Temples & Historical Sites
Wat Phrat Tat Doi Suthep
One of Thailand’s most sacred temples, Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep overlooks the city from high up in the mountains. Established in 1383, the temple is a prime example of Northern Thai architecture and truly a sight to behold.
Wat Phra Singh
Founded in the 14th century, Wat Phra Sing is an important temple located in the Western part of Chiang Mai. Wat Phra Singh is open to the public daily from 06:00-17:00 and visitors are reminded to dress appropriately when visiting the holy site.
Wat Chedi Luang
Located in the centre of Chiang Mai, the ruins of Wat Chedi Luang date as far back as the 14th century when it was commissioned by King Saen Muang Ma to hold the ashes of his father. Apart from the temple ruins, a number of examples of traditional Thai architecture can be found within the grounds.
Wiang Kum Kam
In 1984 a team of archaeologists uncovered a number of ancient tablets and subsequently uncovered the long lost ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam, buried under meters of mud from the seasonal flooding. Located just 5km from Chiang Mai, the whole area is too large to be covered on foot and the best ways to experience Wiang Kum Kam are by pony carriage, open air tram or bicycle.
Parks and Natural Attractions
Doi Inthanon National Park
Known as “The Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon National Park is home to the highest mountain in Thailand and covers an area of approximately 482km2. The park features plenty of natural attractions including a beautiful cave and several waterfalls and is a favourite amongst avid birdwatchers.
Doi Pui is the highest peak in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and is well known for its stunning waterfalls. Its also the home to the Hmong Tribal Village, which offers visitors an insight into the simple life and rich culture of traditional Northern Thai tribal village life.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
Founded in 1976, the Mae Sa elephant camp was set up as a conservation centre for rescued domesticated elephants. Mae Sa elephant camp is open daily from 08:00-16:00 and is located on Mae Sa road.
Chiang Mai Night Safari
The Chiang Mai Night Safari park was built by the Thai government as part of its plan to boost tourism in Chiang Mai. The park provides visitors a unique night time wild life experience and is an attraction enjoyed by people of all ages.
Markets & Walking Streets
Chiang Mai Gate Market
The Chiang Mai Gate Market is open daily with most food stalls opening at 17:00pm and is situated by Prathu Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Gate). A “walking street” style market fair is held every Saturday after 18:00pm and it’s a great place to experience Chiang Mai’s tasty (and cheap!) street food.
Sunday Walking Street
The Sunday Walking Street market is held every Sunday from 16:00-00:00 on Ratchadamnoen Road, in the old city area. The entire stretch of road, approximately 1km is closed to traffic and is famous for its abundance of local Thai goods and handicrafts at bargain prices.