50 Places to Visit in Chiang Mai, Tourist Places & Attractions

Chiang Mai Attractions

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon National Park, Wat Chedi Luang, Chang Puak Gate Night Market, Sunday Walking Market, Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar, Lanna Folklife Museum adn many more. 

Thanks to the diverse culture of Thailand and its natural magnificence, the list of places to visit in Chiang Mai is virtually endless. This old city in the mountainous region of Thailand, which was once the capital of Lanna Kingdom, is a hotspot for all kinds of tourists, especially culture enthusiasts. Having a rich history to boast of, Chiang Mai is replete with man-made wonders from the past.

Most of these are ancient Buddhist temples displaying sophisticated structures and notable designs. But an exploration of the city will tell you that even the natural marvels are in plenty here which makes it a destination for all. Since most of the top Chiang Mai attractions are Buddhist temples, you should definitely visit Wat Umong and Wat Lok Moli to lay your eyes on the elegantly designed complexes featuring spectacular chedis and peaceful prayer halls. 

And to add a different shade to your spectrum of experiences and relax in the company of nature, you can consider Chiang Mai tourist places like Royal Park Rajapruek and Doi Ang Khang. If you are interested to learn about the cultural history of the city and its inception, Lanna Folklife Museum is the place to be.

Here is the list of best places to visit in Chiang Mai:

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The Buddhist Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, built in the early nineteenth century, is one of Chiang Mai's most revered and important temples. The building is a stunning example of architecture and great craftsmanship. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple offers you an incredible experience full of serenity and calm, with a museum tour and souvenir shop.

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The Doi Inthanon National Park is a significant national park, featuring Thailand’s highest peak. Doi Inthanon National Park, commonly known as "The Roof of Thailand," known for its waterfalls, a few paths, isolated towns, vistas, sunrise/sunset watching, birdwatching, and the chilly weather that lasts all year at higher elevations.

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Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple located in the old city of Chiang Mai in Thailand. Also known as ‘the temple of the Great Stupa’, it consists of three temples, the construction of which dates back to the 14th-century. The temple houses one of the most significant religious relics, the Emerald Buddha, making it an important place in Thailand.

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One of the most attractive markets Chang Puak Hate Night Market is quite famous among the tourists. For all those who love to walk around the streets and check out different shops this is the ideal location. With outstanding collection of various goods like clothing, perfume, wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, shoes, street performers, belts, lanterns, candles, food stalls, sketch artists, house wares one can find it all here.

It is quite crowded place and there are unique vendors who sells exclusive Thai foods which is quite delicious and mouth watering. Apart from this there are other stores of clothing, shoes, and accessories with reasonably good stock.

Location: 248/70 Manee Nopparat Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 5 pm - 12 am
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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

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If your conscience does not allow you to shop without bargaining, Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar is one of the most recommended tourists places in Chiang Mai that you must visit. The market is dotted with small shops offering a large spectrum of products at reasonable prices.

And if you are an experienced shopper, you can stuff your bag with crafts, clothes, and décor items without spending a lot of money. Additionally, Kat Rin Kham also features a number of food stalls, tattoo shops, and salons that add to the overall charm of this market that remains open from evening till midnight.

Location: Beside maya Mall, Nimman Area

Timings: 6 pm to Midnight

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The best way to learn about the culture and history of the region is to visit Lanna Folklife Museum housed inside a former courthouse. While the gorgeous building is sure to impress the architecture lover in you, the intriguing collection of artifacts will fill your heart with excitement. The museum features 18 varied exhibitions dedicated to the cultural history and lifestyle of the people here.

From a collection of sculptures and artworks to a wide range of textiles and tools, the museum has a lot to see and click. Besides, there is also a small café here where you can enjoy delicious snacks.

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

Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

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Chiang Mai Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo that took its inspiration from the Singapore Night Safari. It offers a vast range of fun and exciting activities that allows you to enjoy the complete wilderness of animals at night. There are three zones in here, namely Predator Prawl, Jungle Jaguar Trail, and Savanna Safari,letting you encounter some ferocious animals..

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Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai is a perfect spot in Thailand to witness these majestic wild cats closely. Housing around a dozen tigers treated to interact with humans by birth, it is a perfect example of merging tourism and animals responsibly. Several tourists gather around this place to climb into the tiger’s cages, to pet, feed, and get photographed with them.

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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.

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

Timings: 6 AM to11 PM. 
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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.

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

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- 6 am to 5 pm

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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

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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.

