If you’re planning to shop in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the place to bring an empty suitcase. This Northern Thai city’s reputation for shopping extends back hundreds of years, thanks to its location close to historic trade routes connecting modern-day Myanmar, Laos and China. In the past, passing caravans traded silks, wood, tobacco and opium. Today, it’s arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing that draw bargain hunters to this northern Thai city. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of Thailand’s shopping capital: unmissable night markets, the best bazaars, and street food certain to boost your bartering skills.