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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.
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  • 01Visit the Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple

    Visit the Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple
  • 02Invoke in Trekking at Doi Inthanon National Park

    Invoke in Trekking at  Doi Inthanon National Park
    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.

     Location: Some areas that provide you awesome trekking trails in Chiang Mai are Doi Inthanon National Park, Khao Yai National Park, Umphang and Chiang Deo. Trekking tours are available from 2 to 4 days in these areas.

    Highlights: 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.

    Approximate price ranges from 6200 THB to 16900 THB per person depending on the number of days
  • 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.

    Location: These tours are available across all operators in Chiang Mai.

    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. 

    Approximate price starts from 2400 THB to 4500 THB per person
  • 04Check out the Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang

    Check out the Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang
  • 05Do Kayaking at Mae Ngat Valley

    Do Kayaking at Mae Ngat Valley
    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.

    Location: All over the island, especially Mae Ngat Valley, Mae Wang Valley, Chiang Dao Jungle, Sirilanna National Park etc. These trips can be undertaken all through the year.

    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.

    Approximate price starts from 1700 THB to 5500 THB per person based on the route chosen and the challenges involved.
  • 06Mountain Biking at Doi Suthep National Park

    Mountain Biking at Doi Suthep National Park
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    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.

    Location: Doi Suthep National Park is the area from where most of the hikes begin.

    Highlights: 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.

    Approximate price starts from 1250 THB to 2700 THB depending on the level.
  • 07Get a Thai massage by a Prison Inmate

    Get a Thai massage by a Prison Inmate
  • 08Visit the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

    Visit the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
  • 09Whitewater 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. Location: Mae Wong River. You can choose from only white water rafting or you can combine this with elephant discovery and moon rafting tours as well.

    Location: Mae Wong River. You can choose from only white water rafting or you can combine this with elephant discovery and moon rafting tours as well.

     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. 

    Approximate price starts from 1800 THB to 4000 THB per person depending on the inclusions and the trip.
  • 10Visit Art In Paradise 3D Museum

    Visit Art In Paradise 3D Museum
    Chiang Mai, one of the famous islands in northern Thailand, is a land of many treasures and gems. Art in Paradise 3D Museum is one of them.

    This is a museum which houses interactive and creative images using lots of techniques. This museum was constructed by a Korean, Jang Kyu Suk and it has paintings done by 14 painters from Korea.
    Location – Chang Klan Road.

    Highlights: A total of 130 creative and visual paintings of the museum can be put into 6 main compartments – underwater world zone, wildlife zone, classic art zone, East Zone, European Zone and surreal art zone. Illusion art is the major highlight of this museum. This is the world’s biggest 3D art museum. 

    Open from 9 AM to 9 PM on all days of the week.

    180 THB per person and 120 THB per child for the local, 300 THB per person and 200 THB per child for foreigners.
  • 11Do 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.

    Location: Usually Horizon Village Resort, located at about 10km from Chiang Mai.

    Highlights: 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. 

    Approximate price starts from 8970 THB per person
  • 12Head 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.

    Location: Hang Dong District.

     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.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 880 THB per adult and 400 THB per child
  • 13Get 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.

    Location: About 8km towards the south-east of Chiang Mai.

    : 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.
  • 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.

    Open on
    : Mon to Sunday, from 7 pm to Midnight

    Highlights: Have a sketch of own by talented sketch artists

    Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand
  • Things to Do at Night in Chiang Mai


    15.Party at Warm Up Café.
    16.Visit the North Gate Jazz Co-Op.
    17.Enjoy a unique Night safari at Nocturnal Zoo.
    18.See a Muay Thai Boxing Match.
    19.Take a boat trip on the Mae Ping River.
    20.Watch Chiang Mai Ladyboy Cabaret Show.
    21.Party for not to stop at Spicy.
    22.Invest in good drink at Riverside Bus Bar.
  • Where to Eat or Drink in Chiang Mai

    23.Eat at the Giant Treehouse with a spectacular view of the hills.
    24.Eat from the best street stalls at Chiang Mai Gate Market.
    25.Have a delicious meal at Pun Pun.
    26. Eat at the North and South Gate Food Stalls
    27.Have a romantic dinner at Khao Mai-KhaoFang.
    28.Enjoy High Tea in the Thai Country at Anantara.
    29.Eat Khao Soi at Khao Soi Khun Yai.
    30.Eat a Hundred Year Old Egg at Somphet market.
  • Where to Shop in Chiang Mai

