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Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

Phu Chi Fa Forest Park is an amazing destination nestled in the jungle, some 1628 meters above sea level. This natural setting is one not to be...

Chiang Mai Nature

Chiang Mai has so many things to see and do when you get out and about in nature, as the area is mountainous and surrounded by jungle.

From waterfalls to mountains, lakes and hot springs, Chiang Mai has a unique span of natural activities and attractions to see during your visit.

Nature Activities, Jungle Walks & Trekking Tours Chiang Mai, Thailand




The best waterfalls to view near Chiang Mai are the Bua Thong Waterfalls (Sticky Waterfalls) and Mae Sa Waterfall. Both are located north of Chiang Mai’s old city, but are certainly worth a day trip.

Take a boat cruise down the famous Ping River which runs just east of the Old City of Chiang Mai. There are cruises available at the river with some short cruises taking you along a short portion for about an hour and others as full day tours or evening dinner cruises. Many of the full day tours also include visits to temples, local markets and an authentic northern Thai lunch.

For a relaxing lunch on the water, head to Huay Tung Tao Lake. There are a number of huts surrounding the lake where you can get a hot tasty meal and enjoy a cold drink. The lake is a relatively unknown tourist spot and therefore is rarely busy during the week.

This is just a taste of the many natural attractions in and around Chiang Mai, so click the links below to explore the full range of attractions.



Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

Tap Tao, Thoeng

Phu Chi Fa Forest Park is an amazing destination nestled in the jungle, some 1628 meters above sea level. This natural setting is one not to be missed.

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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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Bhubing Palace

Bhubing Palace

Suthep, 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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Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

Doi Inthanon, the tallest mountain in Thailand, is nestled in Chiang Mai Province in the northern part of the country. It is also known as Doi Luang.

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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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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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Royal Park Rajapruek

Mae Hia, 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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Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Suthep, 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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Huay Kaew Waterfall

Suthep, 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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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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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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Ping River

Chang Moi, 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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Monthathan Waterfall

Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai

The incredibly beautiful Monthathan waterfall is located within the Doi Suthep National Park. The nine-tiered waterfall gently flows over a cliff, lands over a pond, and is surrounded by the pristine lush greenery that...

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Chiang Dao Cave

Chiang Dao Cave

Chiang Dao, Chang Wat

The Chiang Dao Cave is a popular tourist attraction north of Chiang Mai; featuring over 12 kilometres of underground caverns and passages – although only a small portion is accessible to tourists. The sheer size...

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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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Chae Son National Park

Chae Son, Mueang Pan

Chae Son National Park is a stunning natural attraction found east of Chiang Mai in the Mueang Pan District. The small National Park is just around 592 square kilometres large, but it is rich in beauty and majestic...

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Ang Kaew Reservoir

Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Ang Kaew Reservoir is the main body of water located just by the Chiang Mai University. This artificial lake is a popular morning jogging trail for locals and expats because of its flat roads and the surreal...

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Doi Khun Tan National Park

Tha Pla Duk, Mae Tha

The Doi Khun Tan National Park is an amazing natural attraction in northern Thailand. Tucked right between Chiang Mai and Lampang, it’s famed not just for being one of the country’s oldest national parks, but it has an...

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Go Bee Fishing Park

Nong Kwai, Hang Dong

The Go Bee Fishing Park is a great place that allows visitors alike to discover the thrill of freshwater fishing just outside of Chiang Mai. Learn what it’s like to catch local fish, as well as other imported species...

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Huay Kaew Arboretum

Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Huay Kaew Arboretum is one of Chiang Mai’s most beautiful gardens. It’s a popular jogging and running spot for the locals because of the open green spaces punctuated by tropical plants and trees that provide shade...

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Rama IX Lanna Park

Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Lanna Rama IX Park is a tranquil green oasis that is perfect for relaxing; far enough from the busy and touristy areas of Chiang Mai. There are tons of grassy open and shaded areas where you can unwind, enjoy a...

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Mae Klang Waterfall

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

The Mae Klang Waterfall is a popular natural attraction of near Chiang Mai, located within the picturesque Doi Inthanon National Park. This is a popular site for kids and adults alike, as it provides you with a chance...

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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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Monks Trail

Monks Trail

Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai

The Monks Trail (Wat Pha Lat Hike) is an exciting activity in Chiang Mai that involves trekking to the famous temple set in a picturesque, serene forest. The best part about it is that it’s off the tourist trail, which...

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Ob Luang Gorge

Op Luang Gorge

Hang Dong, Hot

The Op Luang Gorge is a scenic zigzagging river found within the national park of the same name. Also known as the Thai Grand Canyon, this incredible lush forest is given life by the river; flanked by amazing teak...

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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...

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Siriphum Waterfall

Ban Luang, Chom Thong

The Siriphum waterfall is one of the most captivating natural attractions south of Chiang Mai. Located within the Doi Inthanon National Park, these are the third and last of all the major falls that you’ll find as you...

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Tweechol Botanic Garden

Tweechol Botanic Garden

Cheng Doi, Doi Saket

The Tweechol Botanic Garden is a must-visit for any nature and gardening enthusiast in Chiang Mai. It was founded by Mr Taweesak Sesawech; a man who spent his years collecting some of Thailand’s most beautiful plants...

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Trekking

Many Trekking Options Available, All Over Chiang Mai

Trekking Chiang Mai is a popular activity for the quintessential visitor traversing northern Thailand, thanks to its lush jungles on the mountain peaks.

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Pai Trekking

Many Trekking Options Available, Around Pai

Pai trekking is the perfect activity for the intrepid tourist who loves outdoor adventure, and is excited to see wildlife in their natural environment.

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Chiang Rai Trekking

Chiang Rai Trekking

Many Trekking Options Available, Around Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Trekking tours are a must-experience for any tourist looking for a natural getaway in northern Thailand. These adventure-packed tours are fun.

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