The street-facing Chabaa is a closet-size space overflowing with a kaleidoscope of cotton sundresses, Nepalese bejeweled belts and piles of shimmering Indian bangles.

Interior at Doi Tung Lifestyle, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Doi Tung Lifestyle

The DoiTung Lifestyle branch on Nimanhimen Road, Chiang Mai sells several product lines: hand woven textiles and carpets, soft furnishings, ceramics, handmade mulberry paper, ready to wear, and fashion accessories. The "design signature" is inspired both by nature and natural surroundings and by the ways of life and traditions of people in the project area. This business is the fruit of a remarkable sustainable alternative development project that focuses on reviving the forests and environment while fostering transformational changes in people’s lives.

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Gerard Collection

Perhaps the most cosmopolitan stop on the stretch of Nimmanhaemin Road lines the walls with beach chic woven bamboo and leather bags finished with buffalo horn, sterling silver or both.

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Interior at Healing Family Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Healing Family Foundation

The local charity teaches learning and physically disabled children to express themselves artistically, on seriously cute hand embroidered tees with elephant heads on the front, tails at the back as well as stylish Thai textile table mats.

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At this small shop, load up on Missoni-inspired kaleidoscopic cotton scarves, indigo dyed fisherman pants and thick day glow wool variations on traditional Thai monk bags.

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Exterior at Saturday & Sunday Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Saturday & Sunday Market

By evening, the dry heat of Northern Thailand lightens up enough to attract handholding couples, families, and tourists to this government-designated street fair. Traditional Thai string music is harmoniously played by street musicians, while craftsmen and students sell bamboo, teak, and mango wood wares. When you tire of wandering, ease into a padded armchair for an authentic Thai foot massage—this market is known for these indigenous relaxing treats.

Merchandise at Sop Moei Arts, Chiang Mai, Thailand - courtesy SopMoeiArts

Sop Moei Arts

Do good with your credit card at this shop, where profits from these magnificently woven baskets and stunning silk textiles support Pwo Karen villagers outside Chiang Mai.

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Interior at Tita Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tita Gallery

This roadside attraction, owned by a Thai ex-model, is worth the detour for the savvy collection of weightless and elegant silk Kaleidoscarves, hand-made farm animal toys and hill tribe–inspired (yet entirely wearable) jewelry. Revive in the adjacent Wawee Coffee shop, then meander through the well-lit contemporary Thai art gallery.

Interior at Warorot Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand - Courtesy Department of Tourism Thailand

Warorot Market

Located along the Ping River, Chiang Mai’s largest daily market was built in 1910 by a member of the Lanna royal family. Inside, the market is divided into three levels with each floor for different goods: first for food and highland preserved fruits, second for clothing and textiles and at the top, wooden carvings and other artifacts. The most famous souvenirs here are northern foods, like kaeb mu (crispy pig skin), mu yo (traditional Thai pork sausage), and nam phrik num (traditional northern style green chilly paste). Outside on Praisani Road, hill tribe people sell authentic tribal handicrafts plus tropical fresh fruits and flowers from the highlands.

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