Chiang Mai Night Market

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Chiang Mai night market was an amazing experience. We hopped on our scooter and headed over there before the sun set, and I'm so glad we did. We got to watch the area transform into a bustling market... in record time. As soon as the sun dipped below the horizon, scooter after scooter pulled up and unloaded merchandise and produce. Some of these scooters had so much stuff on them you could hardly see the driver. While some were selling clothes and other goods, there was one street packed with nothing but street food. Walking down this street was fun, seeing all the different foods being prepared and cooked/grilled/fried. A little scary too. We either weren't hungry or didn't have the guts to try anything (except some fruit). There were rows of tables stuffed with locals eating, drinking, chatting, laughing-- it looked like a great way to finish off the day. 

We didn't see many (if any) tourists while we were here. Highly recommend checking it out when you're in Chiang Mai.



  1. Awesome! Whenever I'm in Chiang Mai this is always a highlight.

  2. i love these photos. what settings did you have your camera on to get such great night time photos without too much noise?

  3. The depth of field, focus, richness of each of these photos is just amazing! Spectacular. I'm heading to Chiang Mai in a couple of weeks, and I am even more excited about going after seeing these. Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Bec- For the night shots, we bumped the ISO to as high as 4000, lowered shutter speed to 1/40 of a second, and set the aperture wide open. It really helps to have a good camera, otherwise the photo will have a lot of grain at such a high ISO setting. We shoot with a Nikon D700 and it's ISO quality is great.

    Juanita- I can't believe you will be here in a couple weeks! Enjoy.