Craft Communities & Markets

We provide an overview of craft communities and markets in Chiang Mai as well as other related and interesting places to visit. Some of them are also described in more detail in our Creative Mapping Publication, visit the website.

Jing Jai Market Chiang Mai

Jing Jai Market Chiang Mai or JJ Market is a large and very popular morning market in the Northern part Chiang Mai city. The area includes converted warehouses and shady courtyards with crab claw trees. JJ market brings together a unique mix of local crafts, live music, artisan bakers and coffee makers, organic products, and more. JJ market is equally popular with Chiang Mai residents, Thai tourists and international visitors. The morning market is surrounded by cafes, secondhand shops, and restaurants. 

45 Atsadathon Rd, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300

Charm Learn Studio CNX

Charm Learn Studio CNX is the Chiang Mai “branch” of Charm Learn Studio. The founders worked many years in Bangkok and decided to establish this studio in their home town Chiang Mai. The studio is part of a compound that functions as community space for artists and craft makers. It is located in San Kamphaeng. The space frequently hosts events and workshops and cooperates with the Chiang Mai City of Craft and Folk Arts initiative, Chiang Mai Design Week by TCDC, and others to promote the also aims to promote the San Kamphaeng area more. The studio itself focuses on ceramics.

95 Phraeng Sanphasat Rd, San Chao Pho Sua, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200


The Nimman Art & Design Parade (NAP) is a well-known annual art and craft fair where creative products and hip ideas by ​Chiang Mai designers, artisans and creatives are exhibited. The event, always held in the beginning of December, includes entertainment on the stage, food, and activities and is located at the beginning of the popular Nimmanhaemin Road in a quiet and leafy cul-de-sac.


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.

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 / One Nimman

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.