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Chiang Mai is the Thailand’s rose of the North, also known as the cultural and natural fairytale city with ethnic diversity, having an assortment of attractions, &overwhelming hospitality. It is Northern Thailand's absolute center with approx. 160,000 inhabitants in the city itself but including the suburbs approx. 1,000,000 people. Located 700 km (435 miles) north of Bangkok in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River, always enjoy a cooler weather than the rest of the country, with a mean temperature of 25°C throughout the year. Today it is a place where past and the present seamlessly merge with modern buildings standing side by side with beautiful temples. Chiang Mai's old town is surrounded by parts of the old city wall and moat as well as centuries-old temples; on the other side you’ll see modern shops, good restaurants, and boutique hotels.
Chiang Mai offers everything from beautiful temples to unique shopping opportunities, and is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. This is a city where both backpackers and luxury-oriented tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thai holiday experience. Chiang Mai is a land of misty mountains and colorful hill tribes, a playground for seasoned travelers, a paradise for shoppers and a delight for adventurers.Despite its relatively small size, Chiang Mai truly has it all.
List of Tourist Attractions in Chiang Mai :-
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, and its founding legend is learned by every schoolkid in Chiang Mai. The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain where it's located.The temple is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city of Chiang Mai. From the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be seen.The wát is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture, reached via a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (serpents).
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang (aka temple of the big stupa or temple of the royal stupa) is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic.
Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.Chiang Mai's most revered temple, Wat Phra Singh is dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid.It houses three main structures, the main attraction being the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago.The walled-in temple compound is busy with visitors and worshippers all year round and is usually packed during the Thai New Year festival (Songkran) in mid-April.
A must see, on any visit to Chiang Mai, is the wondrous and holy temple of Wat Phra That which is located near the top of Doi Suthep (Mount Suthep). The temple is simply referred to as Doi Suthep by most people. Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, "If you haven't tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven't been to Chiang Mai." Every tuk-tuk and songthaew driver in Chiang Mai will offer to take you on the 15 klm trip up the winding mountain road to Doi Suthep.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon is one of the most popular national parks in Thailand, famous for it's number of waterfalls, viewpoints and cool weather.Also known as "The Roof of Thailand", Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 km². The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range, elevation ranges between 800 and 2,565 meters with the highest peak at Doi Inthanon which is the highest mountain in Thailand.Known as a sanctuary for a wide range of animal species and perhaps the best place in Thailand for bird-watching, the park has approximately 362 different species, many of which are not found anywhere else in Thailand. Doi Inthanon is a popular destination, not only for its natural beauty, but also for its historical significance.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai is a shopper’s paradise, and nothing beats shopping for a bargain more than in the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Ground zero of this nightly commerce bomb is located at the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and LoiKhro Road but the whole thing spreads out for two blocks in either direction.The Night Bazaar is open every day of the year regardless of the weather from dusk till around midnight. In the Night Bazaar you will find a huge variety of brand name designer goods (real and fake) (clothing, T-shirts, belts, shoes, Jewellery, watches, DVD's & CD's) and local Thai goods at really low prices.
Talat Warorot Market
Situated only 2 minutes walk north from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and sitting beside the Ping River the Warorot Market is a busy hive of daytime activity. Warorot Market opens daily early in the morning and closes after dark.It's easy to spend half a day wandering the covered walkways, watching locals browsing, and haggling for goods that actually have a practical use back home.
Doi Suthep–Pui National Park
Formerly known as Doi Aoy Chang, Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is named after the mountain where the hermit Sudeva lived on it's slopes for many years.Often bearing a crown of clouds, sultry Doi Suthep (1676m) and Doi Pui (1685m) are two of northern Thailand's most sacred peaks.A 265-sq-km area on the slopes of the mountains, encompassing both summits, is preserved as a national park.It attracts hordes of nature-lovers, and legions of pilgrims who come to worship at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Wat Chiang Man
The Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, goes back all the way to the founding of the city in 1296and holds some important Buddhist images including a famous crystal Buddha. Construction of the temple started in 1306 although several parts were added in later centuries, so the temple complex has lots of different styles of architecture side by side. Despite being in the middle of Chiang Mai’s old city Wat Chiang Man is rarely busy. It has a nice, well-kept garden area to sit and relax in.
Wat Phan Tao
Without doubt the most atmospheric wát in the old city, this teak marvel sits in the shadow of Wat Chedi Luang.Set in a compound full of fluttering orange flags, the monastery is a monument to the teak trade, with an enormous prayer hall supported by 28 gargantuan teak pillars and lined with dark teak panels, enshrining a particularly graceful gold Buddha image.Sometimes this area is decorated depending on if there is an up-and-coming holiday or full moon. During ceremonies monks will also sit alongside the pond and chant & in the evenings it is magical.
Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo is located at Doi Suthep-Pui foothill, just 4 km. from Downtown Chiang Mai. Not only stunning animals been raised here but also its natural scenery has attracted almost million visitors each year. Covering 200 acres of land in the foothills of Doi Suthep and providing excellent views of the city in addition to its fascinating wildlife exhibits, Chiang Mai Zoo is certainly worth a visit.
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Chiang Mai Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand.Created after Singapore Night Safari, the concept of the park is to provide visitors with a thrilling experience similar to being out in the wilderness at night.This expansive animal park is open day and night, but the real action happens after dark, when you can view all sorts of critters from the back of an open-sided tram. With animal shows and musical fountains, it's all a little bit Las Vegas.
Wat SuanDok, also known as Wat Buppharam is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. It is a Royal Temple of the Third Class,located just West of the old walled part of Chiang Mai city is a very old temple known for its large number of white chedis or pagodas. houses several structures of historical significance. Among them include the principal pagoda that enshrines the Buddha’s relics, a garden of whitewashed mausoleums housing the ashes of late Chiang Mai rulers and a large open-air wiharn (assembly hall).
The Bhubing Palace is located on Doi Buak Ha, Muang District, Chiang Mai Province. It is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of Thailand.The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad. The travel to the palace is easy because it is the same way to Doi Suthep, a renowned mountain, which is about 5 km from Chiang Mai. You can take a red pick-up passing in front of Chiang Mai Zoo. You can also stop over to pay homage to Khru Ba Si Wichai Monument. Khru Ba Si Wichai is the one who constructed Phra That Doi Sutheip Temple.
Among the hundreds of Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, the Wat Umong or “Tunnel temple” is unique because of its location in the forest and its system of tunnels. The serene and peaceful atmosphere at the 13th century forest temple near Doi Suthep mountain provides a welcome change from the much visited sites in Chiang Mai.It can be an especially magical place just after the rainy season has ended, around early October or November.Wat Umong is about 2 kilometers off Suthep Road. One can combine a trip here with a visit to Wat SuanDok, which is also on Suthep Road.
Wiang Kum Kam
Located in attractive countryside about five kilometres south of Chiang Mai along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city dating back to the eighth-century Haripunchai Kingdom. Later on it served as the capital of the then Lanna Kingdom for a short while until Chiang Mai was chosen to replace it in 1296.Expect to see many interesting items and structures such as stone tablets with Mon inscriptions, Buddhist sculptures and architecture, earthenware and pottery. The Wiang Kum Kam archeological park is too large to be covered on foot. Most preferred & famous way of enjoying the tours among the visitor’sis via tram or horse or carriage.
Doi Pui Hmong tribal village is a peaceful village situated at the top of Doi Suthep. It is home of Hmong hill tribe , one of 6 major hill tribes in Thailand. This Hmong tribal village is a big village consists of museum , beautiful garden , houses and souvenir shops. Despite being a key tourist attraction, and therefore probably not as authentic as it could be, it still offers an insight into how Thailand tribes live. The villagers wear traditional Hmong clothes, sell traditional Hmong handicrafts, and live in traditional Hmong-style homes. So indeed it will be worth to go so far to visit such beautiful place.
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai
The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is as one of the best elephant sanctuaries in Chiang Mai. Itwas among the first of the new breed of elephant attractions in Thailand which prioritize the welfare of the animals. Trained English-speaking guides give visitors insight into the behavior and the personal history of our elephants. The elephant mahouts help people realize incredible life experiences such as feeding the elephants by hand or bathing elephants in Chiang Mai.While you can still interact with the elephants (bathing them being an especially popular activity), riding on them is strictly out of the question.
Three Kings Monument
The Three Kings Monument is dedicated to the three Northern Lao Kings who founded the city of Chiang Mai.At roughly the center of the walled city, in the district where the former rulers of Chiang Mai built their palaces, stands the monument to the 'Three Kings' -- King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai; his contemporary and reportedly good friend King Ramkamhaeng of Sukothai; and King Ngam Muang of Payao.They are believed to have worked together to build the city. It is the venue of the King’s birthday celebrations in early December annually.The sculpture stands in front of the old provincial administration building, which now houses the Chiang Mai City Art & Cultural Center.
Karen Long Neck Tribe
A visit to the Padung Village introduces you to the ‘Long Neck Karen’ ethnic hill-tribe. Karen Long Neck women’s are the revealing reminder of Thailand's past and present.The women wear brass rings around their necks, wrists and ankles as part of their culture.The traditional purpose of the rings was to achieve the ideal beauty, an elongated neck. Though the coils actually don’t make the neck longer, it compresses the shoulder blades, pushing them down which gives the appearance of an elongated neck.It is a good idea to explore, with respect, the village a little to get a feel of their culture and way of life.
