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Elephant Nature Park

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.

Elephant Nature Park

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.



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, 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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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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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

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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Trekking

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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Singha Park

Singha Park

Mae Kon, Mueang Chiang Rai

Singha Park is a great place to spend a day in the outdoors for visitors coming up north to the beautiful Chiang Rai. Singha Park is a large expanse of land that has been converted into a tourist attraction that houses...

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Pai Canyon

Thung Yao, Pai

Pai Canyon could best be described as Thailand’s very own Grand Canyon if its sheer breath-taking beauty and stunning views are anything to go by.

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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 wonderful...

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Doi Tung

Doi Tung

Huai Khrai, Mae Sai

Doi Tung refers to a mountainous region in the highland region of Chiang Rai. The name of this location translates to ‘Flag Peak’ in the local dialect.

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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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Doi Mae Salong

Mae Salong Nok, Mae Fa Luang

Doi Mae Salong is one of the most prominent mountains in Thailand, and constitutes the extensive Daen Lao Range in the northern part of Thailand.

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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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Doi Pha Tang

Doi Pha Tang

Po, Wiang Kaen

Doi Pha Tang is an incredible hidden paradise in Chiang Rai. Known for being the best area for watching the picturesque Mekong river, but there’s so much more to discover in this mountainous tropical area. Located...

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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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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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Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Pa Sang, Mae Chan

The Choui Fong Tea Plantation is a large tea plantation located around 40 kilometres from Chiang Rai. The expansive, verdant plantations and tranquil atmosphere make it a truly scenic destination; one where visitors can...

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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

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 falls...

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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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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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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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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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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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Canopy Walkway Chiang Mai

Canopy Walkway Chiang Mai

Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim

The Canopy Walkway in Chiang Mai is one of the city’s newest, most thrilling activities. Located within the beautiful Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens in Mae Rim, the impressive facilities at the walkway are designed to...

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Mae Sa Valley

Mae Sa Valley

Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim

The Mae Sa Valley is a breathtaking lush, green area within Chiang Mai. Crisp, clean air and lots of verdant forests make this destination unique, especially if you’d like to get away from the busy city centre. It...

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Mon Cham

Mae Raem, Mae Rim

Mon Cham is an alluring mountaintop destination – just 40 minutes away from the city centre of Chiang Mai. Its proximity to the old city and abundant natural attractions make it a popular choice for day trips;...

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Monks Trail

Monks Trail

Suthep, 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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Tweechol Botanic Garden

Tweechol Botanic Garden

Choeng 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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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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Huai Nam Dang National Park

Huai Nam Dang National Park

Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng

The Huai Nam Dang National Park is a breathtakingly beautiful national park that stretches from Chiang Mai up to Pai. The park is located high above the mountains; a tranquil, scenic environment set amongst rugged peaks...

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Khun Chang Khian

Khun Chang Khian

Don Kaeo, Mueang Chiang Mai

Khun Chang Khian is an astonishing attraction in Chiang Mai, where you’ll find the very special cherry blossoms, also known as sakura flowers. Thailand has its version of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms, and you’ll find...

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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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Araksa Tea Garden

Araksa Tea Garden

Bang Chang, Mae Tang

The Araksa Tea Garden specialises in producing premium Assam tea; a distinct black tea which is named after the most prominent tea-growing region in India. Found in the Mae Tang district in Chiang Mai, the plantation is...

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Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden

Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden

Bo Luang, Hot

The Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden is a peaceful, man-made forest with hundreds of pine trees. Located in the Mae Hong Son province, it is proof that there is so much more to Thailand than the legendary white-sandy beaches...

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Pha Chor Tourist Point

Santi Suk, Doi Lo

The Pha Chor Tourist Point refers to a set of towering, majestic canyons located in the Doi Lo District of Chiang Mai. It is one of the incredible highlights of the Mae Wang National Park; a jaw-dropping natural...

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Mork Fa Waterfall

Mork Fa Waterfall

Sop Poeng, Mae Taeng

The Mork Fa Waterfall is an amazing natural attraction near Chiang Mai. It’s one of the area’s most underrated waterfalls, so don’t expect many travellers here. This is what keeps this place so pristine and clean...

