Kad Farang Village is a popular destination for locals and visitors to Chaing Mai in northern Thailand. The unique village offers visitors an opportunity to experience a blend of local culture and modern amenities in a peaceful setting. This complete guide gives a comprehensive overview of the area; what to see, eat, and do in and around Kad Farang Village.
Kad Farang Village (Google Maps) is situated in the southern section of Chiang Mai. The boutique lifestyle mall on Chiang Mai (Hang Dong Road) is a stunning mix of contemporary and Lanna styles – with everything visitors and locals could want. It sits in the center of a residential area on a major road and is also on the route between Chiang Mai and other tourist attractions nearby, making it a great place to shop with a convenient parking area.
Strolling through the village, you might think you are in a European mall; with some Thailand on the side. All Western foreigners are called “farang” in Thailand, and “kad” translates roughly to “market.” So, it’s a foreigner’s market. This is partly due to the many Western-type brand stores and outlet stores in the center.
The Thai people are famous for their markets, and Kad Farang doesn’t disappoint. It also hosts night and weekend markets popular with tourists and locals alike. The center doubles as a shopping center and a place to meet and socialize at the coffee shops and eateries.
You have several transport options to get to Kad Farang Village that vary in cost, safety, and comfort. They may also involve some negotiating.
The small local bus line (to Chomtong or Doi Tao), is a cheap option, but the nearest bus stop is a 7-minute walk from the village.
Locals use songthaews to get around. A songthaew is a covered pick-up truck with two benches along the sides. Many of these vehicles travel along specific routes, picking up passengers going their way, and some drivers are prepared to hire their songthaew outright.
The songthaews are color-coded, with each color depicting their route. Red vehicles are the most common, and instead of sticking to fixed routes, they drive around the main streets, popular destinations, and bus and train stations. The price of the trip usually takes a little negotiation. Trips should cost between 30 and 60 baht.
Some songthaews will act as a taxi service, allowing you to sit up front and enjoy the AC if it’s on, traveling straight to your destination without picking up anyone else or meandering through the popular routes. It will cost more than a typical ride on the back, though.
Tuk-tuks are quick but are usually more expensive than songthaews, although you can hire some by the hour or at daily rates. Finding late-night transport is difficult, but these nippy little vehicles will be around. They aren’t the safest option, though, as they have no seat belts or doors.
If you don’t mind taking a slow ride to Kad Farang Village, you might have the opportunity to get a ride on a samlor, a three-wheeled bicycle, for a similar price to a tuk-tuk.
Chiang Mai is home to several taxi companies, but they don’t drive up and down the streets looking for passengers. Instead, they wait at the airport, bus stations, and hotels. So keep the phone number of the driver you used from the airport to your hotel, so you can phone him when you need transport. You can also use Grab Taxi to get around, a mobile app similar to Uber.
If you prefer to drive yourself around, you can also hire scooters, motorcycles, bicycles, and rental cars. Renting a scooter or motorcycle is a cheap option, but you should be a confident driver as Chiang Mai has chaotic traffic. Thailand also has the second-highest road fatality rate in the world.
The center is divided into five zones:
When driving from Chiang Mai city center toward Hang Dong, you will pass Kad Farang Village. You can’t miss the McDonald’s building. A bit further behind McDonald’s, you will find KAD Welcome, a food zone with numerous fast-food restaurants.
The center of the village consists of more restaurants, services, and outlet shops for big brands, where you can meander along the covered walkways and shady trees.
On the far side of the village, Rimping Supermarket supplies the local community with groceries on the ground floor. On the next level, you will find kids’ entertainment and academic and sports institutions. If you’re feeling energetic while you’re there, you have two gyms to visit.
During the week, Kad Farang Village is a quiet shopping area, so if you detest crowds, this is the place to go. Long queues won’t be a problem, and you can do all your business here.
We can’t always buy street food or takeaways, as convenient as that might be. Sometimes you have to make your own food. Rimping Supermarket is a large grocery store in Kad Farang Village that caters to those seeking international and local brands. Store hours are 8 AM – 9 PM. Rimping offers everything from health and beauty items to fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and more.
The mall has a premium outlet center with many of the big brand clothing and shoe stores you would find in any Western shopping center, such as Adidas, Playboy, Hollywood Studio, Nike, and more.
Apart from clothing stores, you will find health and beauty stores like Watsons, First Drug Pharmacy, hair salons, a clinic, and dentists.
