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Chiang Mai Old City

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The centre is a modern multi-media museum and cultural education centre, featuring a range of medias from video, scale models, enlarged photos, wall murals and text in Thai and English. Built in 1924, the building was the former Provincial Hall of Chiang Mai and is considered to be a stunning example of post-colonial Thai architecture.

Visitors can partake in interactive exhibitions music and historical displays. A definite must when in Chiang Mai. The museum was awarded by the Royal Association of Siamese Architects for its architectural restoration, back in 1999. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30
  • Address: Prapokklao Road between Rajdumnern Road and Rajwithee Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 5321 7793
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The Chiang Mai Historical Centre is a museum in the city which presents the history of the city in a new and exciting way. While it is similar to the National Museum in Chiang Mai, the Historical Centre is conveniently located in the city centre and easy to find right in the centre of Chaing Mai Old City, opposite the Three Kings Monument. The building has been designed in Lanna style and is surrounded by a shaded garden area. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 - 17:00 (closed Monday)
  • Location: Jhaban Road, Inside the old city and behind the 3 Kings Monument
  • Tel: (+66) 053 217 793
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Chiang Mai University has a beautiful, green campus and offers tours around the large campus on electric buses. The main entrance to the university is on Huey Kaew Road and this is the only entrance that tourists can enter. Sometimes the guards will ask for your passport or ID card to register when entering. The main gate has a small garden with colourful flowers and the university sign written in Thai. It is a popular place to pose for pictures, but be careful not to step into the street as Huey Kaew Road is a main road. Entering the university grounds you will see parking and the tourist bus stop Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Chiang Mai University 239, Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai (Next to Chiang Mai Zoo)
  • Tel: +66 (0)5 394 1300
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Fern Forest Cafe is located on a small residential street in Chiang Mai’s old town. It is not immediately obvious as you walk past, with the sign hidden amongst foliage, which makes you feel like you have stumbled upon a well-kept secret. The cafe tends to be quiet on weekdays and a Thai favourite in the early evenings and at weekends, but it always retains its relaxed vibe. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 to 20:30 every day
  • Address: Singharat Rd., Soi 4, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang District, Chiang Mai
  • Tel: +66 (0)53 416 204
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The Lanna Folklife Museum is an interesting museum full of exhibitions about the lives, history and culture of the Lanna people of northern Thailand. The museum (also called the Lanna Heritage Centre) is located opposite the three Kings Monument in the middle of the old city, and sits inside the old municipal court of Chiang Mai. The building has been renovated and now looks like a white colonial style building, and despite the exterior the museum offers a lot of information about the city’s history in English, Thai and Chinese. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:00 Tuesday – Sunday
  • Address: Prapokklao Road, Old City, Chiang Mai
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 217 793
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 The Traditional House Museum is fantastic way to take a step back into the past and get a taste of Lanna culture in the past hundred years. This hidden museum was set up by Chiang Mai University and for some strange reason has been overlooked by visitors. Thankfully this makes the visit much more enjoyable as you get to walk around the leafy outdoor site and peek inside some of the buildings without any crowds. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:30, Closed weekends and bank holidays
  • Address: 239 Huay Kaew Road,Muang, Chiang Mai
  • Tel: +66 (0)53 9436 2526
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Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders

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For some creepy crawly fun, head over to this museum of the oogie, run by Manop Rattanarithikul, an eccentric entomology enthusiast and his wife Rampa, a PhD in the field. Manop, nicknamed "The Mosquito Man", has been studying and collecting insects for most of his life and he and his wife have travelled the world studying and working with bugs. They founded the museum together in 2002 and have been giving visitors the willies ever since.

Manop himself will guide you through exhibits that run from massive beetles that look like something out of the movie Dune to almost invisible little gnats. Anyone who's spent time in Thailand will get a feeling of deep satisfaction from seeing an example of all 422 species of Thai mosquito dead and impaled in a glass case. But don't be surprise if you get bit by some of Manop's enthusiasm for the little buggers. The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is located on Srimankalajarn Road, soi 13 (midway between Suthep and Huay Kaew roads near Suan Dok Hospital.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
  • Address: Srimankalajarn Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)53 21 1891
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A lovely and very well maintained pubic park that is a great place to stop and soak up some sunshine. Situated in the southwestern corner of the old city it is Chiang Mai’s equivalent to Lumpini Park. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
  • Address: The Southwestern corner of the Old City walls.
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Tha Pae Gate is one of the most famous landmarks in Chiang Mai and is part of the crumbling city wall which once acted as a fortress for the ‘Old City’ (and still today acts as a geographical boundary). The gate area is an epicentre for tourism in Chiang Mai, boasting more hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, massage parlours and shops than anywhere else in the city.

