68 Top Chiang Mai Attractions Can Be Visited All Year Round

Chiang Mai (Thai: เชียงใหม่, chiiang-mài) is a famous northern province of Thailand on the coveted vacation list of many international travelers. The region is full of the charming traditional Lanna culture and natural attractions such as elephant sanctuaries, waterfalls, and mountains, each with its unique beauty. Let’s explore this region!

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Chiang Mai

Anyone looking for tourist spots in Chiang Mai who does not have any travel plan yet, we are proud to present top tourist attractions in Chiang Mai that are carefully picked from 16 local districts, especially for you. We even include maps and travel stages that are easy to navigate, allowing you to enjoy a trip and spend time in nature with someone special. So let’s find out what these attractions are!

How To Get To Chiang Mai

You can quickly get around the city by both private and public transportation. Travelers arriving from Bangkok can get here as follows::

Intercity bus: Buses are leaving Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal (also known as the Chatuchak Bus Terminal, สถานีขนส่งผู้โดยสารกรุงเทพ “จตุจักร”) every day from 08:00 AM to 09:00 PM.

Mo Chit 2 Bus Terminal

Travel time is about 10-12 hours, after which you’ll get to enjoy checking in the top tourist destinations in Northern Thailand.

Train: There are Nakornping rapid, express, and special express trains and express sprinter trains to Chiang Mai every day. The trains will depart at Hua Lamphong station, Bangkok. Travel time is about 11–14 hours.

Hua Lampong Bangkok Train Station

If you plan to travel by train, we recommend traveling in second-class sleeping cars with a fan. First, it’s very comfortable because you can get a good night’s sleep by stretching out on a sleeping seat, which you can’t do on a bus. Secondly, fan coaches are not as cold as air-conditioned coaches, and you won’t get sick. You can see what the 1st and 2nd class cars look like inside in the video.

Airplane: Domestic flights in Thailand are inexpensive. Sometimes, a flight is cheaper than an intercity bus ride. What’s more, AirAsia often has ticket sales, and you can buy a ticket at a very low price of only 120-150 baht to fly to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.

How To Get Around In Chiang Mai

Rental Bike: You can rent a motorbike from our company or rent a big bike with an engine capacity of 500cc and more from companies like POP, Mr.Mechanic, or C&P Dirt Bike.

Rental car: One can rent a car to travel to every tourist destination in Chiang Mai conveniently. There are various car brands you can choose from. Usually, the car rental agencies will hand over and receive the cars back at the airport, such as Bizcar Rental or Hertz.

Public transport: The main problem for foreign tourists traveling in Thailand is the lack of knowledge of the Thai language to communicate with public transport drivers to clarify the drop-off point or the direction of the route. Unfortunately, public transport drivers do not speak much English either. Nevertheless, you can use apps such as Moovit (public transport) or Grab and InDriver (cab ordering, the equivalent of Uber).

But truth be told, renting a motorbike for an individual traveler or renting a car for a family trip would be the best option. Of course, you must have a driver’s license and experience driving an appropriate vehicle to avoid getting caught up in news reports of traffic accidents.

Chartered minibus: Anyone traveling to Chiang Mai with friends or family can hire a sightseeing minibus for 1,500 baht/day. You can usually book a minibus with a private driver at the front desk of your hotel or guesthouse.

Mae Rim – Samoeng Area

From the city, go north along Highway 107 to Mae Rim district before turning left into Road 1096, also known as Mae Sa Valley.

Mae Rim Chiang Mai

If you’ve ever wondered “What to do in Chiang Mai?” – this is the area to visit first. Here you will find a variety of shows with monkeys and king cobras, shooting ranges, orchid garden, elephants care center and crocodile farm, waterfalls, cave, insect zoo, canopy trail, botanical garden, strawberry farms, art galleries, and endless coffee shops. But we’ve chosen for you the highlights of this travel destination.

Some attractions in the Samoeng area, such as the Tiger Kingdom, Mae Sap Cave, or Wat Phra That Doi Kham (one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Northern Thailand), are not listed in this article but we have published it in Samoeng Loop travel guide. Check it out right now!

Huai Tueng Thao Lake

We’re starting with the first popular tourist spot: Huai Tueng Thao Lake. The Huai Tueng Thao reservoir is a landmark for Chiang Mai locals and tourists who would like to enjoy the sight of broad, open rice fields and take photos with giant straw King Kong statues (6 meters tall) with beautiful mountains in the background.

Huai Tueng Thao Lake

There are also various photo spots such as the bamboo pathway through the fields, Lanna-style seats, and scarecrows. Moreover, there are cottages in the fields that are available for overnight stays.

In addition to all of the above, there are numerous lakeside cafes under bamboo canopies where you can enjoy the local cuisine. Have you ever eaten a dish called dancing shrimp or century eggs?

Huay Tueng Thao Lake And Reservoir

Location: Tambon Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: Adult 20 Baht each. Children who are not taller than 1.30 meters free. Foreigner 50 THB.

Tel.: 053121119, 0988086599

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ntE2HAacdjF7xa1d6

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huaytuengthaocm/

I Love Flower Farm

I love flower Farm is a flower field that spans over 8 rai (12,800 square meters) full of various flowers, from delicate white cutter flowers to vivid light purple marguerite flowers. We can guarantee that this is a nice tourist attraction in Chiang Mai. You can find great photo spots everywhere on this farm. However, tourists must reserve a place with the I Love Flower Farm fan page first (link is below), as the farm can only accept 200 tourists per day.

I Love Flower Farm

Traveling here by personal car or chartered red cars is recommended as the farm areas are rural communities with no public transportation. From Chiang Mai city, you can follow the route to Mae Rim, turn right at Don Kaeo tunnel (Highway 107), and you will pass the Mueang Kaeo community. The farm is not too far from the community (only 300 meters).

Location: Tambon Mueang Kaeo, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: 70 Baht/person (with one snack box and water set), in addition to the local taxi truck price from the Mueang Kaeo community to the farm (20 Baht)

GPS: https://g.page/i-love-flower-farm?share

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iloveflowerfarmchiangmai/

Tad Mork Waterfall

Tad Mork Waterfall

Next up is Tad Mork Waterfall, another exciting attraction. The waterfall is located in Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, 5 kilometers drive along Highway 1096. The waterfall is not too small and not too big, situated among the lush mixed forest. These layered cliff falls are created by the Mae Raem River flowing over a 20 meters high cliff, generating excellent sprays of water as white as fog. Tourists visiting Chiang Mai can see this waterfall every season, especially in winter. The distance to the waterfall is not too far, only about 500 meters from the entrance.

Location: Tambon Mae Raem, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: Adult 20 Baht, Child 10 Baht, Parking fee 30 Baht.

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/EbH4NRYe6SSAp6xNA

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall is another waterfall that is a tourist spot in Mae Raem. Located in Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, these falls have cool, transparent water flowing all year long, with ten tiers. Tourists who visit Chiang Mai can bring mats, food, and drinks for a picnic next to the falls, but do make sure to clean up all trash afterward. A single admission ticket also allows you to enter Tad Mork Waterfall, Montha Than Waterfall, and Mork Fa Waterfall within the same day.

Location: Tambon Mae Raem, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: Adult 20 Baht, Child 10 Baht, Parking fee 30 Baht.

Tel.: 053210244

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/yRuNUQ9EmjGxQykM7

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Mae Sa Elephant Camp is an attraction that you cannot miss. In the plains among the valleys, the chilly and pleasant atmosphere along the Mae Rim – Samoeng route, there are over 70 elephants ready to welcome you here. You can participate in various activities such as feeding, making elephant food, watching elephants living among nature, and playing with elephants for half a day/full day. However, the most popular activity is bathing elephants, which has a 350 THB/person fee.

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Traditional Mo Hom clothes are provided if visitors do not bring spare clothes, ngob hats (traditional farmer hats used in Thailand), and dippers. Elephants will take a bath in the river that flows through the camp, only about knee-deep. This is a fun activity that will provide you with opportunities to take memorable photos to share with your friends, and you are guaranteed to have a great time with elephants here.

