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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

It was a fantastic experience learning a little about the elephants.

The visit with the elephants will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. There were only twelve of us who fed, bathed and gave vitamin balls to five rescued elephants. The elephants pretty much roam free controlled only by their mahouts vocal commands. It's obvious the elephants are very well taken care of. Our guide was very knowledgeable and taught us the elephant's names and personalities. We also learned some of the common vocal commands that we could try while we there. Literally the most touching experience was petting their trunks and telling them they were a good girl ("dee dee"). I would highly recommend this experience.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary Small Group Ethical Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/18/2019

An excellent tour, with an excellent guide and driver.

An excellent tour, with an excellent guide and driver. Very informative and enjoyable. Thoroughly recommend this tour to visitors to Chiang Mai.

Great folks, wonderful elefants and once in a lifetime experience!

Well organized experience and our guide (the founder) was very knowledgable, had a wonderful sense of humor, and the elefants love him........ as well as all the other staff. This retirement park is focused on giving the elefants the best care possible and you feel it given the way the elefants interact with visitors and staff. I recommend it to everyone and am grateful for this opportunity!!!

Great! Well organized. Very friendly and competent guide and driver!

Ek was an exceptional good and well informed guide. Very friendly and the whole day funny and in excellent mood! He gave a lot of additional information about region and culture. He really seems to love his job and coundn’t do It better. Absolutely perfect and 100% recommended! Thx a lot!!! Silvia and Roland from Munich

Wonderful guide who told a lot about Thailand’s culture

A great day trip which fully where as expected and written in the resume. The tour was perfectly planned and the guide was very good to tell what we drove past and told a lot about the Thailand culture and way of living.