Top Tours & Activities 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Otherwise known as Wat Suan Dok, the 14th-century temple is a favorite among visitors for its English-language meditation retreats and talkative monks!
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!
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!
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.
Chiang Mai is cheap to visit and boasts plenty to do. You'll want to spend at least four or five full days there.
- CurrencyThai baht (฿)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+66
- Best time to visitIt 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
Our trip went well. We were able to sleep partly during the trip. One minus was smelling toilet.
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.
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.
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.
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.