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: 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
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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

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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.

Location:
Changklan Road, Chiang Mai

Timings:
5 pm to Midnight

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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

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is a striking canyon that is also known as the Hang Dong Canyon. The place got its name from its American counterpart, which looks entirely similar in shape. Although the place used to be a limestone quarry, it is a wonderful place to spend a day out with your little ones where they can enjoy the jumping activities.

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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

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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

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Nothing can enthrall you in Chiang Mai quite like Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in the old city. If you are eager to learn about the history of Chiang Mai, this temple is the best place to begin with as its construction dates back to the foundation of the city in 1296.

Constructed in an impressive blend of Sinhalese and Lanna styles of architecture, the temple features some brilliant artworks in the form of the images of Buddha, intricate paintings and wooden carvings. There is also a small wooden building housing a library where some ancient Buddhist scriptures are kept safely.

Location: 171 Ratchapakhinai Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is a striking canyon that is also known as the Hang Dong Canyon. The place got its name from its American counterpart, which looks entirely similar in shape. Although the place used to be a limestone quarry, it is a wonderful place to spend a day out with your little ones where they can enjoy the jumping activities.

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Do not say goodbye to fun just because the day is over – Anusarn Night Bazaar in Chiang mai is open till midnight to let you indulge in a shopping spree. This large market where a diverse range of products are sold is a popular hangout spot among locals, and also welcomes throngs of tourists on a daily basis.

Anusarn Night Bazaar opens in the evening and bathes in light and joy as visitors start to make their way in. Leather goods, wooden handicrafts, apparels, fashion accessories, home décor, and souvenirs can be bought here at reasonable prices. Interestingly, the market does not only have treats for shopaholics but also have a variety of options for foodies.

Location: 149/24, 149 27-28 Changklan Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

Timings: 6 pm to 12 midnight

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If you are interested in exploring the natural attractions the city boasts of, Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall is inarguably one of the finest places to visit in Chiang Mai. A long drive on a scenic route from Chiang Mai takes you to this waterfall which is also a sought after weekend getaway in the region.

The water stream comes through a dense forest area and then tumbles down a limestone terrain, creating a soothing sight and noise. You can even rent swimsuits and climb up the waterfall which is not as daunting as it sounds. Also, there are a few good restaurants close to the waterfall which allow you to spend a delightful day here.

Location: ambon Mae Ho Phra, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150

Timings: 8am to 5pm

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Discover a different side of Chiang Mai on Mae Ping River Cruise which not only lets you soak in the rich natural foliage that fringes the river, but also let you take a peek into the cultural heritage of the region. The tour is essentially a mix of tailor made experiences which includes visiting farms, trying fresh juices and local dishes, indulging in photography and checking out traditional markets.

Furthermore, an English speaking guide will accompany you to enlighten you with a piece of knowledge every now and then. The tour ends at Wat Chai Mongkhon Temple which is one of the spectacular places to see in Chiang Mai.

Location: Mae Ping River

Timings: Starts at 8 am

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One of the most prominent tourist places in Chiang Mai from archeological point of view, Wiang Kum Kam is a historic settlement along the Ping River which was later abandoned due to repeated instances of flooding. The fortified city from the 13th Century was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, built under the reign of King Mangrai the Great.

During excavation, various fort walls and moats were discovered in addition to ancient temples which are still active. You can visit this site and explore its various nooks and crannies to get some valuable insights into the architecture and culture of the Lanna Kingdom back then.

Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

Timings: 8am to 5pm

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Offering an extraordinary atmosphere full of tranquillity and spirituality, Wat Umong is a Buddhist temple hiding away in a dense jungle at the foot of Doi Pui Mountain. The temple complex dates back to the 13th Century and features ruins, a large stupa, meditation tunnels, and a monastery.  

The temple is known for its grand architecture and ancient art which is admired largely by visitors coming from different parts of the world. Owing to its serene location and rich history, this 700-year-old temple is one of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai where you can spend a few hours soaking in its peaceful ambience.

Location: 135 Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

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Royal Park Rajapruek, one of Chiang Mai's largest flower and botanical parks, was constructed to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday and the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne. Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion, a stunning orchid garden, and displays from throughout the world are its main attractions. It's a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

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The geography of Chiang Mai is dotted with stunning Buddhist temples, and Wat Chet Yot is among the best ones. Exhibiting a unique amalgamation of various architecture styles including Indian, Chinese, Lao, Lanna and Rattanakosin, this temple is brilliantly built. The construction of the temple was completed in 1487 during Lanna era.

