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Tourist places in Chiang Mai allow you to experience the best offerings of Thailand. Chiang Mai city is known for being the largest city in the Beautiful country of Thailand. The Chiang Mai is also known as the Chiengmai and sometimes Chiangmai. It was the capital of a kingdom called, “The Kingdom of Chaing Mai”, a state that was a tributary to Thailand The state of Thailand from the 1700s, onwards to somewhere in the 1890s, which had a prince who was the only namesake. It lays somewhere among the highest mountain ranges that exist in Thailand and lies at a distance of about 700 km away from the very busy, very pretty city of Bangkok. It lies on the banks of the Of Ping, which is one very major tributary of the River of Chao Phraya.


The word, “Chiang Mai”, essentially means something along the lines of “New City”, and the city is known as this because it was the named the new capital of the kingdom, after the city of Chiang Rai. Therefore, Chiang Mai is a city tucked away on the tresses of the mountains in Thailand and was the capital of a very independent kingdom of Lanna to the year of 1558. In the older parts of the city, there are the leftovers of all the amazing walls, monuments, statues, temples that were built in the beautiful city which make Chiang Mai tour packages pretty exciting. Chiang Mai is the hub of almost all social and cultural activities of the country.


The mixture is as homogenous as it gets. It is also religiously accentuated to suit the needs of everyone living in this city. Hundreds of carved temples of Buddhists. These temples, such as the Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, are beautifully decorated with serpents carved all over the walls, and caves and every outer surface. The amazing view from the mountains, the secluded spots for couples and lovers, the wind the blows, the river that flows in the true essence of an Asian scenic view, is beautiful and appreciated by one and all.

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  1. Travel Advice

    • Learn few words from the local language prevalent here. This will not only be helpful in communicating with the locals here but will also make them feel that you are taking an interest in their culture.

    • Don’t wear skimpy or revealing clothes when you are at a religious place. Of course, you must avoid wearing them otherwise too but do not compromise on the decorum at the religious places.

    • Don’t take pictures where it is not allowed.

    • Don’t involve yourself in any practice that may not be pleasing or is against the law.

    • Filming without permissions is prohibited.

    • Avoid entertaining the guides way beyond necessary.

    • Do not trust anyone with your cash or valuables.

    • Do not get in a taxi without negotiating on the fare. Taxi drivers here have a tendancy to over charge you. So, type your location on the internet and get an idea of basic taxi fare before getting in the vehicle.

    • Don’t leave your important documents or valuables in the hotel.

    • Make sure you do not flash cash or valuables in public places.

    • Avoid carrying too much cash when you go to a crowded place.

    • Don’t indulge in drugs of any form. Keep yourself away from drug dealers. If you do suspect anyone to be harmful, get away from the site or call the cops.

    • Don’t let any one mislead you.

    • Avoid eating at unhygienic stalls.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age for drinking in Chiang Mai is 20 years. However, you may have to display your ID proof before purchasing alcohol here.

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Wat Chedi Luang

    Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple right at the center of the city. Originally when it was built, it was made up of three different temples but currently it's just one. The history of this temple goes back to the 14th century and the locales are filled with picturesque sights.

    Elephant Nature Park

    Thailand is famous for its elephants and your tour to Chiang Mai will be incomplete without visiting the Elephant National Park. It acts as both, a sanctuary as well as a rescue center for elephants in Thailand. There are separate branches of the park in different places like Suri and Cambodia. The future plans also include opening a new branch in Phuket which shall give the park more exposure as it is a famous tourist place in Thailand.

    Wat Chiang Man

    Wat Chiang Man is another popular tourist place in Thailand, it is a Buddhist temple inside the city walls of Chiang Mai. The spot is so famous because it was the first temple of the city and is closely related to the sentiments of the locals here.

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    The Chiang Mai zoo which takes the name of the city is the oldest and the first commercial zoo of Chiang Mai. Surprisingly, rhinos in Thailand can be spotted only in this very zoo. You must definitely include it in your places to see list when you visit Thailand. The zoo is also home to rare animals like Koalas, Penguins and much more.

    Wat Suan Dorg

    The name of this Buddhist temple translates to a flower garden temple. When you see the beautiful architecture of the temple, you would agree with its name. A large bell in the temple is made in a Sri Lankan style and tourists love to capture it in pictures.

