Chiang Mai

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About Chiang Mai

Tourist places in Chiang Mai allow you to experience the best offerings of Thailand. Chiang Mai city is known for being the largest city in the Beautiful country of Thailand. The Chiang Mai is also known as the Chiengmai and sometimes Chiangmai. It was the capital of a kingdom called, “The Kingdom of Chaing Mai”, a state that was a tributary to Thailand The state of Thailand from the 1700s, onwards to somewhere in the 1890s, which had a prince who was the only namesake. It lays somewhere among the highest mountain ranges that exist in Thailand and lies at a distance of about 700 km away from the very busy, very pretty city of Bangkok. It lies on the banks of the Of Ping, which is one very major tributary of the River of Chao Phraya.


The word, “Chiang Mai”, essentially means something along the lines of “New City”, and the city is known as this because it was the named the new capital of the kingdom, after the city of Chiang Rai. Therefore, Chiang Mai is a city tucked away on the tresses of the mountains in Thailand and was the capital of a very independent kingdom of Lanna to the year of 1558. In the older parts of the city, there are the leftovers of all the amazing walls, monuments, statues, temples that were built in the beautiful city which make Chiang Mai tour packages pretty exciting. Chiang Mai is the hub of almost all social and cultural activities of the country.


The mixture is as homogenous as it gets. It is also religiously accentuated to suit the needs of everyone living in this city. Hundreds of carved temples of Buddhists. These temples, such as the Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, are beautifully decorated with serpents carved all over the walls, and caves and every outer surface. The amazing view from the mountains, the secluded spots for couples and lovers, the wind the blows, the river that flows in the true essence of an Asian scenic view, is beautiful and appreciated by one and all.

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Chiang Mai FAQ's

What are some of the best things to do in Chiang Mai?

Of the many things to do at Chiang Mai, here are the best of all of them:

  • Ziplining through the Gibbon
  • Atv riding and rafting
  • Cycling tour of the city
  • Biking tour of the city
  • Biking and trekking
  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Elephant Camp experience
  • Jeep Safari
  • Jungle Trekking and Camping
  • Atv Race
  • Care tour of Elephants
  • Golden Triangle Tour

What are the famous places for sightseeing in Chiang Mai?

For a place as beautiful as the city of Chiang Mai, the sights to see are plenty. The temples are beautiful. The museums are old. The old city is a museum in itself. The bazaars are what locals and tourists feed on. The people love animals, the zoos, the shops, and everything comes in the middle. The famous Places to Visit in Chiang Mai are plenty:

  • Wat Phra Sing which houses the Lai Kham Chapel
  • Wat Chiang Man
  • Doi Suthep and Meo Village
  • Hidden Valley
  • Chiang Mai National Museum
  • Wat Chedi Luang
  • Wat Bupparam
  • Wat Phan Tao
  • Lanna Folklife Museum
  • Suan Buak Hat Park
  • Art in Paraside
  • Comedara Art Gallery
  • Elephant Parade Shop
  • Scorpion Tailed River Tour
  • Uncle Jack’s History Museum
  • Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum
  • Harris House
  • Kawila Monument and Park

When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?

The best time to visit a place like Chiang Mai is between October and April. The time between said months is spent in cool and pleasant and comfortable weather. It is also the tourist season of Chiang Mai, which has its advantages and disadvantages. A month by month time chart of the best time to visit Chiang Mai is as follows:

November to February: is the best time to visit Chiang Mai. This is when the weather is just perfect, for just about anything you want to do, be it lazing around, playing games like Scrabble, or going out for adventure. Also, the November tourists are lucky enough to catch Loi Krathong Festivities, the February ones enjoy the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

March to May: Summer there is the off-season tourists, which provides people going there during this time, better deals with better with flights and hotels. The summer temperatures shoots up to 40°, but swimming during the day and going out in the evenings is possible.