Location: Mae Rim District

Working Hours: 09:00 AM – 03:30 PM (Monday – Friday), 09:00 AM – 04:00 PM (weekends and holidays)

Tel.: 0898384242 or 053206247

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/gEEWZD2jr3mx7iWt8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maesaelephantcamp

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

One of the hottest places worth visiting in Chiang Mai on the Mae Rim route, especially in winter, is Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, which can be traveled by personal vehicle. The highlight of this attraction is the greenhouse buildings separated into various zones for you to enjoy. Additionally, there is a natural museum featuring several educational exhibitions and 3D-arts for you to take photos with. Also, there are educational trails throughout the garden for visitors to study plants and nature. Anyone who visited Chiang Mai and wishes to learn more about Thai nature and nature conservation cannot miss this place!

Location: 100, Moo 9, Tambon Mae Raem, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Tel.: 053841234

Admission Fee: Adult 40 Baht/person, Student 20 Baht/person (seniors over 60 years old, monks, novices, and children under 12 years old can enter for free)

Parking fees: four-wheeled cars 100 Baht/car, minibus 200 Baht/bus. Vehicles are allowed to be used to travel to other parts of the garden and parked in permitted spots.

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/HdsqC2aD5KCZxsv59

Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline

Considered a top tourist attraction in Chiang Mai, Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline is an adventure park located on the left side of the road 3 kilometers before reaching Mon Jam. Visitors can find various rides that they can enjoy such as the Jungle Coaster, a roller coaster-like ride that can be ridden by 1-2 people, as well as zip lines and rope swinging with over 36 stations within the jungle. Some stations also have elevated bicycle and tricycle rides.

Pongyang Jungle Coaster &Amp; Zipline

There is also a Quick Jump (similar to a bungee jump) station where you can jump from over 14 meters high to a station below. The fall will be at full speed in the first 5 meters, then gradually slowing down until you reached the ground. This attraction is for extreme sports enthusiasts to test their spirits and courage to the limits.

Jungle De Cafe

Also, here is a popular place called Jungle De Cafe, which is sure to please the sweet tooth and lovers of snacks in the fresh air in the bosom of nature in the background of beautiful scenery.

Location: 99/9 Tambon Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Tel.: 0649945996

Admission Fee: Starting at 150 Baht

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/64B1hhi2vXdy9qVY6

Mon Jam

Mon Jam

Mon Jam is a popular spot in Chiang Mai that many tourists love to visit as it is not very far away from the city, taking just 40 minutes to travel. Mon Jam truly lives up to the Jam part of its name (Jam means brilliant in Thai) with its relaxed atmosphere and picturesque scenery. You can observe a 360-degree view of complex valleys among colorful flower fields contrasting with the blue skies above. This place is even more beautiful during tourist seasons in which Mon Jam park rangers will decorate the entire location with beautiful flowers and plants. Mon Jam’s peak features cool air all year long and mists in the morning that are guaranteed to refresh your mind. There are various photo spots throughout the area as well.

Location: Tambon Mae Raem, Mae Rim District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM – 08:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/cRc54eZvahsMGSxK8

Wongwan Strawberry Farm

Aside from Mon Jam, the Wongwan Strawberry Farm is also another location worth checking out in the Mae Rim – Samoeng area. This place is the largest strawberry farm in Tambon Samoeng Tai and the first strawberry farm that opened up as a tourist attraction. The farm is located in a valley surrounded by mountain ranges. It is considered an agricultural tourist spot in Chiang Mai.

Also, locals have nicknamed Samoeng the Strawberry Town because strawberry growing in the area is a prevalent farming activity. By the way, almost all of the strawberries you see in northern Thailand’s food and fruit markets come from Samoeng!

Wongwan Strawberry Farm

The farm features a relaxed atmosphere in the morning and provides 17 guesthouses, camping sites, and restaurants for any visitor looking for accommodation in Chiang Mai. Anyone who wishes to experience a refreshing atmosphere that takes in pure oxygen and tastes delicious fresh strawberries cannot miss this place!

Location: 253 Moo 9, Tambon Samoeng Tai, Samoeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:30 AM – 09:30 PM

Tel.: 0963540602

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ecNLzcMxcK2hDhxA9

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wongwan.strawberry/

 

Chiang Dao – Mae Taeng – Galyani Vadhana

From the Mae Rim – Samoeng area, we move to the Chiang Dao – Mae Taeng – Galyani Vadhana area, a lush area with abundant natural resources full of tea plantations, rivers, and various tourist attractions, where other things to do in Chiang Mai are located. Let’s find out what you can find here!

It is also home to the most famous Muay Thai gym in Chiang Mai, run by Buakaw Banchamek, the world’s most titled Thai boxer.

Banchamek Buakaw

Doi Luang Chiang Dao

It is a hot attraction for hikers who want to conquer the mountain peak and take in the beauty of nature. At 2,225 meters above sea level, Doi Luang Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain in Thailand, behind Doi Inthanon and Doi Pha Hom Pok, and is under the care of Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary. Camping on Doi Luang Chiang Dao is possible from November to February, and hiking is not allowed every Wednesday.

Doi Luang Chiang Dao

Before each hike, visitors must make a reservation through www.chiangdao-wildlife.com first. After a reservation is made, they must prepare relevant documents, including permits to enter the area and copies of ID cards for every traveler, to be presented to officials on the hiking date. The mountain does not have any reservoir or natural water sources but, interestingly, does not suffer from droughts and has various unique floras. For example, if you visit in November, you might have a chance to see the rare bird flower, which looks similar to a parrot that you cannot find anywhere else. Anyone who wants to conquer Doi Luang Chiang Dao’s peak and is interested in homestay accommodation may check out our 5 Doi Luang Chiang Dao lodgings list.

Location: Tambon Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao District

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/7k3Q2MX1hDBHNUEQ6

How to Travel: You can travel to Doi Luang Chiang Dao by taking a public truck from Chang Phueak Bus Terminal, Chiang Mai, for 40 Baht. However, traveling to the mountain takes about one and a half hours. Therefore, it is recommended that visitors reach the location before noon (inform the driver to take you to the Chiang Dao Tesco Lotus store). After that, hire a motorcycle taxi or a minibus to go up Doi Luang Chiang Dao, which costs 50 Baht per person. If you cannot reach the Lotus store before noon, you have to charter a minibus which can cost around 500-600 Baht/trip. The minibus will take you from the Chiang Dao Tesco Lotus to Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary, where you have to pay an admission fee of 20 Baht per person. Finally, the minibus will take you up the mountain to Ban Na Lao Mai, a village of the Lisu hill tribes. Please get in touch with 083456623 (Eng, Thai) for more information. If you want to know more about how to conquer the mountain peak, you can look up Camping on Doi Luang Chiang Dao and follow the instructions there.

Wat Tham Chiang Dao

From Doi Luang Chiang Dao, we now come to Wat Tham Chiang Dao cave, a historic religious site about 77 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, located on the slopes of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Wat Tham Chiang Dao has a lively and calm atmosphere. The cave within the location is naturally beautiful, with its stalactites and stalagmites giving colorful reflections when shone with flashlights.

Wat Tham Chiang Dao

However, the main highlight is transparent water that flows out to an area in front of the cave, forming a pond with various fish living within. These features made the location a popular place for visitors to make offerings and explore the cave.

Location: 273 Moo 5, Tambon Chiang Dao, Chiang Dao District

Tel: 0887888926

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/aTo1Uck5Sksi8bAC7

Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam

Another popular tourist attraction in the Chiang Dao – Mae Taeng – Galyani Vadhana area that we would like to recommend is Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam, which is a reservoir and a tourist attraction for Chiang Mai people located in Sri Lanna National Park. The entrance to the dam is located on kilometer 41 on Highway 107.

Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam

Here, you can find various watersports and activities to enjoy, such as kayaking, boat sightseeing, and raft dining. Moreover, raft lodgings are available, such as Mountain Float, the new Maldives at Mae Ngat Somboon Chon Dam. You can enjoy resting on rafts among the mountains, jungles, and breezing winds.

