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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-visits in Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Chiang Dao Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Chiang Dao

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My opinion :
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.
Wat Tham Pha Plong Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Pha Plong

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My opinion :
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.
Sri Sungwan Waterfall Chiang Dao
My opinion :
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.
Pong Arng Hot Springs Chiang Dao
My opinion :
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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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 but from who I only have tested one or two of their offers (I then indicate (ad) below the photo). Feel free to give me feedback on these services to ensure that they are good quality otherwise I may remove it from the list.

Sri Sangwan Sticky Waterfall and Chiang Dao Cave  Chiang Dao
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Sri Sangwan Sticky Waterfall and Chiang Dao Cave


This tour will take you 110 km north of Chiang Mai to the Chiang Dao area. Explore Chiang Dao Cave inside the spectacular Chiang Dao hill, and a very unique waterfall called Sri Sangwan Sticky Waterfall. Let's enjoy coffee and lunch along the way.

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