  4. What will you like there?


    The Doi Suthep mountain in Thailand is located in this city and is the perfect place for activities like hiking. The views are surreal and you will have a great time just walking around the place. For hiking, you would need to make pre-arrangements and if you have some friends along, it will be a fun and adventurous experience.

    Night Safari

    Night Safari is a concept that you won't find easily in many places of the world. However, a nocturnal zoo is located in the city where you can go and have a nice time. Along with basic sightseeing, most tourists visit this place for its peculiarity. You will be astonished to know that the zoo is the second night safari in the world, the first one is at Singapore.


    The museums in Chiang Mai are a lovely place to know more about the cultural heritage of the location. The National Museum located in the city is huge and there are various artifacts and items along with highlights in both, Thai as well as English. The museums in the city receive a huge footfall of tourists almost during all the months in the year.

  5. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

  6. When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?

    The best time to visit a place like Chiang Mai is between October and April. The time between said months is spent in cool and pleasant and comfortable weather. It is also the tourist season of Chiang Mai, which has its advantages and disadvantages. A month by month time chart of the best time to visit Chiang Mai is as follows:

    November to February: is the best time to visit Chiang Mai. This is when the weather is just perfect, for just about anything you want to do, be it lazing around, playing games like Scrabble, or going out for adventure. Also, the November tourists are lucky enough to catch Loi Krathong Festivities, the February ones enjoy the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

    March to May: Summer there is the off-season tourists, which provides people going there during this time, better deals with better with flights and hotels. The summer temperatures shoots up to 40°, but swimming during the day and going out in the evenings is possible.

    June to October: is when the monsoons of Chiang Mai sets in, the northern part of Thailand experiencing a distinctly heavy rainy season during this time. The off tourist season continues, so if seclusion is what you are looking for, this is the time to visit Chiang Mai for you.

  7. How to reach Chiang Mai?

    There are many ways to reach Chiang Mai, being an important tourist attraction Thailand, the country keeps inaccessible. Some of the best ways to reach Chiang Mai, however, are:

    By air: The Chiang Mai International Airport is available and provides people with both domestic and international flights, to go in and out of the country when they please.

    By bus: there two official bus stations within the city, they are as follows:

    1. Arcade Bus Stations: which people who are going outside the province of Chiang Mai generally use.
    2. Chang Puak Bus Station: which is used by people traveling within the province of Chiang Mai.

    By Train: the Chiang Mai Railway Station lies at a distance of about 3km from the center of the city. This station is provided with amiable staff, daytime services, along with overnight sleeping arrangements.

  8. What are the things to do in Chiang Mai?

    Of the many things to do at Chiang Mai, here are the best of all of them:

    • Ziplining through the Gibbon
    • Atv riding and rafting
    • Cycling tour of the city
    • Biking tour of the city
    • Biking and trekking
    • Bamboo Rafting
    • Elephant Camp experience
    • Jeep Safari
    • Jungle Trekking and Camping
    • Atv Race
    • Care tour of Elephants
    • Golden Triangle Tour
  9. What is the local food of Chiang Mai? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Chiang Mai is as good as it gets in Thailand, all of the country’s delicacies and exotics are available at Chiang Mai. The best Local Food at Chiang Mai are:

    • Khao Soi
    • Khan Toke
    • Sai Oua
    • Nam Prik Ong
    • Gaeng Hang Lae
    • Kanom Jeen Nam Ngeow
    • Miang Kham
    • Tam Khanun
    • Larb Kua
    • Gaeng Ho

    The best places to experiences these delicacies are:

    • Kanjana
    • Dash! Restaurant and Bar
    • Kham Khantoke
    • Ginger and Kafe at The House
    • Brasserie
    • Tong Tem Toh
    • The Lemongrass Restaurant
    • Taste from Heaven Vegetarian Restaurant
    • Le Grand Lanna
    • The Whole Earth
  10. What is the best public transport to commute around Chiang Mai?