Location: Tambon Inthakhin, Mae Taeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Admission Fee: 20 Baht/person

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/gsDB5AMb76JqmQ7Y6

Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is located at Ban Mueang Kuet village, Tambon Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai. It was founded to rescue wounded, disabled, and elder elephants and develop the land to be an elephant sanctuary. For this reason, the Elephant Nature Park has many wounded and disabled elephants who are nursed back to health. The park is supported by the Save Elephant Foundation and is open for tourists to learn about how elephants live and do some small activities that don’t force elephants to work, such as feeding. There are also volunteering activities for taking care of elephants, such as making food for elder elephants and treating and nursing elephants.

Elephant Nature Park

In addition, the park also provides a sanctuary for over 1,000 abandoned dogs and cats and cares for horses, boars, cattle, buffalos, and other animals. Any tourist who visited Mae Taeng and wishes to experience how adorable elephants can be up close and personal is recommended to visit this place. However, they must make an appointment at least two days in advance.

Location: Ban Mueang Kuet village, Tambon Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Tel: 053272855

Request navigational information at: https://www.facebook.com/TheElephantNaturePark

Wat Ban Den

Wat Ban Den

Wat Ban Den, or Wat Densali Sri Mueang Kaen, is an ancient temple in Mae Taeng District, situated on a hill with a sacred cave that local villagers worship. The buildings are built in magnificent Thai-Lanna style, from the temple itself, the inhaling pillar (city pillar), scripture library, Lanna-style teak dwellings for monks, drum tower, Buddha Image Hall, and stupa chedi. This location is considered one of Northern Thailand’s beautiful temples.

Location: Tambon Inthaklin, Mae Taeng District

Tel.: 0819612396

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ep1Zgk7Uz7H8mP3c7

Lung Dech Tea Plantation

Lung Dech Tea Plantation (Lung means “uncle” in Thai) in Mae Taeng District is an attractive agricultural tourist attraction. It also provides accommodation and a café with ready-to-serve meals, snacks, and drinks that contain high-quality tea and self-made products on sale.

Lung Dech Tea Plantation

Visitors will be enjoying the sights on a large, wooden, open building that extends into the surrounding scenery, allowing views of tea plantations with multiple steps descending the hill, which make for a beautiful sight. You can enjoy sipping tea, eating snacks, and admiring the mists and mountains in front of you as far as your eyes can see with nothing to block the views. Most importantly, you can take memorable photos from any corner of the plantation.

Location: Tambon Mueang Kai, Mae Taeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Tel: 0811633765

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/h1uJ9k8tTms9YqVr5

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChaingMaiFarm.Thailand/

Stay Wild & Café

From Lung Dech Tea Plantation, we continue to Stay Wild & Café, a riverside lodging with a built-in café in the middle of a jungle, a great location to enjoy some coffee, eat some food, or do some exciting adventure activities such as elephant ride sightseeing, ATV driving, and rafting.

Stay Wild Cafe

Moreover, the guesthouses provided at this place have beautiful and homely designs that make you feel like visiting a friend’s house. These nine private guesthouses, all with varied styles and great locations, allow travelers to relax and take in the nature and the way of life of the locals in Mae Taeng District.

Location: Tambon Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: Accommodation starts from 2,400 Baht

Tel.: 0894416365

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/kBipq4goXPvRquCAA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stay-Wild-Caf%C3%A9-415176748866164/

Mork Fa Waterfall

Mork Fa Waterfall

Mork Fa Waterfall is located in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park under the 5th Protection Unit, Tambon Sop Poeng, Mae Taeng District. This spot is a beautiful waterfall from a 30 meters tall cliff, with the water flowing through the rocky cliffs in two directions. The pool below is a sandy pool that is not too deep, and the park allows tourists to enjoy swimming in it when the current is not too strong. However, swimming is prohibited during rainy seasons when the water currents are too strong to swim. The waterfall also generates sprays of water as bright as fog, but its lovely beauty can still be enjoyed.

Location: Highway 1095, Tambon Sop Poeng, Mae Taeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Admission Fee: 20 Baht/person (excluding parking fees)

Tel.: 053210244

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/bGb28KG1us7p3Z9Y8

Huai Nam Dang National Park

An attraction in the Chiang Dao – Mae Taeng – Galyani Vadhana area, the Huai Nam Dang National Park covers the areas in Daen Lao Range, Thanon Thong Chai Range, and Phi Pan Nam Range, spreading over several districts.

Huai Nam Dang National Park

The park has a forest landscape and is abundant with natural resources. Tourists like to go up to the peak to admire the natural beauty of complex mountain ranges, colorful flowers, beautiful sunrises, and sunsets and experience the cold breeze and sea of mist in the early mornings. In addition to scenic viewpoints, the park also features waterfalls, hot springs, restaurant service, and camping sites, allowing you to experience nature up close and personal here.

Location: Tambon Kuet Chang, Mae Taeng District

Tel.: 053248491

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/zPwDsKgc2GcuTq4g8

Dantewada Land of Angels Waterfall Park

Dantewada Land Of Angels Waterfall Park

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Fang – Chai Prakan

The following Chiang Mai places to visit are in the Fang – Chai Prakan district. Most of this area is mountainous terrain with beautiful scenery to admire. This area also has many different attractions for you to explore.

Doi Ang Khang

Doi Ang Khang is a famous attraction in the Fang – Chai Prakan area. This romantic location, popular with tourists, is situated at 1,400 meters above sea level, with a peak as high as 1,928 meters. It is also the location of the Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang. During winter, you can find flowers blossoming among the green valleys if you visit here. In addition, various fruit and vegetable plots make for a beautiful scenic sight.

Doi Ang Khang

As Doi Ang Khang is close to the Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang, you can also find high-quality tea plantations grown on terraces on the mountain slopes. If you visit at a suitable time, you might get a chance to admire a lovely sea of mist. A camping site is also available for anyone who wants to have an overnight stay on the mountain. Read our Doi Ang Khang travel guide!

Location: Tambon Mae Sun, Fang District

Tel.: 053453517 or 0844834689

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/UJEazisFJUgyTfLZ6

Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park

Anyone who loves visiting national parks cannot miss Doi Fa Hom Pok National Park. At 2,285 meters, it is the 2nd highest location in Thailand. There are various famous mountains here, such as Doi Fa Hom Pok, Doi Pu Muen, Doi Laem, and Doi Ang Khang.

Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

Most forest terrain is relatively abundant. The foothills are covered with deciduous dipterocarp forest and mixed deciduous forest. Next to the rivers is dry evergreen forest, while atop the mountain peaks is coniferous forest. There are scenic viewpoints to admire the sea of mist. This location has a chilly atmosphere all year long, which is suitable for anyone who wishes to unwind and recharge their energy.

Location: 224 Moo. 6, Tambon Pong Nam Ron, Fang District

Admission Fee: Adult 50 Baht, Child 20 Baht

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/4epgxQdNRWMkHkEH7   

Hinoki Land

Hinoku Land

For fans of Japan, we recommend Hinoki Land; an attraction themed after Japanese culture. This location in Chai Prakan District is the only place in Thailand to feature a complete replica of the Japanese town Hinoki Land. Inside the attraction is separated into several zones: Hinoki Castle, the Torii gate tunnel leading up to the entrance of Hinoki Castle, Hinoki Studio – a place for Japanese-style photography, Hinoki Shop – a souvenir and memorabilia shop, and Coffee by Hinoki – a Japanese-style café with secret ingredient ice cream exclusive only at Hinoki. Any tourist who wishes to experience the atmosphere of Japan at an inexpensive cost cannot miss this place.

