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Chiang Mai Area – Chiang Mai Old City

Chiang Mai Old City is filled with a wealth of historical and ancient treasures.

Encompassing the area outside the Old City up to the trendy Nimmanhaemin and Huay Kaew roads, the Old City has something to offer everyone!

Top Best Chiang Mai Old City Attractions, Things To Do, Activities & Temples




Temple visits are a must-do while here: the Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the most popular in the area, and also one of northern Thailand’s most revered temples.

The Wat Chedi Luang has been around since 1391 and is still used today as a place of worship for Buddhists. Other popular temples here include the Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chetawan, and Wat Phan Tao.

Not to be missed is the iconic Tha Phae Gate; a famous landmark of Chiang Mai. It once served as a fortress protecting the Old City, though today serves more of a geographical boundary than anything else. Nevertheless, the Tha Phae Gate attracts thousands of visitors each year who come to appreciate its intricate and magnificent features.

The Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market is the best destination in the Old City for both shopping and eating. Be sure to pack an appetite, as the street is lined with dozens of food vendors selling everything from authentic northern Thai fare to western favourites. Open from 4pm to around 10pm every Sunday; shoppers will be thrilled with the many unique and beautiful handmade goods to be found here.

Another excellent market well-loved by foodies is the Chang Phuak Market; located just outside the north gate. Rub elbows with the locals as you feast on traditional northern Thai fare that will leave you coming back for more.

Shop for dried foodstuffs at the Chiang Mai South Gate Market, which though is less popular, but is abundant with many ingredients that you can take home.

Chiang Mai Old City is filled with good food, history, and shopping. No matter what you love, you’ll find it here!



Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the many Buddhist temples that dot Chiang Mai City, and which seeks to direct devout locals and foreigners to enlightenment.

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Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh ranks as one of the most revered temples in the northern parts of Thailand. Consequently, it attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market

Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Sunday Market is the city’s only market to open every Sunday from 4PM to 12AM. Locals fondly refer to it as Walking Street, for obvious reasons.

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Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Tha Phae Gate is one of those attractions you include in your must-visit list, thanks to its name. Find out just how much of an attraction this gate is.

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Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Man stands out as one of Chiang Mai’s most remarkable temples simply because it is the oldest Wat in the city, yet still stands strong.

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Chiang Mai Gate

Chiang Mai Gate

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai gate is part of one of the most iconic landmarks in Chiang Mai; once serving as a fortress for what was known as the Old City. Today, this attraction still functions as a geographical boundary but...

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Wat Phan Tao

Wat Phan Tao

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Pan Tao is a small but very interesting temple, especially for visitors who are thrilled by Thailand’s unique heritage and religious framework.

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Wat Chetawan

Wat Chetawan

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Mahawan is a must-visit prime tourist attraction located close to the old walled city of Chiang Mai, right next to the popular Tha Phae Gate.

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Wat Lok Molee

Wat Lok Molee

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Lok Molee, also known as Wat Lok Moli, is a temple located in the old Chiang Mai city, just about half a kilometre from the famous Chang Phuak gate.

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Noina Art Studio

Noina Art Studio

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Noina Art Studio is the perfect place to hone your art skills while appreciating the expertise and experience of fellow artists in Thailand.

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Three Kings Monument

Three Kings Monument

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Three Kings Monument is a large statue located in front of the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre in the old city of Chiang Mai. The three Kings that are represented are King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai;...

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Chang Phuak Gate

Chang Phuak Gate

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chang Phuak Gate is a historic landmark and iconic symbol of Chiang Mai. What you see today is the remnants of the old wall, which has an important significance to the locals. It’s also around where most...

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Suan Dok Gate

Suan Dok Gate

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Suan Dok Gate is a notable landmark in Chiang Mai; located on the western side of the Old City’s moat that leads onto Suthep Road. The gate itself is located positioned approximately one kilometre east of Wat...

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Chiang Mai Historical Centre

Chiang Mai Historical Centre

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Historical Centre is a remarkable museum where visitors can learn all about the rich, complex history of the city. Aside from the wonderful historical information presented in an exciting manner...

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Chiang Mai Moat

Chiang Mai Moat

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai moat is a small body of water that surrounds the old city; popular among locals, residents, and expats – especially those who enjoy going for a morning stroll. After all, this city is one of the...

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Chang Puak Market

Chang Puak Market

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chang Puak Market is a food market that sets up every evening just outside the north gate (Chang Phuak) of the old city. With many vendors offering a range of authentic northern-Thai dishes, the Chang Puak Market is...

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Chiang Mai South Gate Market

Chiang Mai South Gate Market

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai South Gate Market, also known as the Bumrung Buri Market, is one of the best in the province. Located along Bumrung Buri Road, this is one of the lesser-known markets which for many is part of the draw...

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Computer Plaza

Computer Plaza

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Computer Plaza in Chiang Mai is your one-stop-shop for everything computer and gadget related. Located along Manee Nopparat Road on the north-side of the moat, this mall is one of the most trusted destinations...

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Icon It Chiang Mai

Icon IT Chiang Mai

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Icon IT Chiang Mai is often referred to as the number one computer centre in northern Thailand. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your IT and gadget needs – located on Manee Nopparat Soi 3 (north of the moat)...

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Somphet Market

Somphet Market

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Somphet Market in Chiang Mai is a traditional market frequented by the locals and is highly recommended for travellers who are interested to understand more about authentic, local Thai cuisine and ingredients. The...