June to October: is when the monsoons of Chiang Mai sets in, the northern part of Thailand experiencing a distinctly heavy rainy season during this time. The off tourist season continues, so if seclusion is what you are looking for, this is the time to visit Chiang Mai for you.

How to reach Chiang Mai?

There are many ways to reach Chiang Mai, being an important tourist attraction Thailand, the country keeps inaccessible. Some of the best ways to reach Chiang Mai, however, are:

By air: The Chiang Mai International Airport is available and provides people with both domestic and international flights, to go in and out of the country when they please.

By bus: there two official bus stations within the city, they are as follows:

  1. Arcade Bus Stations: which people who are going outside the province of Chiang Mai generally use.
  2. Chang Puak Bus Station: which is used by people traveling within the province of Chiang Mai.

By Train: the Chiang Mai Railway Station lies at a distance of about 3km from the center of the city. This station is provided with amiable staff, daytime services, along with overnight sleeping arrangements.

What is the best public transport to commute around Chiang Mai?

With Thailand’s Road fatality coming second on the list when the whole world is concerned, the best thing to do is travel by taxi, which, despite being more expensive, is provided with seat belts, and are much safer. The best public transport to commute around Chaing Mai are:

  • By local bus: the minimum fare is 15 baht
  • By Songthaew: Prices are negotiable, but the minimum is 20 baht per person inside city walls, with that escalating to 40 to 60 baht outside them.
  • Tuk-tuk or Samlor: 50-100 baht can be expected.
  • By taxi: around 150 baht inside the city, prices going higher outside it.
  • By scooter or by bike: renting a two-wheeler might be 150 baht per day.
  • By Bicycle: 100-250 baht, prices going up with the quality of bicycle.
  • By car: 900-2500 baht per day.
  • By foot: usually free.
  • By Minivan: 2000-2500 baht

What is the local language in Chiang Mai and which are the most commonly used greetings?

Local language Chiang Mai is easy or difficult depending on the retentivity of a person and varies from person to person:

  • Hello : Swasdi
  • Thank You! : Korb Khun!
  • Good Luck: Shoke dee
  • How are you? : Sa-by dee my

How is the nightlife in Chiang Mai?

Being as highly maintained as Chiang Mai is, the nightlife there is at par with the classiness of the rest of the city. The many bars, pubs, and restaurants are beautiful and almost always packed at night. Some of the places that can be enjoyed at nighttime in Chiang Mai are:

  • Boy Blues Bar
  • HOBS
  • Myst
  • OASIS Rooftop Bar
  • Warm up Café
  • Good View Bar And Restaurant
  • The roof: Sala Lanna
  • Xanadu Rooftop Bar And Restaurant
  • Blue Bat
  • Infinity Club
  • Zoe in Yellow
  • Monkey Club
  • Fabrique

Where can I enjoy adventure activities in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is located in the Mountains of Thailand, And the adventure Activities is so many, that people mostly don’t make it through them all. The terrains of the city, the forests, the big area on which it is located, the rivers, provide Chiang Mai with many adventure activities, which one cannot help but appreciate. The adventure activities in Chiang Mai are:

  • Bamboo Rafting
  • Cycling
  • Day trip to the Mae Sa Valley
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Balloon Ride
  • Target shooting
  • Flight of Gibbon aka Ziplining
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Boeing

Which are the famous places to enjoy Wildlife in Chiang Mai?

The variety of Wildlife and diversity in wildlife or flora-fauna, in general, is very unanimously large. The many mountains that Chiang Mai is located on, are the source of many areas where wildlife can be available. The animals, the smell of the trees, the chirp of the birds, the sound of a nearby stream all adds up to make wildlife touring in Chiang Mai very amazing. The options are many, but the famous places to enjoy Wildlife in Chiang Mai are:

  • Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo
  • Wat Phrathat DOi Suthep
  • Wat Chedi Luang Warawhihan
  • Chiang Mai Zoo
  • Wat Chiang Man
  • Wat Lok Moli
  • Wat Sakithaki
  • Wat Umong
  • Wat Sri Suphan
  • Phra Singh Temple
  • Wat Suan Dok
  • Royal Pat=rk Rajapruek
  • Nong Buak Nard Public rock

Which are the famous amusement parks in Chiang Mai?