Chiang Dao Cave
Chiang Dao Caves are situated approx 70 klms north of Chiang Mai on a good highway through rolling hillsides. The Caves are one of the main attractions in the Chiang Dao National Park. Boasting some of the most spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations in the country, Chiang Dao Cave stretches many kilometres into the mountains.The cave is part of the 2,100-metre-high Doi Chiang Dao mountain range, the third highest peak in Thailand formed by pushed up sea floors some 230-250 million years ago. For the most part, the cave is well lit, but as you progress further in, even a powerful flashlight is useless. Hire a guide to get the most out of your visit to the caves.
Chiang Mai National Museum
Chiang Mai’s National Museum was opened in 1973 by the King of Thailand and contains a range of exhibitions about Chiang Mai city’s history as well as the history of the Lanna Kingdom.The Museum is a research center for conservation and dissemination of the cultures and traditions of Chiang Mai and Northern Provinces, which are called together as Lanna.The Chiang Mai National Museum was built with traditional architecture and displays a beautiful multi-tiered Lanna style roof. Inside there are a range of exhibitions including the history and art of the Lanna Kingdom and how the city of Chiang Mai has changed since the rule of Siam (now called Thailand).
Lanna Folklife Museum
The Lanna Folklife Museum is an interesting museum full of exhibitions about the lives, history and culture of the Lanna people of northern Thailand. The museum (also called the Lanna Heritage Centre) is located opposite the three Kings Monument in the middle of the old city, and sits inside the old municipal court of Chiang Mai. The white colonial style two-storey building still displays the sign that says "Municipal Court of Chiang Mai", but the interior has been totally renovated to showcase the beauty of centuries-old northern heritage.The Lanna Folklife Museum is a good start for those heading for Chiang Mai.
Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants in Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, approximately 60 kilometres from Chiang Mai City, co-founded by Sangduen "Lek" Chailert.The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under special care. Volunteers and visitors can contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present.
Art in Paradise
Art in Paradise (Chiang Mai)” is the first Illusion Art Museum of Chiang Mai, presents Illusion Art, the painting art requiring techniques and expertise in painting on a flat surface into a "3D" and giving a sense of realistic art.The museum has over 130 different images of illusions – paintings drawn to create a 3D image which allows people to seem as if they are really in the picture. It is one of the biggest 3D museums in the world spread out over floors. There are six different zones in the museum including the underwater world, wildlife area, classic art, ancient Egypt, Surreal art and the dinosaur zone. The visitors can take photos with creative imagination, emotion and postures designed to correspond with each painting according to their own preferences as if they are a part of the painting.
Grand Canyon Chiang Mai
Also known as the Hang Dong CanyonChiang Mai Grand Canyon is a waterpark built in an abandoned limestone quarry. It’s a beautiful canyon less than an hour from the center of Chiang Mai city where you can swim, sunbathe, and cliff jump (they have heights for all confidence levels). The quarry has been emptied for many years and was naturally filled with water by monsoon rains. It became a popular swimming spot because of the natural beauty of the canyon.It also offers an inflatable obstacle course, slides, a small zipline and wakeboarding.
Museum of World Insects and Natural wonders
A branch of the quirky old-city bug museum, with more pinned and mounted specimens.The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is the brainchild of a Thai couple whose love for the outdoors led to its establishment.The museum showcases a diverse array of insects, ranging from tiny bugs to beautiful butterflies and creepy crawlies.There are over 10,000 species located here and over 400 species of mosquitoes that live in Thailand. The three floors that make the museum are filled with insects as well as different rocks that create the natural habitat for the bugs.
Royal Park Rajapruek
Royal Park Rajapruek was previously named as International Exposition for His Majesty the King; Royal Flora Rajapruek.It is one of the most popular agro-tourism places of Chiang Mai and is counted as the center of Agricultural research. You will discover countless number of plants and varied kinds of agricultural exposition which would be advantageous to visitors at any age. Also, it is reckoned as a meeting point for agriculturist and those who are into agriculture and cultivation.Ho Kham Luang Royal Pavilion and other architectural style buildings here can prove thatthe landscape architecture of the park is gorgeous and very delicate.
Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium
The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium is a large state of the art facility located inside the Chiang Mai Zoo, at the base of Doi Suthep mountain. It’s a living museum that boats South East Asia’s largest and most spacious underwater pathway. Exhibit various showcases of distinct environment that allows fresh water and salt water creatures to coexist under one roof, alongside representative territories from other significant ecosystems.This aquarium has its aim to preserve an ecosystem as same as that to be found with 2,000 species in the MeKong River which is the waterway and feeding stream to 6 countries around this region.
Tube Trek Waterpark Chiang Mai
All of Chiang Mai’s other pools and water parks have been blown out of the water since Tube Trek Water Park opened its doors earlier this year. The area is about 50,000 square kilometres. It is decorated in space style, like what you’ve seen in sci-fi films. Lofty slides, crazy flumes and lazy rivers meandering around the edges give this park its ability to please all types of people; from thrill seekers to chill seekers. Just prepare your swimming suit, or any costume for water activity, and get ready!