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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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Monthathan Waterfall

Suthep, 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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Pha Soet Hot Spring

Pha Soet Hot Spring

Doi Hang, Mueang Chiang Rai

The Pha Soet Hot Spring is a relaxing natural pool bath within Baan Pha Soet in Chiang Rai. There are communal pools, as well as private pools, with rooms also available. These thermal, hot pools provide comforting...

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Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

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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Doi Luang National Park

Doi Luang National Park

Mae Yen, Phan

The Doi Luang National park is one of the biggest national parks in northern Thailand; encompassing several districts that include Mae Suai, Phan, and Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai, Ngao and Wang Nuea of Lampang, and...

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Khun Chae National Park

Khun Chae National Park

Mae Chedi Mai, Wiang Pa Pao

The Khun Chae National Park in Chiang Rai is a breathtaking vast, forested land that is around 270 square kilometres large and has been a Thai national park since 1995. The rich, diverse eco-system here is responsible...

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Doi Hua Mae Kham

Doi Hua Mae Kham

Mae Salong Nai, Mae Fa Luang

Doi Hua Mae Kham is a picturesque mountainous area that is known for the several tribes who reside by the border between Burma and Thailand. Located in Mae Sai, around a three-hour drive away from Chiang Mai, this is a...

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Doi Sa Ngo

Doi Sa Ngo

Si Don Mun, Chiang Saen

Doi Sa Ngo is a beautiful ecotourism destination in Chiang Rai. What makes this place unique is that from here, you can see Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos all from one spectacular viewpoint; which is called the Golden...

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Tad Kwan Village

Tad Kwan Village

Tat Khwan, Phaya Mengrai

The Tad Kwan Village is a well-loved cultural destination in Chiang Rai. Located 70 kilometres from the city, there are many natural attractions to discover. The village is best known for being the home of the Mien Hill...

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Khun Korn Waterfall

Huai Chomphu, Mueang Chiang Rai

Khun Korn Waterfall is an attraction whose stunning beauty earns it a top spot in the list of most beautiful natural waterfalls in North Thailand.

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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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Land Split Pai

Land Split Pai

Thung Yao, Pai

Land Split Pai is a fascinating attraction nestled in Pai. It also attests to one man’s ingenuity to create a tourist destination out of tragedy.

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Pai River

Wiang Tai, Pai

Pai River traces its source to Daen Lao mountain ranges in Pai, and flows through the town and across the border. Its course offers magnificent sights.

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Lod Cave

Lod Cave

Tham Lot, Pang Mapha

Lod Cave, also known as Tham Lod, is a set of limestone caves and rivers located in the northern-Thai city of Pai. Guided tours are available through the caves for a small price where you will be guided through dark...

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Yun Lai Viewpoint

Wiang Tai, Pai

The Yun Lai Viewpoint is an incredibly picturesque spot near the heart of Pai. Located just three hours away from Chiang Mai, the viewpoint is best explored when you combine it with Pai’s many other scenic attractions...

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Mo Paeng Waterfall

Mo Paeng Waterfall

Mae Na Toeng, Pai

Mo Paeng Waterfall is a stunning natural attraction just 6 miles from Pai, and easily one of the most accessible waterfalls in all of Thailand.

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Ang Kaew Reservoir

Suthep, 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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Huay Kaew Arboretum

Suthep, 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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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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Chiang Rai River Beach

Rop Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Beach is a surprising attraction in the northernmost province of Thailand. Tourists generally wouldn’t expect a beach in the landlocked region, so this beach is a must-see while you’re in the area. Chiang Rai...

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Chiang Dao National Park

Chiang Dao National Park

Mae Na, Chiang Dao

The Chiang Dao National Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary located north of Chiang Mai. The town it’s located in is known among the locals as the City of Stars. It’s home to dense rainforests, majestic limestone...

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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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Kok River

Kok River

Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai

Kok River is the major river in Chiang Rai. Its waters originate from the mountains at Burma flowing through the province and draining in Mae Kong River.

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Pam Bok Waterfall

Thung Yao, Pai

Pam Bok Waterfall is an idyllic getaway for a wet adventure if you are looking to experience Pai’s magic in the most beautiful of falls in the region.

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Trekking

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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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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