Chat Yot or Jed Yod translates to ‘7 peaks’ which is in reference to the 7 chedis built on top of the viharn. 70 Thewada figures on the outer walls are another great highlight worth having a good look at. Wat Chet Yot is definitely one of the top Chiang Mai attractions owing to its reverence and brilliant craftsmanship.

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

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

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After a tour of man-made wonders in Chiang Mai, you must head towards wonderful landscapes of Doi Ang Khang – a popular mountainous region. Encompassing a range of tourist attractions within its folds, Doi Ang Khang is a perfect site to relax and admire the beauty of nature.

Sweeping vistas of wide valleys shrouded in lush greenery, numerous species of winter plants, vibrant gardens, and an unlimited supply of calmness are some of the things you can expect to explore and experience here. Also, make sure to carry your camera along to click some of the most memorable frames from your Chiang Mai trip here.

Location: Ban Khum Village, Mu 5, Mae Ngon Sub district, Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai Province

Timings: Always Open

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Boasting a rich history and exhibiting aesthetic work of art, Wat Lok Moli is a Buddhist temple in Muang County which is believed to be more than 500 years old. Apart from being a major religious site in the region, the temple also enjoys fame as a tourist attraction, and recieves dozens of tourists everyday.

The temple complex built during the era of Mengrai Dynasty features intricate designs and wonderful wooden carving which make it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Chiang Mai. A statue of a Lanna queen and golden images of Buddha within the temple complex are worth appreciating.

Location: 298/1 Manee Nopparat Rd,Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings:
6 am to 5 pm

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Fill your head with some important details about the arts and cultural aspect of Chiang Mai by reserving a few hours of your tour for this this arts and cultural centre. Located in the heart of the city, this centre set in the former Provincial Hall building is full of treats for art and culture enthusiasts.

A walk through the exhibits featuring artefacts and audiovisual displays will let you catch a glimpse of the history of the region. The wooden miniature recreation of a Lanna village is the major highlight of this site.

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

Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

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If ancient architecture interests you, add Wat Phan Tao to your bucket list right away! Set amidst a landscaped garden area, this Buddhist temple is one of the most intriguing Chiang Mai attractions. The building was built in the 14th Century as a royal palace, and every part of the complex from façade to interiors bears witness of the lavishness.

The images of intricate carving of Lanna flower motifs and gilded statues will stay with you for a long time. Besides, a prayer hall made of teak wood, a large white chedi and an all wooden viharn exhibit tasteful designs.

Location: 127/7 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

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A serene spot apt for a memorable day outing with family and friends, Huay Teung Thao Reservoir is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chiang Mai. The site features a vast stretch of water body with Doi Suthep mountains in the backdrop, creating a sight to behold and capture.

Locals as well as tourists frequent the reservoir to spend some hours basking in the lap of nature. The availability of open space and green surroundings here are truly refreshing. And if you are up for some adventure, embark on a 7 km long hiking  journey that begins from here and takes you to a point that lets you enjoy panoramic vistas of the verdant landscape.

Location: 283 Chiang Mai 50180

Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

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Another Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai also serving as a major place of interest, Wat Phra Kao claims its origin in the 14th Century. Like the other temples in the city, this one also puts on display great architecture and magnificent statues of Lord Buddha. On your visit to this temple you can also explore the pretty neighbourhood with traditional Thai houses, eateries, and clusters of trees.

Moreover, Wat Phakao is also famous for the arresting sunset views it offers, so it is also a popular choice among local and foreign photographers who are interested in capturing the culture and landscape of Chiang Mai.

Location: 36 Rachadamnoen Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

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Founded in 1502 during the reign of Mangrai Dynasty, this Buddhist temple is one of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai if you wish to take respite from chaos or monotony. Due to the remarkable hand crafted silver decoration it puts on display, it is also called the Silver Temple.

From meditating to meeting the monks and gaining insights into the history of the temple and Buddhist culture, there is a lot you can do here. The craftsmanship inside and outside the temple is rather extraordinary, making Wat Srisuphan one of the most fascinating Chiang mai tourist places.

Location:
 100 Wua Lai Rd, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 

Timings:
 5:30 am to 9:30 pm

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To experience the best eco travel tour and immerse in the beauties of nature Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp is the best experience. One can spend the days, feeding, bathing, playing and taking care of the gentle giants. There is option for elephant ride which is equally interesting. The visitors of this camp need to accommodate in eco hut and enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature.

