Sang and Sankampaeng Area (Highway
This road serves as the location to the largest
amount and the most popular of handicraft factories . and shops
in Chiang Mai. It begins at the Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng intersection
and continues to the Sankampaeng district at k.m. 13. It is
lined on both sides by showrooms and factories where you have
the opportunity to observe the production of crafts, as well
as purchase them. Thai silk, cotton, lacquerware, ceramics,
leather products, silverware, umbrellas, woodwork, jewelry,
and antiques can all be found along this road. Due to the increased
shortage of antiques, artists have turned to creating replicas
of old antiques which portray the same beauty and characteristics
as the genuine ones. There is no attempt to pass off these neo-antiques
as genuine. The famous Bor Sang Village, which sells umbrellas
and woodcarvings, is also located on this road.
made of sa paper, hilltribe crafts with bold colors,fabrics
of countless types, delicate ceramics, replicated and genuine
antiques, dazzling jewelry and gems, silverware of all sorts,
lacquerware with intricate designs, rattan and wickerwork, and
woodcarvings ranging from pictures to furniture are only a part
of the long list of crafts and arts that help to make Chiang
Mai special. Each individual piece of workmanship requires paints
taking attention to detail and design in the process of its
creation. Owning one of Chiang Mai's tradition crafts is a sure
way to take back tangible memories of your visit to Chiang Mai.Whatever
it is you are looking for-be it a keychain or Thai silk - Chiang
Mai offers the shopping facillities for you to find a buy that
you will be pleased with.
Silks first-class Chiang Mai
cottons and silks are of incomparable quality. Cottons and silkshave
innumerable fashion and furnishing applications. The largest
possible selection is available in San Kamphaneg
Chiang Mai is a major centre of furniture
making. Major woods and materials include teak, rosewood and
rattan. Items may be unadorned or, especially with teak and
rosewood, artfully carved in traditional or modern designs.
Woodcarving is a traditional northern Thai art featured in numerous
temples. In recent years, wood carving has increasingly embellished
furniture, gracing screens, chairs, tables, beds, indeed anything
bearing a wooden surface large enough to be carved. Carved elephants,
figurines and tableware number among other popular purchases.
striking black and gold designs give
Lacquerware its visual appeal and sheen. This decorative art
enhances items made of wood, bamboo, metal, paper and baked
clay, in the form of receptacles, ornaments and various souvenirs.
Bazaar The Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Rd. is
probably the largest center for the selling of all sorts of
crafts in ChiangMai. A good place to shop if you are pressed
for time-the selection is astounding! The Night Bazaar originated
as a three story building, and later expanded to be the busy
mosaic of department stores, shops, and vendors that it is today.
Visiting one of Chiang Mai's markets is a
good way to observe the local Thai people, as well as get to
know them. It is also an excellent place to improve your bargaining
skills. Chiang Mai markets are one of a kind, and quite unlike
anything you would expect to find in your home country. You
can find almost anything at these ld style markets which sell
everything from spices to fresh meat. There are several of these
markets in Chiang Mai, including the Ton Lamyai, the Warorot,
which is famous for its variety of preserved fruits; the Sanpakoi,
and the Chiang Mai Gate markets.
This area begins at
the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong intersection, and continues until the
k.m. 15 post marker. This area is best known for its many antique
shops. There are also wood carving, lacquerware, ceramic, silver,
and bamboo craft stores along this route. In addition, on k.m.
15 of this road, lies Tawai Village, which is famous for its
woodwork. It is a good place to observe carvings and neo-antiques
being made, as well as being sold at cheap, wholesale prices.
This road is famous
for being home to generations of silversmiths. It is here that
much silverware is produced and sent to shops all over the city
to be sold. If you are in search of high quality, Chiang Mai
style silverware with expert workmanship, then this is the place
to visit. In addition to silver, there is also lacquerware,
antiques, ceramics, and silk available on this road.
As for those who desire
to observe crafts being made in their traditional surroundings,
the different craft villages are a good place to visit. Apart
from the umbrella villageof BorSang, and the Tawai woodcarving
village, there is also the rattan and wickerwork of HongDong,
the ceramic village of Muangkung, and the cotton village of
Nong Aab Chang and Baan Rai Pai Ngam which specializes in natural
dyes. These village also give the opportunity for a good bargain.
These include silver ornaments, such as bracelets,
necklaces, pendants, hairpins and pipes of intricate design,
and embroidered items including tunics, jackets, purses, bags,
caps and dress lengths.
Gold Plated Orchids & Butterflies Orchids
and butterflies are preserved and plated with 24-carat gold
to create unusual gift items such as necklace pendants, hairpins
Chiang Mai is the major centre of Thailand's pottery
industry. Prized items include high-fired celadon which is produced
in many forms, including dinner sets, lamp bases and decorative
supermarkets, convenience stores, and most of the streets of
Chiang Mai sell the everyday necessities that you need. Most
will have anything from shampoo to bread for sale. The prices
at these stores are fixed.