Staying near Tha Pae Gate not only means you’ll be surrounding yourself with fellow travellers, but it also means you’re well-placed to walk to many of Chiang Mai’s main attractions such as the Night Bazaar, the numerous temples in the Old City, and even Read More...

  • Location: Moon Muang Rd., Chiang mai City
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Tribal Museum

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Can't tell an Akha from a Hmong? Do you think that Yao is just a big guy who plays in the NBA? Then you need to pay a visit to the Chiang Mai Tribal Museum. Recently moved from its location on the Chiang Mai University campus, this museum is now housed in a modern, three storey building in Ratchamankla Park. Anyone planning on paying a visit to the many hilltribe villages around Chiang Mai will definitely benefit from a visit to this museum. On display here are costumes, tools and art from all of the major northern hilltribes, as well as daily slide shows which tell the stories of these colourful and unique peoples.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00 fever
  • Address: Ratchamangkla Park
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 210 872
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Wat Bupparam is one of Chiang Mai’s most visited temples and has a strong Burmese influence from the past. Located on Thapae Road and 500 metres from Thapae Gate, the old entrance to Chiang Mai city, Wat Bupparam has a strong historical significance. Thapae Road used to be the route traders would take as they entered the city and so many Buddhists would have stopped off at this impressive temple. Wat Bupparam was originally built in 1497 but the stupa was rebuilt in Burmese style in 1958 with four large lions around the base for protection. The temple has a mix of Burmese, Thai and Lanna designs with an impressive Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Thapae Road
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Built in 1391, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 8th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 44 meters (144 feet) wide and 86 meters (282 feet) tall and was the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred cultural treasure.

Damaged during an earthquake in 1545, the structure is still impressive with a naga (water serpent) staircase on each of its faces and wonderful statues of elephants adorning the base. Legend has it that if the gum tree just inside the entrance ever falls, a terrible disaster will Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
  • Address: Phrapokklao Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
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Wat Chiang Man

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This is the oldest temple in the Chiang Mai, built in 1296 at the time of the city's founding. The temple served as the residence of Chiang Mai's founder, King Mengrai, for a time. The buildings are finely decorated in red lacquer, gold leaf and mosaics of tinted mirror, wonderful examples of Lanna style architecture. Wat Chiang Man is located on Ratchaphakhinai Road, near the Chang Puak gate in the northern part of the old city.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
  • Address: Ratchaphakhinai Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
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Directly adjacent to Wat Chedi Luang, although there is a wall between the two you can walk through one to get to the other. The name of this temple means "Monastery of a Thousand Kilns", in reference to the numerous Buddha images within the magnificent Wat Chedi Luang. The temple has a viharn, which is one of the few remaining all wood structures in Chaing Mai, this was originally the ho kham whicgh literally translates as ‘guilded hall’ and was the palace of Chiang Mai's king, Chao Mahawong, who ruled from 1846 to 1854.It now functions as a monastery. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-17:00
  • Address: Diagonally adjacent to Wat Chedi Luang, Phrapokklao Road
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This venerable temple, located at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road, is perhaps the most venerated in Chiang Mai, behind Doi Suthep. While the dusty parking lot and hordes of taxi drivers may be discouraging at first, this temple is certainly worth a look.

Although the main hall of the temple dates back to 1512 and is quite beautiful, the real attraction of this temple is the smaller Lai Kam worship hall behind it. This small building is a wonderful example Lanna (northern) architecture, especially the signature roof design, which is meant to represent a bird's wings.

The interior artwork has recently been restored, allowing visitors an excellent view into the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00
  • Address: Singharat Road
  • Tel: +66 53 24 8604
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Wat Saen Fang

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This old Burmese style temple is testament to the one time Burmese occupation of Chiang Mai, with its origins going back to the 14th century.

  • Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
  • Address: Thapae Road
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Just beyond the walls of the old city on the west side stands Wat Suan Dok, which dates back to the 14th century. Built by the King of Lanna on the grounds of his pleasure garden, this temple was originally intended to serve as a retreat for a revered monk from Sukothai.

This temple is a wonderful place for photography and has spectacular vistas of Doi Suthep at sunset. Wat Suan Dok also figures heavily in the legend of Doi Suthep's founding. A Buddha relic was to be housed in its central chedi when it broke in two. The other half was placed on the back of a white elephant, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00
  • Address: Suthep Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
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