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Chiang Mai Shopping

La Luna Gallery
190 Charoenrat Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50000
Tel: 66 53 306 678
www.lalunagallery.com

The walls of this large, two-story space are covered with figurative and abstract paintings by contemporary Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Burmese artists whose thoughtful work avoids schlocky romanticism. The upper level displays custom jewelry, handbags, and furniture. With Asian-themed prints, photographs, notebooks, and cards stocked as well, there's art for any budget.

Open daily 10 am to 8 pm.

Living Space
6/9.10 Nimmanhaemin Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50200
www.livingspacedesigns.com

After more than a decade on busy Thapae Road, expat Jennifer Dyson picked up her bags (and trendy yet traditional lacquerware, leather goods, and objets d'art) and shifted to Nimmanheamin Road, a hip strip one mile west of the old city. Chiang Mai's most caffeinated neighborhood (with the inevitable Starbucks, but also local java joints like Wawee) is a much better match for Living Space's exclusive showpieces, such as hand-loomed ikat silks and one-of-a-kind ceramics. The mile-long street near Chiang Mai University has other home-decor stores, galleries, and jewelers worth visiting, such as Kasama, which stocks celadon ceramics in all manner of teapot, cup, and noodle-bowl permutations (8/1 Nimmanhaemin Rd.; 66-53-400-442; www.kasama-kasama.com).

Lost Heavens
234 Thapae Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand
Tel: 66 53 251 557

Antiques shops dot Thapae Road, an artery running east from the old city's main gate, but this store stands out. Its tasteful inventory includes Tibetan rugs and hand-made hill-tribe textiles, artifacts, and old silver sourced from across Southeast Asia, especially from the Yao, a highland group renowned for its embroidery. Nearby Lanna Antiques specializes in Buddha images (63–65 Thapae Rd.; 66-53-275-001); a special license, available at Chiang Mai National Museum, is required to export antique Buddha statues. Achara Silver displays contemporary pieces fashioned by its 500 hill-tribe silversmiths (214–216 Thapae Rd.; 66-53-251-349; www.acharasilver.com). Sunday, when vehicles are banned from the busy thoroughfare, is ideal for browsing.

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Night Bazaar
Changklan Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand

The empress of outdoor retail therapy, this nightly bazaar stretches more than a mile along Changklan Road, a major north-south street a half mile east of the old city. Wheeled, portable stalls are set out every evening, piled with predictable tourist products: knockoff T-shirts, athletic shoes, sportswear, and designer clothes; pirated CDs and DVDs; and cheap woodwork. If you haggle, you're likely to find prices cheaper than those in Bangkok. Just south of D2 hotel, a three-story purpose-built structure on Changklan Road contains a better class of shops: Under the Bo sells owner François Villaret's collection of antique tribal jewelry and art from Asia and Africa (Rooms 22–23 and 56–57 Night Bazaar; 66-53-818-831; www.underthebo.com), and Chang Siam Company offers original T-shirts with vintage graphics (141–142 Night Bazaar; 66-53-204-001).

Sop Moei Arts
9 Charoenrat Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand
Tel: 66 53 262 419
www.sopmoeiarts.com

Situated in the cluster of restaurants and boutiques along the left bank of the Ping River, Sop Moei Art stocks textiles, baskets, garments, and home decor items fashioned by the Karen, an ethnic minority group straddling the Thai-Burmese border and famed for its weaving prowess. The exclusive designs, a mix of classic materials and contemporary lines, are produced by Pwo Karen villagers in remote Mae Hong Son province, a day's journey west of Chiang Mai.

Ton Lamyai
Changklan Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand

For Thais, shopping is a daily experience. However, the sights and smells of a chaotic morning market such as Talat Warorot—freshly butchered hogs, dried river fish, the unmistakable urinal-cake stench of durian fruit—are not for the faint of stomach. But adjacent to the city's largest souk lies the heaven-scent alternative of Ton Lamyai, the daily flower market. Along a riverside stretch of Changklan Road north of Narawat Bridge, Thailand's riotous floral diversity is on full display: lotus and marigolds, heliconia and gladiolus, in helpings to sate any botanist.

Treehouse
152 Charoenrat Road
Chiang Mai
Thailand 50000
Tel: 66 53 245 965
www.treehousechiangmai.com

Think of a Thai-style attic full of treasures. The owners have filled several restored wooden homes with a trove of Burmese lacquerware, old teak furniture, modern textiles, and Lanna accent pieces, all of it organized—or disorganized—to encourage serendipitous shopping. The Treehouse will also help to arrange shipping of any purchases. Shaded by huge longan trees, the gardenlike setting is also a welcome interlude from the bustle and blare of narrow, traffic-filled Charoenrat Road.

Wualai Street
Chiang Mai
Thailand

Lined with shophouses and running southwest from Chiang Mai Gate, the main south-side entrance to the moated old city, Wualai Street is renowned for its silver wares. But on Saturday nights, it becomes a pedestrian-only mall with street musicians, fruit vendors selling kluk (a local delicacy of fresh strawberries tossed with salt and sugar), and tables filled with inexpensive merchandise. There is a limited selection of trinkets and handicrafts, but most shoppers are after clothing, shoes, and accessories. A few foreigners, or farang, can be spotted seeking relief from the hustle of the tourist-intensive Night Bazaar, one mile to the east, but this is predominately a Thai scene.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.