ADVENTURE ON THE SUNDAY NIGHT WALKING STREET – CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
Where It Is And What You’ll Find
Sunday Night In Chaing Mai is special. It’s a night of transformation. During the day Rachadamnoen Road, a main street which runs between Tha Phae Gate and Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai’s old city, is a typical Chiang Mai street. It’s lined with shops and restaurants and the roadway is full of autos, tuk tuk and songthru traffic – all belching smoke and adding to the not insignificant pollution issues of the area. But starting around 4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon the transformation begins. Rachadamnoen Road essentially disappears. The street is closed to vehicle traffic and hundreds of venders start erecting their mobile shops, stalls and stands in the street as well as many intersecting side streets. Visually descriptive international signage appears in the street. Crowds build quickly as the evening approaches. By 5:00 PM thousands are already wandering and shopping along Rachadamnoen Road.
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At 6:00 PM loudspeakers along Rachadamnoen Road play the Thai National Anthem. All the thousands of walkers, shoppers, and venders stop and there is respectful silence along the entire street – (NFL Players could perhaps take note?). With the conclusion of the anthem the action really beings. The transformation of Rachadamnoen Road is complete. Sunday Night Walking Street has officially begun.
An Adventure For The Senses
A visit to the Sunday Night Walking Street is truly an adventure for all the senses. Walking the street, your eyes are drawn to boldly colorful and intriguing works of art as well as crafts from all around the area. Your ears will catch tunes and music from a variety of musicians and groups as they entertain along the street with offerings ranging from contemporary rock to traditional Thai. Food stalls are everywhere with their aromas luring you to sample simple as well as exotic fare. And if you tire or suffer some aches and pains you can, of course, stop by one of the many Thai Massage locations set up in the street where you can experience an hour or so of blissful tactile relaxation while you watch others wander Sunday Night Walking Street.
A visit to the Sunday Night Walking Street is a “must do” for visitors to Chiang Mai. Walk with me now – there’s lots to see and do. And we won’t be alone. The street rapidly fills with shoppers, tourists and photographers.
Bold & Beautiful Visual Arts
Walking along the street you’ll see it is full of venders and artists offering Bold & Beautiful Visual Arts
Intriguing Local Crafts
Other venders offer stunning and intriguing local crafts for sale.
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Delicious Street Food
If you get hungry – not to worry. Food of all sorts are available – some of the best street food in Chiang Mai.
How About A Nice Massage?
Thailand is known for massages. Temporary massage parlors set up along the streets on Sunday night offering comfort and stress relief to the tired shoppers. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
If you are feeling lucky you can, of course, purchase lottery tickets from one of many venders along Sunday Night Walking Street. Select your special lucky numbers. Unfortunately this did not work for me. Maybe next time?
A visit to Chiang Mai is not complete until you’ve explored The Sunday Night Walking Street. If you want to actually shop, then I suggest you come early in the evening before the crowds arrive. But if you want to experience the true flavor of The Walking Street then visit after dark. The place literally lights up and comes alive as thousands of people fill the streets.
Explore The Sunday Night Walking Street ……… and Enjoy The Adventure!
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