Chiang Mai wasn’t exactly designed for one-day trips. Many of the northern capital’s main attractions (such as Doi Suthep Mountain, Doi Inthanon National Park, jungle treks and elephant camps) require at least a full day of your time, while the many temples, bustling markets and vibrant bars and restaurants within the city could easily take up a week of your time.
However, with visitors to Thailand often trying to pack-in as many destinations as possible, sometimes Chiang Mai is (sadly) only spared a day or two.
To make the most of 24 action-packed hours in the city, we have created this full itinerary, giving you the rundown of exactly what to do and where to go in the morning, afternoon, evening and nighttime. Your one day in Chiang Mai starts now!