Be it river rafting or swimming in the cool pools, enjoying the mountain sun or tasting the sweetest juicy fresh fruits, life here is simply entertaining.
Elephant experience here can be either enjoyed with a single elephant or with shared elephant. With friendly staff and excellent trainers the experience is a pleasant one guaranteed.

Location
202 Tambon Mae Win, Amphoe Mae Wang, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

Timings: 7 am to 9 pm
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Rather than a tourist attraction, this place is in fact a cluster of natural and man-made marvels. Known to humankind from over a thousand years, Chiang Dao Cave is a vast stretch of limestone cave complex comprising of passages and caverns – unquestionably a must visit for all kinds of travellers in Chiang Mai.

It is recommended to hire a guide and take a tour of the interiors of the cave that will fill you with a sense of thrill and curiosity. The site also features an old cave temple, a number of religious idols, and a fish pond, making for a getaway that will keep you hooked for hours.

Location: Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

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One of the most exciting tourist places in Chiang Mai, Elephant Life Experience is a perfect nature getaway from the busy streets of Chiang Mai. Picturesque location, natural setup, unlimited peace, and a number of playful elephants – Elephant Life Experience guarantees a day full of joy and everlasting memories.

The guests can spend some quality time here playing with elephants and bathing them. If you wish, you can also stay at a luxury lodge here. However, the most sought after activity is elephant trekking where you get to roam around the forest on the back of an elephant. And if you are eager to learn some facts about elephants and their behaviour, you can talk to the mahouts here who will give you some valuable insights.

Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai

Timings: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm

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Spending some time with people of Karen Hill Tribe is a valuable experience for any traveller in Chiang Mai from cultural point of view. The popularity of the tribe among tourists is owed to the brass rings worn by the girls and women around their necks which makes their necks appear elongated.

A large population of these tribes resides in various villages in the Golden Triangle area near Chiang Mai. But to observe the traditions of these tribals in the most legitimate manner and to interact with them, there is better option than Padung Village. Apart from getting firsthand knowledge of their history and traditions, you can also buy beautiful articles created by them in their native style.

Location: Padung Village, Chiang Mai

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If you are planning to witness something extraordinary on your Chiang Mai trip, we strongly recommend you to Check out The World Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders. It is a private museum, established by a Thai couple, housing an unusual collection of various insects, and is counted among the top offbeat places to visit in Chiang Mai. The museum claims to have on display around 10,000 species of Insects. Besides, the exhibits also showcase fossils of animals, bones, fish, trees, leaves, and much more, making the site an interesting place for those eager to learn about evolution.

Location: Mangkalajarn Road, Chiang Mai

Timings: 10 am to 4 pm

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A site offering an ultimate dose of adventure and thrill, Pongyang Jungle Coaster is one of the best tourist places in Chiang Mai. Jungle Coaster is the signature activity of the place that involves riding an open car on the winding track downhill. The stimulating activity is sure to make one's heart thump louder and satisfy their urge for adrenaline rush.

You can also indulge in a zip lining experience through the dense forests here. Even if you are travelling to Chiang Mai with kids, you must try this activity with them since high safety standards are followed to ensure safety of the participants.

Location: Pong Yaeng, Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

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There is absolutely no dearth of places to visit in Chiang Mai, and the list is incomplete without a mention of Doi Prat Bet. The third and the highest level in the temple complex of Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, Doi Prat Bet is located on a mountain top. Getting here is a challenge as one has to climb 800 steep steps to reach this site encompassing few white stupas, a large prayer hall, and the golden pagoda.

Although a religious site, Doi Prat Bet is a common destination for travellers seeking adventure in Chiang Mai. For the 360 degree views of the Thung Valley one can enjoy from the summit, this place is definitely worth a visit.

Location: Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, Lampang

Timings: 7:30 am to 6 pm

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Doi Buak Ha Mountain cradles this royal residence located close to the most revered temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The construction of the complex, which now serves as the winter palace of the royal family, was commissioned by King Rama V in 1961.

In addition to three main structures that are gracefully crafted and make for wonderful examples of Thai architecture, there is a landscaped garden within the palace complex, enhancing its charm. On several occasions, this magnificently designed house has hosted royal guests. Owing to its location and its aura, Bhubing Palace is one of the most exquisite tourist places in Chiang Mai.

