Craft Communities & Markets

We provide an overview of Chiang Mai’s craft communities and markets. Some of them are also described in more detail in our Creative Mapping Publication, visit the website.


The Nimmanhaemin Art and Design Promenade (NAP) is an annual colorful street market with local and modern arts, trendy designs, and unique craftworks. There are also performances and activities such as live jazz and art workshops.

Baan Khang Wat

Baan Kang Wat is a charming little artist village, set just outside Chiang Mai’s old historical town. It is located at the base of Doi Suthep, near Wat Rampoeng Temple.

Bor Sarng

Bor Sang is mid-sized craft village about ten kilometers east of the Old City specializing in the paper umbrella-making craft.

Warorot / Kad Luang

It is an authentic local market and is huge with merchandise ranging from groceries, cooked food, textile products, craft product, and more.

Penguin Ghetto

Originally started off as an independent coffee shop situated near canal road called Penguin Ghetto, but has since expanded to become a collection of unique shops and businesses. It is also home to the popular Barefoot Café.

Wat Gate

Wat Gate is the name of a temple and a community on the eastern side of the river near Thapae Brige. The area is known for many craft shops and cafés of high quality and authenticity.

Baan Tawai

Baan Tawai is a small village south of Chiang Mai, ca 20 mins by car. Baan Tawai is known for wood-based crafts, including wood carving and decorative items. The larger shops before the village also have large furniture items (cabinets, tables, chairs, chandeliers).

Chamcha Market

This is a relatively new market but with strong roots. Located next to the popular Meena Race Based Cuisine (Restaurant), this community and weekend market is worth a visit.

Nimman Soi 1

Nimman Soi 1 is where the yearly NAP market is taking places. Despite many changes in the area, the soi (lane) still is home to many craft shops and cafes. It is also adjacent to the One Nimman project with more high-quality craft shops and shopping options.

Voeng Malai

Is a tiny community of craft makers and social enterprises. Voeng Malai in not far from Baan Kang Wat and Wat Rampoeng. It tends to be a peaceful a good place for sipping a tea or coffee on the second floor of the café in a wooden house.