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  • Being a natural and cultural destination you will find many things to do in Chiang Mai. It hosts a wide variety of historical temples and attractions all of which falls under walking distance from each other.

    Just backpack all your things and take a walk to Doi Suthep is considered to be one of the best spiritual destinations which stand as a testimony to the refined architecture and a deep focus on the Lanna culture. For animal lovers, one can visit Chiang Mai Zoo which exhibits an impressive wildlife.

    The Chiang Mai Safari features Savanna safari, Predator Prowl, Jaguar Trail which you can travel via tramp or a foot. While wandering you cannot help but take notice of Wiang Kum Kam which is an ancient city which displays stone tables, Mon inscriptions. Buddhist sculpture, earthenware, and pottery amongst others.
  • Must Do Things: Thrillophilia Recommendation

  • 01Check out the Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang

    Check out the Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang

    At the time of its construction, Wat Chedi Luang was the most magnificent and beautiful temple in all of Chiang Mai. With time, the majestic structure lost its beauty and grace, but there is still a lot to discover at this place. As you take a look around the ruins, you will feel calm descending over you.

    The whole temple complex has a mythical feeling to it, with statues of elephants and serpents built at the entrance, and the grand staircases that lead up to the central part. There are several beautiful Buddha statues all around the place, and there is even a golden sculpture in one of the complexes.

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

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

    Price: INR 90/THB 40 for adults and INR 45/THB 20 for children

  • 02Head Out for Night Safari and the Predator Prowl Zone

    Head Out for Night Safari and the Predator Prowl Zone
    Experiencing a night safari is probably one of the rarest experiences that you will get to enjoy in Chiang Mai. The nocturnal zoo here is only the world’s third such zoo and an important landmark destination for tourists arriving here. This is the only place in Thailand , where you can spot close to 1400 animals (including 134 endangered species) taken care of in a very professional way.

    Do not miss the exciting shows that happen here in the form of Tiger Shows, Night Predators and others. There is a mobile audio tour and musical fountain to give you amazing company in this zoo which is open from 11AM to 10PM on all days of the week. There are educational centres for kids as well, where children get to learn about new animals.

    Location:
     Hang Dong District


    Price: 
    Starts from INR 1920/THB 880
  • 03Play with elephants at Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

    Play with elephants at  Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
    Are you interested in learning about pachyderms and want to witness their lifestyle from up-close? Elephant discovery tours on Chiang Mai are great choices for you. Through these tours, you get to observe these elephants, feel them, understand their intelligence and develop a great bonding with them. You get to travel through scenic jungles and interact with tribal people in this tour.

    The best thing about discovering elephants on these tours is that guests get to go the rain forest to find out the pachyderms. Elephants are not forced to stay anywhere in a camp but are allowed to roam around freely in the rain forest. Guests are given special training to deal with the elephants. 

    Location:
     
    119 10 Thapae Rd, Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

    Timings:  7 am - 10 pm

    Price: 
     INR 2835/THB 
    1300
  • 04Visit the Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple

    Visit the Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple

    One of the most famous Chiang Mai activities is visiting the abundance of Buddha temples in the city. Of all these holy sites, the Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple is the most famous among locals as well as tourists. It is what they call in Thailand an ‘active’ temple - that is, veteran monks and novices live in this space.

    In the temple will be one of the most calming and relaxing activity you will ever experience. Not to mention the beautiful Lanna style architecture that lends it a magnificent and awe-inspiring feeling. The interior is covered with stunning statues and murals of Buddha. Do check it out on your vacation in Chiang Mai.

    Location: 2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai,

    Timings: 6 am to 5 pm

    Price: INR 45/THB 20

  • 05Get a Handicraft Collection from Bo Sang Village

    Get a Handicraft Collection from Bo Sang Village
    Bo Sang Handicraft Village at Chiang Mai is one of the best places to go if you are a keen lover of handicrafts. If you have been amazed by Thai handicrafts all the while, this village is the place where you get to witness the process of making these high-quality items like fans, paper lamps, wallets and all related products. Do not miss the Bo Sang Umbrella & San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Fair conducted here during the 3rd weekend of January.

    From here, you get to purchase the best quality of umbrellas & parasols in the world. The prices are highly reasonable for the quality. You can purchase excellent souvenirs from here at highly affordable costs; the artisans do not try to exploit you, so you don’t have to negotiate with them. 

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

    Timings: 8:15 am to 5:00 pm

    Price: Entry in village is free
  • 06Invoke in Trekking

    Invoke in Trekking
    With its amazing trekking trails, Thailand is definitely a haven for adventure enthusiasts. Chiang Mai deserves special mention because the landscapes here are remarkably beautiful. It is also home to Thailand’s 3rd tallest mountain, Doi Luang, which is at 2225m above sea level. 

