Must Things to Do in Thailand
Let Chiang Mai Night Safari Beguile You
The thrill of wildlife exploration and the darkness of night come together to create a nail-biting experience for adrenaline junkies in Chiang Mai. This night safari zoo in the city offers a great opportunity to catch glimpses of some rare nocturnal beasts dwelling in their naturalistic habitats. The safari tour spans over three different zones – Savanna Safari, jaguar Trail, and Predator Prowl.
You have the option to either enjoy the safari on a tram ride or walk your way through these zones. Giraffes, zebras, rhinos, tigers, jaguars, pumas, and lions are some of the animals you can expect to watch during the activity. Additionally, the park features some light activities like laser light show and dancing fountain for extra entertainment.
Location: Tambon Nong Kwai, Chiang Mai
Timings: 11 am to 11 pm
Price: THB - 700; INR - 1500
Play with Elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
If you have never played with elephants, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary near Chiang Mai delivers a firsthand experience into the world of elephants. A few interactive activities have been designed for visitors so that they can spend some fun moments with the friendly elephants here. In addition to getting clicked with the elephants, one can also feed and bathe them.
An English speaking guide will accompany and educate you about the history of elephants in the region. And if you enjoy your time here, you also have the option for an overnight stay. The project is completely within the line of eco-tourism and ethical norms, and the animals are treated well by the caretakers.
Location: Chang Klan, Chiang Mai
Timings: 7 am to 10 pm
Price: THB - 1700; INR - 3600
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Embrace Thrill and Adventure at Doi Inthanon National Park
Visit Doi Inthanon National Park for a day and it will become the part of your Chiang Mai trip you will never forget. One of the most sought after national parks in Thailand, Doi Inthanon proudly boasts uncountable waterfalls in the middle of forests, remote traditional villages, picturesque hills with viewpoints, and a climate that remains pleasant throughout an year.
So whether you are interested in hiking, camping, or just a rendezvous with nature, this national park is just the perfect destination to indulge in all these things to do in Chiang Mai. Moreover, owing to the scenic landscapes shrouded in a velvety greenery, Doi Inthanon National Park is also admired by photographers.
Location: Ban Luang, Chiang Mai
Timings: 7 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 1150; INR – 2500
A Bumpy Whitewater Rafting on the Mae Taeng River
Mae Taeng River adds the thrilling experience of river rafting to the list of things to do in Chiang Mai. First, you will get to learn about safety instructions by an English speaking instructor, and then you will enter the river waters with an experienced guide who will make sure you have the best whitewater rafting of your life.
While you are on your raft, feeling your heartbeat go wild as you pass through the rapids, you will also get the opportunity to witness the surrounding wilderness that surrounds the river. If you are visiting Chiang Mai between July and March, you must let the volatile waters of the river give you an unforgettable day of your life.
Location: Ratvithi Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 1800 ; INR - 3900
Soak in the Charm of Sunday Walking Street Market
Exploring the Sunday Walking Street Market is one of the most essential things to do in Chiang Mai as it is simply the best way to feel the pulse of the city. The lively and inviting atmosphere of the market brings in thousands of visitors every Sunday to come have their share of happiness by indulging in shopping and dining fun.
The large market has a lot to offer ranging from handbags and clothes to massages and street food. It is also an ideal place to go if you want to buy stuff that epitomize Thai art and craft. Since the market is open till midnight, being here is a great chance to enjoy nightlife of Chiang Mai.
Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 4 pm to Midnight
Visit the Divine and the Gorgeous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Spending a few hours at Wat Phra Doi Suthep is an important part of the cultural exploration of Chiang Mai as it is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in the region. It is believed that the temple was established in 1383 by King Keu Naone, and the objective was to treasure a bone shard of Buddha.
As the temple is located on a mountain, you will need to climb a staircase with 306 steps to reach here. However, you are sure to get refreshed upon seeing the architectural brilliance and collection of statues, and experiencing the unmatched serenity this divine site features. Besides, the views from up here are truly stunning.
Location: Su Thep, Chiang Mai
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm
Price: THB - 30; INR – 65
An Up-Close Cultural Rendezvous on Loi Krathong Festival
If you are intrigued by the cultural nuances of Thailand, it is best for you to visit Chiang Mai during Loi Krathong Festival AKA Festival of Light. Though the dates of the festival change every year, it usually falls during the November month and the celebrations last for 3 days.
The revelries differ from one day to another as the first day is Lantern festival, while the second and third days are full moon day and Loi Krathong Parade, respectively. Sky full of lanterns and faces adorned with smiles are two of the essential things you will get to see during Loi Krathong in addition to various rituals you can witness at beautifully illuminated Thai temples.
