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The largest mall in the north, boasting 6 million customers annually, the Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport is a model of sensible design and functionality, with easy access from the multi-storey and open air parking areas to all parts of the complex.

With Robinson Department Store occupying one end of the building, the remaining ive loors that constitute the active selling space are loosely zoned according to loor. Banks and a supermarket as well as the largest saltwater aquarium in the north are found on the basement level, which also includes a food court where many Northern Thai specialties are served. The food court is at the lowest level of the Northern Village, a distinctive area within the complex that specializes in Northern Thai handicrafts.

Floor 1 features fashion and clothing and Floor 2 is
the place to go for hair, facial and body treatments to
look and feel better in the clothes purchased on the
loor below. IT is the focus of outlets on Floor 3, a good
place to ind a computer or mobile phone. Restaurants
predominate the top loor, where there is a large food
court adjacent to the entrance of the city’s leading seven theatre Cineplex.
 
 
  2 Mahidol Road, Haiya Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5399 9199
Fax: +66 (0) 5399 9122-3
www.centralplaza.co.th
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ‘Crystal Garden Market’, or Kad Suan Kaew, was the irst megamall to grace Chiang Mai. This multi-storied complex was designed to be much more than a shopping mall, containing a hotel as well as the city’s only custom-built theatre (Kad Theatre) for staging plays and musicals. Other entertainment venues in the complex include bowling alleys, a ‘Sing-a Long’ hall, and a multiplex cinema.

A multi-level car park serves the complex, which also includes spacious conference facilities and a large exhibition hall. The various wings of the building surround an atrium where a stage overlooks an open area the size of a city square. Concerts and shows are often staged there.

Four levels of shopping and dining facilities include an IT center, a sports clothing center, book shops as well as a host of small stores selling fashions and accessories to the young crowd who come to the air-conditioned mall in the afternoon. Coffee shops, restaurants,
two food courts, a supermarket, banks and the Chiang Mai branch of the prestigious Central Department Store complete the range of retail services available.

21 Huay Kaew Road, Suthep Sub-
district, Muang District, Chiang Mai,
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 4444
www.kadsuankaew.co.th
Open: 11.00 – 21.00 hrs.
 
 
     
 

Designed in Lanna style, JJ Market provides a rich variety of entertainment and shopping with convenient parking spaces a short distance from Chiang Mai’s old city and moats. Though divided into three zones - JJ Good Taste, JJ Pub & Restaurant and JJ Hobby - the type of businesses found in each is not rigid.

During the day, JJ Hobby is a place to go
searching for second hand furniture, orchids or even pets, while JJ Good Taste hosts the Mae Fa Luang Royal Projects shop (handicrafts and foods) and Thammachat, a shop selling natural foods and herbal products. Other shops con-
tain a variety of gifts, decorative items, rattan
and bamboo furniture, textiles, antiques, spa
products and hobby products.

When the early evening comes, JJ Market transforms with neon lights and music from the bars that open to serve
Chiang Mai’s young and fashionable night crowd. Clearly it doesn’t matter which zone you are in, the sense of good
taste created by the laid back environment and Lanna styling is shared by all.
45 Assadathon Road, Paton Sub-district,
Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5323 1520-5
Fax: +66 (0) 5323 1517
www.jjchiangmai.com
Open: 10.00 – 19.00 hrs.

 
 
 
Located to the southwest of Chiang Mai on Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, Kad Farang will grow as the city ex-
pands. Built on an expansive site, the Northern-style single-loor structures of Kad Farang create a relaxing and
fashionable one-stop resting place by the highway.

Here, you can do your banking, cleaning, and pick up necessities if not delicacies at the Kad Farang branch of the Rimping Supermarket, Chiang Mai’s leading supermarket for luxury and imported foods and wines. Drop in to Kin Muang Kin Lam, a food center featuring authentic Northern Thai food, and enjoy a beverage at the Black Canyon Coffee Shop. To ind out where to go in Hang Dong, visit the special information center for tourists.

225 Moo13 Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, km 13, Hang Dong Sub-district, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5343 0555
Fax: +66 (0) 5344 1581
www.kadfarang.com
Open: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
 
 
 
 

In less than 40 years Ban Tawai has grown from obscure beginnings to its present position as the foremost handicrafts village in Thailand. Set amidst productive rice paddies near the Ping River, the village started as a place where woodcarvers inished pieces that had been carved in the rough elsewhere. In 2004, the village was awarded OTOP status in the One Tambon One Product village category, despite the vast range of products actually sold and produced within the village itself. Ban Tawai boasts more than half a dozen zones in which tightly-packed shops extend along covered driveways. With coffee shops, exchange services, restaurants, and even shipping agents as well as a temple that has become a showpiece for its skilled woodcarvers, Ban Tawai is a tourist haven.Though woodcarvings remain prominent amongst the products on sale, the shops of Ban Tawai sell anything from basketry to terracotta wares. Many shops in the densely packed malls in the center of the village tend to focus on smaller products, but larger carvings and furniture may also be found, especially in some of the larger wooden houses that are grand showpieces of architectural style.

