Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

The only place to be after dark

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Chiang Rai's night bazaar is tiny compared to the famous one in Chiang Mai, but it makes up for its small size with a lively and friendly atmosphere and loads of good eats.

Start by perusing the shopping stalls which offer similar albeit less abundant stuff as you'll find in Chiang Mai: hill-tribe wears and handicrafts, pirated DVDs, T-shirts, carved soap candles, local teas and so on.

Yet the real draw of this night bazaar are its eating and entertainment options. There are two adjacent eating sections, one set up more for tourists and the other geared to locals, but anyone is welcome on either side. The "tourist" side features polished wooden furniture and waitstaff wearing northern Thai costumes while the "local" side has aluminum chairs and staff in jeans and T-shirts. The "tourist" side offers solid Thai and northern Thai dishes and a tasteful Lanna style traditional dance performance. Over on the "local" side you can enjoy Thai rock and country music bands to go with draught beer and no shortage of fried insects.

Both sides are reasonably priced and popping back and forth between the two is a great way to while away an evening.

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Off Phaholyothin Rd, Chiang Rai
Opening Hours: Daily dusk to midnight
Last updated: 2nd June, 2013

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