Location: 168, Ban Rong Than, Tambon Si Dong Yen, Chai Prakan District

Opening Hours: Every day starting from October 1st, 2020, opening from 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Tel.: 0947310731

Admission Fee: Adult (Thai) 180 Baht/ Adult (Foreigner) 230 Baht, Child (Thai) 50 Baht/ Child (Foreigner) 70 Baht **Children who are not taller than 120 centimeters enter for free**

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/cw8kCfN7quh92ANU7

Hot – Om Koi

We are not done with popular attractions in Chiang Mai yet. We will bring you to the Hot – Omkoi area, which has high mountain peaks and a purely natural atmosphere for you to experience. This area is also the location of Doi Muser, is home to the Huai Jino Water Source Management Unit, and features various tourist attractions. 

Op Luang National Park

Op Luang National Park

Nature lovers touring Chiang Mai are guaranteed to love Op Luang National Park, a forest ecosystem full of cliffs, trees, rivers, historical and geological traces, and parietal art significances such as white paintings on Pah Chang cliff walls, suitable for educational, historical research, that tourists are allowed to visit. Moreover, there is a bridge spanning over Khao Khat Pass where tourists can admire the beauty of Op Luang. They can also go on nature trails, rafting, kayaking, and stay overnight at the available campsite. Overall, this is considered a significant attraction where you can explore the park all day long.

Location: Postbox 2, Tambon Hang Dong, Hot District

Opening Hours: 07:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Tel.: 053163363

Admission Fee: Adult 40 Baht, Child 20 Baht

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/kMdvMHBzbR8qfj1o8

Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden

Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden

Photographers out there cannot miss Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden. Located in Hod District, it is an area for trial planting of various species of mountain pines that the Department of National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation has imported from other countries to find which species are suitable to be pioneer species for reforestation in degraded forests of the northern region. Because of this reason, the atmosphere in the garden is lively and full of tall pine trees sitting in rows as far as eyes can see, a favorite for photographers looking to take some beautiful photos as memorabilia. We guarantee that you may run out of memory spaces for your cameras!

Location: Tambon Bo Luang, Hot District

Opening Hours: 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/qV2hbYG6DUyzfUQm7

Doi Mae Tho Savanna Grassland

An attraction that’s currently growing in popularity is Doi Mae Tho Savanna Grassland, located not too far from Doi Bo Luang Forest Park. There are two attractions in the area, but the more popular is the Savanna Grassland, with green grasslands and mountains in the background providing a colorful scene.

Doi Mae Tho Savanna Grassland

You can also see some cattle eating grass happily. Any photograph taken will make you feel like you are currently in Europe, and there are many places to take photos in this vast, open area without worrying about anyone else getting in the way.

Location: Tambon Bo Sali, Hot District

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/Ee2cR9bYC3Bnmpq98 

If after visiting Op Luang National Park, Bo Kaeo Pine Tree Garden and Doi Mae Tho Savanna Grassland you continue on the main road towards Mae Sariang, you can then take a multi-day trip along the Mae Hong Son Loop, the most famous route in Northern Thailand.

Doi Mon Chong

An attraction for those who love hiking on nature trails is Doi Mon Chong, which is on the top-10 list of the highest mountains in Thailand. Most tourists usually spend at least two days and one night here to enjoy the sight of the mountains. The color of the grasslands below will turn to gold during winter. The location is also one of the best places to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.

Doi Mon Chong

The highlight of this place is a lion head-looking cliff, situated at about 1,929 meters above sea level. Doi Mon Chong is open to visitors from November to February. After that, the location is closed as wild elephants will begin to settle in the area. Traveling to Doi Mon Chong requires permission from Muser Forest Protection Unit, Omkoi Wildlife Sanctuary. You should also hire a guide and porters and rent a 4WD car to take you from Chiang Mai to the trail starting area. It will take about 3-4 hours of walking, and you will finally get to experience the gorgeous beauty of nature.

Location: 153 Moo 2, Tambon Yang Piang, Omkoi District

Fees: Hired guide 500 Baht

Porter service: 400 Baht/day

Tel.: 0929389962

GPS: https://g.page/doimonjong?share

Inthanon – Mae Chaem – Chom Thong – Mae Wang – Doi Lo

Let’s continue to the Inthanon – Mae Chaem – Chom Thong – Mae Wang – Doi Lo area. This area with the highest mountains in Thailand and is a destination for various tourists during winter, but we guarantee that you can enjoy yourselves here in any season. There are many attractions to offer here.

Ang Ka Nature Trail

Ang Ka Nature Trail, Doi Inthanon, is a place that can make you feel like you’ve traveled to another country, gaining the nickname Alishan of Thailand with its greenery and a plentiful forest full of large trees and gentle white mist.

Ang Ka Nature Trail

A wooden pathway allows tourists to admire nature up close and personal. The location makes you feel like you are visiting Alishan National Scenic Area in Taiwan. We highly recommend this place as one of the locations you should try visiting once, especially at the beginning of winter, which will feature a refreshing cool breeze and gentle mists.

Location: Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Opening Hours: Every day from 05:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Tel.: 053286729

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/tETLkZnoMEmyV4Z96

Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail

In addition to the Ang Ka Nature Trail, Doi Inthanon also features the Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail, a short-distance nature trail filled with high-altitude hill evergreen forest charms. Anyone who wishes to experience a walk in the woods is highly recommended to start here as the course is only 3.2 kilometers long.

Kew Ma Pan Viewpoint

The trail here will go through an uphill sloped path and circle around to the starting point, and there are some steps along the way through the nature trail. The trail takes about 2-3 hours to finish, with the highlight being the scenic viewpoint (No.9), an open balcony stretching outward into the scenery beyond. It is considered one of the best places to watch a beautiful sunrise and a sea of mist.

Location: Tambon Chang Khoeng, Mae Chaem District

Opening Hours: Every day from 06:00 AM – 04:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/DmLBTAu3d4wezFAw7

Pra Mahatat Noppamethanedon and Pra Mahatat Nopphonphusiri Pagodas

Pra Mahatat Chedi Noppamethanedon – Nopphonphusiri are great stupas that the Royal Thai Air Force and Thai citizens countrywide had dedicated to King Rama IX when he had reached 60 years of age, as well as to honor Queen Sirikit when she has reached 60 years of age. The areas around both great stupas allow you to see a broad view of Doi Inthanon.

Doi Inthanon Pagodas

The two stupas have similar shapes, with dodecagon bases and two levels of glass terraces. Inside the stupas are Buddha relics and images. The outside of the stupas is decorated with beautiful northern flowers. There are also restaurants and restrooms available nearby. Tourists who have visited this great place with their families and have elders with them can rest assured as escalators are available for use.

Location: Tambon Chang Khoeng, Mae Chaem District

Tel.: 0643544868

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/4ZHq6VhDD7XHUheC9

The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon

The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon is another exciting attraction in the area of Doi Inthanon National Park. It is a research station for cultivating winter plants and small fruit trees of the Royal Project Foundation to improve Thai tribespeople’s livelihoods in the hills. There is also research about propagation through tissue culture of vegetable and farm plants.

The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon

The location also serves as an important learning center for ornamental plants. Inside the central station, there are places where tourists are allowed to enter to admire the beauty of nature. Baan Khun Klang Station is a place where accommodation and food are provided. The Royal Garden Siribhume features greenhouses that house collections of ferns and ornamental plants.

Every research unit is worth checking out if you wish to admire high-altitude and potted plants or learn more about cultivating plants and fishery on highlands.

Location: 202 Moo 7, Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Tel.: 053286771

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/hs6jqTwzgPaA3PLM7

Sirithan Waterfall

There are still more nature destinations for you to choose from in the Inthanon – Mae Chaem – Chom Thong – Mae Wang – Doi Lo area. We recommend Sirithan Waterfall, located in Doi Inthanon National Park, if you love waterfalls. Originally called Pah Ka Waterfall, Queen Sirikit was later renamed the waterfall Sirithan.

Sirithan Waterfall

This waterfall is not too large, with water flowing through Mae Klang Stream from Doi Inthanon mountain area down an approximately 40 meters tall rock cliff. This 2-levels waterfall has water flowing all year long. Tourists are not allowed to get up close to the waterfall itself, but there is a balcony installed so they can admire or take photos at about 50 meters from the waterfall.