Location: Chiang Mai
Spot Gibbons on an Exhilarating Zip Line
Your ultimate dose of adventure in Chiang Mai, a zipline experience or the Flight of the Gibbon is all you need to make your trip an exciting one. Renowned as one of the finest zipline operators in Thailand, Flight of the Gibbon lets you zip through a dense rainforest while spiking your adrenaline level by a few notches.
This is the only place where you can indulge in the activity and also get a chance to see wild gibbons. Besides ziplining, one can also enjoy nature trails, abseils, and sky bridge on their visit to this adventure hotspot. As for your safety, highest safety standards along with expert sky rangers are available to ensure no inconvenience is caused.
Location: Mae On
Timings: 6 am to 11 pm
Price: THB - 4000; INR – 8200
Check out Art and Craft in Bor Sang Umbrella Village
If you are willing to learn more about the Chiang Mai handicrafts and buy some fine products, Bor Sang Umbrella Village is a place worthy of a day tour. Located at a short distance of 9 km from the main city, this craft village is best known for the colourful paper umbrellas crafted by the locals.
These umbrellas are made from sa paper which is produced from the bark of mulberry tree, and are adorned with some captivating traditional designs to enhance their visual appeal. On your visit to Bor Sang, you can also interact with locals and learn from them the traditional art of making umbrellas and other products made from sa paper.
Location: Tambon Ton Pao
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
‘No Bar’ Experience with Tigers at Tiger Kingdom
Easily one of the most famous things to do in Chiang Mai, a visit to Tiger Kingdom will enthrall you in many ways. Tiger Kingdom is a tiger center housing fully grown tigers as well as tiger cubs. There can hardly be anything more exciting than interacting with tigers and getting personal with them inside their enclosures with no bars or chains involved, and that is what makes the place so famous among tourists.
While you are playing with and admiring these animals, get the fun moments captured on camera to immortalize the experience. Since the enclosures are supervised by the trainers, there is absolutely no probability of misadventures.
Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
Price: THB - 700; INR – 1530
Become a Thai Cuisine Expert by Taking a Thai Cooking Class
Once you taste the authentic Thai food in Chiang Mai, you would naturally want to try cooking it after you go back home. And the only way to make it happen is taking a Thai cooking class and learn the tricks to add Thai flavours to your culinary skills. From choosing the right ingredients for a recipe to cooking a Thai dish like a professional, you will be given a complete lesson to turn you into an expert on Thai cuisine.
Within a duration of a few hours, the detailed guidance will teach you to prepare some of the most admired Thai main course dishes and desserts. This is. Of course, one of the most rewarding things to do in Chiang Mai.
Location: May Kaidee’s Cooking School, Chiang Mai Kao Road
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 1000 ; INR - 2150
Immerse Yourself in the Festivities of Songkran Festival
To have a fun filled trip of Chiang Mai with a touch of cultural extravaganza, visit this exciting holiday destination during Songkran Festival, and you will thank your stars. Celebrated over a period of 3 days from 13th to 15th April, to mark the beginning of Thai New Year, this festival involves various traditional activities among which water fight is the biggest delight.
You will see hordes of locals and foreigners unloading their water stock on random targets. Partake in the unique water fight and immerse yourself in the cultural nuances of Chiang Mai to create lifelong memories for you and those accompanying you here.
Location: Chiang Mai
Glimpsing History Through the Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang
Chiang Mai is an important center for learning history and culture of Thailand, which is confirmed by the presence of structures like Wat Chedi Luang here. Built in 1441, this towering chedi built in Lanna style is in ruins, but still remains one of the top tourist attractions in the city.
The massive structure of the pagoda must have been one of the largest in the region when it was built but was diminished after it was destroyed by an earthquake. Wat Chedi Luang features numerous structures like the city pillar, statue of Buddha, and an old gum tree which will not only amuse you, but will make you curious.
Location: Phrapokklao Road
Timings: 6 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 40; INR – 83
Wheel Through the Quiet Streets of Chiang Mai on a Night Bicycle Tour
The magnificence of the historical city of Chiang Mai minus the traffic and noise – a night bicycle tour of the city will take you closer to its real essence. While you pedal your bicycle through the streets and roads of Chiang Mai, you will get to soak in the beauty of the iconic architectural marvels bathed in lights.
Besides, the tour will also take you to the interiors of the city where you will have the opportunity to explore its lively night markets and experience shopping and dining like never before. All in all, this easy activity is a great means to discover various aspects of Chiang Mai in the quiet of the night.
