Top Attractions in Chiang Mai
Collected by Duncan Forgan , AFAR Local Expert
Thailand's northern capital was the center of the Lan Na Kingdom and still shows its independent spirit, from its ancient temples to its hip riverside restaurants and lively left-field music venues.
91 1-2 ถนน ศรีภูมิ ตำบล ศรีภูมิ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai residents tend to think that their city beats Bangkok when it comes to bohemian spirit. And the presence of occasionally experimental venues such as the North Gate Jazz Co-Op does much to strengthen that case. There’s a blissfully...
4/2 ถนน หัสดิเสวี Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
There are numerous excellent day spas in Chiang Mai, but it can be tricky to find the right one. (Indeed, it often seems that the city’s excess supply of massage options is only equaled by its surfeit of coffee shops.) For a truly solid...
91 1-2 Sri Poom Rd, ตำบล ศรีภูมิ อำเภอ เมืองเชียงใหม่ Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai is regarded as a particularly good place to enjoy Thailand’s charismatic folk traditions. Yet while Songkran—Thai New Year—is rowdy, wet, and fun, Loy Krathong carries more spiritual heft. In northern Thailand, Loy...
เลขที่ 111/2 หมู่ที่ 3 ถนนบ่อสร้าง-ดอยสะเก็ด Ton Pao, San Kamphaeng District, Chiang Mai 50130, Thailand
Thai artisanal skills are showcased to delicate effect at Bo Sang, about six miles east of Chiang Mai, where you'll find a wealth of traditional creativity. The specialty here is the production of paper umbrellas and parasols, undertaken in...
209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Elephants have long played an important role in Thai history, and the animal is a treasured national symbol. However, they have not always fared well in a tourism context, and there remain numerous operations where these majestic animals...
33 Moo 12, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
The Thai government spent a good chunk of money on this attraction—it's one of only a few nocturnal zoos in the world—and the investment has given Chiang Mai a marketable asset that is popular with Thais and visiting foreigners...
หมู่ที่ 8 Tambon Mae Ho Phra, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand
Climbing waterfalls in Thailand (or anywhere else for that matter) is not generally held to be the safest pursuit—especially for amateurs. At Bua Tong, however, even the clumsiest flip-flop-wearing traveler can scale the heights of the...
106 Village, No.3, ตำบล ห้วยแก้ว อำเภอ แม่ออน เชียงใหม่ 50130, Thailand
The thick jungles and elevation changes of northern Thailand are perfect for zip-lining, and several outfits have set up in the area surrounding Chiang Mai. One of the best is Flight of the Gibbon, which has miles of wire and staging...
30 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. In fact, during the busy season, it feels like one of the most visited places in all of South East Asia—yet visitors generally stick to the main attractions, the busy routes,...
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