Location: Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 04:30 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/xyEJ9CQDXg1DXzek7

Wachirathan Waterfall

Wachirathan Waterfall is another location worth going to experience the refreshing sprays of water. Wachirathan is considered a large waterfall that is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. The waterfall is located within Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai.

Wachirathan Waterfall, Doi Inthanon

As it is located on the way up to Doi Inthanon, the waterfall is a stopover location as there is a great scenic viewpoint just in front of the waterfall itself. Much of the water flows out of Mae Klang Creek, falling from a cliff 70 meters high. The waterfall has only 1 level. The water flows through granite rocks down into the swamp below. On sunny days, you can even see rainbows of indescribable beauty when the sunlight reflects the sprays of water.

Location: Kilometer 22, Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Tel.: 053286729 and 0532867280

Opening Hours: Every day 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/qZtrJfAfqYZzRMcD6

Khun Wang Sakura

One of the highlight attractions when visiting Chiang Mai during winter is to admire the beautiful wild Himalayan cherry trees. Every January is considered a significant period to see these trees, and the best location is Khun Wang Sakura. Located in the Royal Agricultural Research Center Chiang Mai (Khun Wang), it is a royal project high in the mountains, ready to receive visitors who have come to admire the pink cherry flowers blooming among the greenery valleys, presenting a romantic atmosphere that is reachable without going as far as Japan. It is also easy to travel up the Doi Inthanon route.

Khun Wang Royal Project

You can travel through Highway 1009 until you reach kilometer 31, where there will be a three-way intersection in Khun Klang Village. Turn right and continue for 16 kilometers; you will get to Khun Wang Village. At about 2 kilometers past the village, you will finally reach the Royal Agricultural Research Center. Don’t miss this place the next time you come to Chiang Mai!

Location: Moo 12, Tambon Mae Win, Mae Wang District

Tel.: 053318333

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Best Travel Season: October – February

GPS: https://g.page/khunwang?share

Mae Klang Luang Terraced Rice Fields

Mae Klang Luang Terraced Rice Fields is a place for true nature lovers. It is located within Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai, and easy to travel from the city. The area is inhabited by Thai hill tribes of Karen people, who still live humble life. This village has a beautiful sight of terraced rice fields and has several homestay accommodations available.

Baan Mae Klang Luang

Tourists love to travel here to admire the scenery of greenery rice fields that are terraced down the slope of the mountains and the mist in the mornings, immersing them in the beauty of nature and breathing in the fresh, clean air, as well as experience the way of life of the Thai local hill tribes. Those who wish to see terraced rice fields should not miss this place.

Location: Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/pGgpszL4d2b7qxxJA

Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces And Forest

It will not be a trip to Chiang Mai if you don’t get to experience everything it has to offer. Those looking to get closer to nature would love to visit Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces, which probably features the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Thailand.

Pa Bong Piang Rice Terraces

The rice fields and rice terraces here spread as far as eyes can see, with a great atmosphere surrounded by various mountains as if they came straight out of paintings. This is not even mentioning the lovely morning mist. The locals also provide homestay accommodations if you wish to stay here for a long while, with many styles for you to choose from. So you are guaranteed to have a lovely time waking up in the morning and admiring the gentle mist in the mountains.

Location: Tambon Chang Khoeng, Mae Chaem District

Travel Seasons: In-season rice fields (annually)

Most green around mid-October. Rice produces grains around late-October. Golden fields around mid-November

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/FtxyUrCrdQzevK9J8

Mae Ya Waterfall

Mae Ya Waterfall is a beautiful attraction located south of Doi Inthanon National Park. You can reach the waterfall from the intersection on Highway 1009 (Chom Thong – Inthanon). It is considered one of the more beautiful waterfalls in Thailand.

Mae Ya Waterfall Doi Inthanon

A large waterfall created from the flowing water in Mae Ya Stream has 30 levels with a total height of 260 meters, making it taller than other waterfalls in Doi Inthanon National Park. During rainy seasons, the waterfall can get as wide as 100 meters. The water quantity is smaller during drought seasons, but the water itself will be cleaner and more transparent. The areas surrounding Mae Ya Waterfall are also lively and pleasant forests.

Location: Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Tel.: 053286729

Opening Hours: Every day 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/JPMax7hsyBXdz6DHA

Ban Khun Pae Hydrangea Field

We have Ban Khun Pae Hydrangea Field for flower lovers, also called Royal Project Khun Pae. You don’t have to go as far as Vietnam to admire the beauty of Hydrangea fields anymore. The lively purple-blue flowers will bloom all over the areas displaying their beauty to travelers starting from October. The blooms will be plentiful during November and continue to bloom until February.

Ban Khun Pae Hydrangea Field

As this is a planting trial area, however, it is recommended that you should request additional information from officials first, as sometimes farmers might have already harvested the flowers.

Location: Royal Project Khun Pae, Chom Thong District

Tel.: 0954506335

Travel Season: October – February

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/LMz2ar82QwvpT6uU8

Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong Worawihan

Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong Worawihan (1st Dhamma Retreat of Chiang Mai), an iconic temple in Chom Thong District, is the main temple for those born in the Year of the Rat. Tourists usually make a stop here before going up to Doi Inthanon.

Wat Phra That Si Chom Tong

Inside the temple features Phra Wiharn Luang (Great Image Hall), Phra That Si Chom Thong – containing Buddha’s relics within a five-story tall urn, a beautiful Thai-style golden chapel, a two-story lofty half wooden tripitakan hall, companion Chedis (Phra That Noi) which contain sacred items within. Phra That Si Chom Thong has a rectangular base shape, built with Lanna-style, and covered in gold. There is also Phra Wiharn Chaturamuk, containing Mondop Prasat, the resting place of Buddha’s relics, among other sacred items that tourists can make offerings to and admire the beauty of classical Thai architecture.

The temple also serves as a vipassana meditation center. There are meditation huts for those who wish to practice meditation, pavilions to meditate your mind and contemplations, and a kitchen on service. Anyone looking for places that can satisfy religious members of the family will be interested in this location.

Location: 157 Tambon Ban Luang, Chom Thong District

Tel.: 053341725 or 053826869

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/XGpi5831DnqfNLea8

Pha Chor

Pha Chor is located in Mae Wang National Park, Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai, and is considered one of Thailand’s most fascinating geological phenomena. The cliffs were formed from sediments collected near the edge of basins and foothills of Central Thanon Thong Chai Range since the late Tertiary period.

Pha Chor

There is speculation that this location used to be within a river flow path by observing the shapes of pebbles, which are similar to the circular river pebbles, spreading throughout the clays. This appearance is similar to the phenomena found in Pae Muang Pee Forest Park, Phrae Province. After constant erosion by rain and wind, the area eventually turned into a towering 30 meters tall cliff. This alluring sculpture results from nature’s creation, which is guaranteed to fascinate tourists.

Location: Mae Wang National Park, Tambon Santi Suk, Doi Lo District

Tel.: 0818814729

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/qu3ksWzbwkybarZLA

Doi Suthep – Hang Dong – Saraphi

We believe that you’re probably not satisfied with all the attractions so far. However, Chiang Mai still has many other natural attractions to offer, especially in the following area near the city: Doi Suthep – Hang Dong – Saraphi area, full of tall mountains and several exciting attractions for you to choose from. So let’s see what it has to offer!

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan

One cannot make a trip to Chiang Mai without visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan to offer Buddha’s relics at least once. This old temple is the main temple of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan

Phra That Doi Suthep is situated atop Doi Suthep mountain. It is considered the main stupa for those born in the Year of the Goat. The stupa is constructed with a Chiang Saen shape, following the traditional Lanna style, and has a complete gold-plated exterior. Moreover, the areas around the stupa offer expansive scenic views of the city valley, challenging tourists everywhere to climb hundreds of stairs to admire the view.

