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  • Possible in any season of the year, trekking in Chiang Mai gives you a unique experience every time. The trails running amidst the dense and lush forests with a backdrop of gorgeous mountainscape are quite popular among the adventure buffs all over the world. There are many single as well as multiple-day treks for you to experience in Chiang Mai. These treks are the best way to spend a day or two away from the turmoil of city life.

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    This mountainous city of Chiang Mai boasts of prominent tracks where you can be in touch with mother nature. Trails like Samoeng Trek, Mae Tang Trek, Mae Wang trek or a trek to Lisu Tribe offer pathways ranging from easy to some arduous ones. Apart from just trekking in the jungles of Thailand, you can also enjoy some fun activities like elephant ride, white water rafting, bamboo ride and of course some more sightseeing.

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    There are several travel agents as well who will happily organize a day full of exciting activities for you. If not, then you can definitely trek on your own and wander off to your picturesque
    Chiang Mai trekking adventure. Discover unique flora and fauna, lofty waterfalls and soak in the harmonious vibes as you saunter along the route. This is surely a worthwhile experience that Northern Thailand offers.

    Here is a list of the best places for trekking in Chiang Mai:

  • 01Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap

    Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap
    Marking their place in the impressive tourist attractions, Chiang Mai treks are toured by revelers across the globe primarily by the adventure lovers. Amongst several trekking trails available, one of the most striking ones is the Muang Kurt to Huay Kukap trek, which renders outstanding glimpses of hill tribe culture and charismatic beauty!

    Also here one can witness the scenic excellence clubbed with enchanting mountains, lush greenery, and cascading water slides. Springing from the town of Muang Kurt, it is a 600m meter trek up the mountains through the rambling trail which includes the natural water slide to Huay Kukap.

    At this place, you can explore the calm and pleasant lifestyle of the inhabitants. For the explorers taking a dip in the cool waters of the creek can be an entertaining experience, while coming down cross through rich rainforested areas to Lahu farmland. "This route extends a deep look into the urban life of the region!"

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate.

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March.
  • 02Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap

    Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap
    Trace the bizarre trails of Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap which exhibit eye-opening vistas of the scenic wonders. With this experience, you can taste the culture of hill tribes and this is the primary reason for the trail's popularity.

    The 3 hours trekking trail commences from the meditation cliffs and traverses through the exotic mountain cliffs, meandering streams and several local villages holding of Hill tribes. Being a prominent part of panoramic Northern Thailand, it crosses several eye-catching destinations on its way like Mae Taman and finally touches Huay Kukap which is noted for the impressive hill tribe settlement.

    The best element of this trekking excursion is experiencing the lifestyle of the villagers and knowing more about their heydays in this area. The trekking can be done by trekkers with minimal knowledge or by amateurs by keeping up with the guidelines of the authorisations.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate.

    Best season for trekking: During cooler days of December to February.
  • 03Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam

    Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam
    For the expert professionals, the ideal trekking tour in Chiang Mai is the ever beautiful Huay Kukap to Doi Sam Liam trek where one can explore the best of nature and also experience the thrill of the challenging trek. Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this beautiful peak has an elevation of 1388 meters above the sea level.

    The best part of exploring the peak is that it provides a 360-degree visual pleasure of the scenic vistas which is quite attractive and puts you under a spell. With an exquisite range of popular peaks in this region, Doi Pha Daeng, Doi Khun Mae Mae and Doi Pa Kia are one of them.

    Once you embark the trek, it is pretty easy in beginning, but later it gets a little steep making it quite challenging. However, the beauty is so mesmerizing from the above, that the journey is worth trying!

    Difficulty Level
    : Hard.

    Best season for trekking: November to February.
  • 04Huay Kukap to & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River

    Huay Kukap to & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River
    One of the most exhilarating and exciting trekking tours in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, is the Huay Kukap To & Tadmok Waterfall, Mae Taeng River. This adventurous trip commences from Huay Kukap losing much of its height in the first 2 km and then proceeding through dense jungle environments.