 
 
To reach the village it is necessary to take a side
road south for two kilometers from the district town
Hang Dong, which is on the main highway Chiang
Mai – Hod highway (route 108). Along this side road
there are many emporiums that retail and wholesale
stylish antique and replicated furniture to the rest of
the country. For anyone interested in the publicized
styles of Thai interior design and home decor, Ban
Tawai is not to be missed.
One Tambon One Product (OTOP) Handicraft vil-
lage, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai
 
           
   
Viengbua Ceramics puts an extraordinary range of tableware and other ceramic pieces on display at its main showroom, which is conveniently located in the Night Bazaar. The focus is on small items, especially on tableware. If you are looking for a tea set or a small pot, Viengbua provides a wide array of sizes and glazes. Viengbua’s collection is not just restricted to tableware, but includes items like ashtrays, name card holders, jars, vases, and many more items in a variety of color glazes. Viengbua Ceramics also produces some glassware, creating glasses, jugs and vases in a pleasing variety of shapes and colors.

Showrooms/individual sales: Pavilion Plaza Ground Floor,
Night Bazaar, Chang Khlan Road, Muang District
JJ Market: Asadathorn Road, Muang District
Kad Farang: Hang Dong
Factory, wholesale only 13: Soi 6, Viangbua Road,
Chang Phuak Sub district, Muang District
Mobile: +66 (08) 7829 0452
Fax: +66 (0) 5390 7053
Night Bazaar showroom hours: 12.00 -23.00 hrs.
 
   
 
Almost dividing Chiang Mai’s old city within the moats from west to east in two, Ratchadamnoen Road runs from Tha Pae Gate at the east to the majestic west entrance of Wat Phra Singh. Every Sunday, this cobbled thoroughfare transforms from a busy inner city road to a trafic-free zone packed with promenading people. Along each side of the road, dividing the road into two halves, are rows of stalls selling anything that is handmade, usually artistic and easy to carry. Hand-painted mirrors and boxes, candleholders, essential oils, Lanna musical instruments, cotton slippers, fridge magnets, table lamps, small paintings and posters few walk away without something from the enormous, often unique, variety of things being sold by Chiang Mai’s small scale art and handicraft producers.For a clear run at the stalls go in the late afternoon, just after the heat of the day has worn off and the stallholders have inished setting up, but too early for the crowds and street performers who crowd the street later in the evening. All manner of local snacks are sold by vendors along the street, and there are several restaurants where you can enjoy a meal. And for those who tire of the intensity, there are plenty of masseuses inviting you to
 

relax in easy chairs for 30- or 60-minute foot
massages. Though the Sunday Walking Street on
Ratchadamnoen Road is the larger event, Wualai Road becomes similarly busy on Saturday evening with ambling young bargain hunters. Beginning near Chiang Mai Gate on the south side of the moat, young
bargain hunters walk south along the street, enjoying the spectacle while snapping up bargains and tasty delights wrapped in banana leaf.Sunday Evening on Ratchadamnoen Road
 
 
Located more or less half-way between the old city moats to the east and Chiang Mai University to the west, Nimmanhaemin Road has transformed into an up market fashion zone. There are restaurants; French, Italian, Korean, and Thai in addition to hair salons, nail parlors, boutiques, DVD outlets, design shops, and clothing
boutiques. For handicrafts and art go to the north end of the road (it runs more or less north and south). Nearby is Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, a relatively short dead end lane that is lined on both sides with shops selling art and d?cor as well as beauty salons and a gallery.Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 2261, Fax: +66 (0) 5340 1163
 
   
   
 
 
Thai visitors to Chiang Mai love to buy edible northern delicacies such as naem (fermented pork), mu yor (pork roll) and kalamae (local toffee) to take home and share
with their friends. The best place to go for these and other preserved foods is Warorot Market, one of two large halls in an area densely packed with shops known as Kad
Luang. Surrounding the central hall of Warorot Market are galleries selling inexpensive clothing and hill-tribe products as well as stalls packed with everyday goods,
including the only place in the city selling ireworks year round. Sikh merchants and Chinese gold shops are frequent amongst the venues lining the main streets of
Kad Luang, which is located by the river between Chiang Mai and Thaphae Roads.
Kad Luang includes a large fresh market known as Talat Lam Yai, a small multi-storey car park, as well as Chiang
Mai’s main market for fresh cut lowers as well as fruit 24/7. Indeed Kad Luang is a 24-hour experience, when the main halls of the covered markets turn quiet in the evening, the main streets outside take on the atmosphere of a night bazaar. Food stalls line one street, while
stalls selling fashionable clothing and accessories make up the second. This is a place where Chiang Mai’s young
women like to saunter around with their boyfriends -a local version of the famed Night Bazaar for foreign tourists nearby.
 
 
   
 
 
Nandakwang has been selling
homespun cottons and linens in
its present shop-house location on
Nimmanhaemin Road for almost
two decades, making it a pioneer
in this fashionable area. An impres-
sive range of covers for cushions,
beds and tables is joined by nu-
merous homespun items such as
bags, rugs and cotton slippers.
Do not miss the stylish loose itting
trousers, shirts and blouses that
make up a heat beating range of
designer wear.

