Saturday-Sunday Flea Market
I actually don’t know what this is called, but every Saturday and Sunday in the morning to early afternoon this is the place to be for second hand goods like furniture, clothing electronics and jewelery. You also won’t find another farang (foreigner) wandering about…unless they’re with their Thai girlfriend.
I’ve mentioned the amulet market in Bangkok before, and while the one in Chiang Mai doesn’t really compare, it’s still an interesting spot. More intriguing than the amulets themselves is watching the craftsmen create protective plastic and decorative silver and gold casings for the amulets themselves. Everything is done by hand and with surprisingly few tools. It’s easy to become mesmerized by the rhythm of their work.
JJ Market is a collection of buildings housing different antique shops. From furniture and frames, to old spirit houses and photos, this is the place to come for all you collectors. On another note, the area around JJ Market has a number of Thai bars that are popular with a younger crowd. Go for a taste of the local night life and drinking Thai style.
While the markets covered in this series highlight the main ones found in Chiang Mai, there are still more to explore like local fresh markets dotted throughout the city (two of the largest are at the north and south gates of the moat) and a weekend motorbike/buffalo market – just to take care of all your needs in one place.
Been to Chiang Mai – what did I miss? Which is your favorite market? Let me know in the comments below!
Hey! I'm Alana and I've spent nearly the past decade living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working as a writer and photographer. I started Paper Planes as a place to share local insight, special places, and how to travel well through a range of experiences — from hostels to high-end hotels, street meat to multi-course meals.
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