for something made by local designers or pieces that you won’t find in any other country in the world. Eranyara uses local stones and materials to design gorgeous, elegant pieces. Items start with a few hundred dollars, and they are all statement pieces that are fitting for every woman. She also takes jade and antique beads then transform them into stylish necklaces and bracelets.
3. T Tara Collection – Best Antiques & Buddha Statues
78/1 Charoenprathet Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand (map)
In every city, there’s always that one store which sells all sorts of antiques, crafts, and carvings. In Chiang Mai, there is one too, and you can find all sorts of expensive as well as inexpensive goodies at T Tara Collection. Products here can be seen in a wide range of price categories, while Vila Cini (see #1) may be a bit more high-end. The best part is, if you want to bring home a Buddha statue, this is the perfect spot to find one. The location of the store is near the riverside. If you don’t find anything else, there’s also a night bazaar area close by.
4. Things Called Art – Most Quirky Shop
You’ve seen the elephants and you fell in love with them. Now you would love to buy some souvenirs with them on it. Nothing cheesy but you’re looking for something contemporary and artistic. Things Called Art carries many creative notebooks, bags and cards deisgned by artists Supachet Bhumakarn and his girlfriend, Siriwan Lohacheewa. We love their modern take on traditional Thai symbols and materials.
5. Herb Basics Chiang Mai – Best Spa Goodies
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Walking Street Sunday Market – Best Artisan Street Market
Rajdamnoen Road (near Tha Pae Gate), Chiang Mai, Thailand (map)
Food, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelries, bags are all things you can find at Walking Street Sunday Market. Yes, it’s only open on Sundays, and they don’t allow any cars to drive through Rajdamnoen Road for numerous vendors to set up there. Years ago, this market used to have an authentic vibe, before being attacked by tourists. Even if a certain local atmosphere has gone away, this market is still worth a trip especially when you’ve got a shopping list and trying to stay within a budget. Hungry after shopping? There are delicious food options at the market. Hours: 4pm – midnight, every Sunday.
Warorot Market – Best Local Market
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand (map)