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Wat Chai Si Phum

Wat Chai Si Phum

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Chai Si Phum is a beautiful historic temple located on the edge of Chiang Mai’s old city. It’s most famous feature is the stunning, intricately carved golden facade. Although it’s one of the...

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Wat Chiang Yuen

Wat Chiang Yuen

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chiang Yuen is a unique 16th-century temple in an area of Chiang Mai, which served as the residential area of the Shan people in the past. Also known as the ‘Temple of Long Life’, it is widely believed...

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Wat Chomphu

Wat Chomphu

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chomphu is a lovely Buddhist temple found just outside the Old City of Chiang Mai. This temple is famous for its intricate golden chedi (which can be seen in many other wats), although this one is worth visiting for...

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Wat Ou Sai Kham

Wat Ou Sai Kham

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Ou Sai Kham is a small Buddhist temple located just outside the historic walled town centre in Chiang Mai. Also known as The Temple of Golden Sand, the temple features a viharn, a Ho Trai scripture library, an...

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Wat Sai Moon Myanmar

Wat Sai Moon Myanmar

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Sai Moon Myanmar is a colourful historic Burmese temple located in the old city of Chiang Mai. It was built by the Burmese king Bayinnaung after he successfully conquered Chiang Mai back in 1558, so don’t mind...

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Wat Puak Hong

Wat Puak Hong

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Puak Hong is an ancient temple located on Samlan Soi 7 in Chiang Mai. The temple’s origins are unknown, but it is assumed that it was erected sometime during the 16th or 17th century, with its name meaning...

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Wat Prasat

Wat Prasat

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Prasat is a stunning, unique temple complex in Chiang Mai. Located within the old walled city, the temple is right across the equally famous Wat Phra Singh. The ancient temple was erected sometime during the end of...

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Wat Duang Dee

Wat Duang Dee

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Duang Dee is an early 16th-century temple in Chiang Mai; located on Phra Pok Klao Road in the heart of the old walled city. The temple’s name translates to ‘Good Luck Temple’, and features an...

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Wat Dab Pai

Wat Dab Pai

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Dab Pai is a small temple located in the north-western corner of Chiang Mai’s old walled city. It is known as the temple that can end suffering, although in the past it was called Wat A-Pai, after a monk...

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Lanna Architecture Centre

Lanna Architecture Centre

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Lanna Architecture Center is a museum that is dedicated to showcasing and preserving Northern Thailand’s unique heritage in architecture; most of which is influenced by the ancient Lanna kingdom. The museum is...

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Wat Chai Phrakiat

Wat Chai Phrakiat

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chai Phrakiat is a historic Buddhist temple located in Chiang Mai. Located near the city centre, this temple’s name means ‘temple of the renowned victory. Although small, the temple is worth checking out...

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Wat Fon Soi

Wat Fon Soi

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Fon Soi is a small, quiet, and charming temple in Chiang Mai. Like many temples in the area, it is designed using the traditional Lanna style, although it has a unique personality and significance all its own...

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Wat Khuan Khama

Wat Khuan Khama

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Khuan Khama is an old, lovely temple in Chiang Mai; located in Sri Poom Road at the Sri Phum area. This temple is best known for having a theme centred around horses, and can easily be seen from miles away...

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Wat Muen Nguen Kong

Wat Muen Nguen Kong

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Muen Nguen Kong is a small, quaint Buddhist temple located on Samlan Road in Chiang Mai. This temple may be old, but it has been well-preserved through the years, making it a top attraction in the city for visitors...

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Wat Pan Waen

Wat Pan Waen

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Pan Waen is a small but exquisite temple in Chiang Mai; exhibiting all the classic elements of a northern Thai temple. Located in Phra Singh in the Old City, the grounds are so peaceful and tranquil; not too...

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Wat Samphao

Wat Samphao

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Samphao is a one-of-a-kind temple found within the city walls of Chiang Mai; located west of the Tha Phae Gate, and was built sometime between 1260-1578, which was during the reign of the Mangrai Dynasty. Its name...

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Wat Si Koet

Wat Si Koet

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Si Koet is a popular temple in Chiang Mai. Located along Ratchadamnoen Road, the quaint temple is distinct for its white colour accentuated by beautiful golden borders. It may be small, but its architecture...

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Wat Thung Yu

Wat Thung Yu

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Thung Yu Temple is one of Chiang Mai’s many beautiful and interesting temples. Located in the Si Phum Subdistrict in the Old City, there are many features that set this temple apart and make it so unique...

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Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine

Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine is a crucial landmark of the old city. Also known as Wat Inthakhin, the pillar was erected by the famous King Mangrai when the city was founded on April 12, 1296 CE. Its name, which...

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Wat Jedlin

Wat Jedlin

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Wat Jedlin is a 16th-century temple situated in the old walled city of Chiang Mai. Located on Prapokklao Road, the temple is also known by its other names such as Wat Jet Lin, Wat Nong Chalin, and Wat Chedlin. It is...

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Segway Gibbon Tour

Segway Gibbon Tour

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai
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A Segway Gibbon Tour is a great way to discover Chiang Mai as you zoom around the streets of this historic city on a self-balancing personal transporter. A Segway Tour will take you to the many highlights within Chiang...

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Thapae Boxing Stadium

Thapae Boxing Stadium

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai
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Muay Thai boxing is the most popular sports in Thailand and Thapae Boxing Stadium is the most popular place to view this sport while in Chiang Mai. This fierce combat sport is conducted in stadiums all over Chiang Mai...

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