Location: 9 Moo 9, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Tel.: 053295003

Opening Hours: Every day from 05:00 AM – 09:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/NYhSALEUYgPy8khK9

Doi Pui Hmong Tribal Village

Doi Pui Hmong Tribal Village is located within Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, Chiang Mai. It is home to the Hmong tribe some distance away from Bhubing Palace. The village offers stunning vistas of Doi Inthanon. Tourists can easily visit this location and experience the hill tribe’s way of life as it only takes about 1 hour to travel from the city.

Doi Pui Hmong Tribal Village

The village also has a souvenir store featuring homemade and imported products, and tourists can rent tribal costumes to take some photos at the entrance. The area is also surrounded by trees, pines, and winter flowers grown by the villagers. If you visit around late December to early January, you may have a chance to admire the beautiful wild Himalayan cherry blossoms. Doi Pui also features cold and humid weather almost all year long.

Location: Sriwichai Road, Moo 11, Tambon Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/ZeinkESoHXxBGjBYA

Bhubing Rajanives Palace

Bhubing Rajanives Palace is located not too far from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is a beautiful Thai-style palace situated among pleasant trees and surrounded by gardens, steams, little ponds, and stones. It is also decorated with flowers of various species, colors, and smells.

Bhubing Rajanives Palace

However, the signature flower is the roses, featuring different species displaying their bright colors that you cannot find anywhere else. During winter, tourists who have traveled to the palace will be delighted by those lovely roses with over one hundred species, each with its pleasant smell and beauty. One may even say that this is some paradise garden.

Location: 223 Sriwichai Road, Tambon Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Tel.: 053223065

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:30 AM – 04:30 PM

Admission Fee: Adult 20 Baht, Student 10 Baht, Foreigner 50 Baht

Tickets Sold From: 08:30 AM – 11:30 AM and 01:00 PM – 03:30 PM

*The palace is closed to visitors during royal visits (will be announced in advance)

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/MkBtKwNGzAkBvdscA

Khun Chang Khian

Khun Chang Khian or Highland Agricultural Research and Training Station is a popular place for tourists who want to see wild Himalayan cherry trees as it is located the closest to the city, with a distance of only 32 kilometers from the city and is on the same route as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Bhubing Palace, and Doi Pui Hmong Tribal Village. This place is also an agricultural station of the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University.

Khun Chang Khian

Here, the research station works on arabica coffee beans, winter fruits, and subtropical fruits. The highlight of the place, the wild Himalayan cherry trees, will bloom the widest during mid-January. You are guaranteed to see the pink flowers blooming all over the area, from the sidewalks to the village, so tourists often pick this period to travel to this location.

Location: Soi Yu Yen, Tambon Don Kaeo, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Travel Season: Mid-January

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/JYHLw6wBQLfwDSFj6

Wat Umong Suan Puthatham

Wat Umong Suan Puthatham is another famous location in Chiang Mai. This distinctive temple is located right in the middle of the city, not far away from the foothills of Doi Suthep and behind Chiang Mai University. It is a pleasant temple with a wide, open area.

Wat Umong Suan Puthatham

The temple was built by the first king of the Lanna Kingdom and founder of Chiang Mai, King Mengrai, in 1297, a year after Chiang Mai was founded as the new capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Some 300 years later, another ruler of the Lanna Kingdom, Phaya Kue Na, commissioned a tunnel built at the temple area. The temple is made in the Lankawong Buddhist style.

The most important places inside the temple are the 700-year-old chedi – a bell stupa with early Lanna aesthetics built during the 19th Buddhist century, and the tunnel, which features curved ceilings with paintings on the walls.

Anyone who wishes to walk around the ancient temple grounds, relax and meditate their minds is recommended to visit Wat Umong Suan Puthatham.

Location: 135 Moo.10, Tambon Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Tel.: 0850333809

Opening Hours: Every day from 05:00 AM – 08:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/89XppaxHbHQbaixU6

Royal Park Rajapruek

Royal Park Rajapruek

Royal Park Rajapruek is a large botanical garden covering over 468 rai (185 acres), located within Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center. This place is a hit among people who want to admire the beauty of nature and various beautiful flower species. The park was once selected as the venue of the 2006 Royal Flora Ratchaphruek and 2011 Royal Flora Ratchaphruek horticultural expositions, featuring millions of colorful flowers of countless species. As the park is almost 500 rai vast, there is plenty of areas to display plants of various species from every corner of the planet. The park is divided into nine zones, each decorated with lovely plants and landscape architecture to fit with the display areas and provide an educational attraction for the youth and ordinary citizens.

Location: Tambon Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Tel.: 053114110-5

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/L6TuTaz6L7cNAGDk9

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

For religious people looking for a place to make offerings and receive blessings, we recommend Wat Phra That Doi Kham. This is an important temple in Chiang Mai, over 1,300 years old. It is located in the Doi Kham area, behind Royal Park Rajapruek, and is situated about 10 kilometers from the city. The temple offers scenic viewpoints to admire the entire Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

You can see the stupa shining in bright golden light with indescribable beauty during the night. The temple’s highlight is the image of Luang Por Tan Jai, created during the reign of Phaya Kue Na, king of the Lanna Kingdom. The idea is famous for being sacred, with many visitors coming to receive blessings and vow to pay respects in exchange for success in life. When they did indeed achieve their goals, they will return here to offer jasmine flowers to the image to fulfill their previous vows (personal beliefs).

Location: 108 Moo. 3, Tambon Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Tel.: 053248604 or 053248607

Opening Hours: Every day from 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/zt9X6g8tsb8BVeQZA

Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari

Night Safari is the first nocturnal open zoo in Thailand and another popular attraction of Chiang Mai. This nature theme park focuses on natural history and the life of Asian wildlife. Tourists can observe the animal behaviors up close. The present, the zoo has changed its opening hours so that visitors can now stay for an entire day. Several exciting activities include safari rides, on-foot wildlife observation, tiger shows, and colorful musical fountain shows. All these activities are guaranteed to excite tourists everywhere.

Location: 33 Moo. 12, Tambon Nong Kwai, Hang Dong District

Opening Hours: Every day from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Admission Fee: Safari ride for adult 100 Baht, for child 50 Baht. Tickets are only available for those who have registered and made reservations online in advance.

Reservation Channel: chiangmainightsafari.com

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/z2R97sCWtTvf4zrn8

 

San Kamphaeng – Doi Saket

Let’s move on to the San Kamphaeng – Doi Saket area. These two districts of Chiang Mai are growing in prosperity, with improvements being made in every field, and contain several popular attractions. Let’s see what they have to offer:

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

Maiiam Contemporary Art Museum

MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum is a place for art enthusiasts. The contemporary style building is recognizable from far away. The exterior even has an excellent effect by using small mirror panels lined side-by-side, catching the eyes of passersby walking along San Kamphaeng Road with the uncanny reflections of the surrounding nature. The ground floor holds exhibitions which are rotated about two times per month. The above floor has a permanent exhibition, the owner’s private collection. Additionally, there are a coffee shop and an authentic Thai restaurant with several rare menus for you to try.

Location: 122 Moo. 7, Tambon San Kamphaeng, San Kamphaeng District

Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM (Closed every Tuesday)

Tel.: 052081737

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/82z8T21jsLxTUzgRA

Mae Kampong

Mae Kampong is a small village in a valley, a popular destination for tourists looking for clean, natural air and friendly local villagers, as well as experiencing the local attractions such as Mae Kampong Waterfall, a chapel in the middle of a pond at Wat Mae Kampong (Wat Khantha Phueksa).

Read our travel guide about Mae Kampong. In our opinion, this is one of the best places near Chiang Mai to get away from the bustling city.

Mae Kampong

Even though some have said that Mae Kampong has changed from the old days ever since it became a famous landmark for many tourists, we still highly recommend this place as there are still many good things for you to experience here at least once.

Location: Tambon Huai Kaeo, Mae On District

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/uu6Tmq7YWotC7XW58

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Anyone who wishes to experience a natural hot spring in Chiang Mai would love San Kamphaeng Hot Springs in Mae On District by the Royal Project Foundation.

