Chiang Rai’s Saturday Night Walking Street, known locally as Kard Jianghai Rum Luek which means ‘Chiang Rai in memory’, takes place along Thanalai Road from the intersection near the Tobacco Authority of Chiang Rai through the intersection near the Government Savings Bank, in the centre of the city.
Chiang Rai is very similar to Chiang Mai in its culture and lifestyles and also shares the region’s Lanna history, and visitors to the Saturday Night Walking Street can peruse antiques from the Lanna era, which is a key concept of the market. Lanna-style lanterns and patio umbrellas for decoration add a colourful vibrance to the market, and the use of banana leaf bags for product purchases lends a natural touch.
The market is divided into three zones. The first zone is dedicated to OTOP (One Tambon One Product) items and goods indigenous to sub-districts in Chiang Rai; the second zone sells handicrafts, handmade products and traditional knowledge products including spa, herbal and massage items; and the third zone includes an exhibition and event space in addition to souvenir and other product sales.
Chiang Rai’s Saturday Night Walking Street is located not too far from Chiang Rai Clock Tower, designed by national artist Chalermchai Khositpipat. Do drop by for the evening light shows, which take place at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and midnight. For several minutes, the clock will be illuminated changing colour while music plays, and there’re mythical creatures peering out from the glinting stucco.
Open every Saturday from 4 pm to midnight
Thanalai and Suk Sathit Road, Wiang, Chiang Rai 57000