Places To Visit In Chiang Mai

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Country rank: 10 out of 32 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Chiang Mai Province

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Here are the top 120 tourist attractions to see in Chiang Mai:

1. Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh

4.5

1 kms
from city center

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1 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Known as the 'Monastery of the Lion Buddha', Wat Phra Singh is one of the most popular temples in the city. Constructed in 14th century, it houses the Phra Singh Buddha, giving the temple its name. The viharns are intricately designed, with gold details of mythological beings. The walls depict mural...

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2. Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park

4.1

58 kms
from city center

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2 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon National Park is home to the highest peak in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. The Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty, containing many specimens of the animal kingdom, lush jungles, waterfalls and a massif of mountains in the background. Some tribal communities also reside within this pro...

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3. Mon Jam

Mon Jam

24 kms
from city center

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3 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Also known as ‘Doi Mon Jam’ and 'Mon Chaem', located just about 45 minutes from the Province of Chiang Mai, Mon Jam is a mountaintop community and national park in the Mae Rim County. This is also a part of the Royal Project, which empowers the residents to use sustainable farming methods to cultiva...

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4. Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

4.7

1 kms
from city center

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4 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Although its construction began in the 14th century, Wat Chedi Luang stands today as an incomplete structure. It is home to several beautiful Buddha statues, including one made of black jade, venerated locally as the Phra Yok. Sao Inthakin, the city pillar, is also situated within the complex. The t...

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5. Sunday Walking Street

Sunday Walking Street

3.3

1 kms
from city center

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5 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

One of the most famous shopping experiences in Chiang Mai, the Sunday Walking Street is a busy night market that runs from Tha Pae Gate along Ratchadamnoen Road every Sunday. It is nothing short of a festival, complete with blazing lights, music, entertainment spaces, artists, massage parlours, loca...

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6. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

0 kms
from city center

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6 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

When you hear the sound of over 30 elephants trumpeting in the distance, you can be sure you are close to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. Serving as a home to all those elephants who were once labourers to the logging and tourism industry of Thailand, the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is no...

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7. Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam

4.2

5 kms
from city center

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7 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Serving as the capital of the Lanna kingdom in the 13th century, Wiang Kum Kam now lies as a site of rich historical documentation. The area contains the central temple Wat Chedi Liam, ancient scriptures, earthenware, Mon stone tablets and Lanna architecture, which are all important artefacts of Tha...

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8. Wat Umong

Wat Umong

4.2

4 kms
from city center

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8 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Nestled near the Doi Suthep mountain, Wat U Mong Thera Jan is a peaceful temple far from the city bustle. It is also called the Tunnel Temple due to its labyrinth network of tunnels set within the forest. It offers a wholesome experience of Buddhism, complete with ancient stone structures, Dhamma te...

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9. Warorot Market

Warorot Market

4.4

1 kms
from city center

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9 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Warorot Market can be thought of as an authentic Thai supermarket that sells everything under the sun. Aisles are flanked by stalls which display fresh spices, farm produce, local delicacies, condiments, bags, footwear, clothes, accessories and domestic appliances. The market is always buzzing with ...

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10. Saturday Walking Street

Saturday Walking Street

3.2

1 kms
from city center

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10 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

The Saturday Walking Street is a night market that locates itself on the Wualai Road every Saturday. The road is lined with shops selling local goods, handicrafts, mementos and authentic Thai street food. The evening comes alive with colourful displays and chattering crowds. Inexpensive foot massage...

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Best Sightseeing and Tourist Attractions in Chiang Mai

11. Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari

3.7

10 kms
from city center

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11 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Night Safari is a park cum zoo that has been modelled after the concept of a jungle safari. It has three animal zones where visitors can interact, feed and take pictures of wild animals like hyenas, lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants and bears in their natural habitats. The itinerary also...

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12. Art in Paradise

Art in Paradise

1 kms
from city center

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12 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

One of the biggest 3D museums in the world, Art in Paradise is a very fun and exciting place in Chiang Mai. The museum is an ideal stoppage point for those who love to capture the wonders of the world through their camera lens. A giant cat pawing at you, a waterfall flowing beneath your feet, a huge...

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13. Lanna Folklife Museum

Lanna Folklife Museum

4.1

1 kms
from city center

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13 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Located opposite the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre, Lanna Folklife Museum is an exhibition celebrating traditions of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. It has 18 exhibits depicting everyday activities from local life, with realistic life-sized wax statues of people. They are accompanied by info...

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14. Royal Park Rajapruek

Royal Park Rajapruek

3.5

8 kms
from city center

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14 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Originally built to commemorate the anniversaries of the Royal King's birth and his accession to the throne, Royal Park Rajapruek is now a public park popular among locals and tourists alike. Due to the many varieties of plant species growing here, it is the hub of agricultural research today. Its s...