    With Thailand’s Road fatality coming second on the list when the whole world is concerned, the best thing to do is travel by taxi, which, despite being more expensive, is provided with seat belts, and are much safer. The best public transport to commute around Chaing Mai are:

    • By local bus: the minimum fare is 15 baht
    • By Songthaew: Prices are negotiable, but the minimum is 20 baht per person inside city walls, with that escalating to 40 to 60 baht outside them.
    • Tuk-tuk or Samlor: 50-100 baht can be expected.
    • By taxi: around 150 baht inside the city, prices going higher outside it.
    • By scooter or by bike: renting a two-wheeler might be 150 baht per day.
    • By Bicycle: 100-250 baht, prices going up with the quality of bicycle.
    • By car: 900-2500 baht per day.
    • By foot: usually free.
    • By Minivan: 2000-2500 baht
  11. What is the local language in Chiang Mai and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Local language Chiang Mai is easy or difficult depending on the retentivity of a person and varies from person to person:

    • Hello : Swasdi
    • Thank You! : Korb Khun!
    • Good Luck: Shoke dee
    • How are you? : Sa-by dee my
  12. Which are the best shopping places in Chiang Mai and what are they famous for?

    The shopping one has to do while on vacation is massive. And very expensive. But that is one of the most painful parts of vacation, becomes the best thing about it in Chiang Mai. The best shopping centers of Chiang Mai are:

    • Chiang Mai Walking Street ( Only on Sundays); Specialty: dance events and sometimes pageants
    • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar; Specialty: arcades and hundreds of vendors
    • Wualai Walking Street; Specialty: links to Tiphatet Road, and close to the old City walls
    • Bor Sang Village; specialty: Paper made umbrellas
    • Riverside Boutique Shops: Specialty: Lanna Art and Craft from high-end brands
    • Ginger & The House Shop; Specialty: House Accessories and cushions, every shopaholic’s dream
    • Sankampaeng Craft Street; Specialty: pottery, lacquerware, same paper, silk and paper umbrellas
    • Central Airport Plaza: specialty: souvenirs, teak trinkets, last-minute shopping in general
    • Worowot Market(aka Kad Luang); Specialty: food. Freshly made food, and ready to go meals
    • OP Place; Specialty: Paintings, handicrafts
  13. How is the nightlife in Chiang Mai?

    Being as highly maintained as Chiang Mai is, the nightlife there is at par with the classiness of the rest of the city. The many bars, pubs, and restaurants are beautiful and almost always packed at night. Some of the places that can be enjoyed at nighttime in Chiang Mai are:

    • Boy Blues Bar
    • HOBS
    • Myst
    • OASIS Rooftop Bar
    • Warm up Café
    • Good View Bar And Restaurant
    • The roof: Sala Lanna
    • Xanadu Rooftop Bar And Restaurant
    • Blue Bat
    • Infinity Club
    • Zoe in Yellow
    • Monkey Club
    • Fabrique
  14. What are the famous places for sightseeing in Chiang Mai?

    For a place as beautiful as the city of Chiang Mai, the sights to see are plenty. The temples are beautiful. The museums are old. The old city is a museum in itself. The bazaars are what locals and tourists feed on. The people love animals, the zoos, the shops, and everything comes in the middle. The famous Places to Visit in Chiang Mai are plenty:

    • Wat Phra Sing which houses the Lai Kham Chapel
    • Wat Chiang Man
    • Doi Suthep and Meo Village
    • Hidden Valley
    • Chiang Mai National Museum
    • Wat Chedi Luang
    • Wat Bupparam
    • Wat Phan Tao
    • Lanna Folklife Museum
    • Suan Buak Hat Park
    • Art in Paraside
    • Comedara Art Gallery
    • Elephant Parade Shop
    • Scorpion Tailed River Tour
    • Uncle Jack’s History Museum
    • Chiang Mai Philatelic Museum
    • Harris House
    • Kawila Monument and Park
  15. How is Chiang Mai for Honeymoon Couples?

    With the right weather, the time after the wedding season becomes the tourist season for Chiang Mai. The honeymoon season is right after the real tourist season because that is when the city is quiet and without too much crowd. Everywhere you look, you see couples moving around, but the city is not exclusively for honeymooners, it is a hub for unmarried couples, lovers etc. The honeymoon couples check into the following hotels:

    • Shangri-La Hotel
    • Yang Come Village
    • Tamarind Village
    • De Lanna Hotel
    • Ranchamankha
    • Puritan Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
    • U Chiang Mai
  16. Where can I enjoy adventure activities in Chiang Mai?

