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  • The mountains, natural surroundings, and the waterfalls in Chiang Mai make this city one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of Thailand.

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    Chiang Mai waterfalls are the perfect place for day trips, picnics, and chilling out with friends and family because of its heavenly beauty and mesmerizing panoramic views. These amazing waterfalls are the captivating natural wonders which offer a spectacular view of fresh falling mist and a gaze at the pure majesty of nature. These are the must-visit destinations if you are a nature lover and like capturing wonderful nature photographs.

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    The city of Chiang Mai has Mae Sa waterfall which is famous for being a great picnic location. In a similar way, the Bua Tong Waterfall is popular for creating a rainbow spring as long as the sun is shining. Hence, make sure to explore these gorgeous and lovely places if you are planning to visit Chiang Mai.

    Here is a list of the best waterfalls in Chiang Mai:


  • 01Huay Kaew Waterfall

    Huay Kaew is one of the easiest and quickest accessible waterfalls in Chiang Mai. It is a good place to spend the day or an afternoon. This waterfall is extremely beautiful due to the plants and flowers surrounding.

    It might be dried out at the beginning of the rainy season, therefore, the best time to visit this wonderful waterfall is from July to November.

    Location: 99 Huaykaew Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 10 meters.

    Parking & Entry Fee: Free of cost.

  • 02Mae Sa Waterfall

    With an impressive small plunge swimming pool and astonishing 10 levels, Mae Sa is a popular Chiang Mai waterfall among tourists. And for locals, it is an awesome picnic and swimming spot. The waterfall area has a large parking lot and plenty of street vendors selling bottled drinks, juices, sticky rice, and fruits, etc.

    The best thing about Mae Sa waterfall is that you can avail the camping and tents facilities here to spend an adventurous night which makes it a perfect place for adventure lovers.

    Location: Highway 1096, Tambon Mae Raem, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 10 meters.

    Parking & Entry Fee: Free/no cost.

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  • 04Bua Tong Waterfall

    Bua Tong waterfall is also known as ‘Sticky Waterfall’. Surrounded by large green trees, it is an excellent place to relax and enjoy in the daytime. This waterfall has a small pool area which is a perfect and absolutely safe place for kids to splash.

    Bua Tong waterfall has 3 levels with creamy and white rocks. And the abundance of milestones at this place creates enough friction to easily climb up it. Additionally, you will find a couple of restaurants in the nearby areas of this fall so even if you don’t want to explore the water stream, you can simply relax and enjoy your drink here observing the beautiful atmosphere.

    Location: Si Lanna National Park, Mae Ho Phra, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: Approximately 100 meters high.

    Parking & Entry Fee: Free of cost.

  • 05Mok Fa Waterfall

    Mok Fa is a one-level Chiang Mai waterfalls that are full of water throughout the year. It is a great place to swim, cool off, and to refresh on a hot day. This area is enclosed with large trees and plants of moss and fern which makes it a perfect place for nature lovers.

    Usually, winter is the best time to visit this fall as the water is crystal clear these days and you can go swimming at the swamp below. In addition to the wonderful waterfall, there is also an area called Tham Mok Fa where you can enjoy a lot of activities such as camping, bird watching, and observing nature, etc.

    Location: Sop Poeng, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 60 meters.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 400-500/  THB 175-220.

  • 06Mae Takhrai Waterfall

    Mae Takhrai is a one-storied waterfall covered with various species of plants. This waterfall is a part of the Mae Takhrai National park which is a fantastic camping spot amidst nature.

    This fascinating place is a great fit for capturing beautiful nature photographs and for enjoying a weekend with your friends and family. If you are looking for a breathtaking nature’s wonder with beautiful landscapes then this fall is a place to go.

    Location: Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand.

    Parking & Entry Fee: Free of cost. 

  • 07Mae Ya Waterfall

    Mae Ya waterfall is one of those waterfalls in Chiang Mai, which are considered as the best camping spot amidst a green forest. You can spend a full night here enjoying the beauty of nature once you get permission from the park authorities.

    Moreover, this 30-storied cliff waterfall is a great place for getting soaked and making your mind and body fresh. You can even walk into some spot of the cliff to get a close view of the water sprinkle. In addition to enjoying this beautiful waterfall, you can click photographs and observe gorgeous natural phenomena around.

    Location: Tambon Ban Luang, Amphoe Chom Thong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 60 meters high approximately.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 400-500/ THB 175-220.

  • 08Wachirathan Waterfall

    Wachirathan is a multi-level waterfall which flows throughout the year. This waterfall produces a lot of sprays which creates rain like mist. And you can almost always see rainbows in the mist and capture some stunning photographs and videos.

