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Top 10 things to do 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.

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

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!

Wat Umong

Wat Umong

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.

Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park

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!

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

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.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

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.

Chiang Mai Zoo

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.

Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

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.

Wat Suan Dorg

Otherwise known as Wat Suan Dok, the 14th-century temple is a favorite among visitors for its English-language meditation retreats and talkative monks!

Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon

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!

Chiang Mai Night Safari

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.

Planning Your Chiang Mai Visit

When to visit?

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.

How many days?

Chiang Mai is cheap to visit and boasts plenty to do. You'll want to spend at least four or five full days there.

Good to know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    It 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

Very professional service with a kid-friendly informative guide.

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.

Great experience and fun to try something new

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

Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide!

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.

Very comfortable trip despite long distance

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

Top Price Perfomance and veri nice excursion

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.