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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.

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

วัดพระสิงห์
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

วัดผาลาด
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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Pattaya Big Buddha

Pattaya Big Buddha

perched on the hill between the sulfur area of South Pattaya and Jomtien, the 18 meters high statue of Buddha seems to watch over the city. This is the largest statue of its kind in the Province.


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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

It is certainly one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand ! The highlight of Khao Sok is Chiew Lan Lake that many compare to Halong Bay. Some even dare to say that it is more beautiful....


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Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong Railway Market

Mae Klong is also named Samut Songkhram. The vendors fold the stalls back at each pass of the train.


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Wat Saeng Kaew Pothiyan

Wat Saeng Kaew Pothiyan

This recent temple, its construction started in 2006, is about 50 kilometers from Chiang Rai city. It clearly worths the detour as it is certainly one of the most beautiful and impressive temples...


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