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  • 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.

    There is more to know about Chiang Mai and its tourist attractions – follow the content below!

  • 01 Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

    Image Credit : Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

    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

    Entry Fee: INR 200/THB 90

  • 02 Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

    Image Credit : Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 03 Chiang Mai Zoo

    Image Credit : Chiang Mai Zoo
    If you are looking for an amusement spot in Chiang mai where you can spend a few hours with your kids, Chiang Mai Zoo is an ideal destination. This zoo has much more to offer than you can expect from an ordinary zoo. Developed across an area of 200 acres in the shadow of Suthep Pui, the zoo is inhabited by 400 species of animals including white tiger, panda, rhino, serow, giraffe, and zebra.

    Additionally, the zoo is also quite famous for the exhibits featuring rare species of birds from all across the globe. For the lovers of the marine world, the freshwater aquarium in the zoo also houses a wide range of fish. And if walking across the vast area feels like a task, buses run inside the premises which will let you cover all the exhibits comfortably.

    Location: 100 Huaykaew Rd, ตำบล สุเทพ Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

    Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 325/THB 150

  • 04 Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

    Image Credit : 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 Ma

    Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: INR 220/THB 100

  • 05 Night Safari

    Image Credit : 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

  • 06 Wat Phra Singh

    Image Credit : 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

  • 07 Wat Chet Yot

    Image Credit : Wat Chet Yot

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 08 Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar

    Image Credit : Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar
    Kat Rin Kham Night Market is in Chiang Mai. It is a lesser known market as compared to the other night markets in this area and is most popular amongst students. They have a perfect mix of everything that comes to your mind, ranging from food stalls, clothes shops, plastic shops, tattoo studios, salons, home décor stores etc.

    Highlights: Famous among young adults and students, this market remains open from 6 PM till midnight. It is a really busy market and has amazing food to offer. You get great stuff at really cheap prices and also can bargain for an even more discount. It has a few craft stores as well, which is loved by the people.

    Location: Situated near 
    Maya Mall

    6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

    Price: Free

  • 09 Doi Inthanon National Park

    Image Credit : 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

  • 10 Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

    Image Credit : Thai Elephant Conservation Centre
    The government owned Thai Elephant Conservation Centre was established in 1993 and from then it has been a pioneer attraction and a prominent tourist destination for all visitors. Having a strength of nearly 50 gigantic mammals, this camp entertains the visitors with an opportunity to experience being up close with the elephants and help them feed, bathe and play.

    The employees here are well trained and can share immense knowledge about these animals, their conservation process and environmental protection. The animals here stay in private stables where they do their daily chores. The most entertaining part is watching these elephants play musical instruments or paint which is truly outstanding.

    The conservation centre is about 70kms from Chiang Mai and closes by 3:30pm as the animals then retire for rest in the jungle.

    Location: 28-29 Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway, Thailand 

    08:30 AM - 03:30 PM

    : INR 390/THB 175

  • 11 Maetaman Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Maetaman Elephant Camp
    Located at a distance of less than an hour from Chiang Mai this camp is located in forested environment. With a total strength of 60 elephants these elephants are owned by mahouts who are experienced professionals training the animals. The visitors here can enjoy exclusive time with the gentle giants and spend quality time helping with their daily activities.

    Even the baby elephants are a joy to see, feed and bath. There are opportunities to take bare back elephant ride and enjoy interacting with them. The environment here is very good and clean and all the elephants are well maintained and properly taken care of.

    Apart from the usual interaction elephant show, ox cart rides and bamboo rafting are premier attractions. There is opportunity here to purchase real elephant paintings as a souvenir.

    Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150

    1:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    Price: INR 
    6550/THB 3000

  • 12 Kalare Night Market

    Image Credit : Kalare Night Market
    Based towards the end of Night Bazaar, this is one of the prominent markets of Thailand, though the same remains much less crowded. It is much less hectic and it holds a host of shops like artistic studios, garment shops, Jewellery stores, accessories, shoes, gift items and souvenirs. This is almost like an undercover arcade where there are various shops and food court supporting coupon dinning.

    Here one can find foods of all kinds and can enjoy delicious cuisine of almost all continents. Other attractions here include Thai dance performances which changes every week and puppet shoe which is quite popular among the young crowd. The Warorot Market at a distance of 2 minutes from Kalare Night Market is famous for fresh vegetables and meat.

