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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
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
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  • 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

Excellent English speaking guide and amazing tour

We booked the Chiang Mai: Full-Day Doi Suthep Trekking Tour quite last minute for a group of 5 people. Thankfully our booking was confirmed fast and the whole process was seamless. On the actual tour day the heavens were pouring down on us, but that did not ruin our mood. Although it was too dangerous to trek up the mountain our guide took us to the top in the car (which was big a spacious) and we climbed the stairs to the beautiful temple and scenery above. The guide explained to us the history and significance of the temple and the surrounding area and organised an authentic PadThai lunch. Overall the tour was a lot of fun where we were cared for from pick-up to drop-off and learned a lot.

From Chiang Mai: Full-Day Doi Suthep Trekking Tour Reviewed by Mohammed Aamir Ahmed, 01/15/2019

Fun, informative, best thing we did in Chiang Mai!

Can't say enough good things about this class and our chef/instructor. Learned so much, and made (and ate!) the most delicious food. The setting was gorgeous, the ingredients fresh as could be to make all from-scratch dishes, and the set up perfect, as everyone had their own work station. A really enjoulyable time, and definitely a highlight of our trip.

Wonderful experience! My guide was the best!

I experienced and learned so much in a short time! It began with getting to the market on a "red truck" which I had no previous knowledge of how to use! That has been a valuable learning! At the market my guide took the time to educate me on the different fruits, veggies, herbs, and anything else that I had questions about. We walked through all the beautiful flowers and to the temple. I appreciated the history of Buddhism explained to me and the opportunity to give alms and receive a blessing. The longboat ride on the river was relaxing as we enjoyed pleasant conversation. The farm was educational and quite beautiful. The food was delicious! All my questions were patiently answered. Our time ended with being taken back to my hotel. I very much appreciated being safely accompanied into the lobby. My guide really cared about giving me a good experience. I would highly recommend this tour!

Excellent arrangement and good chef on lesson

A very enjoyable morning following the chef to market and then to the cooking school. The environment is good and very serious to cook the dishes of Thai food! Certainly will recommend friends to join such! Such a good experience!

We had a great time and felt safe on the rafting and trekking tour.

The trekking guide (Moss?) was very informative and taught us about the local plants. Rafting rescue guide Tom was very safe and funny, was nice to be able to communicate English very well.