Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 13: Northern Thai Village (Updated 2016)


Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 13: Northern Thai Village (Updated 2016)

Any traveller would normally look for souvenirs or for pasalubong when going home. In  Chiang Mai, Thailand, for example, there are so many beautiful handicrafts which buyers can go crazy. Before,  tourists visiting Chiang Mai required a lot of time to buy the speciality items produced in separate villages. e.g. silk village, ceramic and earthenware, herbal medicine, and fragrances, hill tribe markets, silver village, woodworking, and lacquerware. Now, The Northern Village in Central Airport Plaza has brought all the best products in Chiang Mai  to one convenient area.  This part of Chiang Mai reminded me of the  Negros Showroom in Bacolod City, the Philippines which also showcases the best products all over the province.

With my  very first visit into The Northern Village, the shopping experience leads into a learning experience about the culture of the place. I went crazy as I browsed  through an incredible range of extraordinary gift items. There were  so much to see and so much to buy. I just bought a few from the Northern Village because prior to my visit, I already had several rounds of shopping from the Sunday and Night Market.

 Northern Thai Village


Thai Silk is abundant in Chiang Mai, in fact, I have visited one factory on my last visit. And at the Nothern Thai Village, you will find  Silk fabrics in every hue, patterned silks combining contemporary colors and designs, and small gift items such as picture frames, scarves, cushion covers, and purses.

At the Northern Thai Village, it Is quite amazing to see a  wide range of silverware  available. The silver used is of high purity, sometimes 100 percent. The silversmiths are noted for the high-quality workmanship.

One of my regrets in my visit in Chiang Mai was my failure to visit any lacquerware factory. Thai’s Lacquerware   is light to carry because they are using mango wood. Some designs display a Burmese influence which reflects the intermingling of these two cultures in Lanna history. The lacquerware making process if very time-consuming and requires great patience.

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Another folk products which are nice to have are umbrellas and fans wherein   mulberry bark paper, called saa, are used as the main material. Like most local crafts, only natural materials are used to produce the umbrellas.  The bark is pounded, virtually dissolved in a tank, and collected on a fine mesh and left to dry into saa paper. After being applied to the umbrella frame, artists decorate the parasol with colorful birds and flowers.

Woodcarving is another ancient craft in Thailand  which has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity. Teak, with its beautiful grain and durability, is the preferred wood. Mulberry and jackfruit wood are preferred  items to be painted or lacquered.

The range of handicrafts are abundant  in Chiang Mai, most visitors will come away with a special keepsake to remind them of their days in the kingdom of a million rice fields. Despite modern development, craftsmen are keeping the traditional wisdom alive in the hills of North Thailand.



Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 3 – Chiang Mai: The Rose of the North

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 4 – Alpine Golf Resort My Home for the Whole of March

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 5: Central Airport Plaza

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 6: Kantoke Traditional Dinner Show

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 7: Night Market

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 8: Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 9: What to Buy

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 10: Elephant Ride

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 11: Walking Street Market (Sunday Market)

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 13: Northern Thai Village

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  1. Franz Xavier C. Jinon

    I’ve already been to Thailand, But I have never been to Chang Mai. For me, Chang Mai is an incredible place because it is one of top tourist destinations in Thailand. #advertising

  2. Sep Collin Lamzon

    i want to buy some souvenirs in Chiang Mai, Thailand. #Advertising

  3. Sherelyn Escaner

    Hoping to visit Thailand to see those crafts myself #Advertising

  4. Julina Figueroa

    Chiang Mai Thailand is one of the beautiful place. I want to visit Chiang Mai Thailand I want to experience their culture on how they celebrate it. #Advertising

  5. #advertising nice the design of umbrella glamor in the eyes of the people

  6. Julie Ann P. Castano

    #advertising i want to experience their culture.

  7. Wow shopping galore…this place speaks a lot about Thailand’s culture 🙂

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