    Highlights: Have a sketch of own by talented sketch artists 

    Location: 89/2 Chang Khlan Rd., Chang Khlan, Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000, Thailand

    Timings: 5:30 pm - 12 am

    Price: Entry is free

  • 13 Royal Park Rajapruek

    Image Credit : Royal Park Rajapruek

    Built in the memory of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Royal Park Rajapruek is a botanical and floral garden, counted among the finest Chiang Mai tourist places. The tastefully manicured landscape of the park is home to vast collection of exotic species of flowering plants.

    Take a stroll in the refreshing atmosphere, and when the area starts to feel too large to explore on foot, rent a bicycle and see the various aspects of beauty here. Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion is another charm at the park you should not skip at any cost. Visit between December and February to witness the best bloom.

    Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

    Timings: 8am to 6pm

    Entry Fee: INR 435/THB 200

  • 14 The Tiger Kingdom

    Image Credit : 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

  • 15 Lanna Folklife Museum

    Image Credit : Lanna Folklife Museum

    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

    Entry Fee: INR 200/THB 90

  • 16 Patara Elephant Farm

    Image Credit : Patara Elephant Farm
    One of the excellent family outings can be scheduled at Patara Elephant Farm where the exclusive Elephant Care Program includes interaction with the wonderful elephants and getting to know more about this gigantic mammal. The training and interaction session includes health check up of elephants, taking care of the pregnant female elephants, walking with them, feeding them, making them drink water and accompanying them in their bathe time.

    A bare back ride on these elephants is equally entertaining and quite adventurous. Special time is allotted for baby elephants where one gets to play, feed and bathe with them. There is both half a day and full day program package in these elephant farm.

    Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 

    : 8 am - 6 pm

    Price: INR 9170/THB 4200 approx.

  • 17 Saturday Walking street market

    Image Credit : Saturday Walking street market
    Based on the opposite side of Chiang Mai Gate, Wui Lai Market or Saturday Market is another popular market in Thailand. On every Saturday the 1 km stretch market area remains close to traffic so that visitors and locals can shuffle around various shops and purchase goods according to preference. There are plenty of shops in Saturday Market almost like Sunday Market on all goods but the silversmiths shops are the primary attraction here because of the silverware sculptures and goods available here.

    Apart from this one can find clothing, belts, lanterns, candles, perfume, shoes, street performers, food stalls, sketch artists, wood carvings and woodwork ornaments, housewares etc. Evening time remains entertained with local night show and puppet show.

    Wua Lai Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

    Timings: 4 pm to 11 pm


  • 18 The Night Bazaar

    Image Credit : The Night Bazaar
    Based on the eastern side of the old walled city, on the Chang Khlan Road, The Night Bazaar is one of the preferred destinations for the shopping lovers. During the day hours the place remains filled with shops, restaurant, snacks eateries, pizza outlets and shopping arcade but all this only fails to match the charm that the Night Bazaar produces in the same location.

    One can find here goods of all kinds be it clothing, electronic items, accessories, shoes, household items and many others. The key skills for shopping here is bargaining so for the best deal bargain more. About 20 to 30 percent reduction in the prices asked should be made for good deal. There is availability of both branded and local goods.

    Highlights: Daddy’s Pizza and Steakhouse Restaurant serving Chinese food. 

    Location: Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

    Timings: 5 pm - 12 am

    Price: Entry is free

  • 19 White Sands of Turtle Island

    Image Credit : White Sands of Turtle Island

    Ko Tao or Turtle Island has gained its latter name owing to its resemblance to a turtle nose-diving towards neighboring island of KoPhaNgan. This easily accessible island is much more laid back and is known for providing a completely soothing experience to all its guests as compared to neighboring islands. 

    The powdery white sand touching the azure waters of the beach and the beautiful lining of the coconut trees are certain ingredients that make this place a perfect vacation destination.

    Things to Do
    : Apart from all the pristine beauty there are two specific elements that make this island all the more popular – coral reefs and colorful fish. While here, get ready to explore these stunning beauties by embarking on a thrilling snorkeling trip. At some specific intervals,it is even possible to feed the fish – get ready to dazzle yourself while feeding these diversifies school of fishes.

    Getting There: 
    Ko Tao Island is easily accessible via ferry from both Koh Samui and Koh PhaNgan. You can even opt for an overnight bus journey from Bangkok to Chumphon which will then be connected via boat ride to Ko Tao.

  • 20 Bo Sang Umbrella Village

    Image Credit : 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

  • 21 Elephant Life Experience

    Image Credit : Elephant Life Experience
    The only name that pops up in mind, while speaking about boutique elephant camp in Thailand is E.L.E or better known as Elephant Life Experience. The beautiful place provides an opportunity to all its visitors to come close to elephants and spend quality time with them. They can share their daily routine where the visitors can better interact under the expert guidance of the trainers.

