Anchored by four-storey Central Department Store, Chiangmai’s first and oldest shopping mall offers a large variety of shopping options among fashion, sporting goods, IT products and more, along with many food outlets and Tops Market supermarket. Vista Theatre screen the latest films on the top floor, and on the same floor is karaoke lounge and 24-lane bowling alley. Three banks provide ATM service and foreign exchange.
This new tourist attraction is the only vision illusion art museum in Thailand that visitors can have a full of fun in touching and taking pictures with these illusion 3D art pieces displaying in the museum. Within 5,800 sq. meters space, there are more than 10 exhibitions that range in different theme such as Underwater World Hall, Wildlife Hall, Dinosaur Hall, Waterfall Hall as well as making fun touch the world famous art paints.
Northern Thailand’s newest, largest and trendiest shopping mall is a destination in itself. With an eye-catching architectural “Futuristic Lanna” design inspired by northern Thai cultural heritage, coupled with energy-saving and environmentally-friendly technology, the complex has become one of the northern capital’s foremost landmarks. Located on the Superhighway junction that is one kilometre from the bus terminal, three kilometres from the train station and eight kilometres from the airport, the 250,000-sq-metre complex comprises over 250 brand-named fashion stores, over 60 restaurants, 7 specialized anchor stores including Central Department Store, Central FoodHall, PowerBuy, B2S, SuperSports, Office Mate, a Major Cineplex with IMAX 3D and 4DX, as well as ice-skating rink, fun park, plus a full-service fitness club.
Located on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Super Highway close to Wat Chet Yot, the museum has been designated by the Fine Arts Department as a regional center for education and preservation of the art and culture of Chiang Mai and upper northern Thailand, the Lanna Kingdom. Their Majesties the King and Queen graciously presided over the opening of the museum on 6 February 1973. The museum was built in traditional northern architecture, with a Lanna Thai rooftop. Interesting topics include
Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, located on Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, is the center of Lanna arts and culture. It is Thai traditional teak houses, with exquisitely etched doors and windows. Within the area, there are plenty of souvenir shops, hill tribe villages, and antique fabric museum “Saban Nga”, in which more than 60 photographs are kept to display the town generality, tradition and culture, costumes, and life styles of the north people 100 years ago. Moreover, the site exhibits more than 6000 archaic textiles, and the stories of each hill tribe as well. Tour guides will take visitors around, narrating about history and unique features of each hill tribe textiles.
Buffaloes and human beings were bound in the ancient time. In particular, Thai people’s lifestyle in the past depended on buffalo labor for agriculture. It can therefore be mentioned that buffaloes are Thai people’s lives. Previously, Thai people expressed gratitude to buffaloes by making a gift to them at the end of ploughing and rice-planting season. In the old days, we did not kill them for food but raised them until their end of life. Currently, everything is changing and is replaced by modern technology, as a result, the significant and gigantic value of buffaloes at that time was lost unfortunately.
Ban Thawai, a woodcrafts village, is considered one of the most famous cultural tourist attractions in Chiang Mai province. It is well-known to both Thais and foreigners and home to the Chiang Mai wood-carving industry and becomes more popular nowadays in terms of the value and quality of products. It is the center of prominent handicrafts diversity such as wood-carving, sewing and embroidery, lacquer and gold leave craftsmanship, silverware, lacquer ware, homespun, wickerwork, pottery, etc.
Sitting beside the Ping River, Warorot Market is the busiest daytime market in Chieng Mai. It opens early in the morning every day, Warorot Market is the site to explore if you want to get up close and personal with the lifestyle of the locals. It’s a very busy market with people from all walks of life come to shop for things all day long – – fresh and dried fruits, vegetables, meat stuffs, condiments, local delicacies onto handicrafts, silks, souvenirs, wood carvings, silverware, just to name a few.
Shopping never ends in Chiang Mai, This Sunday Market is truly a heaven for the locals, especially teens and young adolescents to come, shop and mingle with friends. It is a large street market located right in the centre of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai, starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end for roughly 1kilometer down Ratchadamnoen Road.
Chiang Mai never goes quiet at night, come and be mesmerized with hundreds and hundreds of shop houses, restaurants, cafes, food stalls and street vendors along sides of Chang Khlan Road called Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
If you want to shop for truly authentic Thai handicrafts made by the local artists, Bo sang Handicraft Centre is a place you cannot miss. It takes about 8 kilometers away from the center of Chieng Mai, Bo Sang Handicraft Centre is where the world famous Sa Paper umbrellas and parasols are created. You will have a chance to learn how to make umbrellas, lamps, fans, parasols and more from Sa Paper. The local artists will delicately hand paint all the products in different designs and they are really exotic and great as gifts for your loved ones back home.