Location: Chiang Mai Walled City
Price: THB - 1250 ; INR - 2700
Know the Culture of Karen Hill Tribe
You must have heard of tribals with elongated necks with brass rings wrapped around their necks, and an interactive session with people of Karen Hill Tribe is a great opportunity to learn about their customs and history. You can reserve a day of your Chiang Mai trip for Chiang Dao exploration where you can meet these long neck tribals residing at Padung Village.
An interactive session with Karen Hill Tribe is sure to be a valuable learning experience for you if you are interested to learn about the tribal culture of the region. It is also recommended to buy the finely made handicrafts sold by the tribals to contribute to their economy.
Location: Padung, 72 km from Chiang Mai
Timings: 7 am to 8 pm
Price: THB – 1050; INR - 2270
Other Things to Do in Chiang Mai
Visit to Witness the Magnificence of Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple
The most revered Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai also widely admired by culture vultures, Wat Phra Singh is a must visit site in the city. A significant heritage site, Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple was established in 1345 by Phaya Payoo of Mangrai Dynasty. Exploring this temple is an excellent way to embrace tranquility and to lay your eyes on one of the most magnificent structures the city of Chiang Mai holds.
Built in the 14th Century during the era of Lanna Kingdom, the temple complex enshrines a large number of old and important Buddha images including the Reclining Buddha, and houses hundreds of monks. In addition to Viharn Lai Kham and Viharn Luang, Ho Trai is a major attraction safeguarding some ancient Buddhist scriptures.
Location: Samlarn Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8 am to 4 pm
Price: THB - 40; INR - 82
Take a Relaxing Traditional Thai Massage From An Ex-prisoner
One of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai is to get a traditional Thai Massage from an ex-prisoner. As peculiar as it may sound, the activity is sought after by a large number of foreigners in Chiang Mai. These ex-prisoners are well-versed with the art of relaxing muscles through the traditional therapy of Thai massage that involves various yoga postures and some rare techniques of acupressure.
The range of massages includes three treatments namely 2 hour Thai massage, 1 hour Thai massage and 1 hour foot massage. Rest assured, everything is taken care of in a professional environment and manner.
Location: Women’s Massage Center, Chiang Mai
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
Price: THB - 200; INR - 430
Enjoy an Action-Packed Muay Thai Boxing Match
A true representative of the cultural uniqueness of Thailand, Muay Thai is the national sport of the country. If you are fascinated by martial arts, this kickboxing style fight will engross you to the core. Chiang Mai has a number of arenas where you can catch a live Muay Thai battle fought by professional boxers.
You will feel your heartbeat growing wilder and adrenaline rushing through your veins with every blow with a lightning fast use of elbows, fists, knees and shins. So if you are craving some thrill in Chiang Mai, reserve a seat to become spectator to this brutal form of entertainment.
Location: Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium, Changphuaek Road
Timings: 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Price: THB - 600; INR - 1300
Adore your Skin with a Sak Yant Tattoo
ou ought to know that your Chiang Mai trip gives you a once in a lifetime opportunity to embellish your body with a Sak Yant Tattoo. Contrary to the usual style of tattooing, Sak Yant tattooing is treated as a spiritual act in Thailand which involves inking the skin using sharp metal or bamboo rod.
More importantly, only a Buddhist monk can perform the act of tattooing Sak Yant. According to Thai people, this tattoo effects potential energies and can provide protection, strength, success and happiness. So, if you want to bring a permanent souvenir from Chiang Mai, a Sak Yant Tattoo may be the right choice.
Location: Arak Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Price: THB - 2000; INR - 4200
Get Clicked at Art in Paradise 3D Museum
Exhibiting a different level of creativity through an impressive collection of 3D paintings, Art in Paradise 3D Museum is an ideal place for a few hours of uninterrupted fun time with family. The unique museum is divided into six different zones featuring numerous illusionary 3D murals that offer some quirky photo opportunities for the visitors.
Whether you want to be seen in an a scene from the ancient Egypt or you want to be inside a classic art painting, the museum gives you endless possibilities. Thus, spending a few hours here, getting clicked and clicking others is one of the most exciting things to do in Chiang Mai.
Location: Changklan Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
Price: THB - 300; INR - 650
Take a Dip into San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
Whenever your decide to take a break from the usual sightseeing experience in Chiang Mai, head straight to San Kamphaeng Hot Springs to spend a day relaxing with your loved ones. Surrounded by rich foliage and teeming with nature's tranquility, this site offers a soothing hot mineral water bath in several long pools.
