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Places to visit in Chiang Mai

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What to see in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, the northern capital and its 300 temples is also a gateway to the nature, the jungle and the hill tribes. It is the starting point for many treks but the city itself with its historic center surrounded by ramparts and moats also has a lot of charm. The most famous place in Chiang Mai is the Doi Suthep temple. Its night bazaar is also very popular with tourists.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Chiang Mai or from Chiang Mai. Click here to see them.

Must-visits in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ
My opinion :
A must see. On the top of a mountain, it is the most famous temple in the area. It is very popular with the thais and of course tourists and offers a magnificent view (often more clear in late afternoon) on Chiang Mai
Wat Phra Singh Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh

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My opinion :
The most visited temple in the city, it is a perfect illustration of the nothern architectural style
Sunday Walking Street Chiang Mai

Sunday Walking Street

ถนนคนเดินเชียงใหม่ วันอาทิตย์
My opinion :
This big night market takes place every Sunday night in the center of Chiang Mai including food stands in two temples. A popular ambience. We really suggest you to go even if you will not be alone !
Wat Palad Chiang Mai

Wat Palad

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My opinion :
is a charming forest temple with superb refined statues and a quiet and pleasant atmosphere. A small haven of peace often ignored by the many tourists who pass right by each day in their ascent to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep a few kilometers higher.
Saturday Walking Street Chiang Mai

Saturday Walking Street

ถนนคนเดินวัวลาย
My opinion :
Big night market a little less known than Sunday Walking Street, Chiang Mai Saturday Walking Street also attracts a lot of people and allows you to do a little shopping and have dinner by tasting the local cuisine at the very numerous stalls and street restaurants. The neighboring Silver Temple is also superbly lit and open to the public these evenings.
Silver Temple Chiang Mai

Silver Temple

วัดศรีสุพรรณ
My opinion :
As its name suggests this temple is known for its hall covered internally and externally with silver finely carved or engraved. It is particularly beautiful at night with its colorful illuminations. Next to Saturday Walking Street, it's worth visiting it at the same time you enjoy the traditional Saturday pedestrian street in Chiang Mai.
Bo Sang Umbrella making village Chiang Mai

Bo Sang Umbrella making village

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My opinion :
This village a few kilometers from Chiang Mai is famous for its traditional umbrella making. Throughout the year, you can go there and visit the workshops to see all the stages of the confection and in January is held a big festival. In the village, umbrellas are ubiquitous but there are also workshops of silver work, wood carving...
Elephant Nature Park Chiang Mai
My opinion :
It is the elephant sanctuary of reference in Thailand. There, you are sure to live a beautiful and respectful encounter with elephants. Because even if things slowly change (thanks to the work of Lek Chailert the founder of the park and the people she gathered around her), there are still many elephant camps or so-called sanctuaries where animal welfare is not a concern.
Straw King Kong statues Chiang Mai
My opinion :
These giant King Kong statues built with rice straw became in a few months one of the great curiosities in Chiang Mai. They are installed near Huay Thung Tao Lake about ten kilometers from the city.
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Tours in Chiang Mai 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.

Chiang Mai Tour: Teakwood Temple, Sticky Waterfall & Mae Ngat Dam  Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Tour: Teakwood Temple, Sticky Waterfall & Mae Ngat Dam


Know more about the local lifestyle, discover the local organic rice field and fruit garden, visit the unique and amazing teak wood temple, taste the local food, and see the sticky waterfall like you've never done before!

Chiang Mai : Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls and Picnic with a Local Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai : Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls and Picnic with a Local


Sticky and pretty, the Bua Tong Waterfalls in Chiang Mai will surely give you a one-of-a-kind experience. Let's climb the Bua Tong limestone waterfalls and make a splash in the pool surrounded by greenery.

Explore Doi Inthanon & Mae Ya Waterfall to See Sunrise at the Highest Spot in Thailand!  Chiang Mai
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Explore Doi Inthanon & Mae Ya Waterfall to See Sunrise at the Highest Spot in Thailand!


The best area for trekking which is the highest mountain in the Thailand. Enjoy trekking 3.3 km at Kew Mae Pan nature trail. Visit two Pagodas (King Rama IX and Queen). Visit Hmong market and relax at the stunning at Mae Ya waterfall!

Evening Street Food Walking Tour at Chiang Mai Gate Chiang Mai
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Evening Street Food Walking Tour at Chiang Mai Gate


If you’re in Chiang Mai, you might find at the Chiang Mai Gate the food stalls located on the south side of the Old City’s square moat. The Chiang Mai Gate food stalls come to life around 5-10 pm everyday, and I'll be taking you there! Let's go!

Tours from Chiang Mai

Sri Sangwan Sticky Waterfall and Chiang Dao Cave  Chiang Mai
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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.

See Sunset at White Temple with Heartmade Meal in a Farm Chiang Mai
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See Sunset at White Temple with Heartmade Meal in a Farm


Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, we'll visit the fanciful Blue Temple, have organic lunch and Blue Latte at the farm restaurant Sawan Bon Din (Heaven on Earth), Black house, Singha Park and see the vanilla sunset (weather pemitting) at the White temple.

Doi Tung Royal Villa & White Temple with Signature Northern Meal Chiang Mai
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Doi Tung Royal Villa & White Temple with Signature Northern Meal


We'll start at White Temple, then let's have Northern Thai-style lunch at a local's favorite restaurant. After that, we'll go to Doi Tung Development Project, an area aimed to preserve nature and better the lives of local hill tribes. From flower garden to Tree Top Walk and visiting Akha people, Doi Tung Development Project is a great place to enjoy nature and learn about a local way of life.

Blue Temple, White Temple, Black House, Lotus Temple & Best Khao Soi  Chiang Mai
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Blue Temple, White Temple, Black House, Lotus Temple & Best Khao Soi


Visit some of most beautiful temples in the world, one all white and one all blue! We'll also go to the unique Black House museum, also the lotus temple unseen in Thailand and have one of the best Khao Soi in Chiang Rai for lunch.

Discover White Temple & Choui Fong Tea Plantation in Chiang Rai Chiang Mai
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Discover White Temple & Choui Fong Tea Plantation in Chiang Rai


White Temple one of the most famous temple in Thailand, Blue Temple, Singha Park and visit the buildings that are attractive especially for architects at Choui Fong Tea Plantation. You can see panoramic view of mountains and tea plantation.

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Phra Kan Shrine

Phra Kan Shrine

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Khao Yai National Park

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