    Thick-skulled vegetation and lush greenery is the true essence of this trek. Crisscrossing the jungle one reaches the refreshing Tadmok waterfall, where one can experience swimming in the pool, which is absolute bliss after the steep descent.

    From here to the stream bed its a hike down of 1.6 km, where the trail reaches the Mae Taeng River. At this place, one can pump up the adrenaline with white water rafting and feel the spine-chilling thrill.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year.

  • 05Huay Kukap to Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River

    Huay Kukap to Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River
    When it comes to nature’s beauty in Thailand, Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand provides the best options with its pictorial and awe-striking scenic beauty. Trekking in Chiang Mai is an exceptional attraction of which a trekking trip from Huay Kukap To Huaysatan Waterfall & Tadmok Mae Taeng River is quite prevalent.

    This adventurous excursion originates from Huay Kukap, and the trekking trail twines within the thick jungles. After a gentle 2 km walk, one reaches the outlying hamlets where you can experience wonderful hospitality and imposing sight of the traditional lifestyle of villagers. Seated 1 km away from this position its the Huaysatan Waterfall which is considered as the best waterfall of this region.

    Further 1 km down one can savour the sight of Tadmok Waterfall which is an idyllic place for swimming. Descending 1.6km down the stream bed its the lovely Mae Taeng River, which is well-suited for water pleasures like rafting.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekking
    : November to February
  • 06Trek to Mountain Doi Inthanon

    Trek to Mountain Doi Inthanon
    If you are an adventure lover then Doi Inthanon hike must definitely be a part of your bucket list! This is the highest mountain peak seated at an elevation 2565 meters at about 100km south-west of Chiang Mai.

    The hiking trail springs from road 1009 and incorporates a distance of 4.5 km which takes about 3-5 hours time, depending on the hikers to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Immense natural beauty sprawls all over the trail with dark evergreen forest and sight of colourful birds.

    Well, it is advised to take a guide at the base of the trekking trail, as they have a reliable idea about the roads within the forests and they can share the knowledge about the expanse too. The guides are usually from the local villages and charge approximately 200 Baht for the trip. With this trekking, you can explore the picturesque vistas of the region and create everlasting memories.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate.

    Best season for trekking
    : Almost throughout the year.
  • 07Trek to Mae Tang

    Trek to Mae Tang
    Marking its place in one of the best trekking sites in Northern Thailand, trek in Mae Tang is a pioneer and attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. Rich forested areas, beautiful nature, cascading waterfall, and pleasant ambiance is the true essence of this trekking trail.

    The trekking trip spans of a nature walk, forest explores, enjoying the displays of stunning Mae Tang River and several recreation activities like swimming, bamboo rafting, water rafting and a whole lot more. Comprising of a visit to Akha hill tribe village, where its ultimate pleasure to explore the mythical lifestyle and customs of the villagers.

    Tracing the trekking trail is all in your hands as it can be stretched from 1 day to 3 days depending upon your preference.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy.

    Best season for trekking: Almost throughout the year.
  • 08Trek to Mae Wang

    Trek to Mae Wang
    Nature gets its best at Mae Wang in Chiang Mai and one can experience the best of nature through the several trekking trips offered in this part of Thailand. The trekking trip basically covers the natural wonders available at Mae Wang National Park which begins from the attractive Shan village.

    One can opt for the service of travel guides who can explain the customs and rituals along with the lifestyle maintained by the villagers of this region. As the trek begins, one can explore the natural wonders of the countryside which leads to waterfalls and rain forest areas which are equally beautiful.

    While tracing the trek one can visit other hill tribe villages like Karen village and know more about the life of the locals! Feed your nature lust with the bewitching artistry of Mae Wang!

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy.