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Initially natural hot springs that local villages used to boil fruits and vegetables harvested in the forest and bathed to treat skin diseases, the hot springs here are geysers – underground water which receives the heat from magma through hot rock formations and boils the water until it pushes upward from the cracks in the ground. The subsurface temperature gets as high as 105 degrees Celsius, and the geysers can sprout as high as more than 10 meters. Visitors can put their feet into the hot springs for relaxation, and some springs can also be used to boil eggs. There are also Onsen baths at the location.

Location: 1 Moo.7, Tambon Ban Sahakon, Mae On District

Opening Hours: Every day from 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Tel.: 0876591791

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/8VX6VfcvEvdqqfou9

The Giant Chiangmai

The Giant Chiangmai is another destination you cannot miss while visiting Mae On. A lovely coffee shop up among the trees, this place has food, drinks, accommodations, and various fun activities to offer, such as forest trails, rope swinging, massages, etc.

The Giant Chiang Mai

The shop has located some distance beyond Mae Kampong village. It provides a pleasant natural atmosphere and high-angle views of mountain ranges. Anyone who plans to visit Mae Kampong village is recommended to stop here. You can enjoy the atmosphere while sipping some excellent drinks or have fun with the activities provided.

Location: Ban Pok Village, Tambon Huai Kaeo, Mae On District

Opening Hours: Every day from 08:30 AM – 05:00 PM

Tel.: 0867762946

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/QUj2E6jtBQPa2iaf6

Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam Suspension Bridge

Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam Suspension Bridge

A recent addition to popular destinations in Chiang Mai is the Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam Suspension Bridge. Mae Kuang Udom Thara Dam is the second largest dam in the province. A suspension bridge was built to cross Mae Kuang River, connecting Ban Pa Sak Ngam village with Doi Saket District and allowing villagers to travel more comfortably by cutting down the travel distance. In addition, the bridge offers a breathtaking view of its surroundings, making it a popular location for tourists to visit and take photos in the dam area.

Location: Tambon Luang Nuea, Doi Saket District

Opening Hours: All 24 hours

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/XhUbh7gvxsyvsEmF9

Chiang Mai city area

At last, we’re closing with attractions within the Chiang Mai city area itself. The city is full of beautiful temples, lodgings, restaurants, and cafés for everyone to enjoy. There is something for everyone here. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can also plan short trips such as the 2-days, 1-night weekend trip – good sleep, great rest, best cafés in the city. Now, let’s see some of the most popular destinations in Chiang Mai!

Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan

Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan is a first-grade royal temple of Woramahawihan-type, located near the city moat. It is considered an important temple of the city, with elegant Lanna architecture, several sacred structures, and items. It is also the home of Phra Singh, a holy image of Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom. The print has a Chiang Sean-style aesthetic, known locally as Chiang Sean Singh Neung.

Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan

Moreover, Wat Phra Singh is a spiritual center of Chiang Mai people who have faith and live by the Lanna beliefs. By that belief, anyone born during the Year of the Dragon must pay their respects to Phra Singh at least once in their lives. For this reason, this temple has become a popular location for tourists who have come to pay their respects and make offerings.

Location: No. 2, Samlan Road, Tambon Phra Sing, Mueng Chiang Mai District

Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Tel.: 053416027

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/8nRkxcsqEjNBvRj9A

Tha Phae Gate and Walking Street

Finally, we’re closing up with Tha Phae Walking Street, the most prominent walking street in Chiang Mai, near Tha Phae City Gate and open every Sunday.

Thapae Gate

The street market features homemade products such as clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, silverware, and wickerwork, all at affordable prices. It is also a place that allows a gathering of local merchants to sell their products. Even if you’re not into shopping but love eating delicious food, you will also enjoy your time here as various street food vendors are in the market. There are also small performances displayed on both sidewalks. Anyone on a trip to Chiang Mai during the weekends cannot miss this place!!

Location: Rachadamnoen Road, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District

Opening Hours: Every Sunday from 05:00 PM – 10:30 PM

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/5tF4oNkFyoEr333C9

Wat Sri Suphan

Wat Sri Suphan is located on Wua Lai Road, Mueang District, Chiang Mai. The temple was built over 500 years ago during Lanna King Muang Kaew and Queen Sirisawadee. His mother, Mahathewi, built a temple named Wat Srisuphan Aram, later called Wat Sri Suphan for short.

Wat Sri Suphan

The temple is the world’s first silver temple. People in the community came together to cover the entire building in silver. There are many silver shops in the area, as it is famous for its silver handicraft community of the city.

Location: Wua Lai Rd, Hai Ya Sub-District

Opening Hours: every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

GPS: https://goo.gl/maps/kedqoDmmJzMk2Bhv7

Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok

The Wat Suan Dok Temple was built on what was once a 14th-century monarch’s garden. Today, it is a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple’s chedis contain the ashes of the royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split in two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here in the small hall at the back of the compound.

Location: 139 Suthep Rd, Suthep District

Opening Hours: every day from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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So, are you ready to pack your bags and travel now? We guarantee that all attractions we have selected for you are worth visiting. You can eat, tour, and relax to your heart’s content in these locations. If you still don’t know where to go this weekend, try planning a trip to Chiang Mai and select the attractions from the list above, and we promise that you will be recharged to the fullest by the time you return home.

Web-Links for Travelers and Expats

Rental housing in Chiang Mai

Whether you are a traveler, expat, winterer, or digital nomad, you need accommodation anyway. We have selected reliable sources for you, where you can always find current offers for renting housing for both long and short periods.

The list did not include some of the popular Thai property search portals which host a large number of fake ads that turn a home search into a waste of your time with zero results. We also ignored websites with a bunch of errors and bugs that make it impossible to quickly find the housing you need, and that make you cry because of the lost nerves and time.

Perfect Homes – here you will find not only a convenient search in the real estate database, but also a lot of useful articles on buying and renting property in Chiang Mai, and much more.

Thai Northern Properties – a place where you can find hidden gems of local real estate. The database may not be that big, but it’s definitely worth checking out.

Doi Saket Properties – another website worth visiting. Fans of living outside the city will find a lot of interesting offers.

FazWaz – one of the largest real estate portals in Thailand (but at the same time, the most convenient) in English, with a huge number of offers in city. User-friendly interface, many filters and sorting settings. If you haven’t found anything interesting on the previous three websites, be sure to check it out.

Baan Finder – Thai real estate portal, with search in English. Here you can find not only offers on home buying and renting but can also find ads for buying/selling a business and foreclosure.

Thai Home Town (th) – try to turn your attention to Thai Home Town, which is by far the largest website with private real estate listings in Thai.

Kaidee – (th) the largest private classifieds board where you can buy or sell anything from a needle to a private jet or a factory. At the time of this writing, there were about 1500 ads for the sale and rent of real estate in the city. Unfortunately, it will be useful only for those who know the Thai language.

Internet

Once you have found a place to stay, you will definitely need the internet.

AIS – At the time of this writing, the company offers the best prices for home internet. Internet at a speed of 500/500 you can connect for only 599 baht per month + 7% tax.

True Online – Another ISP I can recommend. If for some reason AIS is not available in your area, then feel free to connect to True Online.

Sinet FFTx – Our favorite provider, with whom we have been together for several years, and who always offered the best conditions and the best prices until they were outstripped by AIS. We stay with them according to good old habit.

3BB – If the download speed is more important to you than the upload speed, then, in this case, pay attention to 3BB. For 590 baht per month, you get 1000/300 MBps speed. Also, this provider has the most extensive home Internet coverage throughout Thailand.

Transport

Car Rental

Budget Catcher – When our guests ask us about car rental, this is the first company we recommend. New cars, flexible terms and affordable prices.

Economy Bookings – Here you will find a convenient search for cars for rent among such well-known international companies operating in the local market as: Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Sixt, etc.

Motorcycle rental

Cat Motors – You are right now on our website! Our prices can be found on this page. Please don’t forget about road safety in Thailand.

