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
I loved that I got a confirmation email the day before. Our guide, Ek, was so enthusiastic and friendly. Even though we went to a “market” area he never pressured us to buy anything and appeared to have genuine relationships with some of the villagers. He was knowledgeable about anything we asked and was so kind and accommodating to our 5 year old. Our driver expertly navigated the narrow roads and hills. I would definitely recommend this trip and this company. On time pickup and drop off, clear a/c van and a great guide made it an excellent value.
The whole event was organised really well from picking us up to dropping us off. The tour guide Alex entertained us on the hour drive and even took us to a few more places near the sanctuary at no extra charge like tiger kingdom . The staff at the sanctuary were very knowledgeable and we had a lot of interaction with the elephants
Very enjoyable morning trip, tour was very good. The tour guide M was fantastic. His english was brilliant and his knowledge of everything on the tour was exceptional.
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.