Chiang Mai: Tips

There are more than 300 temples in Chiang Mai and its outskirts, with a dozen stand-outs of historical or architectural significance within walking distance of each other. Though certain temples on the conventional tourist circuit can be overrun with loud groups it is not hard to find many less well-known, but no less interesting.

Top 3:

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Situated at the Chiang Mall Hills) – 30 baht / free for Thai
  • Wat Pha Lat (Chiang Mai Hills – Less visited and the best one in my opinion)
  • Wat Chedi Luang

 

Others:

  • Wat Phra Shing
  • Wihan Lai Kham
  • Wat Ching Man
  • Wat Phrachao Mengrai
  • Wat Jet Yod
  • Wat Umong

 

Outside the city:

  • Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda in Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Remember to always cover your knees + shoulders before entering any temple and also to take off your shoes (men or women).

 

Museums:

  • Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center
  • Chiang Mai National Museum
  • Chiang Mai University Art Museum
  • Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
  • Art in Paradise

 

Gardens, nature and trekking:

  • Mae Sa Waterfall
  • The Bhubing Royal Palace Gardens
  • Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden
  • Royal Flora Ratchaphruek
  • Doi Inthanon
  • Ang Ka Nature Trail

 

Elephants:

  • Elephant Nature Park (Visit or volunteer, book 1-2 months in advance). They are not here to perform or do tricks and people visiting here will leave with a whole new understanding these magnificent creatures.
  • Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

 

Others that I don’t support, but in case you want to ride these beautiful animals and hurt them:

  • Baanchang Elephant Park
  • Chai Lai Orchid
  • Eddy Elephant Care

 

Muay Thai:

  • Kalare Boxing Stadium
  • Loi Kroh Boxing Stadium
  • The Phae Boxing Stadium

 

Massage:

  • Oriental Massage
  • Nanthikan Massage
  • Fah Lanna Massage
  • Green Bamboo Massage
  • Le Lux Massage
  • Nantana Massage
  • Sun Massage

And many other places that you can just walk in while you are walking around.

Others:

  • Motorcycling
  • Rafting
  • Zipline
  • Huay Tung Tao Lake

Meditation Courses:

  • Wat Chom Tong
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Ram Poeng
  • Wat Suan Dok
  • Wat Umong

Cooking courses:

  • Air’s Thai Culinary Kitchen
  • Baan Thai Cookery School
  • Chiang Mai Kitchen Cooking School
  • Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
  • Classic Home Cooking

Thai Language:

  • AUA
  • Chiang Mai University Language Institute
  • Effective Thai

Markets:

  • Night Bazaar
  • Saturday Walking Market
  • Sunday Walking Market
  • Warorot Market

Eat:

  • Anusarn Market
  • Kalare Food Center
  • Suthep Road Outdoor Eating

Restaurants:

  • Woo Cafe & Art Gallery
  • Favola
  • Roof 69
  • Ginger & Kafe

Sleep:

  • 99 the Gallery (walking distance from the city center temples)