    Best season for trekking
    : Almost throughout the year.
  • 09Trek to Samoeng Area

    Trek to Samoeng Area
    Seated beautifully at a distance of about 45 km south-west of Chiang Mai, the Samoeng trek rises from Samoeng area and terminates at Mae Wang area. One can experience immense natural wonders, dense vegetation and wide array of flora and fauna while traversing the bewildering trails. The Samoeng area is usually not very crowded for its complex trails but the Mae Wang area remains packed with tourists. Karen and Hmong tribes are the dominant inhabitants of this quarter and the visitors can embrace the rural life to know more about them. The trekking trail is not a simplistic one,  so a little knowledge about trekking and its edicts is always preferable in this trip. Moreover, one can explore all the verticals of it, in a span of two days!

    Difficulty Level
    : Hard.

    Best season for trekking
    : November to March.

  • 10Trek to Lisu Tribe

    Trek to Lisu Tribe
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    Are you an adventure buff? Hike up the enticing trail of Lisu Tribe. Embark your journey with a walk of about 1.5 hours which will lead you to the remote village of Hmong Pha Mieng where you can take a deep look in the verticals of the rural life and their culture.

    Further, proceed towards the Red Lahu Village of Pha Daeng which is the topmost point of the hillock and extends scenic wonders of the segment. One this tour you will also witness Lahu Outpost, Rice paddies, Himmapaan nursery, Vegetable garden and numerous other marvels of the region. This trek is well-suited for the nature lovers as it extends eye-opening vistas of natural wonders

    Difficulty level:

    Best season for trekking
    : Almost throughout the year.



Doi Inthanon National Park

This place is a must-visit for adventure lovers. The park forms part of the Doi Inthanon mountain range, a part of the mighty Himalayas. There are many small and big peaks here with heights of about 865m to 2565m above sea level. Doi Intahnon is the tallest mountain in Thailand.

Highlights - The view from here is absolutely stunning. Take a trek through to the peaks, enjoy the early morning sunrise, waterfalls and don’t miss the Siamese sakura flowers in full bloom during the months of December & January. Main camp site, the tall summit, Two huge stupas (Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon & Nophamethanidon), Kaew Mae Pan Nature Trails, Bird-watching, large number of waterfalls and Brichinda Cave are the major highlights.

Location -
 Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai

Timings: 5:30am to 6:30pm

INR 650/THB 300

Wat Chedi Luang

Built during the rule of King Saen Muang Ma in the 15th Century, Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. If you are a history buff or an architecture aficionado, you are going to love a short visit to this magnificent temple complex. Though the tests of time have diminished its original grace, the temple still stands imposing and impressive.

Due to its great religious significance among the locals, it is also visited in great numbers by devotees, especially at Visakha Buja. In addition to a unique style of architecture, an emerald image of Lord Buddha, a pillar and a gum tree are the focal points for tourists here.

Location: 103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 6 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: Free


Chiang Mai Night Safari

A must try activity while you are touring Chiang Mai, Night Safari is a delightful experience where you get to spot a wide range of nocturnal animals. In this activity, you board an enclosed tram at night and get close to rare species of animals. Spread across an area of 132 hectares, this nocturnal zoo in Chiang Mai is modelled after the concept of Singapore Zoo.

The park claims a collection of 1400 animals in total. Buffet dinner and Musical Fountain are just additional treats you can enjoy while you are here. If you are looking for Chiang Mai attractions that you can visit with your family, this nocturnal zoo in Chiang Mai is one of your best bets.

Location: 33 Moo 12, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 

Timings: 11 am to 10 pm

Entry Fee: INR 215/THB 100


The Tiger Kingdom

The Tiger Kingdom is a great combination of tourism with wildlife preservation. The preservation provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with several Indochinese tigers of varying ages and sizes that have been raised by hand in captivity since birth. The vicinity also boasts facilities to camp for the night with several amenities.

Things to Keep in Mind: Before entering the visitors are asked to leave the belongings outside in a locker, remove your shoes and wash hands.

  Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180

8 am to 6 pm.

Price: Starts from INR 1530/THB 700

Flight of the Gibbon

Flight of the Gibbon, which had its first operation became wildly popular amongst travelers in Laos, now has expanded to include a spot in the jungles of Chonburi, an hour's drive from Bangkok. Billed as Thailand's premier zip line canopy tour, this adventure takes you deep into the jungles around the Chompoo Wildlife Sanctuary, where you travel above the forest floor from platform to platform via a series of ziplines suspended high in the air.

Trained Sky Ranger guides to ensure safety and leave you to soar amongst the treetops, with chances of spotting wild boar, macaques, barking deer, and hornbills. An exhilarating adrenaline-filled Timings is assured.

106 Village, No.3, Huai Kaeo, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130

Timings: 6 AM to11 PM.

Price: INR 7580/THB 3599


Sunday Walking Market

One of the liveliest tourist places in Chiang Mai where you can spend a pleasant evening with your family and friends, Rachadamnoen Road is the venue for Sunday Walking Street Market. For Shoppers, there are streetside stalls selling goods at cheap prices and air conditioned malls where you can buy branded products.

Though you can find a wide range of products here, handicrafts made from wood, paper, silk, metal, ceramic, and glass dominate the market. And for epicures, the market offers a variety of options in the form of streetside cafes, upscale restaurants, and even food stalls.

Before sunset, the market comes into motion and remains active till midnight, making for a perfect choice for a memorable Sunday evening.

Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai

Timings: 4 pm to midnight

Entry Fee: Free Entry


Art in Paradise Museum

Your search for the most fun places to visit in Chiang Mai ends at Art in Paradise Museum. The museum boasts of a large and impressive collection of 3D images and paintings creating fun moments for you and your family. When you pose in front of these paintings, it creates the illusion as if you are a part of the scene.

Thus, a photography session here is a must. The museum is divided into six themed zones: underwater world, wildlife area, dinosaur zone, surreal art, classic art, and ancient Egypt. For a memorable experience, visit and explore each of the zones.

Location: 199/9 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

Entry Fee: INR 650/THB 300


Wat Phra Singh

Buddhist temples are one of the major highlights of Thailand. Wat Phra Singh, located in the northern most island of Chiang Rai, is one of the oldest Buddhist temple of the island country. One of the main attractions of the temple, the gold-plated Pagoda is located right beneath the viharn in this temple.

Highlights - Constructed during as early as 1385, this temple, constructed in white and gold, contains the highly revered Phra Singh Buddha image in its sanctum sanctorum. With great decors, antique golden motifs in pure Thai Lanna style, the temple contains the ubosot, viharn and a chapel bearing the footmarks of Lord Buddha.

2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

- 6 am to 5 pm

 - Free


San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Simply among the best places to visit in Chiang Mai where you can relax your tense muscles and prepare yourself for another day of exploration, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is ideal for spending a day relaxing. The water springs feature a temperature of 105 degree Celsius.

The site has long pools where visitors can be seen dipping their feet and there are also separate pool for kids. And when you come out of the pool after a calming long dip, do not forget to try the food options available nearby serving local delicacies. To add more relaxation to the overall experience, visit one of the several massage parlours near the pools.

Location: Tambon Ban Sa Ha Khon, Amphoe Mae On, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Entry Fee: INR 217/THB 100


Bo Sang Umbrella Village

A stop at the Bo Sang Umbrella Village, gives you a chance to see a lot of beautiful painted Umbrellas and also Fans. Renowned for its wonderful handcrafted products and its magnificent natural surroundings, a visit to this place allows you to learn more about the traditional industries and culture of Thailand.

: Bo Sang Umbrella Village boasts a string of souvenir shops, showrooms and workshops, most devoted to the production of paper and bamboo umbrellas and parasols. However, prices aren't very reasonable.