6/1-5 Nimmanhaemin Road,
District Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 2261,
Fax: +66 (0) 5340 1163
Open 9.30 - 17.00 hrs.
   
     
     
If small gifts for children and the young at heart are a requirement, Silver Birch should more than satisfy. Delicate mobiles consisting of wicker frame birds and winged wooden pigs with feather propellers seem to be hanging from everybrushed concrete beam. Many of the decorative wooden items on the packed shelves it in your pocket. Even the shop itself
seems pocket-sized, with as much space devoted to a pleasing garden as to the shop itself.
 
   
28 Nimmanhaemin Road., Suthep Sub-district,
Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5322 7474
Fax: +66 (0) 5322 7474
Open: 10.30-19.00 hrs.
 
 
 
Lanna cultural activist and poet Wilak Sripasang set up
Srisanpanmai as a shop that promotes Northern Thai culture, particularly the ethnic dress of the valley people. Racks of cotton and silk hand woven shirts and blouses complement rows of neatly folded antique and modern hand-woven tube skirts. This is a shop to come clothed in the ordinary and leave in something very special. Aside from clothing, the shop has a unique collection of old and modern pillows featuring hand-woven brocade, as well as a wide variety of old and new silverware, lacquer ware and khoen basketry.


60 Soi 1, Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep Subdistrict, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5389 4717
Open: 10.00-19.00 hrs.
 
   
 
Pictures, bamboo chairs, cabinets and ta-
bles with multi colored wood, crystal candle
holders, silver birdcages, hand-woven silk
cushions, ceramics and cloisonn? make
up Wit’s Collection. With ceramics featuring
everything from decorated earthenware
storage jars to minimalist vases designed
by artists living in places as far away as
Paris and Tokyo, Wit’s Collection is hard to
walk away from empty handed.
1 Soi 1, Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep
Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai,
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5321 7544
Fax: +66 (0) 5321 7541
www.witscollection.net
Open: 10.00-19.00 hrs.
 
 
 
   
This funky boutique features modern hand-
crafted jewelry and trendy clothing that
exudes a unique style. Ornately decorated
dresses with bright patterns and intricate
designs are just some of the beautiful gar-
ments you’ll ind in this quaint shop. Scarves
designed with beautiful embroidery and care-
fully dyed by skilled craftsmen also grace the
posh product lineup. The jewelry is opulent
and ranges from simple beaded chokers
to stunning ensembles it for a palace ball.
Chabaa is a hot bed of style that should not
be missed.

14/32 Nimman Promenade, Nimmanhaemin
Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Open: 10.00-20.00 hrs.
 
   
   
Long-term Chiang Mai resident Patri-
cia Cheeseman turned her passion
for antique Lao and Thai textiles into
her studio in 1986. Since then she has
been producing an exquisite range of
hand died and woven ikats, silks and
cottons to her own designs. The natu-
ral dying process and backstrap loom
weaving may be seen at the studio,
which acts as a local center, train-
ing northern women in eco-friendly
methods of cloth production using
natural ibers and non-polluting dying
processes. A visit to the studio is likely
to be an unforgettable experience for
those who appreciate the beauty of
inely woven natural materials.

138/8 Soi Chang Khlan Road, Chang Phuak
Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
www.studio-naenna.com
Open: 8:30 - 17:30 hrs.
 
     
 
 


Be transported from the streets of Chiang Mai to a collection that would honor the tradesmen of old. No passerby should miss the opportunity to drop in on this emporium, which is conveniently located almost half way down the short road from
Hang Dong to Ban Tawai. Here you may ind a gong from Cameroon, a wooden stool from Mali, a mirror from Tamil and a Nadu or a basket from Nagaland. From Chinese walnut cabinets to ancient Yao Paintings, Crossroads Asia will surely
tempt homeowners who desire the chic ambience created by ethnic artifacts.

214/7 (Chaiyo Plaza) Hangdong – Takilek Road, Baanwan Sub-district, Hangdong District, Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 (0) 5343 4650
Fax: +66 (0) 5343 4658
www.crossroadsasia.com
Open: 09.00-17.00 hrs.

 
   
When customers step into the sleek
round showroom at the Diamond Gal-
lery, it is less the size of the display that
impresses than the understated quality
of the jewelry on show. Using almost
perfect stones (near colorless and
lawless) thereby helping keep prices
affordable, Temsiri Chaipanichapun, a
member of the Gemological Institute
of America, displays a collection of
rings, pendants, broaches and ear-
rings set in white gold, relecting the
traditional Northern Thai preference
for silver. Customers who prefer yellow
gold need not worry, as all items on
display as well as those following a
customer’s own design can be made
to order.

164/7 Chang Khlan Road,
Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5382 0556
Fax: +66 (0) 5382 0557
Open: 10:00 - 19:00 hrs.
(Closed on Sundays)