    The camp has beautiful natural setting with cascading river flowing close by.
    The environment is peaceful and harmonious to match the temperament of the gentle giants. There are lodges for comfortable accommodation where all necessary facilities are available. It’s a romantic gateway where the vacation can truly turn special in the midst of natural beauty.

    Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  • 22 Jumbo Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Jumbo Elephant Camp
    Jumbo Elephant Camp is known for the authentic elephant experience in Thailand. Located in Elephant Valley about 40kms from Chiang Mai, this is a beautiful camp established in 1999. A perfect location for trekking and rafting one can have excellent elephant experience in this camp interacting with them in every way. The daily routine of the elephants are being shared with the visitor where each visitor is allotted a single elephant.

    The trainers are experienced mahouts sharing their knowledge about elephants from ancient times. The expert trainers help in river rafting, bamboo rafting, swimming in the waterfalls and experiencing the local wilderness. One can stay at Pagoda Inn at the heart of the city with all necessary amenities.

    39 Moo 3Tambon Baan Chang, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai

    Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

    Price: INR 2600/THB 
    1200 approx.

  • 23 Mae Ping Elephant Village

    Image Credit : Mae Ping Elephant Village
    One of the main attractions of Chiang Mai is the multiple elephant camps and training schools spread across the location. This is all the more since elephants consisted of an integral part of Thailand rich and royal culture. However among all these camps the Mae Ping Elephant Village comprises of special importance because here the camp thrives to take care of the former working elephants.

    Most of them have real mahouts or trainers who are professionals and knows how to take care of these gigantic animals. Moreover its a real training camp and not just set for the tourists.
    One can enjoy good interaction with the elephants in presence of the trainers like feeding and bathing them. Also the elephants put a great painting show to entertain visitors.

    Inthakhin, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150

    6:00 AM and 5:00 PM

    Price: INR 110/THB 50

  • 24 Wat Phan Tao

    Image Credit : Wat Phan Tao

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 25 Wat Umong

    Image Credit : Wat Umong

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 26 Baan Chang Elephant Park

    Image Credit : Baan Chang Elephant Park
    Based at a distance of 50 minutes from Chiang Mai, The Baan Chang Elephant Park is a beautiful sanctuary located at Mae Taeng. The place is by far one of the best locations to be up close with elephants and enjoy quality time with them. It’s a beautiful park dedicated to provide good life to the elephants.

    The special program named as Magical Elephant Mahout Training is scheduled here to make the visitors learn, know more and interact with this giant, clam and beautiful animal. Elephant feeding, elephant bath, bare back elephant ride, their medication and interacting with them all are included in this program. It organizes usually a day tour where lunch is included in the package.

    Tambon Ki Lek, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

    Timings: 9 am - 5 pm

    : Free

  • 27 Flight of the Gibbon

    Image Credit : 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

  • 28 Sunday Walking Market

    Image Credit : Sunday Walking Market
    Based almost in the middle of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai, the market stretches for almost a km from Phae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road. The road also famous by the name of walking street remains close on Sunday for the traffic so that all can enjoy the Sunday Market here. The Sunday Market remains very much crowded with both locals as well as tourists.

    Unlike Night Bazaar one can find here exclusive handicrafts and art of the Northern Thai inhabitants. There are shops of various other goods like clothing, accessories, home décor etc which are perfect for both own use and gifting others. After dark, the Sunday market gets more entertaining with different dance shows and entertaining programs. It’s a km long market and has much to explore.

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

    Timings: Open 24 hours

    Price: Free

  • 29 Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre

    Image Credit : Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre
    Rantong Save and Rescue Elephant Centre were established in 2009 with the motive of rescuing ill-treated elephants and saving them with proper shelter, food and healthcare. Though this initiative started with a single elephant but it later on got transferred into a business. Tourists visit this destination on a daily basis and enjoy interacting with the elephants and help them in their daily schedule which is an equally interesting activity.

    In the centre there are various single day programs as well as a multiple day schedules and transportation is available from the hotel. There are exclusive riding tours available which can be included in the package. White water rafting is an entertaining activity in this center. Another popular program here is the baby care programs where one needs to take care of the baby elephants and spend time with them. Its a memorable experience for all.

    Ban Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150

    Timing: 7 am - 10 pm

    Price: INR 3930/THB 1800 approx.

  • 30 Wat Chiang Man

    Image Credit : Wat Chiang Man

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 31 Wat Lok Moli

    Image Credit : Wat Lok Moli

    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

    6 am to 5 pm

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 32 Wiang Kum Kam

    Image Credit : Wiang Kum Kam

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 33 Wat Chedi Luang

    Image Credit : 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

  • 34 Chang Puak Gate Night Market

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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

    Price: Free

  • 35 Anusarn Night Market

    Image Credit : Anusarn Night Market

    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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 36 Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

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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.

