Chiang Mai on a Shoestring

 |  September 1, 2011

Brownie Steak Buffet

If you are ravenous and want plenty of all-you-can-eat meat and veg, then this might be the cheapest place to go. 88 baht includes steak (pork, chicken, fish and beef), 3 flavours of sauce, chips, salad bar, soup and bread.

Open: Lunch time 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Dinner time 5 – 9 p.m.
Close 16th of every month
Located Charoenrat Road, Faham (close to the Tourist Police Office)
Tel: 053 306 667

Win Cosmetics

Great for filling up the bathroom with supplies, such as soaps, shower gels, razors, creams. Much cheaper than anywhere we’ve seen. The same brands as you’ll find in the shopping malls, but at sometimes half the cost.

Open daily
Located in Warorot Market
Tel: 053 874 345

Wasabi Japanese Food

Japanese dishes, and sushi starting at 50 baht.

Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.
Located 3 branches: Nimmanhaemin Soi 11, Mee Choke Plaza and Saraphee
Tel: 053 128 281

A Little Bird Guesthouse

100 baht a night! Good looking, clean and colorful guesthouse on Ratwitthi Road.

Tel: 053 289 577

Muang Mai Market

The cheapest fruits sold here. Open from the early morning – late at night.

Located Near the city fire station close to the municipality

CMU Night Market

Shop for your dresses, accessories, shoes, as well as enjoy various kinds of food at Malin Plaza. In front of Chiang Mai University. Student prices…student sizes.

Open daily from 6 p.m. until late at night

Green Market

Dresses, cool T-shirts, shoes, second hand goods, as well as a food section.

Open only Thursdays-Saturdays,
5 – 11 p.m.
Located behind Big C Extra

Chiang Mai Grandview Lunch Buffet

154 baht eat all you want buffet includes international foods: Thai, western, Japanese, Vietnamese, as well as desserts. For a decent looking hotel, this is quite the deal.
Super Highway Road, opposite side to Wat Jed Yod

Open daily 11.30 a.m.-2.00 p.m.
Tel: 053 220 100 – 9

Andaman Seafood Buffet

All you can eat seafood. More than 100 dishes that includes all kinds of seafood…but not lobster. 199 baht per person even if you decide to eat 10 crabs!
On Mahidol Road, about 500 metres before the Airport underpass.

Open Daily 5-11 p.m.
Tel: 053 905 041 or 081 536 3624

Wat Umong Massage

Get a foot massage, body massage, oil massage in a tranquil setting for 99 baht.

Open daily
Located in front of Wat Umong

Padad Fitness

Community fitness for those who love doing exercise. Sign your name and you can exercise! No age and sex requirement. Also, aerobic dance is provided here, starts 6 – 7.30 p.m.

Open: Monday – Friday 6 – 8 p.m.
Located on the Ping River Road close to Padad Sub- district Administration Organisation

Santhitham Plaza

Household stuff, toiletries, food, clothes and all cheap cheap cheap. You will also find discount beers and 10 baht shots of whisky. Beer girls might even be dressing up in nurses’ uniforms. Not for everyone, but a day/night out for pennies.

Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand, Chiang Mai Branch

Locally made cheeses, other dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, and milky ice-cream. A huge block of mozzarella here won’t break the bank.

Open Daily
Located on Huay Kaew Road, opposite the fitness park next to CMU.
Tel: 053 222 474

Vegetarian Club Chiang Mai

You can eat here even if you have no money! It is donations only.

Located on Mahidol Road next to Niyompanic (Airport branch)
Open 6 a.m. -2 p.m. Monday – Friday (Closed Saturdays and Sundays)
Tel: 053 271 262

Tarzan Hut Club

Paintball for only 350 baht with unlimited time and 2 baht for coloured bullets, and also BB gun 100 baht unlimited time. About as cheap as X-sports get.

Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Closed on Mondays)
Tel: 089 191 3313