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15. Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar

Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar

3.0

3 kms
from city center

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15 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

The Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar, located next to Maya Mall, is a small night market in Chiang Mai. It is popular as the University Market, due to its close proximity to Chiang Mai University, and is a local favourite among the youth. Shops sell everything from street food, clothes, accessories, bags, ...

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16. Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

4.2

1 kms
from city center

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16 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Built in 1296 during the inception of Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Mai is the oldest temple in the city. It has two decorated viharns, which contain the oldest and highly venerated Buddha images. The temple is decorated with elaborate golden structures and intricate engravings. The compound also has a scr...

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17. Wat Chet Yot

Wat Chet Yot

3.5

3 kms
from city center

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17 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Wat Chet Yot is a temple in Chiang Mai where many cultures collide. The architecture of the temple and the spires have clear Indian, Thai and Lanna influences, with symbolic depictions of Buddha's life. The stuccoed temple is especially venerated as a place of worship for those born in the Year of t...

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18. Chiang Dao Cave

Chiang Dao Cave

3.2

68 kms
from city center

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18 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

At the foothills of the Chiang Dao mountain lies the Chiang Dao Cave, full of natural wonders and mysteries. The interiors of the cave are patterned with the naturally occurring stalagmites and stalactites. The cave running for more than 12 kilometres also contains several Buddhist relics, ancient s...

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19. Hill Tribes

Hill Tribes

3.6

9 kms
from city center

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19 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai countryside sprawled across scenic mountains and lush greenery, is inhabited by a number of traditional hill tribes. Tribes like the Akha, Palong, Karen and the famous Padaungs have settled in villages which are funded and developed by royal charities and relief organisations. They ca...

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20. Doi Ang Khang

Doi Ang Khang

4.2

120 kms
from city center

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20 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Doi Ang Khang is the perfect mountain getaway for those looking for adventure and relaxation rolled into one. Since it is known for its natural beauty, there are opportunities for hiking, nature trails, birdwatching and mountain biking. Many tourist attractions such as the Bonsai Garden, Kiu Lom Vie...

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21. Hiking

Hiking

4.2

5 kms
from city center

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21 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai offers several hiking opportunities to those in search for adventure on a holiday. The presence of hills and natural beauty in the region have allowed hiking trails like the Wat Pha Lat, Doi Suthep, Huay Tung Tao and Doi Inthanon to become popular among tourists and trekkers. Every hike p...

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22. Flight of the Gibbon

Flight of the Gibbon

4.1

38 kms
from city center

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22 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Established in 2005, Flight of the Gibbon is a world-renowned company offering zip lining experiences to those seeking adventure. Surrounded by lush rainforests of the Mae Kampong village, the zip line streaks through nature and its constituents, including gibbons which give the company its name. Th...

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23. Chiang Mai Gate Market

Chiang Mai Gate Market

3.4

1 kms
from city center

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23 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Talat Pratu, commonly known as the Chiang Mai Gate Market, is a large local market in Chiang Mai, which locals access to fulfil their daily domestic needs. Located along the Bumrung Buri Road, vendors begin setting up shop during the wee hours of morning, selling everything from fruits, vegetables, ...

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24. Wat Lokmoli

Wat Lokmoli

3.1

1 kms
from city center

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24 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Rich with history of its origin, Wat Lokmoli is a temple that dates back to the era of the Mengrai Dynasty during the 14th century. It is known most significantly for its chedi, which is among the largest of all the temples in Chiang Mai. The alluring temple is decorated with structures of tradition...

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25. Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

3.5

1 kms
from city center

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25 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Located in the background of the Three Kings Monument, Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre is the one-stop destination for those looking to learn Chiang Mai's comprehensive history. Through masterful mosaics, paintings, maps, relics and life-sized sculptures, this place takes one on a captiva...

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26. Mae Ping River Cruise

Mae Ping River Cruise

4.0

1 kms
from city center

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26 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

The Mae Ping flowing through Chiang Mai gives ample opportunity for exciting river cruises to be organised along it. The Mae Ping River Cruise allows visitors to journey across the smooth waters and experience the local riverside sights and sounds of the city, or arrange a luxe dinner cruise, making...

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27. Wat Phan Tao

Wat Phan Tao

4.2

1 kms
from city center

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27 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Wat Phan Tao, literally translating to 'temple of a thousand kilnsäó, was originally used as a king's palace in the 19th century before being fully converted to a temple. The viharn is one of a kind, being made only of wood, carved perfectly with stunning details. The interiors contain a Buddha sta...

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28. Huay Tung Tao Lake

Huay Tung Tao Lake

3.5

10 kms
from city center

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28 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Huay Tung Tao Lake, a man-made reservoir, is a stunning waterside location just outside Chiang Mai to spend the day. It features a gorgeous view of the Doi Suthep mountains, calming waters, and grass huts peppered along the landscape. It has dozens of restaurants with seating floating atop the lake ...