Although quiet during the day, Kad Farang Village comes alive for the night markets. The food and clothing stalls are out in full force, and the market buzzes with locals and tourists out looking for a bargain. These usually happen on a Wednesday night and sometimes on Sundays and Mondays. You will also find some souvenirs and handicrafts at the market.
It’s important to remember that although haggling is common practice in Thailand, there are certain places where it’s appropriate and others not. Although you don’t want to pay unnecessarily high prices for goods and services, you also don’t want to be that person who fights to the death for the tiniest discount. These tips will help you know when and how to haggle with merchants.
Kad Farang Village has numerous Western and Asian restaurants. If you’re a homesick expat, you can enjoy KFC, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Wine Connection, and Pizza Hut, to name a few. One of the most stunning buildings in the village is Starbucks, designed to show off Thai architecture. While the décor may be Thai style, Starbucks still provides all its famous fare to those who can’t live without it.
If Asian food takes your fancy, My Vietnamese Food, Shabu Naki (Japanese), and Yuu Dai Premium Yakiniku (also Japanese) will fill your tank.
The Kad Welcome area is a food court with many vendors selling takeaways of all types, and this is where you’re likely to find the best deals when you’re feeling peckish.
The night market is where you will find every type of Asian food and all the typical Western offerings. If you’re a visitor to Thailand, there are some traditional Thai dishes you must try:
If you’re going out for drinks, you can visit Wine Connection Bistro or pick up some craft beers at ABV Craft Beer opposite Pizza Hut.
Most table manners and using proper dining etiquette are similar to most countries, mainly amounting to common sense. Of course, you shouldn’t talk or laugh with a full mouth or point with your utensils. But keep these points in mind about Thai table etiquette:
Of course, as a tourist in Thailand, you want to experience more than shopping centers, and there are many options in Hang Dong to immerse yourself in Thai culture. These are some activities not to be missed:
Chiang Mai, and Thailand in general, is bursting at the seams with incredible activities for visitors to enjoy. While we can’t list them all, you will soon hear about the best places to see on arrival.
Before you head to Thailand and Chiang Mai, here are some pearls of wisdom:
Kad Farang Village is a great outing if you’re in the mood for a quiet day of shopping during the week. Buying big brands at outlet prices always makes us feel quite smug and pleased with ourselves! Night markets are great fun, and Kad Farang’s one is no different. Take some time from your busy tourist schedule to shop in a relaxing atmosphere here.
Kad Farang Village is a modern lifestyle mall and residential area located in Hang Dong, just outside of Chiang Mai city. It’s a newer development, catering to both local residents and tourists.
Generally, most shops and restaurants in Kad Farang Village open around 10:00 AM and close around 10:00 PM. However, hours can vary by business, so it’s best to check directly with a specific place if you plan to visit outside of these hours.
Kad Farang Village houses a range of shops and restaurants, offering a mix of Thai and international cuisine. Rimping Supermarket in Kad Farang is particularly popular for its wide range of local and imported goods.
While Kad Farang Village offers a range of international options, don’t miss trying the local Northern Thai dishes such as Khao Soi (curried noodle soup) or Sai Ua (Northern Thai sausage).
Kad Farang Village occasionally hosts events and festivals, particularly around Thai holidays. It’s best to check their official website or social media pages for up-to-date information.
Kad Farang Village is easily accessible by car or taxi from central Chiang Mai. The drive takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.
Kad Farang Village is more known for its modern shops and restaurants rather than traditional crafts. However, the nearby Baan Tawai Village is famous for wood carving and other handicrafts.
While Kad Farang itself is more of a modern development, it’s close to the historic city of Chiang Mai, which has numerous cultural and historical landmarks.
The primary language spoken in Kad Farang Village is Thai. However, English is commonly spoken in shops and restaurants catering to tourists.
While Kad Farang Village itself is primarily a shopping and dining area, there are various accommodation options in the surrounding Hang Dong area ranging from guest houses to luxury resorts.
The customs in Kad Farang Village are similar to the rest of Thailand. It’s important to be respectful of Thai culture, which includes not pointing your feet at people or religious images, and dressing modestly, particularly when visiting temples.
Kad Farang Village is generally safe for tourists. However, like any travel destination, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, particularly in crowded areas. Always keep your belongings secure and avoid displaying expensive items in public. It’s also a good idea to have a copy of important documents like passports, and keep emergency contact numbers handy.
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