Top attractions in Chiang Mai
Whether seeking adventure or something a little more spiritual, Thailand's second city is a great place to start. Chiang Mai means "new city," yet teems with historic, cultural, and natural monuments, each more breathtaking than the last! Here are a few.
This 15-century temple lasted barely 150 years before suffering serious earthquake damage. What survives provides a striking image, made all the more marvelous lit up at night!
There are two Wat Umong's in town. Be sure you're going to the one dedicated to the clairvoyant monk Thera Jan, in order to explore this iconic forest-temple's ancient tunnels.
Of Chiang Mai's many elephant camps this is by far the most humane. The animals have mostly been rescued from poor captivity conditions and visitors are encouraged to help feeding!
You'll likely find Chiang Mai's sacred peaks rather overcast, but it's precisely the cloudy conditions that have blessed Doi Suthep and Doi Pui with such rich plant- and bird-life.
Doi Suthep mountain boasts more than just flora and fauna. The elaborate temple's revered seated Buddha statue is a coveted sight for pilgrims and sightseers alike.
At the foot of Doi Suthep lies one of the city's best family attractions. If you're short on time, all the best enclosures are conveniently located towards the bottom of the hill.
Established by Chiang Mai's founder, Phaya Mengrai, towards the end of the 13th century, Chiang Man is the city's oldest temple and a sightseeing essential.
Otherwise known as Wat Suan Dok, the 14th-century temple is a favorite among visitors for its English-language meditation retreats and talkative monks!
Thailand's highest mountain is a resplendent natural park that counts waterfalls, pagodas, and tribal villages among its many draws. We recommend planning a whole day to explore!
Get up close to the animals at Chiang Mai Night Safari. Open both day and night, the zoo comes to life after dark. See all kinds of creatures, from big predators to more unusual animals.
March, April, and May are Chiang Mai's hottest months, with November to January seeing the city's coolest temperatures. May to September is the rainy season, but despite its threatening name, is considered by some to be the best time to visit. If you can handle the odd, refreshing shower, you'll be rewarded with smaller crowds, greener countryside, and more active wildlife.
Chiang Mai is cheap to visit and boasts plenty to do. You'll want to spend at least four or five full days there.
- CurrencyThai baht (฿)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+66
- Best time to visitIt depends how you feel about rain! If you don't mind a refreshing shower here and there, May to September is an absolutely wonderful time to visit Chiang Mai.
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What people are saying about Chiang Mai
Thanks to our guide and driver who did everything to make our trip comfortable we felt absolutely relaxed, safe and welcomed , although 12 hours of trip may sound long in the first place. We are very grateful for all the warm welcome
It was a great trip, we saw a lot and both guides took perfect care of each participant and paid close attention to safety. I and my son 17 years old, can recommend this excursion to anyone. top price performance. I would book this again at any time. Thanks again to the two guides, they have improved the otherwise exciting excursion with their great style.
Araksa's staff are very professional. Mr. Charlie came to greet us at the entrance. He's very kind and helpful as we booked our activities around 10:30am. However, Araksa staff's inventories in the system were shown as 13:00pm. Luckily, Mr. Charlie was very helpful and let us to experience their tea garden activities without waiting for so long. Very good explanations and instructions. Also, leave us some times to enjoy our moments like taking vdo or pictures. The knowledge of staff was perfect and easy to understand. Almost everyone could speak English and most of them spoke English very well. Araksa's staff also could speak more languages like French, Chinese and other European languages as there are a lot of European tourists come to join the activities with them. Overall, it's beyond our expectation. Araksa, you did such a very great job on taking care of us!
What a great experience with elephants! And all the people there were great, everyone very friendly and making the experience even better. All passionate people taking very care of the elephants and us. Thanks Mr Poop and team, keep doing this wonderful job!
We loved the experience of caring and playing with these gentle giants. The elephants seemed so happy in the santuary. Our guide Alex was also really nice and attentive. He helped us took lots of pictures and videos of this unforgettable experience. Highly recommended for all ages.