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29. Patara Elephant Farm

Patara Elephant Farm

4.1

18 kms
from city center

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29 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Patara Elephant Farm is a interactive park aimed at the care and conservation of elephants. Visitors can feed them, ride on their backs, play with them in their natural habitat and even assist in their healthcare activities. The farm also allows people to become elephant owners for a day, which is a...

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30. Wat Phakhao

Wat Phakhao

3.1

0 kms
from city center

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30 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Wat Phakhao is a small, quiet Buddhist temple located along Ratchapakhinai Road. Since it isn't very popular, it offers a respite from noise and crowds. The temple structures are simply built, with interiors decorated with red and gold designs, and the exteriors flanked by lovely gardens. The place ...

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31. Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong

4.1

4 kms
from city center

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31 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Loi Krathong is a festival of lights celebrated in Thailand to worship the water goddess. People gather around lakes and rivers to set afloat candles, tealights, flowers and incense atop special holders called krathongs. In Chiang Mai, this event coincides with the Yi Peng festival, where thousands ...

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32. Kalare Night Bazaar

Kalare Night Bazaar

2.6

1 kms
from city center

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32 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

One of the quieter markets in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the Kalare Night Bazaar is an arcade which hosts a string of shops that cater to all of a visitor's needs, right from clothes and jewellery to gifting options and tour operators. The market is known for its dining options which offer a pleth...

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33. San Kamphaeng & Bo Sang

San Kamphaeng & Bo Sang

2.7

10 kms
from city center

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33 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

San Kamphaeng & Bo Sang are two villages near Chiang Mai, that thrive on authentic handicraft and textile production. San Kamphaeng is famous for its various beautiful silk and cotton products, while Bo Sang, also known as the Umbrella Village, is invested in creating bright floral umbrellas sym...

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34. Maesa Elephant Camp

Maesa Elephant Camp

4.2

18 kms
from city center

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34 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

One of the largest elephant relief camps in the city, Maesa Elephant Camp is a conservative which houses elderly, baby and rescued elephants. They strive towards providing full comfort to them, tending to their dietary and healthcare needs. Visitors can enjoy several talent shows and skills performe...

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35. Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

3.2

18 kms
from city center

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35 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Founded in 1992, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden prides on being Thailand's largest botanical garden. Encompassing within it the panoramic vistas of the Doi Suthep mountains, the garden has several walking trails and a massive glasshouse where visitors can familiarise themselves with exotic specimens o...

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36. San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

4.3

25 kms
from city center

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36 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Hot springs are a popular feature of Thailand, and the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs are a well-known attraction dabbling in this industry. This place, located in Ban Sahakorn, has two mineral baths set against picturesque natural beauty, where visitors can relax and blow off steam. One can also indulge...

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37. Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo

3.7

5 kms
from city center

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37 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Zoo, spread across 200 acres, is one of the oldest zoos in northern Thailand. It houses animal species from all over the world, including ostriches, camels, flamingos, penguins, seals, sharks and even giant pandas. Exhibits are made to resemble the animals' natural habitats for their ...

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38. Anusarn Night Bazaar

Anusarn Night Bazaar

3.0

1 kms
from city center

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38 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Situated near the end of the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, the Anusarn Night Bazaar is known for being the largest and most exciting night market in Chiang Mai. Shops lined along the street sell everything from jewellery, clothes, bags, local Thai food, and souvenirs at reasonable prices. Busy res...

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39. Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls

33 kms
from city center

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39 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Bua Tong Waterfalls in Chiang Mai is one of those places where you will encounter nature at its purest and rawest form. It is Thailand’s most peerless location, one: a traveller must never miss out on. Also known as the Sticky Waterfalls, this location is just about an hour and a half away towards t...

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40. Chang Puak Gate Night Market

Chang Puak Gate Night Market

2.6

1 kms
from city center

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40 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Also known as the North Gate Market, Talat Phlu Chang Phueak, translating to the Chang Puak Gate Night Market, is a food market located in northern Chiang Mai. Shops lining the street sizzle the air with sounds and smells of flaming woks cooking traditional Thai delicacies, especially seafood. The m...

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41. Thai Elephant Care Centre

Thai Elephant Care Centre

3.3

17 kms
from city center

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41 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Founded in 1976, the Thai Elephant Care Centre serves as the last home for elderly elephants before they pass away. Staff and visitors devote their time to caring and bonding with old elephants, helping them in their daily routines of bathing, feeding and healthcare. Spending a day at this facility ...

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42. Songkran

Songkran

3.6

1 kms
from city center

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42 out of 120
Places To Visit in Chiang Mai

Songkran is an annual Thai festival that rings in the Buddhist New Year, marked by a national holiday in Thailand. Locals devote their time in prayer and veneration of the Buddha image, and then engage in water games, bursting firecrackers and preparing Thai delicacies. Due to the presence of numero...

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