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Welcome to Chiang Mai

After the dizzying metropolis of Bangkok and the buzzing beach resorts of the south, Chiang Mai shows off a side to Thailand that many visitors miss. The capital of northern Thailand is a city infused with Thai culture and it’s best explored at a leisurely pace, strolling around the maze-like lanes of Old Chiang Mai, admiring the ancient temples and royal pagodas, or browsing the markets for traditional handicrafts. Looming over the northwestern edge of the city, the mountaintop Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is the crown jewel of Chiang Mai’s spiritual heritage. Back in the city, Wat Phra Singh (Wat Phra Sing Waramahawihan), Wiang Kum Kam, and Wat Chedi Luang are among the most visited landmarks, while those intrigued by Thai culture can experience a Thai massage, take a Thai cooking class, or sample a traditional khantoke dinner. Chiang Mai also serves as a popular base camp for trekking to the Hmong, Karen, and Lisu hill tribe villages, and there are ample opportunities for jungle treks, white-water rafting, bike tours, and zipline adventures in the surrounding region. A short drive from the city, the Doi Khun Tan and Doi Inthanon national parks abound with lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and forest-cloaked temples. Further north, Chiang Rai is the gateway to the so-called “Golden Triangle,” the meeting point of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Top 10 attractions in Chiang Mai

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White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

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With brilliant white spires, eaves, and bridges that all glitter in the sunshine and reflect in surrounding pools, the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) is Chiang Rai’s signature sight. The building’s surroundings and interior are filled with art inspired by everything fromThe Matrix, to Hello Kitty andKung Fu Panda.More
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Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

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Rising 8,415 feet (2,565 meters) above sea level, Mt. Doi Inthanon, situated in the center of Doi Inthanon National Park, is Thailand’s tallest mountain. While many visitors strive to see the views from its summit, the surrounding forests, waterfalls, stupas—dome-shaped Buddhist shrines—and trails are just as impressive.More
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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle

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The mountainous border regions of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand come together in the exotically named Golden Triangle—a haven of Buddhist architecture, lush forest, and colorful riverfront villages. Located in the Chiang Rai province at Thailand’s northernmost tip, the Golden Triangle is thick with wonders, both natural and man-made.More
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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The golden spire of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep glitters near the summit of Doi Suthep, a 5,499-foot (1,676-meter) mountain outside Chiang Mai. The wat, established in 1383, is one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. The International Buddhist Center at the wat hosts informal discussions, chanting, and meditation.More
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Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari

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Chiang Mai Night Safari is a large zoo and theme park that is open throughout the day and night. Particularly popular with families, it is modelled on Singapore Night Safari but is twice the size; the site is sprawled across some 300 acres and is home to around 1400 animals.There is a scenic daytime walking route called the Jaguar Trail that winds around the lake and passes all the most popular animal enclosures, but arguably the best time to visit Chiang Mai Night Safari is after the sun goes down. The nighttime area is split into two zones, the Savanna Safari Zone and the Predator Prowl Zone, both of which are open from 6pm daily. Visitors travel through the different zones from the safety of an open-sided tram, spotting such animals as white tigers, rhinos, hyenas, lions, cheetahs, wildebeests, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, bears, water buffalos, crocodiles, kangaroos and more.In addition to the walking trails and night safari, there are a variety of other shows and attractions at the park. One of the most popular is the nightly Laser Light Show. There are two shows per night, one at 8pm and one at 9pm, and many visitors consider it one of the main highlights of their visit. It involves a stunning display at the site of a giant fountain, with the cascading water combining with clever light and sound effects to create a spectacular audiovisual experience.For the most convenient way to visit Chiang Mai Night Safari, book a tour that includes round-trip hotel transportation and admission fees.More
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Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

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This partially ruined wat, possibly the largest structure in ancient Chiang Mai, dates back to the year 1441 and is most famous as the former home of the incredible Emerald Buddha. Nowadays, a jade replica fills the eastern niche of Wat Chedi Luang, although you can see the original in Bangkok at the Wat Phra Kaew.More
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Chiang Dao Caves

Chiang Dao Caves

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Situated within Chiang Dao National Park, the 6-mile-long (10-kilometer-long) Chiang Dao Caves system penetrating Thailand’s third-highest peak ranks among the most spectacular in the country. Impressive stalagmites and stalactites grow from the ceilings and floors of the five interconnected caves, along with other limestone and crystal formations.More
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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

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Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar is perhaps the city's most popular attraction. The colorful mix of shops and stalls sell all sorts of things, from ersatz designer fashions to embroidered hill tribes textiles, Thai silks, silver jewelry, carvings, ceramics, and antiques. It’s also one of the best places in town to sample some spicy street food.More
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Mae Ping River

Mae Ping River

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The Mae Ping River cuts through Chiang Mai just a few blocks east of the old city and night market, where its banks have been developed with hotels, open-air restaurants, and bars. As it passes through the countryside, the river retains its natural charms. The ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam is also set on its shores south of Chiang Mai.More
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Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