    However, this mist is sometimes so much that if you are bringing any water-sensitive travel accessories you need to be extra careful in order to protect it.

    Location: 1009, Tambon Ban Luang, Amphoe Chom Thong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 80 meters.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 700-800/ THB 303-347.

  • 09Sri Sangwan Waterfall

    Situated in Pha Daeng national park, Sri Sangwan is a Chiang Mai waterfall which is a very pleasant spot to spend some time and relaxing. You can find a couple of shallowish pools nearby where kids can enjoy soaking themselves. Other than that, there is also a small flower garden which becomes a centre of photography in the blooming season.

    Nevertheless, try to avoid visiting Sri Sangwan during the dry season because it might be dried out completely and you will miss all the fun and beauty of this amazing fall.
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    Location: Mueang Na, Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai 50170, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 50 meters approx.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 200-300/ THB 87-130.

  • 10Monthathan Waterfall

    Monthathan is a 9 story waterfall in Chiang Mai that flows over a cliff. This waterfall is a part of Doi Suthep national park in Thailand and a beautiful place to relax and swim in the fresh and clean water of the stream.

    In addition, if you are an avid photo lover then you can capture some stunning pictures while exploring the national park. The pathway from the entrance of the national park to the Monthathan waterfall is a short pleasant walk in nature.

    Location: T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200.

    Height of Waterfall: 90 meters high.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 400-500/ THB 175-215.

  • 11Huai Rap Sadet Waterfall

    Huai Rap Sadet waterfall is famous among tourists because of its impressive size and surrounding beauty. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the peaceful sound of water crashing over the rocks and flowing downstream.

    Moreover, this place is comparatively less crowded so you can really spend some quality time here after a hectic day from your schedule. It is a wonderfully serene and secluded area to forget all your worries and be stress-free completely.

    Location: 1223 Sriwichai Alley, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 80 meters approx.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 200-250/ THB 86-106.

  • 12Erawan Falls

    Erawan waterfall is a part of Erawan national park and one of the fascinating waterfalls in Chiang Mai. Erawan falls has 7 major tiers and a few smaller tiers. Most of the tiers are easily accessible through a series of trails and some of them are a bit challenging so it is a great place for adventure lovers.

    You can find a lot of small ponds along the trails where you can swim also. Moreover, you are not allowed to take bottles and lunch after the 2nd level. Most of the time this waterfall is crowded however, as you reach further levels it gets quieter and there will be less number of people.

    Location: Tha Kradan, Si Sawat District, Kanchanaburi 71250, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall: 850 meters approx.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 500-600/ THB 215-260.

  • 13Pam Bok Waterfall

    Another beautiful and a great place to relax in Chiang Mai is Pam Bok waterfall. This place is incredibly scenic and quite bumpy at some points. Surrounded by two giant cliffs and being a shady waterfall, the water can get really chilly here, therefore it is a perfect place for a refreshing dip in the water to cool off.

    July-November is the best time to visit this waterfall as there will be a consistent flow of water in the fall at this time of the year. Visiting this amazing waterfall will provide you with the most beautiful natural landscapes that you will ever see on your vacation.

    Location:
    Pam Bok Waterfall, Tambon Thung Yao Amphoe Pai Chang Wat Mae Hong Son 58130 Thailand, Tambon Thung Yao, Amphoe Pai, Chang Wat Mae Hong Son, 58130, Thailand.

    Height of Waterfall:
    10 meters.

    Parking & Entry Fee:
    No entrance fee.

  • 14Tad Mork Waterfall

    Tad Mork is one of the picture-perfect and best waterfalls in Chiang Mai. This waterfall is a nice picnic spot which is also surrounded by lush green forest. You can enjoy the serene atmosphere here after a very hectic and stressful day. The small pool at its base is ideal for a quick swim or to get soaked in the fresh and clean water.

    Location: Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 200-300/ THB 86-130.

  • 15Doi Pui Waterfall

    Located in Doi Suthep Pui national park Doi Pui is one of the popular and easily accessible waterfalls in Chaing Mai. This waterfall is surrounded by special herb trees and local flower plants which makes it a charming place to hang out. You can also do sightseeing here in the local flower garden which is a popular tourist spot in this area.

    The Doi Pui waterfall flows throughout the year and the best place to enjoy swimming due to its clean and freshwater.

    Location: Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Chiang Mai.

    Parking & Entry Fee: INR 500-600/ THB 215-260.


Sightseeing in Chiang Mai

Adventure in Chiang Mai

Attractions in Chiang Mai

Nature and wildlife in Chiang Mai

Camping in Chiang Mai

Attractions

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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

Price:  
INR 650/THB 300
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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

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Chiang Mai 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

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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.

