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Chiang Mai Area – Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand. Nestled near some of the highest mountains in Thailand, the city was established in 1294 as Lanna’s new capital after Chiang Rai.

Its strategic location by the Ping River and many nearby major trading routes have made the city economically significant – especially in its early days!

Chiang Mai Attractions, Must See Temples & Things To Do, Thailand




For many, Chiang Mai is a laid-back city to visit; especially after experiencing the madness that Bangkok is known for. It attracts all kinds of travellers, as well as ex-pats, who enjoy a good quality of life, and an affordable one at that. The city is also known for being a foodie hotspot since many come to experience the diversity of Lanna cuisine, which is different from what you’ll find in the south.

Chiang Mai is perhaps best known for its temples; it’s home to more than 300 Buddhist temples located in and around town. The most famous of these is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located on a mountain called Doi Suthep. The temple is accessible by trekking up the mountain, but you can also hire a songthaew or rent a motorbike to get there much quicker.

Wat Chedi Luang is a haunting yet beautiful ruin. Built in 1401, the structures were destroyed during a 1545 earthquake but today it is still awe-inspiring.

Be sure to check out Wat Phra Singh; located in the Old City. It is the largest temple in the city and its construction dates back to 1345. It’s home to the Phra Viharn Lai Kam; a sacred shrine built during King San Muang Ma’s reign.

The gate night market is a must-visit for the sheer amount of delicious and inexpensive street food in Chiang Mai. Don’t forget to order pad krapow; a dish made of spicy meat with herbs. Savour the many different types of northern Thai street food, and end your meal with a serving of mango sticky rice.

There’s so much to do in Chiang Mai: from cooking classes, street food, temples, elephant camps, nightlife, and hiking – you’ll never run out of things to do in this scenic town!



Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park

Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng

Elephant Nature Park is a haven set in a natural setting for rescued elephants that roam in Chiang Mai Province in the northern parts of Thailand.

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand. Its location overlooks Chiang Mai City from the mountain slopes.

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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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Bhubing Palace

Bhubing Palace

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Phu Ping Palace is located in Doi Buak Ha, a beautiful location tucked away in the charming Chiang Mai Province. Some locals refer to it as Bhubing Palace.

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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 Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari

Nong Kwai, Hang Dong
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Chiang Mai Night Safari is one of the world’s most prominent night zoo. It is managed by the Thai government and is an ingenious way to enhance tourism.

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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai

Grand Canyon Chiang Mai

Nam Phrae, Hang Dong
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The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is a large quarry that has been filled with water and is a popular spot for swimming and cliff jumping. The Grand Canyon is now also home to a nearby inflatable Aqua Water Park where you can...

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Doi Suthep-pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is a mountainous area located right next to Chiang Mai and is popular with travellers to Chiang Mai looking to spend a day in the outdoors. The National Park is home to the famous Wat Phra...

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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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Royal Park Rajapruek

Royal Park Rajapruek

Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai

Royal Park Rajapruek is a natural park set in Chiang Mai. A popular tourist attraction, the park was once the venue for the global horticultural festival.

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Flight Of The Gibbon

Flight of The Gibbon

Huai Kaeo, Mae On
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Flight of The Gibbon Chiang Mai is a prime attraction in Chiang Mai. For thrill-seekers, there is no better way to savour nature than by taking this zip line adventure.

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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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Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Zoo was set up in 1974, and is managed by the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand. This prime tourist attraction is set on Doi Suthep.

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Catmosphere Cat Cafe

Catmosphere Cat Cafe

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Catmosphere Cat Cafe is the ultimate destination for cat lovers in Chiang Mai. The cafe is home to many cats, whom you can interact with, play with, or just watch them sleep, as you enjoy a delicious snack or coffee...

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San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Ban Sahakon, Mae On

The San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is an excellent choice for a day trip not too far from Chiang Mai. Located just 23 kilometres away from the city centre, it’s a popular destination among the locals and provides a...

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Warorot Market

Warorot Market

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

Warorot Market is the most popular market in Chiang Mai, and for very good reason. Located in the heart of the city, it is obvious why this is a must-visit.