    Chiang Mai is located in the Mountains of Thailand, And the adventure Activities is so many, that people mostly don’t make it through them all. The terrains of the city, the forests, the big area on which it is located, the rivers, provide Chiang Mai with many adventure activities, which one cannot help but appreciate. The adventure activities in Chiang Mai are:

    • Bamboo Rafting
    • Cycling
    • Day trip to the Mae Sa Valley
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Balloon Ride
    • Target shooting
    • Flight of Gibbon aka Ziplining
    • Whitewater rafting
    • Boeing
  17. Which are the famous places to enjoy Wildlife in Chiang Mai?

    The variety of Wildlife and diversity in wildlife or flora-fauna, in general, is very unanimously large. The many mountains that Chiang Mai is located on, are the source of many areas where wildlife can be available. The animals, the smell of the trees, the chirp of the birds, the sound of a nearby stream all adds up to make wildlife touring in Chiang Mai very amazing. The options are many, but the famous places to enjoy Wildlife in Chiang Mai are:

    • Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo
    • Wat Phrathat DOi Suthep
    • Wat Chedi Luang Warawhihan
    • Chiang Mai Zoo
    • Wat Chiang Man
    • Wat Lok Moli
    • Wat Sakithaki
    • Wat Umong
    • Wat Sri Suphan
    • Phra Singh Temple
    • Wat Suan Dok
    • Royal Pat=rk Rajapruek
    • Nong Buak Nard Public rock
  18. Which are the famous amusement parks in Chiang Mai?

    Even though amusement comes as a taken, along with the Chiang Mai travel package, some people like to go the extra length for amusement at literal amusement parks. The amusement that comes from the parks is very important. If someone has had a serious vacation or a squabble or with the other vacationers, the best place to go to is an amusement to cut away awkwardness. The famous amusement parks of Chiang Mai are:

    • Park Hotel
    • Tube Trek Waterpark
    • Grand Canyon Chiang Sea
    • X Centre
    • Fang Hot Spring
    • Shooting club
    • Adventure Land
    • Castle Ghost House
    • Lanna Sports Centre
    • Lawn Bowls
    • Speed art
  19. Which are the best cycling routes to take in Chiang Mai?

    The roads being slightly unsafe, one would suggest the other to not learn cycling at Thailand, what with its second-highest road fatality, but once you know cycling, it’s the best thing you could do in Chiang Mai. The wind against your face, as you rush through alleyways and feel the spray of water when the neighboring lady waters her [plants, the beautiful sun shining on your face, the sweat running down your back, the adrenaline rushing through your veins, all come together to make the trip as beautiful as possible. Therefore, the best cycling routes to take in Chiang Mai are:

    • Highlander Doi Suthep Cycling Tour
    • Bicycling tour of flight of the Gibbon
    • Morning City Highlights Tour
    • Night time City Cycling
    • Old city biking
    • Countryside Biking
  20. Which are the best sites for white water rafting in Chiang Mai?

    Water river rafting is one of the best adventure activities that a person could possibly come across. With the rush of the water, the wind against your face, one could possibly not love river rafting. With its beautiful terrains, and running rivers, Chiang Mai’s best white water rafting sites are:

    • Mae Taeng River (10km)
    • Mae Taeng River (5km) for Class II & III
    • Siam River Adventures
  21. What are the famous spiritual destinations in Chiang Mai?

    The temples and chapels, along with the monasteries are decorated with beautiful engravings and carvings on their walls. The serpents and dragons are a favorite among the Chiang Mai religious sites. These destinations provide visitors with spiritual upliftment that lasts a lifetime, people make memories and connect with their god in these places. The famous spiritual destinations in Chiang Mai are:

    • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    • Wat Chedi Luang
    • Wat Phra Sing
    • WAt Suan Dok
    • Wat Umong
    • Wat Phra that DOi Khram
    • Wat Sri Supha
    • Wat Chiang Man
    • Wat Lok Molee
    • Wat Phan Tao
  22. Where can one enjoy a Night Safari in Chiang Mai?

    The national parks which entertain night safari, provide people with the Vegas-like environment. Even though the fun in the morning is cool, but nightlife is even better. One has to travel on a tram, that was only exclusive to Kolkata and England. The people who know of this activity, and experience it fall in love with is overnight, literally. The places where one can enjoy Night Safari in Chiang Mai are in:

    • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
    • Big Five Behind The Zoo( in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park)
    • Doi Inthanon National park
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