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Handicraft Village in Chiang Mai?

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Handicraft Village in Chiang Mai?

I will be staying at the D2hotel Chiang Mai, and would like to know how far away is the handicraft village from my hotel, by taxi of tuk tuk? Are all the handicraft shops next to each other within walking distance or should I hire a driver for the day?


Brisbane, Australia
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1. Re: Handicraft Village in Chiang Mai?

Hi wassala,

Chiang Mai is the handicraft capital of Thailand. You won't be able to avoid it.

Around your hotel is a good place to start... The D2 is in the night market area. In the night market building you'll find very talented local artists who work in the afternoon and evenings. Their work is unbelievable. Take a photo along you want copied and leave it for three days - you'll be amazed at the results.

The night market building has other handicraft stalls as well.

Around Chiang Mai there are a number of small handicraft villages. The best thing would be to hire a tuk tuk or cab for half a day and explore. None are very far away. Bor Sang (the umbrella village) is perhaps the most popular. You can see the umbrellas being made and painted.

There is also a paper making village right next to Bor Sang. It is called Ban Ton Po - one street with stores lined up both sides of the street. Paper drying all along on easels.

You can also see the silk weaving process, Ban Tawan (wood carving village) and lots more.

The Sunday Walking Street market is filled with local artists and handicrafters - lots of one off beautiful things from photos to paintings to hand made table cloths, jewellry etc.

I'd suggest you grab a Nancy Chandler Map - it is a shopping, eating and market map. It has all of the shops, restaurants, villages etc marked directly on the map. You can buy it at the airports in Thailand, bookshops and some hotel foyers.

Nancy herself is an artist and the map is a work of art.


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2. Re: Handicraft Village in Chiang Mai?

The handicraft "village" you are probably thinking of is the road to Bosang / Sam Kamphaeng, with most of the handicrafts represented. It stretches for several kilometers, walkable maybe, but by car is much better.

Most of the "factories" here have a demo area where you can see the handicraft process, but are primarily shopping oriented. It is a good place to go if you have limited time and/or are only interested in a brief overview of how they do it.

If you want more choices / information, as Caroline mentioned there are entire villages that specialize in a single handicraft. But again a car would be advisable.

To back up to your question ... 20 minutes on average from the D2 to the start of the craftshop row.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3. Re: Handicraft Village in Chiang Mai?

Handicraft Village from D 2 Hotel is not too far. You can find Tuktuk in front of your hotel.

If you have time on Sunday, do not miss Sunday market . You can find many handicraft shops and resonable price. It's chaeper than Night Bazarr.

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