Chiang Mai is a world renowned tourist destination. This magnificent city, known as the rose of the north, is located 700km away from the capital of Bangkok. Surrounded by stunning mountains and a lush countryside, this astonishing city is the perfect getaway for both local Thai people and foreigners alike. Also, numerous ancient temples are scattered all around the landscape, making Chiang Mai the most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. Here are a few suggestions how to spend your time in this traveler’s paradise.
With so many options available, choosing the right activity in Thailand can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some of the best things to do in Chiang Mai. Inquire with our staff for more information about these activities below.
There are over 200 Buddhist Temples (Wats) in Chiang Mai dating back to the founding of the city in 1296. These Wats still play an intricate role in the daily life of the Thai people. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as you surround yourself with the spirituality of the local Buddhist monks inside of the remarkable temples. Just remember that these are places of worship and tourists should be respectful at all time at these holy sites.
Our suggestion: Visit Doi Suthep; a beautiful gold-plated Buddhist temple local high atop Mount Suthep.
Thailand is home to colorful ethnic minorities commonly referred to as “hill tribes”. These tribes retain their ethnic roots and traditional ways in order to reserve their local heritage. Although there are still many different types of hill tribes, they are categorized into seven broad groups including: Lahu, Karen, Lisu, Hmong, Akha, Mien, and Padaung. Each of these tribes is further broken down into sub-clans that have their own unique language, clothing, customs, and spiritual beliefs.
Our suggestion: see the Karen “long neck” hill tribes made popular by documentaries and magazines.
Getting to the countryside of Chiang Mai is very easy and convenient. There is a wide variety of eco-adventures that will suite the style of any type of traveler. Some of the thrilling excursions available are: white water rafting, jungle trekking, soaring around the jungle on ziplines, kayaking, bamboo rafting, and much, much more. The best way to experience one of these adventures is by joining a local tour.
Our suggestion: Visit the Flight of the Gibbon to experience the adrenalin pumping zipline course.
Certain animals, such as elephants, have played vital roles in the development of Chiang Mai over the years. Elephants were used for labor and transportation, but nowadays, they are usually enjoyed in much friendlier ways. Besides elephants, you can also admire many other loveable creatures including: giant panda bears, tigers, primates, reptiles, and more.
Our suggestion: take a day trip to a local elephant sanctuary to partake in an intimate animal experience.
The backdrop of northern Thailand is legendary. You would think that it would be impossible to witness anything more beautiful than what Mother Nature has already provided. There are, however, some places in the city that are even more stunning. Visit one of the local botanical gardens and be swept away to a place you though only existed in fairytales. With a plethora of plants, tress, and flowers, you can truly immerse yourself with nature at one of these gardens.
Our suggestion: the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.
With everything that Thailand has to offer, you are guaranteed to take away a magical experience. So don’t wait any longer, live out your fantasies and explore the marvelous city of Chiang Mai.