Looking for Food at Ka Lae Night Bazaar Chiang Mai

by Jul 9, 2019

Is this THE night market we’re looking for?

No, but I’m hungry…

Ka Lae Night Bazaar tl;dr

  • Plenty of food options
  • There’s a stage for live music
  • Off the main path into Chiang Mai’s Old City

One night, while staying at the Holiday Inn, we opted to take the shuttle into town in search of NIGHT MARKET FOOD! The shuttle dropped us off at the edge of the night market scene which is surprisingly covers a big area. You should know that there are plenty of nighttime street market areas and this just so happens to be one of them.

After getting dropped off, we followed the crowd and walked the main road toward nowhere in particular. On both sides of the road are stores, hawkers, kiosks, and everything else that people think you want to buy. And don’t worry if you missed something because you will more than likely see it again in a few steps.

30 minutes into our stop and during street exploration hunger and heat hit us with a 1-2 combo. Checking out a few other food centers along the road, we finally stopped at the most promising venue in the immediate vicinity, Ka Lae Night Bazaar.

Shake Ka Lae Night Bazaar Chiang Mai Thailand

What is It

Ka Lae Night Bazaar is one of the many ubiquitous night markets offering all manner of dishes to the eat and go crowd looking for a great deal on local Northern Thai dishes.

With that being said, to this day I’m still not quite sure where Ka Lae Night Bazaar starts and where it stops. Judging by it’s close proximity to neighboring buildings, markets and spaces, I have a feeling that the space behind the signage is shared.

Where is It

Outside Old City, just off the main Changklan Road, beneath the large signage down one of the many entrances you’ll find an open area just behind the perimeter building.

What to Do There

What to do? Eat… Oh wait, first come hungry then EAT EVERYTHING….

Unless of course you are going to check out the rest of Chiang Mai night market scene then perhaps you might want to hold off on eating everything. There are food stalls serving everything from seafood to noodles to fruits to sausages and, like all other markets, everything else.

Since we were on a food adventure we only got what was screaming out to us at the time:

  • Grilled Sai Ua, otherwise popularly known as Chiang Mai Sausage
    • Pork sausage tasting of both herb, spices and red curry
  • Avocado Smoothie
    • Always a cool refreshing winner in the South East Asian climate
  • Green Curry
  • Minced Pork with Rice and Egg
  • Papaya Salad
  • Coconut Pudding Khanom Khrok

While browsing the food and snacking on bites, if you’re on time some live music will be performed on the nearby stage. Otherwise before heading back out into the night we pulled up a chair and enjoyed the atmosphere as people walked by doing whatever it was they were doing.

One night, we’ll make it back out to Chiang Mai to ALL of their night markets… One bite at a time!

Our meal came to about $17 USD!

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