Chiang Rai is as good as any location in Thailand for shopping. Just like other parts of the kingdom Chiang Rai has virtually anything you might want at affordable prices. Markets, shops, department stores, shopping centres - they are all available in Chaing Rai and the range of goods they sell from a variety of different countries (predominantly China and Burma) is surprising. My favourite is Chinese champagne - huge magnums at tiny prices... Excellent!