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Top 10 things to do in Chiang Mai

Whether seeking adventure or something a little more spiritual, Thailand's second city is a great place to start. Chiang Mai means "new city," yet teems with historic, cultural, and natural monuments, each more breathtaking than the last! Here are a few.

Wat Chedi Luang

This 15-century temple lasted barely 150 years before suffering serious earthquake damage. What survives provides a striking image, made all the more marvelous lit up at night!

Wat Umong

There are two Wat Umong's in town. Be sure you're going to the one dedicated to the clairvoyant monk Thera Jan, in order to explore this iconic forest-temple's ancient tunnels.

Elephant Nature Park

Of Chiang Mai's many elephant camps this is by far the most humane. The animals have mostly been rescued from poor captivity conditions and visitors are encouraged to help feeding!

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

You'll likely find Chiang Mai's sacred peaks rather overcast, but it's precisely the cloudy conditions that have blessed Doi Suthep and Doi Pui with such rich plant- and bird-life.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep mountain boasts more than just flora and fauna. The elaborate temple's revered seated Buddha statue is a coveted sight for pilgrims and sightseers alike.

Chiang Mai Zoo

At the foot of Doi Suthep lies one of the city's best family attractions. If you're short on time, all the best enclosures are conveniently located towards the bottom of the hill.

Wat Chiang Man

Established by Chiang Mai's founder, Phaya Mengrai, towards the end of the 13th century, Chiang Man is the city's oldest temple and a sightseeing essential.

Wat Suan Dorg

Otherwise known as Wat Suan Dok, the 14th-century temple is a favorite among visitors for its English-language meditation retreats and talkative monks!

Doi Inthanon

Thailand's highest mountain is a resplendent natural park that counts waterfalls, pagodas, and tribal villages among its many draws. We recommend planning a whole day to explore!

Tiger Kingdom

Come face-to-face with one of nature's fiercest predators. But don't worry; there will be bars between you. That is unless you'd prefer to snuggle up to one of the babies!

Planning Your Chiang Mai Visit

When to visit?

March, April, and May are Chiang Mai's hottest months, with November to January seeing the city's coolest temperatures. May to September is the rainy season, but despite its threatening name, is considered by some to be the best time to visit. If you can handle the odd, refreshing shower, you'll be rewarded with smaller crowds, greener countryside, and more active wildlife.

How many days?

Chiang Mai is cheap to visit and boasts plenty to do. You'll want to spend at least four or five full days there.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    Thai baht (฿)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    It depends how you feel about rain! If you don't mind a refreshing shower here and there, May to September is an absolutely wonderful time to visit Chiang Mai.

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What People Are Saying About Chiang Mai

Sensational so knowledgeable very friendly presented herself beautiful

Exceptional went out of her way to please. Very punctual presented herself at a very high standard. An asset to your company. I was very privileged to have her as my tour guide and would recommend her highly to anyone planning their itinerary as she is passionate about her country and culture.

Maeping River Experience - Small Group Tour Reviewed by Betty, 11/18/2016

Excellent, safe biking trip through historic Chaing Mai

Grasshopper is a well organized company. Emphasis on safety and tour guides are very knowledgeable. Learn about Buddhism. Temples & gain a wealth of local information.

Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by Cheryl, 11/05/2016

The perfect way to see Chiang Mai up close (believe me).

We had a wonderful experience. Luckily we had ridden Segways before so felt very comfortable on the streets of Chiang Mai. Everything was perfect. Thanks. I would do it again, for sure.

Chiang Mai 2-Hour Segway Tour Reviewed by Richard, 10/15/2016

A nice and relaxed, well informed ride through a beautiful area.

Had a great day out riding Mae Ngat Valley. The guides were really friendly and eager to share local knowledge during our ride through the back-roads and paths along this amazingly beautiful area. The trip was so enjoyable that I've since been on two other tours with this provider; Bike & Hike through Mae Sa valley and just completed a 3 day trek through Chiang Dao National park. If you're looking for adventure, some rewarding effort and well informed, friendly guides then I've found Active Thailand to be the right choice for me.

Cycle Tour of Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai Reviewed by steven, 09/14/2016

Brilliant personal tour if you are willing to spend some money

A must do if you spend a few days in chiang mai. Not only the temples or the highest point but also a beatiful dander through a special forest and visiting the royal projects! It is however a bit pricey, but that's what you get if you book a private tour...

Doi Inthanon National Park from Chiang Mai Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/11/2016

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