Even though amusement comes as a taken, along with the Chiang Mai travel package, some people like to go the extra length for amusement at literal amusement parks. The amusement that comes from the parks is very important. If someone has had a serious vacation or a squabble or with the other vacationers, the best place to go to is an amusement to cut away awkwardness. The famous amusement parks of Chiang Mai are:

  • Park Hotel
  • Tube Trek Waterpark
  • Grand Canyon Chiang Sea
  • X Centre
  • Fang Hot Spring
  • Shooting club
  • Adventure Land
  • Castle Ghost House
  • Lanna Sports Centre
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Speed art

Which are the best sites for white water rafting in Chiang Mai?

Water river rafting is one of the best adventure activities that a person could possibly come across. With the rush of the water, the wind against your face, one could possibly not love river rafting. With its beautiful terrains, and running rivers, Chiang Mai’s best white water rafting sites are:

  • Mae Taeng River (10km)
  • Mae Taeng River (5km) for Class II & III
  • Siam River Adventures

What are the famous spiritual destinations in Chiang Mai?

The temples and chapels, along with the monasteries are decorated with beautiful engravings and carvings on their walls. The serpents and dragons are a favorite among the Chiang Mai religious sites. These destinations provide visitors with spiritual upliftment that lasts a lifetime, people make memories and connect with their god in these places. The famous spiritual destinations in Chiang Mai are:

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Chedi Luang
  • Wat Phra Sing
  • WAt Suan Dok
  • Wat Umong
  • Wat Phra that DOi Khram
  • Wat Sri Supha
  • Wat Chiang Man
  • Wat Lok Molee
  • Wat Phan Tao

What are some of the best places for Night Safari in Chiang Mai?

The national parks which entertain night safari, provide people with the Vegas-like environment. Even though the fun in the morning is cool, but nightlife is even better. One has to travel on a tram, that was only exclusive to Kolkata and England. The people who know of this activity, and experience it fall in love with is overnight, literally. The places where one can enjoy Night Safari in Chiang Mai are in:

  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
  • Big Five Behind The Zoo( in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park)
  • Doi Inthanon National park

Chiang Mai Reviews

Jalaj Kalra
Reviewed: 21 Feb 2024
Everything was excellent planned and well organised all the major places to visit was covered. Phuket hotel was not upto the mark.
Aditya Bisaria
Reviewed: 13 Oct 2022
It was a good trip!!
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Tanushri Trivedi
Reviewed: 14 Apr 2022
Our trip to Chiang Mai with Thrillophilia was absolutely superb. We visited the temples and palaces. One of the special visits that stands out for me was the tour of the Elephant Sanctuary. All of the sightseeing tours were arranged for us, including the car and our guide who stayed with us througho... Read More
Shubham Jha
Reviewed: 12 Apr 2022
Our trip to Chiang Mai was one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had in my life. I did not know this Thai city had so much to offer… The heritage attractions were simply the best. The highlight for me was most definitely the tour of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the handicrafts village.
Sheena Iype
Reviewed: 11 Apr 2022
If you’re looking for a city based tour in Thailand, this might be just up your alley. The package from Thrillophilia takes one through most of the major cities- Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. We visited the temples, palaces, parks and the markets. We also customized our itinerary to include a full... Read More
Gunjan Kumar
Reviewed: 07 Apr 2022
I went to this water park in Chiang Mai last summer and had a great time. All the four zones at the park are beautifully kept and offer great fun and thrill to visitors of all ages. I would like to commend Thrillophilia for making the trip as convenient as possible for me.

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