Whether you want to enjoy a swim or you just want to dip your feet, the place is at your disposal. The site also features two small massage parlours where you can avail of full body and shoulder massages. Additionally, to enhance the fun further, buy a basket of eggs and cook them in the naturally hot water of the springs.
Location: 40 km from Chiang Mai
Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
Price: THB - 100; INR - 217
Relish the Unique Flavour of Thai Iced Coffee
Chiang Mai is a city of thousand flavours, and any food tour of this place is incomplete unless you relish the bittersweet taste of the iced coffee available here. If you want to spend in a Chiang Mai on a lighter note, just tag your friends or loved one along and hit one of the popular fancy cafés in the town to tickle your taste buds with the authentic taste of locally grown and home roasted coffee beans.
Coffee lovers from various countries have loved the unique taste of iced coffee in Chiang Mai, and you must also try for yourself the next time you are here.
Location: Many Coffee Shops in Chiang Mai
Price: THB – 80; INR - 173
Savour the Sweet Flavour of Sticky Rice with Mango Dessert
If you are in Chiang Mai and your sweet tooth is craving for some regional dessert to fix it, everything comes after Sticky Rice with Mango Dessert. Hugely popular among Thai people and widely loved by tourists, this delicacy is available in all food markets of Chiang Mai, and that too at affordable prices.
Once you try it, you will wish to have it after every spicy meal while you are here. Since it does not take a lot of efforts and time to prepare Sticky Rice with Mango Dessert, you can also learn the recipe and make it after your return from Thailand.
Location: Many cafes and food markets across Chiang Mai
Price: THB - 150 ; INR - 327
Take an Unforgettable Boat Trip On The Mae Ping River
One of the most sought after boating tours in Chiang Mai, a cruise on Mae Ping River is an enjoyable activity that guarantees a day full of happy moments. While cruising through the river, after crossing a number of hotels, bars, and restaurants located on the shore, you will get a chance to witness the real charm of the region in the form of lush forests and undulating hills in sight.
Moreover, the river tour of Mae Ping River also lets you catch a glimpse of the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam. If you are seeking some peaceful outdoor moments with your dear ones, this activity is a perfect option.
Location: Mae Paeng River, Chiang Mai
Timings: Between 9 am and 5 pm
Price: THB - 750 ; INR - 1620
Coffee with Cats At The Catmosphere Café
One of the offbeat things to do in Chiang Mai is sipping a delicious coffee at The Catmosphere Café. If the café’s name makes you curious, Catmosphere Café is home to a number of adorable cats, and is a perfect destination for those who find their company therapeutic.
You will find a mix of adopted and purchased cats here, and all of them are pretty playful, especially if you are here in the evening. Come prepared to have a unique coffee sipping experience here with cats as you can play with them, sit them on your lap, or click selfies with them.
Location: Huaykaew Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 10 am to 7 pm
Price: THB - 100; INR - 217
Adrenaline-Charged Cliff Jumping at The Grand Canyon
A limestone quarry transformed into an amusement park, The Grand Canyon features a number of stimulating activities. It is one of the favourite weekend spots among the locals and an exciting attraction among tourists willing to share some light moments with family and friends in Chiang Mai.
Though there are attractions like inflatable obstacle course, zip line, and slides in the park, nothing beats the fun of plunging into the water from a cliff. Hundreds of thrill seekers visit the park everyday to enjoy the fun of taking a 10-15 metre deep jump and to satisfy their craving for adventure.
Location: Nam Phrae, Chiang Mai
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm
Price: THB - 450; INR - 976
Meet Bugs at Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
Chiang Mai is surprising, and you will realise it when you take a tour of Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders. It is a unique museum housing a wide collection of bugs, established by a Thai couples inspired by their fascination for insects. Though the museum occupies a small area, it is home to a collection of 10,000 species of insects.
Other interesting exhibits in the museum have genuine fossils of trees, bones, animals, shells, etc. An exploration of the museum is sure to add a new shade to your overall experience in Chiang Mai.
Location: Siri Mangkalajarn Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 10 am to 4 pm
Price: THB - 100 ; INR - 217
Shop Till You Drop at Kalare Night Market
Whether you are interested in making your evening fun by shopping to your heart’s content or you want to tickle your taste buds by trying various dishes one after another, head straight to Kalare Night Market. Located close to the iconic Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this market is quieter and is frequented by locals and foreigners willing to buy fine quality local products and art works.
Also, if you are hunting for delicious dinner, an open food court in the market area has options ranging from Thai to Middle Eastern food.
