This walking guide to Chiang Mai Old City will help you to pick out the best bits of this beautiful city. Many of the key attractions are within a very short distance of each other and the narrow streets of the Old City area make driving between them hard work. The pleasant atmosphere and the cooler climate makes it very enjoyable and rewarding to explore Chiang Mai Old City on foot, with this page as your guide.
Rather than giving you an exact itinerary, we’ve instead broken the Old City down into three areas. This means you won’t have to go walking long distances for attractions you’re not interested in. Each route can be completed within a day without requiring marathon-runner levels of fitness and endurance. All you have to do is pick out the points which interest you, make a note of their locations and join the dots.
A walking guide to Chiang Mai Old City is especially helpful for the central area, around Rachadamnoen Road. Many of the city’s major attractions are found within minutes of this road, including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phan Tao and Wat Phra Singh. Slightly north of the road is the Three Kings Monument, which has three museums around it. You can save a bit of money by getting a ticket for all three museums in one. If you’re visiting Chiang Mai Old City on a Sunday, be sure to keep some energy left over for the evening Walking Street market, which runs the whole length of Rachadamnoen Road.
Wat Chiang Man is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple and holds some important Buddhist images including a famous crystal Buddha. Read More»
Khao Soi Khun Yai
Khao Soi Khun Yai is a popular restaurant famous for its Khao Soi dish. It is very popular and often busy so be prepared Read More»
Fah Lanna Spa
The high, white-washed walls and plants that border Fah Lanna Spa in Chiang Mai’s Old Town give you a hint of their Read More»
Birds Nest Cafe
You can’t help but fall for the Birds Nest Café. This small yet airy townhouse is located in a quiet quarter of Chiang Read More»
Wat Lok Molee
Wat Lok Molee is an older temple in Chiang Mai which features a 14th century chedi, manicured garden area and an Read More»
Fern Forest Cafe
Fern Forest Cafe is located on a small residential street in Chiang Mai’s old town. It is not immediately obvious as you Read More»
Northern Part of Chiang Mai Old City
The northern bit of Chiang Mai Old City is comparatively quiet, though there are some standout things to see and do. If you’re looking for a more local experience, you’re more likely to find it here. The large Wat Chiang Mun complex is the main must-see, but the smaller Wat Lok Molee is worth going out of your way for. Just the other side of the moat from there is Khao Soi Khun Yai – said to be the best place to try the popular Chiang Mai noodle curry dish. Don’t forget to stop at Fah Lanna Spa for a relaxing foot massage at the end of a day’s walking and exploring.
Huen Phen restaurant is famous for its Khao Soi noodle soup dish. During lunch times this is the main dish that Huen Read More»
Suan Buak Haad Park
Suan Buak Haad Park is Chiang Mai’s most popular park with a lots of grassy areas to sit and relax. The park is located Read More»
Wualai Walking Street
Wualai, the Saturday walking street, is a lively and fun night market that takes place in Chiang Mai just a short walk Read More»
Southern Part of Chiang Mai Old City
The southern part of Chiang Mai Old City is a fairly quiet and peaceful place. It contains Suan Puak Haad Park, which is the only area of parkland within the city walls. Just to the south of the walls is Wua Lai Road, where you’ll find the remarkable Wat Sri Suphan. Also known as the Silver Temple, for obvious reasons, it remains something of a hidden gem, with a lot of people missing it in favour of the bigger, more famous places. Wua Lai Road itself is the home of Chiang Mai’s second big weekend night market – the Wualai Walking Street, every Saturday.
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