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Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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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.

Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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.

Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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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.

t shirt stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)
clothing stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)
bracelet stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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).

Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)
coconut bowl stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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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!)

elephant pant stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)
art stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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.

silk scarf stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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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.

flip flop thong stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)
cork accessory stall at Chiang Mai Friday Night Market (Kad Kongkao Walking Street)

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