Location: Changklan Road
Timings: 5 pm to Midnight
Price: Free Entry
Enjoy Scary Dips at Roller Coaster Tracks at Pyongyang Jungle Coaster
Tease your heart and challenge yourself to indulge in this nerve-racking activity to make your Chiang Mai trip memorable. In the middle of lush forest, it is a heedless ride in a two-seater cart that runs downward. Designed with several twists, turns, and dips, this gutsy activity is sure to deliver one a large quotient of thrill.
As scary as it may sound, the activity is safe for all with all safety measures and professional staff on site. So if you are running out of experiences to try with your family, a roller coaster ride at Pyongyang Jungle Coaster may be it.
Location: Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Price: THB - 150 ; INR - 325
An 800-Steps Climb to The Heavenly Doi Prat Bet
Whether you are a culture vulture, patron of art and architecture, or someone seeking someone seeking activity, climbing a stairway with 800 steps to reach Doi Pra Bet is definitely one of the most memorable things to do in Chiang Mai. Sitting atop a towering mountain, this is the highest tier of Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Temple comprising of a golden pagoda, white stupa perched on rocky cliffs, and a prayer hall with tranquil ambience.
Since the climb is steep, you are bound to be tired by the time you get to the top, but the mesmerizing panoramic view of the scenery visible from this point will rob you off your fatigue. Also, do not forget to carry your camera along to avoid any regrets.
Location: Wichet Nakhon, Chiang Mai
Timings: 7:30 am to 6 pm
Price: THB – 60; INR - 130
Get Mesmerized by the Beauty of Bau Thong Waterfalls
If extensive sightseeing in Chiang Mai has tired you, the sight of this majestic waterfall cascading down in three tiers in the middle of a dense forest will definitely rejuvenate your spirit. Fondly called Sticky Waterfall, the site is an excellent place to visit with family to spend some time breathing in fresh air, bathing in cool water and strolling around the gushing stream.
If you are in the mood for some action, you can even climb up the fall, against the flow of the stream like many visitors prefer to do to add extra fun to the experience. Besides, there are a few restaurants nearby so that you can comfortably spend an entire day here, lounging and playing.
Location: Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm
Price: Free Entry
Walk Through the Royal Vibes of Bhubing Palace
If you are a patron of architecture and enjoy exploring royal structures, a walk in the serene grounds of Bhubing Palace is one of the most soothing things to do in Chiang Mai. Built by King Rama V to serve as his residence in Chiang Mai, this grand complex now serves as the winter residence for the royal family and also hosts royal guests on several occasions.
The perfectly laid out garden with beds of colourful flowers and its idyllic location add a different charm to the palace’s aura.
Location: Sriwichai Alley, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Price: THB - 50; INR - 108
Meet Purity of Nature at Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens
Grab an opportunity to take a short break from the tiring sightseeing rituals and visit this world famous botanic garden named after the queen mother of Thailand, Sirikit. The garden is set in a scenic setting of a valley which has rainforest all around it, making the park appear all the more picturesque.
It is an absolute bliss to explore the mind-blowing variety of flora from all over the country that is available in the park. From numerous sections of flower gardens and a 400 metre long canopy to different kinds of greenhouses, there is a lot explore and get mesmerized by. And if it gets tiring to walk all around the vast gardens, you can continue your exploration by taking your vehicle inside the park.
Location: Amphoe Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 50; INR - 108
Explore the Knowledge Treasure of Lanna Folklife Museum
Browsing through all the exhibitions at Lanna Folklife Museum is one of the recommended things to do in Chiang Mai if the culture and history of the region has caught your fancy. Developed inside the Old Court building of the city, this museum has a wealth of information categorized into 18 different galleries.
You can learn a lot about the lifestyle and culture of the locals in the past through the costumes, artefacts, objects of daily use, and life-size dioramas of traditional Lanna village that are put here on display. With a collection of religiously significant statues, paintings, and specimens of temple architecture, a tour of the museum is also an excellent opportunity for the patrons of visual arts.
Location: Prapokkloa Road, Chiang Mai
Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Price: THB - 90; INR - 195
Visit the Serene Bai Orchid And Butterfly Farm to Experience Calm
If you love flowers and butterflies, a visit to Bai Orchid and Butterfly Farm will set your holiday mood right. The lovely sights of blossomed flowers and floral fragrances at this famous greenhouse promise to cheer anyone up. The site gives its visitors a chance to come across an impressive variety of orchids bathing in vivid shades.
But what will really catch your eyeballs is the population of butterflies here that is made up of butterflies of different colours and sizes, fluttering their wings, hanging on nets, and sitting on flowers.
Location: Mae Raem, Chiang Mai
Timings: 7:30 am to 5 pm
Price: THB – 60 ; INR - 130