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

    Timings: 7 am to 9 pm

    Price: INR 435/THB 200

  • 37 Maesa Elephant Camp

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    If the love is for Asian elephants then the apt place to get close to them is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp is by far the largest one in assembly of domestic elephants in the Northern part of Thailand. It also showcases the most entertaining as well as educational elephant show which has managed to enlist itself in Guinness book of Records 2005.

    The camp houses nearly 80 elephants which were all employed in timber and logging industries but with modern process they are all now taken care of in these centres for conservation and training. Visitors can enjoy the location playing with the baby elephants, feeding and bathing them and also interacting with the same. The elephants draw excellent pictures which can be purchased here.

    : Tapae Road, North of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    Timings: 7:30 am to 4 pm

    Price: INR 1520/THB 700

  • 38 Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center

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    At Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center primary importance is given towards making the elephants feel comfortable in a natural environment. As a result the camp provides an experience to its visitors which combine both jungle activities and training schedules with a one to one interaction with a single elephant making the whole experience more interesting and absolutely unforgettable.

    There are about 32 elephants which provide excellent rides in the adjacent teak forest and the nearby Ping River. The highlight of the destination is watching the baby elephants get trained in the morning with lessons on how to walk, how to bath etc. Bamboo rafting sessions are also available here on the Ping River. A visit to hill tribe village is also organised.

    Inthakhin, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 

    Timing: 8 am to 1 pm

    Price: INR 1520/THB 700

  • 39 Thai Elephant Home

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    One of the best destinations to enjoy brilliant time with the gentle giants, Thai Elephant Home is located in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. The camp has sufficient number of elephants all rescued and conserved in the camp to make them lead a happy life. Tourist can visit the destination and enjoy feeding, bathing and taking care of both the bigger and baby elephants.

    There are several packages which can be opted for to ensure some decent time spent playing with these animals. It’s a eco friendly tourism where apart from enjoying the elephants one can also take pleasure in beautiful lush greenery and natural pools. The home has beautiful eco huts on a twin sharing basis with all necessary utilities for travellers to enjoy their stay for as long as they want.

    102 moo 2 Kuedchang Mae Taeng, Mae Taeng District

    Timings: 10 am to 6 pm 

    Price: Free

  • 40 Wat Srisuphan

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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.

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

     5:30 am to 9:30 pm

    Entry Fee:
     INR 110/THB 50

  • 41 San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

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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

    Entry Fee: INR 217/THB 100

  • 42 Wat Phra Khao

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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

    Entry Fee: INR 65/THB 30

  • 43 Huay Teung Thao Reservoir

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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

    Entry Fee: INR 45/THB 20

  • 44 Doi Ang Khang

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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

    Entry Fee: Free

  • 45 Art in Paradise Museum

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    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

  • 46 Warorot Market (Kad Luang)

    Image Credit : Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
    Situated approximately two minutes from the Chang Mai Night Bazaar and sitting beside the Ping River, Warorot Market is a daytime hub of Locals. It opens early in the morning and closes when dark. You can buy almost anything from here. This is basically a Local market where you get goods better than a tourist market at even cheaper prices.

    Highlights: Everything is here, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, bakery items, handicrafts, souvenirs, ceramics, clothes etc. Also, it is an amazing place to try on local snacks and sweets from the food stalls in this market. There are back and side streets around the Warorot market full of hill tribe and Northern Thai Handicraft products. Visiting this market is a must when you are at Chang Mai to witness local Thai shopping.

    Location: Near the Chang Mai Night Bazaar, by river Ping.

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

    Price: Free. 

  • 47 Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap

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    When exploring nature along with fetching a decent knowledge about the hilly tribes is the motive behind a trekking trip then Chiang Mai trekking tours are the best, specially the Baan PHA Dang to Huay Kukap trek. The 3 hours trekking trail starts from the meditation cliffs and traverses through the exotic mountain cliffs, meandering streams and several local villages comprising of Hill tribes.

    Being a part of panoramic Northern Thailand it crosses eye catching destinations on its way like Mae Taman and finally reaches Huay Kukap which is popular for the beautiful hill tribe village. The best part of this trekking trip is enjoying the up close the lifestyle of the villagers and knowing more about their days in this area. The trekking can be done by trekkers with minimal knowledge or by amateurs by following the guidelines of the authorities.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderate

    Best season for trekkin
    g: During cooler days of December to February

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