Location: 1014, Tambon Ton Pao, Amphoe San Kamphaeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Entry is free


Huay Kaew Waterfall

The list of the most exquisite natural tourist places in Chiang Rai is incomplete without a mention of this piece of nature’s art – Huay Kaew Waterfall. Located in close proximity to Chiang Mai Zoo, this waterfall offers perfect space and atmosphere for rejuvenation and recreation.

The inviting views and the lovely ambience of this site attracts tourists and picnickers alike to come experience a state of pure relaxation while being surrounded by a pristine verdure. On a picnic here, you can not only admire the visual and auditory appeal of the waterfall, but also indulge in activities like hiking and photography. There are a few pools here with clean water where one can swim and bathe.

Location: Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Price: Free Entry


Kalare Night Market

One of those places in Chiang Mai that brim with a wealth of cultural experiences for visitors, Kalare Night Market is a perfect spot to experience the rich nightlife scene of the city. Lively with the presence of enthusiastic locals and foreigners, it is less hectic than its counterpart, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

From jewelry and clothing to artworks and electronics, a wide array of products can be bought here. Additionally, an open food court and entertainment zone add to the appeal of the market, making it a haven for those looking for a fun evening in the city. While you are here, do not skip to catch a nightly traditional Thai dance performance.

Changklan Road, Chiang Mai

5 pm to Midnight

Entry Fee:
Free Entry


Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

Creating a peaceful and safe environment for Asian elephants to thrive, Thai Elephant Conservation Center is one of the best places to see in Chiang Mai. Offering the visitors an impressive selection of varied experiences that are both entertaining and educational in nature, this is the only elephant camp in Thailand that is owned by the government.

The camp houses more than 50 elephants that are looked after by mahouts and trained by experts. You will be surprised to know that elephants here can create music and paint, that you will get to see during the shows held every day. Those willing to spend more time with these elephants can book a stay at the conservation center.

Location: Wiang Tan, Lampang

Timings: 8 am to 3:30 pm

Entry Fee: Starts from INR 445/THB 200


Grand Canyon Chiang Mai

Developed in an abandoned limestone quarry, Grand Canyon is a waterpark in Chiang Mai, apt for kids and adults. Greatly loved by the locals, this waterpark is also counted as one of the most happening tourist places in Chiang Mai. Just wear the lifejacket and plunge into the water to swim to your heart’s content.

In addition to an inflatable obstacle course which is the major attraction here, the park features several slides, a short zipline, and wakeboarding experiences. And when you are done immersing yourself in the fun of splashes, you can spend some peaceful moments at the café and the restaurant located within the park.

Location: Nam Phrae, Chiang Mai

Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: INR 1000/THB 450 Baht per person


Saturday Walking street market

Another exciting entry on the list of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai, Saturday Street Walking Market is best known for its bustling traditional bazaar scene with huge variety of products being sold at cheap prices. It doesn't matter whether you are a foodie, shopaholic, or somebody seeking a fun filled evening in Chiang Mai, Wui Lai Market, that turns into a street walking market on Saturdays is a spot loved by locals and tourists alike.

Silverware, aluminium sculptures, ornaments, clothing and, handicrafts – you can find it all here. To increase your hunger, you will find plenty of stalls and small eateries sending aromatic air in all directions. Ultimately, you can avail of Thai massage service within the market when all the exploration has tired your body.

Location: Wua Lai, Chiang Mai

Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry


Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Any list of the most serene Chiang Mai tourist places is incomplete without a mention of Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden which is a blessing for nature lovers dwelling and visiting the city. Set in a valley amidst rainforests, the garden is a whiff of fresh air for locals and tourists. A visit to this garden is a learning experience where you get to know about a wide range of flora Thailand is blessed with.

You have the option to rent a motorbike if you are not in the mood to tour the place on foot. A 30 minute drive separates the garden from the city centre, and travelling to this site is a pleasant experience owing to the beautiful scenery en route.

Location: 9 Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: INR 220/THB 100

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