    Trekking across the national park crossing the two main rivers of Mae Tang & Ping can raise your adrenalin to great heights. If you love to see the remote village lifestyles, you can tour around areas of Umphang.

    Location: 
    Doi Inthanon National Park, Mountain Doi Inthanon, Mae Tang, Mae Wang, Samoeng Area etc

    Timings: Anytime

    Price:
     Starts from INR 1300/THB 600

  • 07Enjoy Kayakaing

    Enjoy Kayakaing
    Water activities are best enjoyed in the northern part of Thailand. When you come to Chiang Mai, enjoy Kayaking like never before, without any apprehensions. You will be provided with all the requisite training and gears for the same, so you will have nothing to fear.

    Enjoy the excellent scenes presented by lush, green & dense forest as the natural force of water takes you along in your respective kayaks. If you have an eye for adventure, you can choose jungle kayaking trips as well, as it will take you through to the remotest areas of Chiang Mai forests.

    Location: Mae Ngat Valley, Mae Wang Valley, Chiang Dao Jungle, Sirilanna National Park etc.

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

    Price: 
    INR 2615/THB 1200
  • 08Mountain Biking at Doi Suthep National Park

    Mountain Biking at Doi Suthep National Park
    Image Credit : Albert-Dickson.com
    With its excellent & adventurous roads, Chiang Mai is a haven for mountain bikers. You can drive down leisurely to see the hills and lakes move past you or you can travel through remote villages to see the culture of the tribal people living here.

    Try out the cross country rides, downhill bike trips, mountain range trips, scenic trips, and leisure rides when you visit Chiang Mai. This is not only a great fitness exercise but will help you appreciate the natural extravaganza of Chiang Mai in a better way.

    Location: 
    Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

    Price: 
    INR 2,800/THB 1280 approx.
  • 09Get a Thai massage

    Get a Thai massage

    If you are looking for a way to relax your body and calm your mind, one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai is to get a soothing massage at one of the boutiques and massage parlours. There are several kinds of treatments you can avail based on your needs and budget. You can get a traditional Thai massage or a hot stone spa treatment.

    From manicures and pedicures to fragrant oil massages, high-end spas and blind massages - there is something for everyone at Chiang Mai. Get rejuvenated and reinvigorated in body, mind and soul. Book your spa appointment today.

    Location: Zabai Thai massage, Lar's massage room, Soapy massage parlour

    Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

    Price: Starting at INR 655/THB 300

  • 10Visit the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

    Visit the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
    If you or your kids enjoy looking at dead bugs and learning about exotic insects, do check out the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders in Chiang Mai. The private museum has a quaint charm to it - it is small and almost feels like a home, the walls are covered in glass shelves of insects ranging from colourful butterflies to several legged bugs. 

    You will also find several curious pieces of art by the owners, like giant mosquitoes mating with women, and rocks with eyes. Whether you find it interesting or creepy - it is certainly worth a visit. Check out the museum for a truly unique experience.

    Location: Siri Mangkalajarn Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

    Timings: 10 am to 4 pm

    Price: INR 220/THB100
  • 11Whitewater Rafting at Mae Wong River

    Whitewater Rafting at Mae Wong River
    The beautiful rivers of Northern Thailand combined with excellent natural elements like climate, mountains, an abundance of natural beauty, are perfect places if you want to enjoy white water rafting. Bring out the best in you as you break through the waves of the crystal clear water. This is a double treat for the adventure seekers and the nature lovers.

    Whitewater rafting can be enjoyed here through the months of July to March, as this is when the rivers are in full flow. English speaking tour guides inform you of all the precautions that you should take and train you very well before you take up the trip. The tours are accredited by the Thailand Tourism Authority; hence, you can be pretty assured of their quality. 

    Location: Mae Wong River.

    Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

    Price: Starts from INR 3925/THB 
    1800
  • 12Visit Art in Paradise 3D Museum

    Visit Art in Paradise 3D Museum

    One of the most mind-bending Chiang Mai activities includes a visit to the labyrinth of illusions called Art in Paradise 3D Museum. Known as the largest interactive museum in the world, Art in Paradise has something for everyone - whether a child or an adult.  From riding tall waves to fighting off scary dragons, from walking on treacherous bridges to flying with an eagle, there is a whole lot of things you can pretend to do at the museum.

    Most of the artworks have special instructions to guide you on how to take the pictures in the best possible angle. Experience a truly unique world at Art in Paradise 3D museum.

    Location: Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai

    Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

    Price: INR 650/THB 300

  • 13Do Hot Air Ballooning at Horizon Village Resort

    Do Hot Air Ballooning at Horizon Village Resort
    A trip to the island of Chiang Mai is definitely incomplete without a ride on a hot air balloon. Go past the magnificent mountains and look for the lush green land below, where nature is in its most sublime form. As you go past the beautiful streams, lakes, and waterfalls, you feel on top of the world – literally and figuratively.