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Central Festival Chiang Mai

Central Festival Chiang Mai

Fa Ham, Mueang Chiang Mai

Central Festival Chiang Mai is a large shopping mall located north-east of the old city, right just off the superhighway. The shopping centre is a modern mall with a number of popular clothing brands, a supermarket and...

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One Nimman

One Nimman

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

One Nimman is a brand-new lifestyle mall concept in Chiang Mai; located in the hip and trendy Nimmanhaemin neighbourhood. There are numerous establishments found within the complex including shops, art and...

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Maya Mall

Maya Mall

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

Maya Mall is an ultra-modern shopping mall located north-west of the old city of Chiang Mai, right near the popular Nimman area. Maya Mall is a convenient shopping destination that houses a supermarket, pharmacies...

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Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline

Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline

Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim
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The Pongyang Zipline and Jungle Coaster in Mae Rim is a thrilling outdoor destination for the whole family. If you enjoy the rush of adrenaline and excitement, this place is not to be missed. Pongyang Jungle Coaster...

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No Gravity

No Gravity

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

No Gravity – Indoor Climbing is the best rock climbing gym in northern Thailand. It opened back in April 2013, and there is over 500 square meters of climbing surfaces for both beginners and seasoned climbers. If...

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai

Sacred Heart Cathedral is a unique attraction in its own right for the simple reason that it is a church nestled in a land where Buddhism is predominant.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Mae Wang, Mueang Chiang Mai
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The Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is an ethical and sustainable sanctuary that cares for rescued and injured elephants that are located 60kms from Chiang Mai city. The Sanctuary opened in 2014 and is a joint initiative run...

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Patara Elephant Farm

Patara Elephant Farm

Ban Pong, Hang Dong

The Patara Elephant Farm is one of the best animal experiences in Chiang Mai. Compared to other sanctuaries, what makes this place unique is that it provides a more intimate encounter with these majestic animals. If...

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Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai University

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai University is a public research institution founded in 1964, with its strong suit being engineering, medicine, agriculture, and science. The university is open to tourists, who can take a short tour...

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Art In Paradise

Art in Paradise

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai
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Art in Paradise Chiang Mai is home to the finest works of illusion art in the city, and a remarkable space for creative works of art in Thailand.

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Index Living Mall

Index Living Mall

Nong Pa Khrang, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Index Living Mall is a haven for homeowners, decorators, and interior designers in Chiang Mai; offering an extensive range of stunning locally-designed furniture for your living space. It was initially opened as the...

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Zipline Adventure

Zipline Adventure

Don Kaeo, Mae Rim
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Zip Line Adventure is a fun tree-top adventure that will have you zipping through the trees like a monkey in the biggest rainforest in Chiang Mai. Zipline Adventures are designed by professional engineers with years of...

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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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Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Suan Dok is believed to have been constructed in the 14th century under the reign of King Keu Na who ruled over the ancient Lanna Kingdom.

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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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Maesa Elephant Camp

Maesa Elephant Camp

Mae Raem, Mae Rim
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Mae Sa Elephant Camp is a prominent elephant park located just an hour’s drive away from Chiang Mai. The idyllic environments make this a must-visit.

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Elephant Retirement Park

Elephant Retirement Park

San Pa Yang, Mae Taeng
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Doi Ang Khang

Doi Ang Khang

Mae Sun, Fang

Doi Ang Khang has earned its reputation as Thailand’s own Switzerland, a fact that can be attributed to its cold climate and scenic mountain peaks.

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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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Karen Long Neck Tribe

Karen Long Neck Tribe

Mae Raem, Mae Rim

Whilst you are in Chiang Mai, you may be interested to learn more about the Karen Long Neck Tribespeople who live in parts of northern-Thailand. The Karen people are traditionally from Myanmar (Burma) and fled to...

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Huay Tung Tao Lake

Huay Tung Tao Lake

Don Kaeo, Mae Rim

Huay Tung Tao Lake is a secluded getaway north of Chiang Mai. The fresh water body is a secluded getaway, and is rarely crowded.

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Wat Umong

Wat Umong

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Umong, in full, Wat Umong Suan Puthatham, is an old temple nestled in Chiang Mai in the northern parts of Thailand. Locals also refer to it as Oomong.

