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What to Do in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Attractions

If thinking about what to do in Chiang Mai, let me first assure you that there is more to this beautiful city than just temples. As one of the many former capitals of Buddhism in Southeast Asia, the city certainly has no shortage of ancient places of wordship and they are absolutely worth checking out. However, this capital of culture has more than one string to its bow, and there are also plenty of interesting museums, wonderful spas and beautiful historical buildings to investigate.

If you’re the adventurous type, you’ll be happy to hear that the list of Chiang Mai attractions includes plenty of outdoor activities. The city is surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in Thailand, with beautiful national parks in almost every direction. There are great opportunities for trekking, river rafting and exploring. These mountains are also the home of a number of hill-tribe villages, including the famous Karen long-neck tribe.

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  • Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

    Doi Suthep

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  • Wat Chedi Luang

    Wat Chedi Luang

    Built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, Wat Read More»

  • Wat Phra Singh

    Wat Phra Singh

    Wat Phra Signh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It houses three Read More»

  • Wat Suan Dok

    Wat Suan Dok

    Wat Suan Dok, built in late 14th century, houses several structures of historical significance. Among them include the Read More»

  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham

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  • Wat Sri Suphan

    Wat Sri Suphan

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  • Hill Tribe Villages near Chiang Mai

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  • Karen Long Neck & Chiang Dao Cave

    Karen Long Neck & Chiang Dao Cave

    Boasting some of the most spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations in the country, Chiang Dao Cave stretches Read More»

  • Doi Pui

    Doi Pui Tribal Village

    Doi Pui, at 1,685metres above sea level, is the highest peak in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. It is famous for its Read More»

  • Chiang Mai Night Safari

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    Modeled after a similar attraction in Singapore, this expansive park features three animal zones and a range of Read More»

  • Doi Inthanon

    Doi Inthanon

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  • Chiang Mai Zoo

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Parks and Nature

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  • Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens

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Chiang Mai Attractions A - Z

Chiang Mai is more than just what’s inside and surrounding the Old City walls. Apart from religious monuments, nature Read More...

Chiang Mai Temples and Wats

Temples and Wats

Temples are still a central part of Thai life, and the holy structures of Chiang Mai are living, breathing places that Read More...

Museums

Chiang Mai Museums

Chiang Mai's museums preserve the art, culture and history of the Lanna (northern) Kingdom as well as the northern Read More...

Chiang Mai Old City Attractions

Old City Attractions A-Z

A city peppered with hundreds of examples of religiously affiliated architecture, a world class sightseeing destination Read More...

Night Bazaar Attractions

Night Bazaar Attractions A-Z

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Riverside Attractions A-Z

The Mae Ping Riverside is occupied by entertainment venues, galleries and up market boutique shopping. However, the area Read More...

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