    Pilots of hot air balloons usually take off from the Horizon Village& Resort at Chiang Mai; however details may change based on weather conditions. Stay alert and look for updates from your tour operators on balloon venue and take off timings. Post your flight, enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet with Champagne celebrations at this resort. Get a flight certificate issued by the pilot as well. 

    Location: 
    Horizon Village Resort, Balloon Adventure Thailand etc

    Timings: 5:30 am to 10 am

    Price: 
    INR 8140/THB 
    3734
  • 14Shop at Kalare Night Market

    Shop at 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 change 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.

    Location: 
    89/2 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai

    Timings:  5 pm to 12 am

    Price: Entry is free
  • Offbeat Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • 15Enjoy the Colored Aftermath of the Sunset at Pai Canyon

    Enjoy the Colored Aftermath of the Sunset at Pai Canyon

    One of the most relaxing yet adventurous things to do in Chiang Mai is to hike to the famous Pai Canyon and witness the glorious sun setting over magnificent hills. The hike itself is extremely satisfying, with breathtaking views of the green blanket that covers the entire valley. And at the end of this arduous journey, you are rewarded with a vantage point that is breathtaking, to say the least.

    If you plan your hike carefully, you might just be able to catch the aftermath of the sunset -  pure gold mixed with oranges and yellows that make for or a brilliant sight that you will not forget for the rest of your life.

    Location: Pai district, Mae Hong Son, Thailand

    Timings: Open 24 hours

    Price: Free

  • 16Admire the Emerald Lake

    Admire the Emerald Lake
    Image Credit : thailand.tripcanvas.co

    If you are looking for a place that is far away from the hordes of tourists and will offer you serenity and tranquillity in the middle of natural beauty -  check out the Emerald lake in Chiang Mai. It is one of the most relaxing places in the middle of a jungle, full of clear blue waters and catfish splashing around in it.

    The lake is considered as a holy spot in Thai culture, so swimming is not allowed. But do take your camera along for you will not find a more stunning setting in all of Chiang Mai. It is the perfect place to sit down, introspect and just listen to the sounds of the jungle around you.  Don't forget to check out this breathtaking place when you are in the area.

    Location: Rural Road 6053, Ban Pong, Ngao District, Lampang

    Timings: 8 to 5 pm

    Price: Free

  • 17Enjot at Roller Coaster Tracks at Pyongyang Jungle Coaster

    Enjot at Roller Coaster Tracks at Pyongyang Jungle Coaster

    A truly adventurous evening can be spent at the Pyongyang Jungle Coaster, getting up close and personal to the natural beauty of the city with one-of-their-kind rides. There are several kinds of adrenaline-inducing activities that are extremely attractive to those of you who love thrilling sports.

    You can check out the Jungle coaster that lets you spin through the heart of the woods with a fast-paced ride. Or take the Jungle ziplines to feel your heart beating so fast you will feel as if it will reap out of your chest.  And if that is not adventurous enough for you, check out the Vertical Downhill dive for a truly unique experience.

    Location: Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand

    Timings: 9 am to 5.30 pm

    Price: INR 330/THB 150 

  • 18Climb the 800 steps to reach Doi Prat Bet

    Climb the 800 steps to reach Doi Prat Bet

    One of the most thrilling and adrenaline releasing things to do in Chiang Mai is climbing the seemingly endless stream of steps to reach Doi Pra Bet. The local legends say that you have not really explored Chaing Mai until you climb the steps to the Doi. It an exhausting feat and frail bodied tourists should not try it.

    The climb can take up to 5 hours, so be sure to carry food and water. Although it may seem like a daunting task, the whole experience is worth the sweat, as it offers some of the most breathtaking views of Chiang Mai.  Do take your camera along to capture the memories.

    Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

    Timings: 6 am to 9 pm

    Price: INR 435/THB 200

  • 19Indulge in Scenery in the Quaint Little Chinese Village

    Indulge in Scenery in the Quaint Little Chinese Village

    Also known as Santichon Village, the village in Chiang Mai is a unique place in that it houses not one but three Chinese villages, all of them populated by people of the Yunnan tribe. There are a lot of things to do and explore around the hamlet. Try out local delicacies with Yunnan influences, buy souvenirs from the tiny stalls, check out the magnificent sculpture of a dragon at the village square, and visit the clay houses.

    Or you can simply take a stroll around the village and soak in the pollution free environment and picturesque vistas.

    Location:
     Wiang Tai, Pai District, Mae Hong Son

    Timings:
     5 am to 6 pm

    Price:
    Free


  • 20Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    As a tourist, you will find many things to do in Chiang Mai, but there is nothing quite like a visit to Wat Phra That in Doi Suthep. Although the district is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, the major attraction is the Wat. It is known as one of the most holy sites for Buddhists and is counted as a pilgrimage site for devotees of the religion.

