Top 20 Attractions in Chiangmai, Thailand

Here are HHIH’s Top 20 Attractions in Chiangmai, Thailand!

Well our time in Chiangmai has come to an end. It’s been a wonderfully short month filling up on the foods, sights and sounds of the city. There is an abundance of things to see and do in Chiangmai and we would suggest staying at least 3-4 nights to really experience all it has to offer. Even in the low season March – May there is still a vibrant buzz to the city streets. The markets are jam packed every night of the week around the city and there is a lively atmosphere to the restaurants, bars and stalls. We have narrowed our list down to the top 20 attractions in Chiangmai, Thailand to let you have a bit of freedom to get lost in the quirky back streets and generate your own list.

Once you experience all there is to see and do in Chiangmai, you can take full advantage of the surrounding areas. Only a short bus ride away to the neighbouring cities like Pai, Chiang Rai and even Laos if you’re feeling adventurous, where you can relax and enjoy a more laid back side to Northern Thailand and neighbouring Asian countries.

 thai cooking

Things to do:

1. Traditional Thai Cooking Class ~ a great experience for culture and to feed your belly with delicious local cuisine. (We recommend Basil Cookery School)

2. Rent bicycles and explore the old city ~ can be explored on foot or by bike/scooter.

bike quote chiangmai

3. Take a river cruise along the Ping River~ best done at sunset

(Various tour operators offering different rates – shop around)

4. Monks Procession at dawn ~ Make sure to buy some cooked rice/ loose change to offer to the monks

5. Trekking through the Jungle

(We recommend BMP Residence jungle trekking)

Chiangmai attractions

Things to see:

6. Wat Prahthat Doi Suthep Temple ~ If you fancy the challenge you can rent a bike and cycle to the summit.

7. Wat Phra Sing temple @ Suan Dok Gate ~ Built in 1345, this is a great place to think and soak up some culture.

8. Wat Chadi Luang @ Rachadamnoen Road in centre of the Old City ~ Large grounds with the opportunity to interact with monks and learn about Buddhism.

9. Chiangmai Canyon ~ A great day spent cliff diving, tubing or paddle boarding the water of the canyon.

(We recommend renting your own scooter to get their at stay at your own leisure)

Monk pic

Things to experience:

10. Flight of the Gibbon ~ take to the tree tops for a fun filled day of adventure.

(various tour operators or tuk tucks offering to drive you there (30 minutes from the city))

11. A talk with a monk @ Wat Chadi Luang Temple in the centre of the Old City~ A magical cultural insight into the day in the life of monk.

Elephant washing

12. Visit & help out at an Elephant Sanctuary ~ This is the most amazing experience to get up close and personal with these amazing animals.

(We recommend BMP Elephant Care Project)

night market

Where to Shop:

13. Saturday Walking Street Market (Starts @ Chiangmai Gate around 5pm)

14. Sunday Walking Street Market (Rachadamnoen Road Old City)

15. Night Bazzaar International Market (Chareon Prathet Road)

16. Mia Mall Night Market (wed-fri Starts @ 4pm)

 thai food in chiangmai

Where to eat:

(I could write an entire book for this section the food was that good!)

17. The Salad Concept ~ Offers amazing breakfasts, salads and desserts.

Found @ Nimman Soi 13

18. Rustic & Blue ~ The most delicious Green Eggs Benedict & Acai Bowls.

Found @ Nimman Soi 7

acai bowls in chiangmai

19. Dada Cafe ~ A Great budget option for western/Thai food with tasty smoothies.

Found @ Ratmakka Road

20. Ploen Ruedee Night Market (International Food Park) open every night expect Sunday.

Starts @ 5:30pm – Midnight with live music & a great mix of food!

We hope you like our Top Attractions in Chiangmai, Thailand and can squeeze them all into your trip.  Chiangmai is an amazing city with friendly locals, culture and great cuisine.  You will have a great time and no doubt rave about the city with hindsight just as we have!


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