    31.Shop from Sunday walking street market on Rachadamnoen Road.
    32.Have fun exchanging at the night bazaar of Chang Klan Road.
    33.Buy gifts for your loved ones from Warorot Market.
    34.Shop at Ploen Rudee Night Market.
    35.Take A Trip Down The San Kamphaeng Road.
  • Offbeat Things to Do in Chiang Mai

    36.Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at sunset.
    37. Indulge in scenery in the quaint little Chinese Village.
    38.Climb the 800 steps to reach Doi Prat Bet.
    39.Race around the rollercoaster tracks at Pyongyang Jungle Coaster.
    40.Camping at Doi Pha Tang.
    41.Get Thailand's ethnic tribe vibes at Karen Long Neck Village.
    42.Admire the Emerald Lake.
    43.Enjoy the colored aftermath of the sunset at Pai Canyon.
  • Other Things to Do in Chiang Mai

    44.Stumble upon Huay Kaew Waterfall.
    45.Enter the cages at the Tiger Kingdom.
    46.Take a walk in the serene grounds of Bhubing Palace.
    47.Enjoy at Small Farm.
    48.Do cliff jumping at The Grand Canyon.
    49.Experience ziplining at Eagle Track Zipline.
    50.Explore Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens.



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.

Price: The experience is free. 

Maesa Elephant Camp

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.

Price: Entry: 200 Baht,

Elephant ride: 1200 Baht for 1 hour and 800 Baht for 30mins

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.


Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage and 7 Eleven Supermarket.

Location: Wu Lai Road, Thailand

Anusarn Night Market

Based near the bottom end of famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, this market is a pleasure to visit. Having its own charm this is equally popular as the famous Night Bazaar. During day time the vendors of the market are usually are not present though the eateries, bars and permanent shops remain open. The market starts in the evening and the key attraction of the market is the low cost delicious meals available here. Be it Asian, Seafood or Indian cuisine all remains available here. Another attraction is the open air Thai message which charges around 60 THB for ½ hour and 120 THB for 1 hour. Apart from this one can find shops of all kinds of goods that includes clothing, electronic items, gift items, accessories, shoes, music stores, and household items


Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 7pm to Midnight

Highlights: Fish Massage

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand

Chang Puak Gate Night Market

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.

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Massage

Location: Prathu Chand Puak, Thailand

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp - Training Center

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.

Chiang Mai-Fang Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Timing: Open daily from 7 am Price: Starting from 60 Baht.

Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp

65km from Chiang Mai International Airport, the Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp is a ideal location to enjoy elephant trekking, pleasant stay, excellent meals and superb spa treatment. The arrangements are superb with 15 tents with white crisp bedding, copper tubs, and leather recliners setting the jungle safari mood. The brilliant ambience of the forested environment, the excellent elephant rides and superior Thai massage after a elephant rides along with excellent relaxation makes it a preferred destination in Thailand.

One can explore the flora and fauna, get up close with the elephants and enjoy a entertaining day with the luxury of a resort to stay. Riverside pool and river boat trips are some additional entertaining activities done here.

Location: 4 hours drive from Chiang Mai City.


Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp

To experience the best eco travel tour and immerse in the beauties of nature Chai Lai Orchid Elephant Camp is the best experience. One can spend the days, feeding, bathing, playing and taking care of the gentle giants. There is option for elephant ride which is equally interesting. The visitors of this camp need to accommodate in eco hut and enjoy the panoramic beauty of nature. Be it river rafting or swimming in the cool pools, enjoying the mountain sun or tasting the sweetest juicy fresh fruits, life here is simply entertaining.

Elephant experience here can be either enjoyed with a single elephant or with shared elephant. With friendly staff and excellent trainers the experience is a pleasant one guaranteed.

Location: Mae Win, Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai Elephant Home

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.

: 2 Kuedchang Maetang Chiang Mai, Thailand

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.

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 4pm to Midnight

Highlights: Thai Foot Massage

Location: Ratchadamnoen Road, Thailand

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.

: Ratchadamnoen, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Price: Starting from 2900 Baht

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.


: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Timing: 8am-5:00pm

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.

Location:  Located right next to the Go?Kart track in Kathu at the foot of Patong Hill. 

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.

Timings: Open daily from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Price: The approximate entrance fee is around 800 Baht.

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.

Open on
: Mon to Sunday, from 7pm to Midnight

Highlights: Have a sketch of own by talented sketch artists

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand

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 KoSamui and KoPhaNgan. You can even opt for an overnight bus journey from Bangkok to Chumphon which will then be connected via boat ride to Ko Tao


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.

Open on
: Monday to Sunday, from dusk to Midnight

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

Location: Chang Khlan Road, Thailand

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