Things to do in Chiang Mai: Our Top 10

We have put together a list of things you have to do and see in Chiang Mai.
The list is in no particular order.
If you have any questions regarding any of these activities in Chiang Mai, feel free to contact us.

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1. VISIT DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE & PHUPING PALACE

Hands down, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most popular attraction in Chiang Mai! Constructed more than 600 years ago in traditional Lanna [Northern Thai] style, the temple is among the most sacred places of worship in all of Thailand. Perched near the summit of Doi Suthep mountain, the gleaming golden chedi (stupa) of this most iconic of local landmarks is visible from just about everywhere within the city and from the monastery at the top, on clear days, boasts stunning panoramic views over the surrounding city and lush forested slopes.

Nearby but still within the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park lies Phuping Palace – the official winter residence of the Thai royal family with its idyllic Alpine style gardened grounds.
If you want to read up on this magnificent place this probably is the best article there is to find on the web on Doi Suthep

Both destinations can be visited independently or else you can join our all-inclusive guided Doi Suthep tour!

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2. SPEND A DAY WITH ELEPHANTS

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with these most gentle of giants. With the welfare of both the animals and the visitor a priority, interact with these truly majestic creatures in their natural habitat. With no shortage of photo opportunities, participate in the feeding, bathing and daily care of adults and calves, gain an insight into the history and culture of Asian elephants in Northern Thailand, or even learn what it takes to be a keeper for the day!

Choose from any of our tours to Patara Elephant Farm or Elephant Jungle Paradise Park tours.

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3. ZIPLINE ADVENTURE THROUGH THE JUNGLE

Ever wondered what it would be like to soar like an eagle high above the treetops? Well, now’s your chance! From one of Chiang Mai’s leading eco-adventure tour companies and operating to rigorous safety standards comes South East Asia’s original -and still the best- ziplining experience. Based in a wonderfully picturesque mountain location outside of the city, learn about the resident flora and fauna before enjoying a positively exhilarating, gravity-assisted aerial ride through the forest canopy while keeping an eye out for the recently reintroduced gibbons! Not only guaranteed to be a fun- and action-packed day out but also an opportunity to help support a very worthy conservation cause.

For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies (or else those with a rock-steady nerve!), our Flight of the Gibbon tour is unlikely to disappoint!

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4. TRADITIONAL KHANTOKE DINNER AND SHOW

Lanna cuisine is deservedly famous throughout Thailand and what better way to sample the region’s finest dishes than an evening at a Khantoke dinner. Served on a rattan platter at low tables whilst sat comfortably on a bamboo mat, savour a mouth-watering selection of authentic Northern Thai delicacies whilst enjoying a dazzling extravaganza of Lanna culture in the form of traditional musical entertainment and classical dance performances.

A must-do of any trip to Chiang Mai, our Khantoke dinner may well prove the highlight of your time here!

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5. TAKE A COOKING CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO COOK THAI FOOD

Discover your inner chef by making your very own Thai food! Needing little introduction, Thai cuisine has become world famous and now you can learn to prepare and cook a range of firm favourites from pad thai, papaya salad, green curry to mango and sticky rice in a cosy, friendly setting. Start the day by visiting one of the local day markets in order to hand pick the freshest quality ingredients such as fragrant jasmine rice and aromatic coriander (cilantro) before returning to the fully equipped kitchen to rustle up an authentic and flavoursome Thai meal. Learn the art of presentation before relaxing with new friends to enjoy your culinary creations! At the end of the lesson, receive a complimentary recipe book so you can confidently recreate such gastronomic delights at home.

Although there are countless Thai cookery schools throughout Chiang Mai, we offer what will surely be a rewarding day with either Basil Cookery School or Thai Farm Cooking School.

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6. VISIT DOI INTHANON

Home to Thailand’s highest peak, rich in animal and plant life as well as a diversity of Northern hilltribe settlements, Doi Inthanon National Park with its welcomingly cool climate, crashing rivers, dense forests, thundering waterfalls, rugged caves and network of nature trails is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and birdwatchers. While just below the summit of Doi Inthanon stand the eye-catching King and Queen chedis (stupas) enclosed by verdant tropical gardens and from which, weather permitting, offers a view of the surrounding mountains that is quite simply second to none.

Join us on our all-inclusive day trip to Doi Inthanon or treat yourself to the ultimate sightseeing tour courtesy of our scenic helicopter flight over the National Park.

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7. VISIT CHIANG RAI AND THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

Journey to Thailand’s northernmost city, Chiang Rai, to witness the unique and absolutely spectacular Wat Rong Khun (or ‘White Temple’) along with the eclectic art museum of Baan Dam (or ‘Black House’). Nearby, visit a Karen longneck hilltribe village for a glimpse into the region’s fascinating ethnicity before heading to the point where Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) and Laos converge at the Golden Triangle on the mighty Mekong River; site of the notorious poppy cultivation of old as told at the Hall of Opium museum.
For a fantastic day out from Chiang Mai, come with us on our Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle tour.

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8. CHECK OUT CHIANG MAI’S MARKETS

Go anywhere in Chiang Mai and, day or night, you’re guaranteed to happen upon a local market! Whether you’re hankering after tropical fruit at Kad Muang Mai, fresh-cut orchids and plants at Kad Khamtieng, appetising street food and Thai dishes at Kad Sum Murd, imported spices and Northern Thai delicacies at Kad Luang in Chiang Mai’s Chinatown, native hilltribe handicrafts at the wildly popular Saturday and Sunday Walking Streets, freshly baked breads and organic produce at Nana Jungle, unusual vegetables and herbs at Kad Chin Haw or simply interested to engage with locals and observe a time-honoured way of life, you’ll want for nothing at the innumerable public markets scattered throughout the city.

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9. SHOP AT THE NIGHT BAZAAR

Not just a Chiang Mai institution but a Thailand treasure, the atmospheric and vibrant Night Bazaar is among the oldest and most well-trodden of after-dark shopping, dining and entertainment hangouts in the entire city. A melting pot of nationalities, the almost dizzying sprawl of the Night Bazaar is home to seemingly countless open-air and indoor restaurants, food courts, purpose-built shopping pavilions, travel agencies, Thai massage parlours, bars and roadside vendors supplying virtually every kind of merchandise imaginable! 

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10. WANDER AROUND THE OLD CITY & TEMPLES

Founded more than seven centuries ago, the Old City is Chiang Mai’s historic and geographic heart. Surrounded by a moat, walled in part with five ancient gates, the ever charming and preserved Old City is blessed with scores of Buddhist temples in all shapes and sizes, a municipal park, an Arts and Cultural Centre, Lanna Folklife Museum, heritage monuments and, lining the maze of alleyways, a multitude of shops, markets, eateries, massage studios and everything in between!

Why not explore the Old City and its most significant temples with us on our walking tour, or otherwise take to two wheels and join either of our night-time bicycle excursions or segway rides.

Tours and Activities mentioned in this article

Eating & Drinking

Traditional Khantoke Dinner

From: ฿690
From: ฿1,000

Day Trips

Day Trip To Pai

From: ฿1,200

Action / Adventure

Flight Of The Gibbon Zipline

From: ฿3,999

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