Location:
  Rim Tai, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50180

Timings:
8 am to 6 pm.

Price: Starts from INR 1530/THB 700
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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.

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

Timings: 6 AM to11 PM.

Price: INR 7580/THB 3599

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Sunday Walking Market

One of the liveliest tourist places in Chiang Mai where you can spend a pleasant evening with your family and friends, Rachadamnoen Road is the venue for Sunday Walking Street Market. For Shoppers, there are streetside stalls selling goods at cheap prices and air conditioned malls where you can buy branded products.

Though you can find a wide range of products here, handicrafts made from wood, paper, silk, metal, ceramic, and glass dominate the market. And for epicures, the market offers a variety of options in the form of streetside cafes, upscale restaurants, and even food stalls.

Before sunset, the market comes into motion and remains active till midnight, making for a perfect choice for a memorable Sunday evening.

Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai

Timings: 4 pm to midnight

Entry Fee: Free Entry

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Art in Paradise Museum

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


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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.

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

Timings 
- 6 am to 5 pm

Price
 - Free

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San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

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

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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.

Highlights
: 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

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Huay Kaew Waterfall

The list of the most exquisite natural tourist places in Chiang Rai is incomplete without a mention of this piece of nature’s art – Huay Kaew Waterfall. Located in close proximity to Chiang Mai Zoo, this waterfall offers perfect space and atmosphere for rejuvenation and recreation.

The inviting views and the lovely ambience of this site attracts tourists and picnickers alike to come experience a state of pure relaxation while being surrounded by a pristine verdure. On a picnic here, you can not only admire the visual and auditory appeal of the waterfall, but also indulge in activities like hiking and photography. There are a few pools here with clean water where one can swim and bathe.

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

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

Price: Free Entry

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Kalare Night Market

One of those places in Chiang Mai that brim with a wealth of cultural experiences for visitors, Kalare Night Market is a perfect spot to experience the rich nightlife scene of the city. Lively with the presence of enthusiastic locals and foreigners, it is less hectic than its counterpart, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.

From jewelry and clothing to artworks and electronics, a wide array of products can be bought here. Additionally, an open food court and entertainment zone add to the appeal of the market, making it a haven for those looking for a fun evening in the city. While you are here, do not skip to catch a nightly traditional Thai dance performance.

Location:
Changklan Road, Chiang Mai

Timings:
5 pm to Midnight

Entry Fee:
Free Entry

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Thai Elephant Conservation Centre

Creating a peaceful and safe environment for Asian elephants to thrive, Thai Elephant Conservation Center is one of the best places to see in Chiang Mai. Offering the visitors an impressive selection of varied experiences that are both entertaining and educational in nature, this is the only elephant camp in Thailand that is owned by the government.

The camp houses more than 50 elephants that are looked after by mahouts and trained by experts. You will be surprised to know that elephants here can create music and paint, that you will get to see during the shows held every day. Those willing to spend more time with these elephants can book a stay at the conservation center.

Location: Wiang Tan, Lampang

Timings: 8 am to 3:30 pm

Entry Fee: Starts from INR 445/THB 200

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai

Developed in an abandoned limestone quarry, Grand Canyon is a waterpark in Chiang Mai, apt for kids and adults. Greatly loved by the locals, this waterpark is also counted as one of the most happening tourist places in Chiang Mai. Just wear the lifejacket and plunge into the water to swim to your heart’s content.

In addition to an inflatable obstacle course which is the major attraction here, the park features several slides, a short zipline, and wakeboarding experiences. And when you are done immersing yourself in the fun of splashes, you can spend some peaceful moments at the café and the restaurant located within the park.

Location: Nam Phrae, Chiang Mai

Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fee: INR 1000/THB 450 Baht per person

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Saturday Walking street market

Another exciting entry on the list of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai, Saturday Street Walking Market is best known for its bustling traditional bazaar scene with huge variety of products being sold at cheap prices. It doesn't matter whether you are a foodie, shopaholic, or somebody seeking a fun filled evening in Chiang Mai, Wui Lai Market, that turns into a street walking market on Saturdays is a spot loved by locals and tourists alike.

Silverware, aluminium sculptures, ornaments, clothing and, handicrafts – you can find it all here. To increase your hunger, you will find plenty of stalls and small eateries sending aromatic air in all directions. Ultimately, you can avail of Thai massage service within the market when all the exploration has tired your body.

Location: Wua Lai, Chiang Mai

Timings: 5 pm to 11 pm

Entry Fee: Free Entry

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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 Mai

Timings: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Entry Fee: INR 220/THB 100

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