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Wat Pha Lat

Wat Pha Lat

Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Pha Lat is one of the most magical temples in Chiang Mai. That’s because unlike others, it’s nestled in the lush forests and you’ll have to take a short but rewarding hike to get there. Unlike...

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Mae Ya Waterfall

Mae Ya Waterfall

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

Mae Ya waterfall is one of Thailand’s best and biggest waterfalls. It is amazingly scenic too, with its stunning cascades pouring through verdant jungles. Located within the Doi Inthanon National Park, it is the...

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Samoeng Loop

Samoeng Loop

Samoeng, Chiang Mai

The Samoeng Loop is a thrilling attraction for adventure lovers. If you enjoy exploring destinations on a motorbike, this one is highly recommended! It provides a great alternative, or a new adventure, once you’ve...

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Loi Kroh Road

Loi Kroh Road

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai

Loi Kroh Rd is considered as Chiang Mai’s red-light district area; located between the Ping River and the Old City moat. This street is where you will find girlie bars and other similar bars, clubs, and watering...

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Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Raem, Mae Rim

Mae Sa Waterfall is one of Thailand’s premier tourist attractions. It is best known for its magnificent waterfalls amid the gorgeous natural landscape.

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Elephant Rescue Park

Elephant Rescue Park

Ban Chang, Mae Taeng

Elephant Rescue Park is one of the best animal encounter experiences in northern Thailand. They offer an incredible environment where elephants can roam freely in their natural habitat, while humans can interact with...

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Malin Plaza

Malin Plaza

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Malin Plaza market is one of the best markets in Chiang Mai. Although the city already has the famous Walking Street markets and many others, this one is still worth visiting especially if you’re on a budget...

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Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Kham is a spectacular temple located on the lush mountain slopes just close to Chiang Mai town. It is a popular tourist attraction too.

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Wat Ram Poeng

Wat Ram Poeng

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Ram Poeng, also known as Tapotaram, is a meditation retreat for visitors who would like to tap into the power of meditation during their travels.

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Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam

Tha Wang Tan, Saraphi

Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient settlement of historical importance in Thailand as it is not just a rich archaeological site, but also a popular attraction.

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Camp Chiang Mai

Camp Chiang Mai

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

Camp Chiang Mai is one of the city’s premier co-working spaces. It’s located on Maya mall’s top floor; a shopping mall found at the intersection of Huay Kaew and Nimmanahaemin road. In a land often...

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Nawarat Bridge

Nawarat Bridge

Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Nawarat Bridge is a popular bridge that overlooks the Mae Ping River in Chiang Mai; usually the site of important cultural events that including the Loy Krathong festival. Because most of Thailand’s cities are...

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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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Tours

Baanchang Elephant Park

Ki Lek, Mae Taeng

Baanchang Elephant Park is dedicated to offering elephants the best care while preserving their environment. This attracts tourists from far and wide.

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Hug Elephant Sanctuary

Hug Elephant Sanctuary

Chang Wat, Mueang Chiang Mai

Hug Elephant Sanctuary is a park for elephants that have been rescued from all over Thailand. Please note that there is NO ELEPHANT RIDING. Hug Elephant Sanctuary was founded in 2015 in response to the exploitative...

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Chiang Mai Elephant Legend

Chiang Mai Elephant Legend

Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Elephant Legend is a highly recommended elephant sanctuary. If you’d like to make a difference during your travels, or love animals, this place will be a fulfilling and fun experience. Chiang Mai...

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Into The Wild Elephant Camp

Into The Wild Elephant Camp

Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai

Into The Wild Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai provides a unique elephant encounter that all ages will love. Unlike other elephant experiences, all the elephants here are free to roam in their natural habitat, play in the...

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Karen Tribe Native Elephants

Karen Tribe Native Elephants

Samoeng Tai, Samoeng

Karen Tribe Native Elephants is one of Chiang Mai’s top eco-tourism experiences. They offer ethical elephant-centred activities with a unique cultural twist: that’s because it’s a non-profit...