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Thought to be the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man is a typical Northern Thai temple, with massive teak columns holding aloft the central sanctuary. The wat has two important Buddha images—one on a marble bas-relief, the other a crystal seated Buddha—both of which are visible in a glass cabinet housed in a smaller sanctuary.More

Trip ideas

Chiang Mai Temple Trail

Chiang Mai Temple Trail

Elephant Conservation in Chiang Mai

Elephant Conservation in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Villages

Chiang Mai Hill Tribe Villages

Top activities in Chiang Mai

3-Day Chiang Dao Mountain Trek

3-Day Chiang Dao Mountain Trek

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Cruising with lunch

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chiang Mai

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A must Tour for Thailand history.
William_D, Dec 2021
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point (SHA Plus)
Amazing morning to see such beauty Temple grounds.
star-5
Best way to see Chiang Mai
Bernt, Feb 2020
Private: VIP. SUV car & Van Rental + English Speaking driver ( 8 hrs / day )
Highly recommend this for those who want to see Chiang Mai in the best way.
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Diffrent tempels + +
Bernt, Feb 2020
Private: VIP. SUV car & Van Rental + English Speaking driver ( 8 hrs / day )
Recommended well-known tourist attractions and told things along the way.
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Temple tour
michelleroya, Jan 2020
Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour
Got to see 3 different temples around Chiang Mai.
star-5
Waterfall was amazing
Scott_H, Oct 2019
CHIANG MAI: One day Doi Inthanon & Sightseeing with Lunch
Waterfalls were great and the lunch was OK also.
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Temples,temples and more temples
cam4234, May 2019
Half-Day Doi Suthep and Temples From Chiang Mai
We were picked up promptly and wisked off to visit at least 3 of the more famous temples in Chiang Mai, (there are over 35 temples within the "old" city.
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White Temple Chiang Rai Tour from Chiang Mai
GrandTour56772674007, Feb 2019
Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
Maybe they can look at dropping one of the activities on this tour.
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If you only have a short time in...
Emily R, Oct 2017
Chiang Rai : Small-Group Day Trip from Chiang Mai City with Golden Triangle
If you only have a short time in Chiang Mai and want to see a bit more of the country side this is a good trip.
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Very informative guide. You get to...
Daniel K, Jan 2018
Private Tour: Chiang Mai City and Temples
You get to see a few improvement temples (one of which is on top of a mountain) and hear about the rich history of Chiang Mai.
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Very good way to get a glimpse of...
Marie Emilia V, Jul 2017
Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour
Despite the pouring rain, we were able to visit all the sights.
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We enjoyed our tour of Chiang Mai's...
Donna P, Feb 2017
Small-Group Chiang Mai Evening Street Food Tour
It was enjoyable to share the experience with other tourists, and interesting to see the city at night.
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A great way to see a load of sights...
James D, Mar 2017
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai
A great way to see a load of sights in one day!
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Loved this tour my first night in...
Nathalie_L, Jun 2016
Chiang Mai by Night: Private Tour including Buddhist Chant, Thai Dinner and Night Market
It was great to see the actual local temples instead of busy touristy spots.
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Our family of four really enjoyed...
susan c, Jul 2016
Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai
It was great to see all the monks walk down the street and then fill their bowls with food and have a blessing and then go and visit all the temples.
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This is a very interesting way to visit...
Howard H, Jul 2007
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai
This is a very interesting way to visit the Golden Triangle and enjoy the scenery along the way from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai.
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Excellent private tour to Chiang Rai
cdabski, Feb 2020
Chiang Rai Temples Private Tour from Chiang Mai with Lunch
The trip started around 7:30am and about an hour later included a quick stop at small but interesting hot mineral springs where we soaked our feet in warm water and took pictures.
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Educational, insightful, personal and highly recommended - go deeper with this tour!
heatherqamar, Feb 2020
The Lost Treasures of Chiang Mai
Instead of just going to see a site, this provided such a personal, educational and insightful view of Chiang Mai, its history, and its craftsmen and we are much the richer for it.
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Very enjoyable
299PeterD, Dec 2019
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point (SHA Plus)
Lots to see here, but I especially liked the ruined (by earthquake) pagoda and the paintings inside the Inthakhin Pillar (sadly women not allowed in).
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Enjoyable outdoor experience with a million photo ops
Sarah_R, Oct 2019
Private tour] Sightseeing + Pha Dok Siew Trekking in Doi Inthanon National park
This tour covered everything I wanted to see in the hills above Chiang Mai.
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Very good private tour
PIKHUA_C, Sep 2019
Full Day Tour of Doi Suthep Temple and Doi Inthanon National Park
We've decided to pick the best worth to visit places during 4d3n trip, and found this tour.
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