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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Chase and Chomp in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
It is hard to refute that night bazaar's main focus is selling the items with friendly price. The same aim applied as well in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar as you can find countless goods stalls which sells both common goods like clothes, shoes, purses, CDs, DVDs, and handicrafts to the interesting items like samurai swords, statues of aliens, and imitation of famous brand watches and jewelry. The quality of these items varied one merchant to another. However, noted that the price you pay usually equal to the value that you get. A little tip on haggling in this market is that you have to smile and friendly with the seller, don't force on getting the smallest price because they already put up sale with the cheap price. If you are tight on budget and a serious snip seeker, you might consider to be the early bird or buy the items at the very last minute of operational hour because the vendors consider is as a bad luck if they refuse the potential first cash and they are more than willing to give a good price as one last sale.
Food and drink enthusiast will be pleased by a big variety of restaurant and food stalls available in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, such as the local noodle and seafood, pastry and pasta, fish and chips, and street food like the Thai green chili paste called 'nam prik noom' and deep fried pork skin called 'geap moo'. When you feel like eating the fast food, chain restaurants like Mc Donald, Starbuck, and Subway are available to fulfill your craving. Party in the pub located near the market is not a bad idea as well as it serves beer and pub dishes, chilling with the locals who like to party and booze.
Not only goods and food, in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar you will come across a various kind of services stalls such as booking a ticket to another trip in Thailand through travel agents and surfing in the internet cafes. For the international tourist, a new SIM card based in Thailand is required to communicate and browse the internet so they can go to the mobile phone shops spread in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, as well as printing the vacation pictures and buying new equipment in camera shops. Getting a Thai foot massage after an endless walk in the night bazaar sounds like a great idea, as there are many stalls offering the service. Starting from THB 200, the Thai massage will definitely relieve the pain in your feet.
Besides walking through the night at the bazaar, you can also visit the museum of Art in Paradise which is located Chan Klan Road. The museum offers more than 130 different images of 3D paintings which allow the people to experience the odd view of themselves in imaginary scenarios. Six different regions are available such as the underwater world, wildlife area, classic art, ancient Egypt, surreal art, and the dinosaur zone. Usually, the visitors at least stay at the museum for two hours and come in pair or group so that they can take pictures for each other. Not only taking pictures at the museum, Art in Paradise also has a restaurant and a coffee shop that you can visit before or after the museum trip.
Located near Ton Lamyai Flower Market in the north of Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum remains as the heritage site that offers a huge collection of stamps, including the unique infrared stamp and silk-printed stamp on display. The two-story building which is used to be the main post office also includes old pictures of postal activities that depicts how the post service became the communication medium.
How to Get Tickets?
You don't need any ticket to enter Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum because anyone can freely roam around the places On the other hand, ticket is applied for the entrance of Art in Paradise Museum, namely THB 300 for adult and THB 200 for children.
How To Get Around?
The market is usually crowded so it might be a little difficult to walk. However, as long as you can keep up with the rhythm of the other market visitors, you will move just fine. On the other hand, the museums are less crowded so it is comfortable to walk and enjoy the observation of the attractions.
What Should I Wear?
It is best to wear thin clothes because the afternon and night in tropical country like Thailand may feel stuffy. However, you still have to keep your outfit proper as well.
Best Time to Visit
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar operates from 6.30 to 10 pm. However, it is best to go to the market after 7 pm because the sellers already gather and prepare their goods. On the other hand, Art in Paradise Museum operates from 9 am to 9 pm everyday while Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum operates from 9 am to 4 pm and closed on Monday and public holidays.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, however, it is better if you know several Thai words and sentences to communicate and bargain with the seller and officers of the museums.
How To Get There?
You can take free shuttle bus to directly get off in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, as well as walking to the market. The museums are located near the bazaar so it is also rather easy to walk to the sites.