2 Days in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Mini Guide
You will be able to see and do a lot in two days in Chiang Mai thanks to its compact size, plentiful one- and even half-day trips and excellent transport options. Renowned as the premier tourist destination in northern Thailand you could certainly fill many days exploring Chiang Mai, but if you are short on time, this guide will give you a rundown of the very best of the city and its mountainous surrounds in just 48 hours.
Stunning temples, night markets, elephant camps, tribal villages, sumptuous cuisine and excellent live music are all hallmarks of a short trip to Chiang Mai, but no matter what your idea of a perfect couple of days looks like we have the information to point you in the right direction so you can compile an easy weekend itinerary.Read More
- Wat Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill-Tribe Village
- Doi Inthanon National Park Tour
- Ping River Dinner Cruise
- Khantoke Dinner with Traditional Dance Performance
- Old City Half-Day Bike Tour
- Flight of the Gibbon™ Zipline Tour
- 2-Day Whitewater Rafting & Ziplining
- Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch
- Aroy Aroy Thai Cooking School & Market Tour
- Full-Day Excursion to Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle
Daytime - Explore Chiang Mai City
Even though Chiang Mai is a major city in Thailand, it is much smaller than Bangkok and first time visitors are often surprised how easy it is to get around. From the lovingly maintained temples and buzzing markets in the Old City, to the charming boutique stores and Thai restaurants found on the Riverside and Night Bazaar, you can spend time exploring the different areas of Chiang Mai in just one day.
Spend the morning in the Old City, soaking up the beautiful Lanna heritage, starting at the crumbling edifice of Wat Chedi Luang. Head to the fascinating markets to get a flavor of local life, before heading to the Riverside for a delicious Thai dinner on the banks of the Ping River.
Finish your first day shopping at the Night Bazaar – traders set up around 16:00 and stay open until 24:00. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Chiang Mai Walking Streets are a must.
Daytime - Explore Your Surroundings
The particularly great thing about two days in Chiang Mai is the diverse experiences you can pack into your time. Surrounding the city is a full mountain range with an incredible range of attractions and activities. From visiting an elephant camp, to mountain top temples (including the highest peak in all of Thailand) and even genuine tribal villages, there is as much to do out of the city as in it when visiting Chiang Mai. You can visit any of these out-of-town experiences independently but it is easiest to book a tour, either online or through a local travel agent.
Evening – Enjoy a few drinks with new friends
In the evening, return to the city and enjoy a few drinks in some of the best bars or live dance performances in Chiang Mai. Owing to its relaxed nature, conversation flows freely here and you are likely to make new friends and enjoy your last evening reflecting on how unique and special Chiang Mai really is.