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What places to visit in Chiang Dao?

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What to see in Chiang Dao

In Chiang Dao, in the city, apart from the Tuesday market, there is nothing to see but a few kilometers around, you can find several interesting places starting with the Wat Tham Chiang Dao, the temple of the Chiang Dao caves, a must visit place when you come here. Climbing up Doi Chiang Dao mountain is also interesting especially for the view at the top but be careful, do not go alone. You also have to get an approval from the Wildlife Conservation Office or the National Parks Department. There are some temples perched on the moutains like Wat Tham Pha Plong 3-4 kilometers from the cave temple. I also recommend, except in the dry season (there is no water), the Sri Sungwan waterfall and just before Pong Arng Hot Springs to relax. Alternatively, you have many trails and mountain bike rides you can do by hiring a local guide (like Koko from the Go Koko Guesthouse - Tel: 089-265-8154).
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Chiang Dao or from Chiang Dao. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Chiang Dao

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Wat Tham Chiang Dao

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Wat Tham Chiang Dao, cave temple offers a beautiful scenery with a pond and fish and allows to visit a beautiful 360-meter-long lit cave, Wat Tham Phra No. There are others but for which you have to hire a local guide with an oil lamp if you want to visit them.
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Wat Tham Pha Plong

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Located just after the Chiang Dao caves, this temple perched in the mountains offers a peaceful setting. It is a recognized meditation center and it is true that the landscape calls for peace of mind. Signs with Buddhist wisdom will accompany you through the ascent to the temple.
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This waterfall about twenty kilometers from Chiang Dao is not the most impressive in Thailand but is very pretty just like all its surroundings. You can swim there for a refreshing bath. On the way, there are some interesting stops to make.
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In a bucolic setting, the basins with naturally warm water welcome you for a very pleasant relaxing bath to end the day. a visit to be coupled with the Sri Sungwan waterfall a bit further on the road. The entrance ticket gives access to both places.
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Other nice places to visit in Chiang Dao

Wat Phra That Mon Ching

Wat Phra That Mon Ching

starstarstarstar This temple perched on a mountain was my nice little discovery in Chiang Dao area. I love it for its setting, its olden and rock and especially for the magnificent view over the valley. For me, a stop you should not to miss on the way to the Sri Sungwan Waterfall !

Tours in Chiang Dao and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

2 days trek in chiang dao: to the summit of doi luang

2 days trek in Chiang Dao: to the Summit Of Doi Luang

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Go on a 2-day trek to conquer Mount Doi Luang in Chiang Dao in Chiang Mai province. It is one of the peaks in Thailand offering the most beautiful sights. The ascent is only open 4 months a year.

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Ban Tha Chang Spring

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This small shaded stretch of river near Khao Yai National Park is a great spot for swimming in a natural pool. The water here is crystal clear with an intense sapphire blue. This is due to a...


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Wat Lokaya Sutha

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and its reclining Buddha


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Wat Mongkhon Bophit

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close to the Wat Phra Si Sanphet, it houses a huge bronze Buddha.


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Sticky Waterfall (Bua Thong waterfall)

sticky waterfall  (bua thong waterfall)

The Bua Thong waterfall, a 1-hour drive from Chiang Mai city is nicknamed Sticky Waterfall because of its naturally gripping coating which allows you to climb it by its bed very easily. That's also...


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