The shopping in Chiang Mai has something to appeal to everyone, even the major shopping centers offer access to local handicrafts. There are specialty computer and tech shopping centers as well as the two major shopping centers.
Chiang Mai has two large shopping centers; the older but charming Kad Suan Kaew (Kad is the northern Thai word for market) on Huay Kaew Road and convenient for those on the North and East sides of the city and Central Airport Plaza near the Airport on the South West side.Central Airport Plaza is a huge modern shopping center over 5 floors and has not only all the regular modern stores with clothes for men and women, shoes, jewelry, Robinson Department store, chemists, hair salons, sporting goods, and restaurants, but it also has the unique Northern Village that has high quality local handicrafts and silk clothes for sale. There is also a Northern Thai food court on the bottom floor next to the Tops Supermarket that is worth a visit. The top floor has cinemas and more food courts, restaurants and entertainment.
Kad Suan Kaew also has a Tops supermarket in addition to chemists such as Boots, Watsons, a Central Department store, shoes and clothes, the popular Export 71 store that offers clothes in western sizes, sporting goods, mobile phones, a food court offering traditional food in the back and an excellent bargain massage place next to it that aids the Doi Saket Senior Citizen home.
Central Airport Plaza
Address: south west side of the city on 2 Mahidol Road or Highway 1141.
Opening hours: Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Phone: 05320 3640 to 59
GPS: +18° 46′ 10.60″, +98° 58′ 32.06″
Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center
Address: 21 Huay Kaew Road.
Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GPS: +18° 47′ 50.36″, +98° 58′ 33.76″
Tech & Computer Shopping Centers
Chiang Mai has several extensive computer & tech shopping centers, just down the road from Kad Suan Kaew heading back towards the moat are several small shopping centers filled with little cubbyhole like shops selling everything tech related. If you need to buy a computer, or even just a part for a computer, speakers, cables and more, these little places are worth exploring and the prices are extremely reasonable. Chiang Mai has its own albeit much smaller Pantip Plaza near the Night Bazaar that is a bit more modern than Icon Square, CM Plaza and Com Plaza near the moat but still pretty extensive. Additionally, there is an IT City on the top floor of Kad Suan Kaew that carries a lot of computer and tech stuff as well as small appliances.
Icon Square, CM Plaza and Com Plaza
Address: The 3 are next to each other on Manee Noparat Road
Opening hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GPS: +18° 47′ 45.97″, +98° 58′ 53.23″
Address: Chang Klan Road, just past the Night Bazaar. 152/1 Changklan Road.
Opening hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GPS: +18° 46′ 54.37″, +98° 59′ 58.46″
Shopping areasChiang Mai boasts several streets that are excellent for shopping, stroll down Nimmanhaemin road and drop in on dozens of trendy boutiques offering the latest in trendy fashion. The sois leading off Nimmanhaemin are also dotted with shops and boutiques. Nimman Soi 1 is a must see for textiles, clothes, furnishings and decorations. They have an annual Soi 1 Arts & Handicrafts Festival the first weekend of December. Wualai Street is another such street worth visiting, or rather, wander around this district on the South side of the city just outside Chiang Mai Gate and see silversmiths at work. The main street is quite busy, but if you wander around the back roads you can see local silversmiths still at work. Wualai also hosts a Saturday night market that has handicrafts on offer as well.
A bit further outside of town to the North and West is Meechoke Plaza which has a Rimping Supermarket offering all kinds of western foods, little shops, restaurants and even a McDonalds. To the South of town is the Kad Farang Shopping Center which also has a Rimping, shops, restaurants and night market every evening.
Nimmanhaemin Road is a series of shops found along the north end of the city.
GPS: +18° 48′ 3.15″, +98° 58′ 3.09″
Wualai Road is along the south end of the city just outside Chiang Mai Gate.
GPS: +18° 46′ 49.95″, +98° 59′ 13.00″
Meechoke Plaza is located just past the Ruamchoke intersection on Highway 1001.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GPS: +18° 49′ 27.17″, +99° 0′ 42.15″
Kad Farang is located south of the city on the Chiang Mai-Hod Road, Highway 108.
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
GPS: +18° 42′ 8.68″, +98° 55′ 55.63″