How to Spend 2 Days in Chiang Mai
With 48 hours to spend in Chiang Mai, you have enough time to wander the historic streets of the walled city, tour the region’s famous Buddhist wats and temples, shop the street markets, and even pick up a new skill to take home with you. Read up on our tips for how to make the most of your two days in Chiang Mai.
Day 1: City Sightseeing
**Morning:**Start with a sightseeing tour of the former Lanna kingdom capital. Cover more ground faster on two wheels on a bike tours through the historic streets of Chiang Mai as you roll past temples, markets, and museums. Alternately, explore the walled city on foot.
**Afternoon:**The countryside surrounding Chiang Mai is dotted with quiet temples, wats, and pagodas, some thousands of years old. Visit several of them on a temple-themed tour. Most tours stop at the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, but consider a visit to Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phrasing, and Wat Chedi Luang.
**Night:**After a day of sightseeing, treat your tastebuds to the flavors of Northern Thailand on a street food tour through a night market. With the help of a local foodie, sample several favorite traditional dishes, including Thai curry, sticky rice, skewered meats, fresh fruit, and sweet treats.
Day 2: Thai Culture
**Morning:**Chiang Mai is famous for its elephants, and it’s possible to observe these giants while helping to ensure their well-being at an elephant conservation park. On a visit, you learn about elephant behaviors while feeding and caring for the animals under the supervision of caretakers.
**Afternoon:**Many a visitor comes away from Thailand in love with the cuisine. Take the flavors home after spending an afternoon in a Thai cooking class. Most classes include a trip to a local market, as well as time to prepare and eat several traditional dishes.
**Night:**Finish your trip to Chiang Mai with a bang by booking a seat for Thailand’s national sport, Muay Thai boxing. Opt for a basic admission ticket, or upgrade to ringside seats with a chance to have your photo taken with the match champions.