Location: Doi Buak Ha, Chiang Mai

Timings: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

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A treat for your soul, Bai Orchid is sure to add a different shade to your experiences in Chiang Mai. This greenhouse features a wide array of flowering plants and colourful flowers blooming on them. But more importantly, the place is best known for its butterfly farm that is home to several species of vibrant butterflies.

The sight of these exotic butterflies fluttering their wings to move from one flower to another in such a serene setup will make your day. Any nature lover who spends an hour here is bound to fall in love with this unusual attraction. If you would like to extend your stay, there is a small café here where you could grab some snacks.

Location:
Mae Raem, Chiang Mai

Timings:
7:30 am to 5 pm

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Located within the ancient walled city of Chiang Mai, Three Kings Monument features bronze sculptures of the three kings, namely King Mengrai, King Ramkhamhaeng, and King Ngam Muang, who founded Chiang Mai in 1296. Simply one of the best places to see in Chiang Mai, Three Kings Monument is a site with great historical significance.

If you also learn about the history of the city and the kings, the sight of these statues will leave a long lasting impact on your heart. Visit the promenade spot in the evening where you can also enjoy find street food options.

Location: Prapokkloa Road, Chiang Mai

Timings: Always Open

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Spending a fun-filled evening in Tha Pae Walking Street Market is the best idea to ensure your Sunday in Chiang Mai is worthwhile. The road is closed for traffic during Sundays so that pedestrians can comfortably stroll through the market. Whether you want to enjoy the fun of bargain shopping or you want to try various flavours of the region, Sunday Walking Street Market is the most popular choice with a number of showrooms, shops, stalls, shopping malls, food hawkers, bars, and restaurants.

A wide array of finely handcrafted articles made of ceramic, silk, wood, metal, and glass are the most essential aspect of the market making it one of the best spots in Chiang Mai to check local art and crafts.

Location: Tha Pae Gate, Rachadamnoen Road

Timings: 4 pm to Midnight every Sunday

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An ethical sanctuary for elephants known for offering an experience like no other to interact with these animals in their natural habitat. Set amidst a dense jungle with a river flowing by, this sanctuary offers refreshing landscape which is a treat to your eyes and senses.

Spend your time getting to know more about elephants and help them take a bath or feed them. Also, you can join elephants on a mud spa where they enjoy rolling in the mud and play. Being here is a perfect opportunity to explore the wilderness with the friendly and playful elephants of Chiang Mai.

Location: 60 km from Chiang Mai

Timings: 6:30 am to 6:30 pm

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Quite underrated and often overlooked by sightseers, Hmong Village is a place with plenty of surprises and happy vibes. Located within the magical realm of Doi Suthep Pui National Park, this hillside village is home to the Hmong Tribe. If you are a nature lover seeking some moments of solace on your trip, Hmong is easily one of the most scenic places to visit in Chiang Mai featuring verdant, hilly landscapes dotted with a few waterfalls.

Stroll through the farms, interact with the locals, and capture the beautiful sceneries embellished with colorful flowers. There is also a small market in the village where you can buy some local handicraft products.

Location: Doi Suthep Pui National Park

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

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Enhancing the visual appeal of Doi Suthep Pui National Park with its charm, Monthathan Waterfall is one of the most scenic places to see in Chiang Mai. The magnificent waterfall with 9 tiers plummeting off a high cliff, shrouded in green shades of the forest, is believed to be one of the best waterfalls in the city.

It is an excellent spot for enjoying a family picnic as well as to indulge in swimming in the fresh and clean water of the stream. Photography enthusiasts can expect to find some aesthetically brilliant frames here. In order to get to the waterfall, you can drive till the park's office and then take a short walk.

Location: Doi Suthep Pui National Park

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

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Doi Pui Village is a popular tribal village and  one of the most visited Chiang Mai tourist places that is known for its pristine natural beauty and majestic cascading waterfalls. The lovely waterfalls in Doi Pui Village are easily accessible from the main road. A visit to this community provides an insight into the lives of the indigenous residents.

You'll learn about their culture through a variety of things including musical instruments, traditional silver-embroidered garments, and bamboo crafts. Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe has a big village market as well as a lighthouse for spectacular city views. Aside from a variety of booths, there are a few coffee cafes as well.

Doi Pui is enshrouded in mist and has a reasonably cool environment all year due to its high height. The woodlands are home to a variety of birds and small mammals, including red fox squirrels, birds, eagles, pheasant, and macaque. The museum allows visitors to interact with the gorgeous Hmong people and learn about authoritative methods for the relief of ethnic traditions.

