This post may contain affiliate links to tours and hotels. These help us earn a small commission at no additional charge to you.
Chiang Mai has a myriad of markets to explore. You’ll have most likely heard of both the famous Saturday night and Sunday night walking markets but possibly not the Friday night market in Chiang Mai.
The Friday night market is less well known and seems to have several names attached to it including walking street Kad Kongkao or the Lamchang Community night market. It is held every Friday night between 4pm and 10pm.
Located along a small, arty alleyway called Ratvithi Road Lane 1, the Friday Night Walking Market in Chiang Mai has approx 40 stalls, predominantly selling crafts and souvenirs, with a small smattering of food stalls.
Popping up along a road that also has many permanent bars and restaurants, the setting is a little more cosy than most street walking markets in Chiang Mai, with the street art along the road a delightful backdrop.
YOU MIGHT LIKE: guide to the best Chiang Mai night markets >
Aimed at tourists, the Friday night Kad Kongkao Market takes around 5 mins to walk along its entire length if you don’t stop to browse or buy. Most of the stalls were selling clothing and jewellery. What was nice was that most of the stallholders seemed to be local students or youngsters selling their own brands of fashion which was refreshing to see.
Along the alleyway, there were also some charming features like a permanent wish wall where you could add your own card and various fairy lights. There was also a small family-run massage section plus towards the Moon Muang Road Lane 6 end of the market, and numerous bars with terraces overlooking the market (plus a tattoo parlour if you are feeling brave / high).
YOU MIGHT LIKE: Guide to Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Farmers Market in Chiang Mai
Whilst not epic in scale, the Friday night walking market is a cute and cosy addition to the Chiang Mai market scene, plus it is located near to lots of buzzing bars and restaurants (there is literally a complex of 8 or 9 bars and nightclubs practically next door including Zoe in Yellow and Bar 48). So it would be easy to make a night of it if you are in area (although best to go shopping before you go the bars so you don’t blow your budget!)
Chiang Mai Friday Night Market location
The Friday night walking market (Kad Kongkao) address is Ratvithi Road Lane 1 Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200 – or alternatively, if you know your Chiang Mai bars and restaurants, the entrance is next to the UN Irish Pub off Ratchawithi Road or near the Waffle House on Moon Muang Road Lane 6.
YOU MIGHT LIKE: Guide to Chiang Mai’s Sunday Walking Market >
Chiang Mai Friday Night Market price
The Friday night walking market in Chiang Mai is free. The prices of the stalls were also quite reasonable and one of the most inexpensive walking markets in Chiang Mai.
Other Chiang Mai and Thailand posts you might like
- A Chiang Mai food tour – eating like a local!
- Sunday Walking Street night market, Chiang Mai
- Guide to the best Chiang Mai night markets
- Best Khao soi noodle restaurants in Chiang Mai
- Guide to Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Farmers Market in Chiang Mai
- Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai
- Guide to Nimman, Chiang Mai (Nimmanhaemin Road)
- Chiang Rai itinerary – the perfect 1 or 2 days in Chiang Rai
- 99 The Heritage Hotel in Chiang Mai review
- Thai Farm Cooking School in Chiang Mai
- Top things to do in Chiang Rai
- Bangkok on a Budget – Backpacking in Thailand
- Exploring Bangkok at night by Tuk Tuk
- Visiting Mahanakhon Skywalk – Bangkok’s Newest Observation Deck
Did you enjoy our Guide to Chiang Mai Friday Night Market blog post? Let us know in the comments or by sharing it on social media. Follow us on Instagram!