CHAPTER 2 : Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

May 18, 2015

 

Olla everyone!

Are you planning for a trip? Today, I would like to share some ideas on what you can do if you plan to visit Chiang Mai, Thailand. Welcome to chapter 2 of this series. If you would like to know more about transportation around Chiang Mai then you may check out my first post Chapter 1 : Transportation around Chiang Mai. Let’s start shall we?

 

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1 – Night Market in Chiang Mai

Thailand is very well known to have one of the most interesting night market and everytime we visited Thailand it is definately a must go things. Let me share with you why. Apart from having great varieties of street food, you get to purchase some unique souvenirs for your family and friends back home. Dont forget to try their banana nutella pancake. It is like roti canai pisang with lots of nuttella in it. Yummy! I will share more about the wonderful food choices on chapter 4 post.

Talking about night markets, there are :

THE NIGHT BAZAAR
Location: Chang Khlan Road, between Tha Phae and Sridornchai Road.
Hours: Open every night from about 6pm to midnight.

Since we book our hotel at Chang Klan road, it is very convenient to visit the night bazaar. There are few other market along this road. This night market offers lots of souvenirs, garments like t-shirt and also street food. You may also purchase dried spices along the road.

Tips : If you are bringing baby, avoid using strollers as some some rows are narrow. I would suggest to wear a baby carrier instead. Lucky you if you child love to walk!

 

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ANUSARN NIGHT MARKET

Location: Anusarn Sunthorn Road off Chang Khlan Road.
Hours: Open daily from 5pm to midnight.

One of our top favourite market to visit here. To be frank, we visited this market more than 3 times. Main reason is because, there are halal food restaurant around (plus point) and you get to do lots of exercise walking around the night market. Here, they sell almost the same varieties like the night bazaar but what make it different is that it is located in like a big space and not campy. You may also haggle for bargain here. From painting to thai silk to hair accessories. You will be spoilt with choices for sure.

Tips : Dont forget to try out the street ice cream and juices!

 

 

KALARE NIGHT MARKET
Location: Cnr Chareonprahet Lane 6 and Chang Khlan Road.
Hours: Open daily from 5pm to midnight.

This market have more of the touristy feel to it. If you are planning to purchase handicraft then this is the place for you.  This market is inside a building so if it is raining and your figuring out where to go then this is a good option and plus it is just walkable distance (10 minutes of walk) from Anusarn Market. When we arrived we got lucky to catch some traditional performances at the market entrance. Check out the video below to have more insight and virtual tour of the place.

 
SATURDAY WALKING STREET MARKET

Location: Cnr Wua Lai and Rat Chiengasen Road.
Hours: Open Saturday evening from 5pm to 10pm.

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We end up having picnic dinner here! If you happen to have a Saturday in Chiang Mai. I would totally recommend for you to visit this Saturday Walking Street Market. At the main entrance of the market you get to see so many hawker stall and you may fill your tummy before enjoying what this market got to offer. If you prefer a table and a chair they also provide it along the area. We decided to blend with the crowd and enjoy a weekend picnic!

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2 – Umbrella Factory

Location: I forgot the name but the one we went was at the city.
Hours: Open Daily from 10am to 6pm.

We paid 200 bath (around rm20) for car rental (include driver) to bring us to visit 4 places and he will wait for you at the location. Which means, we get to plan our own itinerary and get to go around with our own timing. For young parent with an active toddler this is the best option for us. Some might approach you with a suggested itinerary it is up to you to decide. We went visiting the umbrella factory, honey factory, leather factory and gems jewellery. Will share more about the rest of the factory later.

 

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3 – Leather Factory

Location: I forgot the name but the one we went, was at the city.
Hours: Open Daily from 10am to 6pm.

 

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It is our time touching crocodile skin! We were also given a brief explanation about different types of leather. We are now able to distinguish crocodile skin, sting ray skin, sheep, ostrich as well as elephant skin. Quite an informative experience. They also sell lots of products made out of leather. Including key chains, hand bags, jackets, shoes, wallet and even belt. There are so much of leather in the room that you get to smell the leather as you enter the main door. You also get to see the workers working on their products from scratch, with all these different types of leather.

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4 – Chiang Mai Zoo

Location: 100 Huaykaew Road, 50200, Thailand.
Hours: Open Daily from 10am to 6pm.

 

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We had lots of fun visiting Chiang Mai Zoo and would definitely suggest for you to visit the Zoo if you into animals. It will be very fun session especially if you bringing your child. As for my case my baby 1 year old so we end up renting a buggy. The place is quite huge (200 acres) the rental for the buggy is 350 bath per hour and we end up using it for almost 3 hours. It is the best decision we made, so we can utilised our energy for walking inside the attraction places instead. The Zoo is reasonably maintained but it does have some minor slack which can be tolerable. If you are a muslim, I suggest you bring pack food or bread as most cafe is non-halal in the zoo. Good thing is they have prayer room at the main door.So, you might need to plan on that as well.

So that’s about it for this post. I will share more on halal food option, hotel review and more tips on future chapter! Thank you for dropping by and for checking up my post. I hope this will give you more insight if you plan to visit Chiang Mai, Thailand. Have a great day!

 

** This is my personal trip. All Goods and Services was paid with our hard-earned money. As usual, I will test and review products or services regardless of whether they have been sent to me or not with honesty. Unless stated so in the post or marked with an asterisk, all products featured on this blog have been bought with my own hard-earned pennies. I started this blog to give my two pennies worth of thought and have fun along the way and that is exactly how this blog shall remain.

11 comments:

  1. thank you illy for your tips. I like your writing style that you seperate each post instead of all jumble up into one. been your silent reader and this is my first time commenting. hope to get to know you more in the future.

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    1. Olla new friend!

      thank you commenting at my humble post. :) Appreciate it alot especially the kind feedback!
      I will try my best to improve from time to time. hugs! <3

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  2. sofia diam je ek... bestnye illy.. k lily tunggu lagi next entry for chiang mai ek

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    1. itu tang diam kak lily.. time bising off record hahaha :P thank you singgah sini.. illy cuba update asap <3

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  3. ada rezeki nak gak lah g sana... seronoknyaaaaaaaa sofea jalan

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    1. amin ya rabal alamin :) kak illy doakan rezeki innanie melimpah ruah lepas ni amiinnnn :)

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  4. when i do plan a trip there.. i must check this post out again :) it seems very interesting, fun and everyone even the little ones can enjoy :)

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  5. Chiang Mai is one of our top place to go dalam list. InsyaAllah lepas baby dah besar sikit and lepas financial family dah stabil sikit baru pergi

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  6. When I go Chiang Mai in the future, I will be sure to refer back to your post for "Things to do" :)

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  7. Good tips , must be mark down so i can use it when i go travel there

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