The Best Place to Buy a Camera or Camera Gear in Chiang Mai

The Best Place to Buy a Camera or Camera Gear in Chiang Mai

If you need camera gear, repair, our anything camera related there are only a handful of quality options on Chiang Mai. In my two times living in Chiang Mai and buying a lot of camera gear here, the best place to buy a camera or camera gear in Chiang Mai is the Pantip Plaza. However, there are a few others that aren’t bad either.

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For the best selection of camera gear in Chiang Mai head to Pantip plaza. Located on the south-east side of the moat this plaza is your go to spur for everything camera related. There are about 10 shops selling everything from the basics too hard to find high-end equipment. I usually end up at the FotoPro store on the first level because they have the biggest selection of quality gear. For basics like batteries and memory, the other shops have cheaper options.

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FotoPro has some production-grade camera equipment and choreography gear. This is the store I bought my Sigma 150-500mm lens last year before Africa.

How to get to Pantip Plaza

Most songthaew drivers will know where the plaza is and this is the best way to get to the Pantip plaza (20 Baht ride from anywhere in the moat or Nimman area).

Other Options in the CityBest place to buy a camera in Chiang Mai

Big Camera – There are a few locations around the city and has just about everything to fit your needs. Point and shoots all the way up to high-level DSLRs. However, they don’t carry GoPro anything.

There it’s a Big Camera in Maya Shopping center on the 3rd floor. There is also one in the Pantip Plaza.

How to Get to Maya Shopping Mall

The best way to get to Maya is by songthaew (red truck) everyone knows where Maya Shopping mall is. You may have better luck pronouncing it like the Thai people do “Mae-ya” Shopping. Should be 20 Baht from anywhere in/near the moat.

There are a few more options in town, but I have not tried them so I can’t say if they are any good. I have been surprised with the amount of stuff I can get from the stores listed above and haven’t needed to venture further. If you have been to another place that is the best place to buy a camera in Chiang Mai and recommend it, leave it in the comments.

12 Comments
  • Mehmet Vural
    Posted at 05:55h, 12 October Reply

    Hi, I want to buy sirui t025x and 10x bh tripod where can ı buy in Chiang mai. Thanks fır answer

  • Colum
    Posted at 05:11h, 30 October Reply

    Hey, I’m in Chiang Mai now and this helped alot. Thanks.

  • Dragan Tapshanov
    Posted at 22:34h, 05 November Reply

    Hey there,

    Do u know where can I find analog cameras in Chiang Mai? Thanks

    • Hannah
      Posted at 01:08h, 06 November Reply

      Your best bet would be Panthip Plaza, but we aren’t sure you are going to be able to find one. I am sure someone can fix them but purchasing one not sure…Best of luck!

  • Conor Lee
    Posted at 11:44h, 26 August Reply

    Looking for a stabilizer. Any chance of finding one here? Thanks!

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 00:07h, 28 August Reply

      For sure you should be able to get a gimbal here. What type of camera are you needing one for?

  • Conor M. Lee
    Posted at 03:56h, 29 August Reply

    Hey thanks! I have a Sony A6000

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 09:26h, 29 August Reply

      Bring your camera with you to the shop and they can def help you out. We have been going there for 3 years now.

  • Conor Lee
    Posted at 12:19h, 29 August Reply

    Which store is that? Thanks!

    • Adam
      Posted at 07:50h, 30 August Reply

      My favorite is Fotopro in the Pantip Plaza, directions are above in the post. If they don’t have what you need try DK Trading. I need to add this store to this article yet. Just google DK Trading Chiang Mai, for another option.

  • john ball
    Posted at 09:11h, 05 September Reply

    Better to buy in another country as Thai taxation makes gear expensive. Main professional outlet is Photobug in Changpuek.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 15:15h, 06 September Reply

      When we bought our telephoto camera lens for our African safari prices were right around what we would have paid for the same exact lens on Amazon.com if we were in the USA. If you are in Chiang Mai as a tourist or living in Chiang Mai this is the best option. We bought that lens here and then flew to Bangkok right before Africa and so glad we bought it in Chiang Mai because we couldn’t even find that lens (500mm).

      If you are heading back to the Western world and can wait to purchase something it might be worth it yes.

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