Chiang Mai is peaceful and cozy city in Thailand. It offers a lot of beautiful temple complex to visit, fun things to do that will pump your adrenaline, beautiful national parks, mountain, trekking and a lot more.
There is an area of 40 sq km named The Old City. Border wall surrounds this area. Surrounding area around the Old City well-known as the center of tourist destination in Chiang Mai.
If you are going to rock your touring, following are some of the top things to do in Chiang Mai.
20. Shoot Training
Shoot training, at Chiang Mai-Mae Rim Road, could be fun. It will not harm anyone. The location is ten minutes trip from The Old City. This will not make you an expert of shooting. But feeling something fun can shot something.
19. Bungee Jumping and Go Kart
Bungee Jumping and Go Kart take place in Mae Rim. Both cost sum of money and the most popular ones.
18. Flight of The Gibbon And Rafting
Flight of The Gibbon is offering trekking, flying box, exploring flora and fauna in the forest. These outdoor activities will take place at Mae Kampong, one hour trip from Old City Chiang Mai.
Rafting and mountain biking is another challenging choice.
Walking through the mountain and the forest seeing the stunning view. The trekking location is at Pagayor-Doi Ithanon. The traveler should pay a cost to start trekking. The price will include transportation, lunch, drinks, insurance and trekking path guide.
16. ATV Sightseeing
Do you like offroad alike? If yes, it is a must to visit ATV Sightseeing which is offering touring a mountain enjoying the breathtaking view of the forest.
This tour is designed for beginner to expert. It is based on the skill to drive ATV.
15. Rock Climbing
Crazy Horse Sankamphaeng, a part of the rock mountain 40 km far from The Old City Chaing Mai, is the place where doing rock climbing could be fun. There is a service provide all needed for rock climbing include the tools, transportation and the food.
14. Climbing On Spirit Well Cave
Are you not satisfied with rock climbing? There is another challenging option that is Climbing Spirit Well Cave at Pae-Maehongson. But do not worry, an expert instructor and hill tribe Black Luhu will guide you. Of course, you are going to need a sum of money for the guide.
13. Shop At Walking Street
Chiang Mai has a market that opens at Sunday and Monday. It named Walking Street. At Sunday, there is more product for sale.
This market is located at Wualai Road, Ratchadamnoen Road, Thapae Gate and Phrapokklao Road.
12. Shop At Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is the place where a lot of local goods is for sales, such as dress, bag, jewelry, painting, etc. This Bazaar takes place alongside Changklan Road. Bargaining is a must.
11. Buy Silk At San Kamphaeng
A lot of people love silk. San Kamphaeng is a place where many people are producing silk. In fact, you can see silk producer alongside Chiang Mai – San Kamphaeng Road. This silk is for sale.
10. Visit Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a temple complex. Most people will find it difficult to get there from the Old City. That is why you need a tour guide.
The temple is located 15 km far from Old City. As get there, in the front of the door to get in, there are 300 stairs. To get to the main building of the temple, everyone should walk through the stairs.
The building of the temple is so amazing. It is covered in gold. This fantastic scenery will be gone because of burning field. This activity is always happening at March to April.
People of Chiang Mai usually visit the temple for praying routinely.
9. Visit Wat Chiang Man (Wat Chiang Mun)
The oldest temple complex in Old City, Wat Chiang Man (Wat Chiang Mun) has a rich history and culture. King Mangrai built it in 1297. The temple has its beauty, although not as beautiful as others.
Inside the temple, there are several temples named Chedi Chang Lom, Maind Wihan and New Wihan (Monastery), Ubosot(where the ordination take place) and Ho Trai (Library contain Buddhist scriptures), and Lotus Pool.
8. Visit Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang Temple Complex, that was built in the 14th century, has been destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Only half of the building was damaged, though. After restoration, the temple becomes one of the highest one in the Old City.
It is one of the most amazing temples and become a tourist attraction in the Chiang Mai, Thailand. In fact, Emerald Buddha Statue has been here.
7. Visit Wat Pan Tao
Unique and beautiful, it could be in mind for every traveler that has been in Wat Pan Tao Temple Complex. No charge for everyone who wants to enter it.
In the 14th century, the temple complex was built. Inside it, there is a monastery made of wood. This monastery was for the Family Kingdom. In 1875, King Inthawichayanon brought the vihara into the temple.
6. Visit Wat Phra Singh
Wat Phra Singh is a temple complex located in the middle of Old City. It was built by King Raja Pha in 1337 and finished in 1820.
There is Lai Kham Monastery in the temple complex. It was built in Lanna Style. A painting tells us a story about good vs. evil is on its wall. Ubosot and ho trai are other parts of the temple complex which every traveler should see.
5. Visit Wat Suat Dok
There are a monastery, small temples where the funeral ashes of respected families of Chiang Mai buried, ubosot and Buddha University in the Wat Suan Dok Temple Complex. It is located outside The Old City. King Kuena built it at 1371.
You can do a talk with a monk called “monk chat”. This activity is available at no charge for everyone at Monday, Wednesday and Friday, start at 5 am to 7 am.
Another exciting activity is a meditation. It is available for everyone at no charge. It will take two days start on Thursday, 2 am.
4. Visit Wat Jed Yod
Unique and quiet, Wat Jed Yod Temple is the place for everyone who needs not-crowded-place. Not much traveler visit it which is located outside Old City. The buildings of the temple are not like another temple building in Thailand. But it could be the part of the attractiveness.
The grass and the temple have 7 peaks, that was built at the 15th century, is another exciting part of this place.
3. Visit Wat Buppharam
Wat Buppharam Temple Complex that is located outside the Old City is offering historical buildings. It was built in 1497 by King Muang Kaew. But most of the buildings were built in the 19th century.
Near it, there is an exciting place named Night Bazaar which is offering a lot of kind of goods such as belts, shoes, watches, etc. and products made by local. The gate will be closed at sunset. Get there before the evening is a realistic idea.
2. Visit Doi Suthep – Pui National Park
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park that was built in 1986 is covering an area of 261 sq km. It is located on the Hill. One highest peak is Doi Suthep that is located at 1,685 meters above sea level. Exploring Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Hmong Village, Phuping Place and Huay Kaew waterfalls are the best things to do in this area.
1. Visit Doi Ithanon National Park
In Doi Ithanon National Park, that is covering an area of 482 sq km; there is a land at 1,685 meters above sea level which make it the highest peak in Thailand. This national park is home to 66 species of mammal and 386 species of bird.
There are four waterfalls named Mae Klang, Vatchiratan, Siriphum and Mae Ya. Other fantastic parts are Bricindha Cave with the wall made from limestone, The Summit which has the highest peak in Doi Ithanon offering a spectacular view and two temples named Pra Mahathat Chedi Naphamethanidol and Phra Mahathat Chedi Naphabolbhumisiri.