POP Big Bike – The largest fleet of big bikes not only in Chiang Mai, but also in Thailand

C&P Bike Rental – These guys love dirt and adventure bikes. The company has a long history and a solid background.

M25 – If for some reason our motorcycles are not available we always recommend this motorcycle rental. They have proven themselves from a good side and are located at a distance of only 10-15 minutes on foot.

Public Transport

Public transport in city is a problem for tourists. The most popular transport is the songthaew – a pickup truck converted for passenger transport. One color – one co-op. Songthaews of the same color can travel on different routes. At the same time, all information on cars is written in Thai, including route numbers. Thus, if you cannot read Thai and the chauffeur does not speak English, you will never know where this car is going.

Many phone apps created by local transport companies are useless. Right now, I downloaded three of the most popular apps to my phone and none of them started. These are the harsh realities of life in Chiang Mai, which is called the “city of digital nomads”.

Moovit – This is the only application that will be useful for you if you use public transport. You just need to specify the point of departure and point of arrival, and the application will create a turn-by-turn route for you.

Grab – A transportation and courier service similar to Uber that overtook Uber in the Southeast Asian transportation market, forcing them to flee the local market under the pressure of marketing competition.

inDriver – Another application for those looking for low-cost transportation services. Prices are lower than in Grab. Users love it. Taxi drivers are also happy, as they say they get clients from this application more often than from Grab. It looks like this app has already beaten Grab.

Etc.

Driving License – If you need a driver’s license, which is very easy to obtain in Thailand, then you should visit the Provincial Transport Office (License Bureau) located near the airport.

Vehicle Transfer + Insurance – If you want to change the owner of a vehicle or issue documents for a car or motorcycle, then you can do it at the Department of Transportation located a few minutes from the Old Town.

Honda Safety Riding Park – The best motorcycle riding school in Thailand

Shopping

Chiang Mai has several large department stores – Tesco Lotus, Big C, Makro. There are also several shops in which the assortment of imported products prevails – Tops, Rimping. Shops can be located in one building. For example, Tesco Lotus Kamtieng is located in the same building as mr.DIY where you can find a huge range of inexpensive home furnishings from China. Tesco Lotus Hang Dong, located near the airport, settled in the same building with the Decathlon sporting goods store. Big C, located behind the airport, is located in the same building as the home improvement store Home Pro.

Central Plaza Airport (closest to the Old Town), Central Festival – these are place where you can find absolutely everything, from a cup of coffee and donuts to banking services and some international brands such as Uniqlo, Zara, Apple, Adidas, McDonalds, KFC, and many others.

Tesco Lotus Kamtieng (closest to the Old Town), Tesco Lotus Ruamchok, Tesco Lotus Hang Dong – Department stores in which the main assortment is food and consumer goods.

Big C Extra (closest to the Old Town), Big C Super Center Hang Dong, Big C Super Center Don Jan – Department stores similar to Tesco Lotus, but with a larger selection of imported products.

Makro CNX (closest to the old town), Makro Hang Dong – department store for wholesalers, but even if you are not a wholesaler it is still worth visiting this store. Anyone can do it, for this it is not necessary to have a membership card. For example, pepperoni (TGM brand), which is sold in Big C at 1200 baht per kilo, can be bought here for only 750 baht. You can also find Makro Food Service near Nimman Rd., but this store has a very limited range of product.

Home Pro Super Highway (nearest to the Old Town, shares the building with Big C Extra), Home Pro Hang Dong (on the same site with the Big C Hang Dong), Home Pro San Sai – In this store you can find anything you want to improve your home.

Boonthavorn – Another store of building and finishing materials and tools. But what I like about this store is that you can buy modular kitchens at a reasonable price here. 

Index Living Mall – A huge store with a vast selection of good furniture, as far as the city is concerned, and furnishings. 

Global House – A hardware store where you can buy any building materials with home delivery, from rebar and concrete to finishing materials. You can even order a concrete mixer here.

Decathlon – The most prominent sports store where you can buy sports equipment. But if you need good sneakers from world brands, such as Nike, Adidas, or Asics, you can only buy them in Central.

Another Decathlon sports store is located across from Tha Phae Gate, but something tells me that this store won’t last there because this building has changed tenants almost every year for the past 15 years. One of the reasons, it seems to me, is the lack of parking, which makes customers uncomfortable. Planning infrastructure for drivers and pedestrians and public spaces is a severe problem in all Thai cities without exception.

YOK – A store where you can buy absolutely everything for baking. French butter, the finest Italian flour, Swiss chocolate, a huge assortment of local and foreign ingredients for baking, and much more, including equipment for small private bakeries and cafes.

Hillkoff – Store for coffee addicts. Here you will find a large selection of coffee beans from different regions of northern Thailand, as well as a wide range of equipment for both home kitchens and large coffee shops.

Chiang Mai Buy, Sell, Swap FB Page (en) – the largest FB community of English-speaking residents for buying and selling new and used things.

And of course, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall is located on the northwest corner of the old town. If you loved playing Doom as a kid, you would surely love this store and its layout. It’s as confusing and incomprehensible as the mazes of Doom, but no one has hung signs for years.

Insurance

Car Insurance by Roojai – A place where you can get car insurance without leaving your home in a few minutes. These guys will compare insurance plans of different insurance companies and find the best insurance for you at the most affordable price in Thailand.

Car & Life Insurance by mr. Prakan – In this place, you can choose an insurance plan for your car, motorcycle, or life on your own, depending on what insurance conditions you are interested in.

Life Insurance by Pacific Prime – Local and worldwide life insurance. Good and timely customer support. With the help of this company, you can also choose any insurance plan you are interested in among dozens of different insurance companies.

Hospital

Ram Hospital – It is a group of award-winning hospitals with world-class equipment and doctors. All staff speak English which means they can communicate with you easily. The prices at Ram Hospital are higher than other hospitals, but you get services and treatment commensurate with what you pay.

Bangkok Hospital – It is a private large chain of hospitals in Thailand with many hospitals throughout the country. This hospital has a wide range of specialized clinics such as oncology clinic, cosmetic surgery clinic and many more.

Sriphat Hospital – Founded by CM University, this hospital offers good medical services at affordable prices. Poorly planned space can cause parking problems for the car. Sometimes you can look for a parking spot for 20 to 30 minutes.

Lanna Hospital – Another private hospital in the city offering pretty good medical services. The hospital is especially good with obstetric and gynecological services. Most doctors and other staff speak English. The hospital is located on the highway near the city center, so it is very easy to get to it.

McCormick Hospital – The hospital was founded by American Presbyterian missionaries in 1888. The hospital has an equipped emergency department, which is open 24 hours a day and staffed by well trained doctors and staff. On weekdays from 3 to 5 pm it will be a little difficult to get here, because there are traffic jams when parents pick up their children from nearby schools.

Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital – is a public hospital that acts as a research center, and many neurology students do internships here. The hospital is well known for treating neurological and brain-related problems, including stroke victims.

Language school

There are several language schools in the city, but we would like to highlight these schools:

AUA – was established in 1985 to meet the language and cultural needs of foreigners working, visiting, or residing in Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand. Located in the old city area, around 100 meters west from Tha Phae Gate.

Centre for Thai Studies (CM University) – Language Institute Chiang Mai University offers the highest quality tuition from the most experienced instructors in the city. From the first day of the language course, students start to speak Thai. Whatever their ability, they are encouraged to use Thai as much and as often as possible. This even includes during ’coffee break’ times when it is common to hear students talking to each other, not in their native language but Thai. Indeed, with students coming from a diverse range of countries, Thai has become the common language of conversation at school.

RTL – in our opinion, the best language school in Thailand for learning Thai. The method of teaching Thai at this school was created many years ago for Christian missionaries. So, in just six months, they learned Thai and began to preach knowledge of Jesus Christ among the Buddhist population. But there is a minor problem. The fact is that this language school is in Bangkok. However, they do have online classes that you can take from anywhere if you have Internet access. And for that reason, we added these guys to our list. In our subjective opinion, they are the best among hundreds of language schools all over Thailand.

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