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Hmong Village

Hmong Village

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Ban Hmong Mae Sa Mai is the go-to village for anyone who wants to experience what it is like to enjoy life in a traditional Thai village in the north.

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Ping River

Ping River

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai
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Mae Ping River flows through Chiang Mai, attracting visitors to its waters. The locals on the other hand, acknowledge that this is the city’s lifeline.

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Huay Kaew Waterfall

Huay Kaew Waterfall

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Huay Kaew Waterfall is a great place for visitors who don’t have a lot of time in Chiang Mai and want to see a waterfall that is close to town. Huay Kaew Waterfall is located near the Chiang Mai Zoo, just 100...

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Wachirathan Waterfall

Wachirathan Waterfall

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

The Wachirathan Waterfall is an incredible attraction you will encounter within the Doi Inthanon National Park. It’s the second biggest falls on the way to the summit, and is definitely one of the more impressive...

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Baan Kang Wat

Baan Kang Wat

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Baan Kang Wat is an incredible artist village in Chiang Mai; a testament to the unique creativity and talent of northern Thailand. Whether its contemporary arts or traditional wood carving and weaving, this part of the...

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Wat Chet Yot

Wat Chet Yot

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Chet Yot, also known to the locals as Wat Jed Yod, is a beautiful temple nestled in Chiang Mai’s serene surroundings, and a popular tourist attraction.

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Mae Ping River Cruise

Mae Ping River Cruise

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai

A Mae Ping River Cruise is a terrific day trip that takes you away from the typical sights of Chiang Mai to experience something a little different. A leisurely two-hour cruise aboard a cosy boat that travels through...

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Maerim Shooting Range

Maerim Shooting Range

Rim Tai, Mae Rim

Maerim Shooting Range goes on to prove that Chiang Mai’s attractions go beyond just natural attractions and temples; there is also adventure.

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Op Luang National Park

Op Luang National Park

Hang Dong, Hot

The Op Luang National Park is a fun, adventurous destination for outdoor lovers near Chiang Mai, located around 20 kilometres away from Hot, on Route 108. Even if you’ve never been to a rugged outdoor area before...

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Sri Lanna National Park

Sri Lanna National Park

Ban Pao, Mae Taeng

Sri Lanna National Park is the 8th largest national park in the country; being declared as the 60th national park in Thailand on August 1989; It covers 1,406 square kilometres of the mountainous area from Prao, Chiang...

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Mae Kampong Village

Mae Kampong Village

Huai Kaeo, Mae On

Mae Kampong Village is one of the most fascinating high altitude villages in Chiang Mai. It is also easily accessible, making it a popular attraction.

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Sibsongpanna Khantoke

Sibsongpanna Khantoke

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Sibsongpanna Khantoke is testament to the importance of traditional culture in Thailand, and attracts locals and foreigners from all over the world.

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Wattana Art Gallery

Wattana Art Gallery

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wattana Art Gallery is home to exciting works of art in all of Thailand; little wonder the gallery attracts both locals and foreigners in their numbers.

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Chiang Mai Cabaret Show

Chiang Mai Cabaret Show

Chang Khlan, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Cabaret Show is a fun way to spend an evening in Chiang Mai, as you watch ladyboys and drag queens strut their stuff whilst lip syncing to your favourite songs! Located in the Anusarn Market Night Bazaar...

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Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai
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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. The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium was substantially renovated in 2018 and has one of the...

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Iron Bridge Chiang Mai

Iron Bridge Chiang Mai

Wat Ket, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Iron Bridge in Chiang Mai is one of the city’s most well-known landmarks. A majestic creation made out of steel, it has an old feel to it but it’s actually modern – built as a homage to the Nawarat...

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Tcdc Chiang Mai

TCDC Chiang Mai

Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai

The TCDC Chiang Mai is a must-visit for anyone interested in design and creative work. It stands for Thailand Creative and Design Center, and it’s the first educational institution of its kind in Chiang Mai. The...

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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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X Centre

X Centre

Rim Tai, Mae Rim
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If you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity during your stay in Chiang Mai, then the Extreme Sports Centre in Mae Rim is the place for you. Offering ATV experiences, bungy jumping, paintball, trail bike...

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