An introduction to Chiang Mai - Rose of the
Shopping in Chiang Mai
|Many tourists come to Chiang Mai almost
exclusively to shop. Whether it be for watches, gold, jade, clothing
or jewellery there is almost limitless availability of any known
product. For those looking for the lower priced range of item, the
famous NIGHT BAZAAR is ideal. If it is an up-market item you are
looking for, that too is well catered for. Bargaining is a long
practiced art in places where prices are not marked. In places such
as department stores, it does not apply. Receipts should be obtained
and for genuine jewellery, a certificate of guarantee also. There
are many skilful tailors who will produce a required garment within
a day or so at a competitive price. Also, there are a number of
fine retail shops throughout the city selling high quality clothing
at about half the price one would expect to pay in most Western
The price of gold is set and is of 22 carat standard.
The many gold shops will be more than helpful in your choosing an
elegant and beautiful piece. Handmade pewter-ware is available in
many places in Chiang Mai and is extremely beautiful.
is also much cottage-industry type jewellery available throughout
the city and environs. For many specialized goods, the road to
SANKAMPAENG must be at the top of your list. It is there you
will discover finely crafted silverware and lacquer ware at very
competitive prices. Also, do not fail to inspect Chiang Mai's famous
'umbrella' industry where you can buy beautifully hand-painted umbrellas
of all sizes.
|The road to HANG DONG is dotted with
many fine places selling excellent handcrafted woodcarvings from
life-sized elephants to tiny birds. You will also find others with
finely made furniture, floral crafts, porcelain and much more. Also,
the area around the Regent Resort near MAE RIM gives the opportunity
to search for items such as antiques and carvings.
forget to check out Chiang Mai's famous silk industry. Many fine
garments, such as shirts, blouses, skirts and suits can be tailor-made
for you at exceptionally reasonable prices. So, give yourself a
treat and feel the sensual luxury of a Thai silk garment around
will also find more unusual industries, such as decorative
made from mulberry tree bark, woodcarving and leatherwear of exceptionally
high quality. Another very popular local industry is the manufacture,
frequently to your order, of hand-made, creatively designed, candles.