If you’re in Chiang Mai on a Sunday, you’re in luck, because every Sunday the Rajdamnoen Road is closed and hosts the “Sunday night market walking street”.
If you want to go to a market in Chiang Mai, you must go to this one. There is a bigger selection of crafted gifts, souvenirs, food, than the night bazaar. However the only downside to this market is that it is only open on Sundays, so the rest of the week you’ll have to go to the night bazaar.
All along the side of the market you can sit down and have a massage, back, shoulder, feet or thai. When I went I had a shoulder massage and the masseuse went all the way down to my legs so it’s kinda an all round massage; the massages are a lot cheaper than many of the salons in Chiang Mai, which are about 200 baht per hour, and here I had 30 min for 80 baht so a bit cheaper.
While having your massage you can enjoy the view of the market, the crowds of people struggling to move, yes because the market is so packed that you can sometimes not move for a good 30 seconds.
Beside the market there is the Chedi Luang Wat, which is very beautiful, not too crowed so it’s ok. On the sides of the wat there are several life size elephants and if you walk to the opposite side of the wat you will notice a reclining Buddha (massive). Chedi Luang is 600 years old and used to house the Emerald Buddha, the most important Buddhist relic in Thailand.
So a good daytime activity would be to go to the wat say after lunch, late afternoon, watch the sun set over the wat and then in the evening go to the market to bargain. And have some great street food. Here we are eating sweet sticky rice wrapped in palm leaves.
Now you may be shocked at first, as I was, when the entire market stopped moving, every single person. This is because whenever the King’s anthem plays, everybody has to stop to show respect to the king. Don’t make the same mistake as I did and bump into everyone like dominos. The anthem plays every night at 6pm on all Thai radio and TV stations.
The next day, Katie took me to have my feet cleaned by fish too. It was weird!