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Jing Jai Market in Chiang Mai Guide + Photos 2024

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Chiang Mai’s best looking daytime market, Jing Jai market (or also known as JJ Market) takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning and is a short walk (or taxi / tuk tuk) ride from the North Gate and Chiang Mai old town.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai clothing stalls

A daytime (morning) market that prides itself in its range of fresh farm / organic produce and environmental credentials, Jing Jai market is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle and ‘sameness’ of some of Chiang Mai’s markets, which are more aimed at tourists.

From stalls and live music (and what to eat and buy), here is our guide to Chiang Mai’s Jing Jai Market (farmer’s market), held every Saturday and Sunday.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai
Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

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Jing Jai Market – is this Chiang Mai’s best market?

The setting at JJ / Jing Jai market is serene with many stalls (and a small temple) located amongst a glade of trees that provide an idyllic setting plus plenty of shade.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

Also, no mopeds or motorbikes are allowed at Jing Jai market so it is one of the most ‘peaceful’ markets you will encounter in Chiang Mai.

We think Jing Jai (JJ) market is the best daytime market in Chiang Mai (and best organised) and was our personal favourite shopping experience during our most recent stay.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

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A charming Chiang Mai Market for everyone

We’d also say that Jing Jai Market is generally a local market and a popular weekend activity for Chiang Mai families.

In the time we were there, we only saw one other group of ‘tourists’ so is a real market and a far cry from some of the other tourist trap (or should that be tourist cr@p?) markets we’ve encountered.

Update – we first visited Jing Jai in 2022 and have been back several times since early 2024. It definitely is getting a lot more popular with tourists now but it is still very much worth a visit and a nice way to spend a weekend morning in Chiang Mai.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

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Jing Jai Market opening times / directions

The Jing Jai Market is only open on Saturdays and Sundays usually between 6:30am until 1pm or early afternoon.

Note the Google description is misleading as it makes it seem like it is open all week – it isn’t. There are permanent shops (like Tops Green Supermarket), cafes and galleries open daily but the actual main market opens at the weekends.

We’d recommend getting there early in the day before it gets too hot or the queues get too long.

We usually walk to Jing Jai Farmer’s Market from Chiang Mai old town early on Saturday morning to beat the later crowds.

The walk is straightforward generally along one major road with a pavement / sidewalk all the way and two intersections to cross (one with traffic lights). We’d recommend getting there early in the day before it gets too hot or the queues get too long.

Alternatively, a Grab or tuk tuk from town will take less than five minutes and will not cost too much.

JJ / Jing Jai Market can get busy first thing although this is more evident in the food section (many families were getting huge breakfasts there).


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Outer Market

When you first arrive, you can either browse the craft stalls at the front first or head towards the rear of the site to find the street food / farmers market section.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai
Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

In the middle of all the stalls at JJ Market, there is also a rather beautiful modern temple which adds to its relaxed setting, covered in the most elaborate and colourful decorations (closed to the public when we visited).

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai

There was also a lovely spacious branch of the organic Tops Green supermarket with an in-house cafe plus several other coffee shops nearby.

Tops Green supermarket at Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai
Tops Green supermarket

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Fashion and Craft stalls at Jing Jai (JJ) Market

The first section you’ll encounter at Jing Jai Market in Chiang Mai is an area of boutique and independent craft stalls – everything here is unique and mainly hand-made with.

Pin badge stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai
Vase stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

Thankfully no Chang beer t-shirts or cloth elephants to find here – definitely not too much tourist tat (although it is creeping in, based on our 2024 visit).

The stalls are all very different with everything from cute badges through to hand embroidered safari suits.

Bag and accessory stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai
Clothing stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai
Retro stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

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Food Stalls and Produce at Jing Jai Farmers Market

Tip – we’d recommend arriving hungry for Jing Jai market as there are lots of food stalls, all of which looked delicious. The set-up is really good with huge picnic tables all around the site (some with shaded areas) so that families can share huge breakfasts or lunches together.

Pie at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

There is a wide range of food with lots of options including vegan and vegetarian (we spotted a vegan bakery plus lots of fruit stalls); prices varied but were reasonable.

Food stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

Given a lot of farmers sell their own produce here, this was one of the best and cheapest places to buy fresh fruit in Chiang Mai – we saw some people filling tote bags full of fruit to take home.

Jing Jai Market also pride themselves on their environmental stand against the use of plastic – so no non-biodegradable bags or polystyrene trays are allowed.

No foam or plastic bag sign at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

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Northern Thailand food, international eats and more

From fruit and veg to meat and fish, we spotted dozens of specialist food stalls selling products like turnip cake, fried tofu, crispy pork, tortilla, Northern pork sausage, stick rice pancakes, fish maw soup plus classics like roti and smoothies.

There were also many produce stalls representing the best of local, artisan and organic ingredients including a jam and marmalade stall (Paddington Bear would approve) plus things we hadn’t seen before like edamame milk.

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai
Marmalade and jam stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai
northern thai sausage stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai
crispy pork stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

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Music and Entertainment at Jing Jai Market

LIve music and bands can be heard at JJ / Jing Jai Market most weekends – even when we visited at 8.30am, there was already a live instrumental band playing with a considerable audience (although to be fair, most people were more concentrating on chowing down on their food – respect).

Jing Jai (JJ) Weekend Market in Chiang Mai musicians band

We also spotted a roving cartoon character (someone dressed in an inflatable costume) which the kids loved but we think this may have been a one off promotion – but expect various performances and music every time you go to JJ Market in Chiang Mai.


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Coffee shops and coffee /dessert trucks at Jing Jai Market

Chiang Mai is famous for its coffee shops and at JJ Market, you will not be disappointed as there are several permanent coffee shops (revel in the air conditioning!) which are open all week as well as several coffee trucks and carts that open just at the weekends for the farmers market.

Street Coffee Crew at Jing Jai (JJ) Market Chiang Mai

One of the most popular permanent coffee shops is the JJ Market branch of Roastniyom coffee open daily until 7pm with a wide range of sweet treats. Good Goods Chiang Mai coffee shop here is also worth a pitstop, with gorgeous interiors and so-so souvenirs (the coffee is better than the gift selection).

Coffee carts include the Street Coffee Crew and the Than Coff Truck – most coffee shops seem to sell coffees from 50 baht to 100 baht depending on how you take it. Bee Trolley dessert cart sells delicious looking honey ice creams!

Roastniyom coffee at Jing Jai (JJ) Market Chiang Mai

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How to get to Jing Jai (JJ) Market

Jing Jai (JJ) Market is located north of Chiang Mai’s old town in the Chang Phueak area along the Atsadathdon road – depending on where you are staying, it is around a 20 to 25 minute walk from the hotels around the North / Chang Phuak gate.

Alternatively, it is easy to hail a Grab Taxi using the Grab app.


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What are the Jing Jai Market entry prices / admission

Jing Jai Market is free entry with food stuffs to suit all variety of budgets and prices e.g. freshly made rotis start from 20 Baht.

roti stall at Jing Jai (JJ) Farmers Market Chiang Mai

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What is JJ Market’s address in Chiang Mai?

Jing Jai market can be found at Atsadathon Road, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300.

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