A trip to the Tribal Village is frequently paired with a trip to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and several of the nearby waterfalls, as well as a stop to the Hilltribes Gallery.

Highlights:
Beautiful waterfalls, musical instruments, traditional silver-embroidered costumes, bamboo crafts, birds and mammals species

Location:
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

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People Also Ask About Chiang Mai

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Chiang Mai with your family?

    1. Doi Suthep: If you're looking for spirituality during your trip, Doi Suthep is one of the best tourist places in Chiang mai to go. Because of the history associated with it, the sacred shrine holds a special place in the hearts of Thai people. Furthermore, the Doi Suthep temple offers a spectacular perspective of Chiang Mai's downtown area, making it a great tourism site.

    2. Chiang Mai Night Safari: 
    Chiang Mai Night Safari Park, the world's largest and second-largest nocturnal zoo, is an unrivalled Zoological park cum night safari. During the day, it serves as a zoo, and at night, it transforms into the world's best night safari. The Chiang Mai Night Safari, modelled after the Singapore Night Safari, offers tourists a mind-blowing experience similar to being out in the forest at night.

    3. Art In Paradise: 
    Art in Paradise, one of the world's largest 3D museums, is a fantastic place for families to visit around Chiang Mai. At the Art in Paradise Chiang Mai, you'll find a large cat pawing at you, a waterfall flowing beneath your feet, a huge wave following you, and many more wonderful frescoes which will remain imprinted in your souls for quite a long time!

    4. Wat Chedi Luang: 
    The Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most precious religious artifacts, is housed in Wat Chedi Luang. The temple's main Chedi, which stands Sixty metres high, is a towering building that can be viewed from everywhere in the old city and is well worth a closer look.

  2. Which are the best places to visit in Chiang Mai in 3 days?

    1. Wat Phra Singh: Wat Phra Singh is one of the most well-known temples in Chiang Mai and one of the most sought after tourist places in Chiang mai. The temple's most notable attraction, the iconic Buddha statue known as the Phra Buddha Sihing, is housed within the temple. According to tradition, the statue was transported to Chiang Mai from Sri Lanka. The temple also has wonderfully intricate murals, many of which reflect historical incidents in Thailand.

    2. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar: 
    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is one of the most prominent Chiang Mai attractions. The Night Bazaar comes to life as the sun begins to drop. The Night Bazaar is bustling with locals and tourists alike, all looking around the many stalls. It is, without a question, the ideal spot to look for lovely trip gifts.

    3. Wat Phan Tao: 
    The massive Wat Phan Tao is entirely composed of wood, with stunning teak panels serving as the focal point of the edifice. The temple's roof is adorned with golden serpent finials, and the Lanna flower motif is frequently carved into the teak facade, adding to the temple's visual appeal. You will truly fall in love with these Chiang Mai attractions. 

  3. Is 4 days in Chiang Mai enough?

    Yes, 4 days are enough for exploring Chiang Mai. You can start by exploring some of the  popular  places like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep,  Doi Pui Village, Doi Inthanon, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Prasingh. Apart from visiting tourist attractions, you can head out to the Chiang Mai Gate Market to try out delicious seafood and shop at the popular Sunday Walking Street.
  4. Is Chiang Mai worth visiting?

    Yes, it is definitely worth visiting Chiang Mai if you love to explore ancient cities. This place is very much famous for its elephant sanctuaries and ancient places of worship. You will get to enjoy a wonderful time with your loved ones in this delightful place adorned with bountiful natural beauty.
  5. What should I wear in Chiang Mai?

    When you are in Chiang Mai and you wish to visit temples, you should make sure that you put on covered clothes till your knees. You should not go for revealing clothes, rather you can wear a long skirt, t-shirt, long dress with a scarf.

  6. How far is Chiang Mai from Bangkok?

    Chiang Mai is located at a distance of 700 km from Bangkok which takes about 8 hours and 45 minutes to commute via AH2. 
  7. What is Chiang Mai Thailand known for?

    Chiang  Mai is one of the fascinating Chiang Mai tourist places that is very much popular for its :

    1. Thai handicrafts like silverwork, wood carving, and making pottery, umbrellas

    2. Majestic waterfalls

    3. Striking mountainous landscape

    4. Beautiful ancient temples

  8. What is the best way to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?

    The best way to travel from Bangkok to  Chiang Mall would be by a direct flight which takes about 1 to 2 hours. You can also travel by a bus if you are looking for a cheaper option.

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