    Experience tranquillity and spirituality like never before. Witness the unparalleled beauty of the sun shining over the golden exteriors of the complex. You can also take a course for learning meditation in the temple. Visit the Wat on Buddhist holidays to witness its beauty in all its glory.

    Location: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

    Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

    Price: INR 65/THB 30 THB

  • Other Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • 21Stumble upon Huay Kaew Waterfall

    Stumble upon Huay Kaew Waterfall

    It may not be a glamorous place, but a visit to the Huay Kaew Waterfall is certainly one of the most fun things to do in Chiang Mai. It is located at the back of the Sivichai Temple, just at the foot of the road that climbs to Doi Suthep. There are a few basins at the bottom where your kids can play if you are travelling with family.

    As you climb along the waterfall, you will be greeted with stunning views of the jungle, the sound of the water humming along with the wind, and the fresh scent that will invigorate your senses. Spend a relaxing afternoon here after visiting the Wat.

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

    Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

    Price: Free entry

  • 22Enter the Cages at the Tiger Kingdom

    Enter the Cages at the Tiger Kingdom

    The Tiger Kingdom offers one of the most unique Chiang Mai activities,  perhaps even in the world. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with magnificent Royal Bengal tigers and their cubs.  You can baby feed the cubs or take a picture with the full-grown tigers. The professional staff accompanies visitors to every cage so the whole operation is extremely safe.

    And if you are not carrying a camera, there is a professional photographer on the site that will click amazing pictures of you while you have fun with the ferocious animals. Do not worry about the ethics of the zoo as the Tigers are treated gently and there is no sedation involved.

    Location: Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

    Price: Starts from INR 1090/THB 500

  • 23Take a Walk in the Serene Grounds of Bhubing Palace

    Take a Walk in the Serene Grounds of Bhubing Palace

    The residence of the Thai royal family during the winter months is the perfect place for some introspection on your vacation to Thailand. Although the palace is closed to the public during winters, you can check it out if you are visiting in the summer months. The stunning architecture attracts tourists from all over the world and the Royal Gardens are covered with green blankets that are pleasing to the eye.

    Taking a walk in the grounds is a spiritual and calming experience, enough to rejuvenate you after an exhausting vacation in the city. Take your camera along if you love taking photos of vibrant flowers and groves of lush green trees.

    Location: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timings: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm

    Price: INR 110/THB 50

  • 24Do Cliff Jumping at The Grand Canyon

    Do Cliff Jumping at The Grand Canyon

    Although Thailand is famous for its temples and wats, adventure loving people will certainly find a lot of things to do in Chiang Mai. A man-made quarry has been built around the beautiful Emerald Lake for cliff jumping.  There are several signposts that tell you how to master the art of this goosebump-inducing activity.

    There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get when you jump from the high-rise walls into the clear blue waters. There are souvenir shops and cafes around to help you relax after your adventurous bout. Some bamboo crafts also float on the water if you want to admire the picturesque settings afterwards.

    Location: T.namphrae A.hangdong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timings: 9 am to 7 pm

    Price: INR 765/THB 350

  • 25Experience Ziplining at Eagle Track Zipline

    Experience Ziplining at Eagle Track Zipline

    Adventure sports enthusiasts rejoice - the Eagle Track Zipline is one of the most adrenaline-inducing activities in all of Chiang Mai. The track runs over three hill tribe villages, along with the hillsides, covers paddy fields, and offers beautiful and stunning views of the beautiful Maeram river rushing down below.

    The line runs over three different geographical areas - rainforest, a waterfall and cultivated fields, thus allowing tourists to explore different locations on the same track.  All of the equipment is extremely safe and the staff is well experienced to ensure the safety of the zip line. Experience a unique set of activities like spiral staircases, monkey ladders, and a walk on the Bamboo Bridge.

    Location: Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timings: 8 am to 4 pm

    Price: Starting at INR 3050/THB 1400

  • 26Explore Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens

    Explore Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens

    For nature lovers and botany nerds, one of the most fun-filled things to do in Chiang Mai is a visit to the botanical gardens. The garden themselves are surrounded by rainforests and there is a wide range of flora to explore. There are flower gardens, paths dedicated to banana trees, and Orchid house and a greenhouse that houses just carnivorous plants.

    The garden also has a 400-metre canopy walkway which offers the unique experience of witnessing the Jungle canopy from above. And when you are tired, you can relax at the coffee shop and buy a gift for your loved ones at the souvenir shop.

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

    Timings: 8.30 am to 5 pm

    Price: INR 220/THB 100


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Baan Pha Dang to Huay Kukap

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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