Here are the top 124 tourist attractions to see in Chiang Mai:

1. Wat Phra Singh

4.5 /5

1 km
from city center
1 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Often regarded as the most beautiful Chiang Mai temple, Wat Phra Singh is a Buddhist temple in the western part of the old Chiang Mai City. It is perhaps the second most important Chiang Mai temple after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. During each Songkran; the Thai New Year, the figure is taken out and paraded through the Chiang Mai streets. This religious procession witnesses spectators sprinkling water in honour over the statue.

2. Doi Inthanon National Park

4.1 /5

58 km
from city center
2 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Located in the Chiang Mai province of Northern Thailand, the Doi Inthanon National Park is situated at the top of Doi Inthanon, the tallest mountain of the country. The spectacular views of the surroundings, as well as the interesting hiking trails and the beautiful waterfalls found at frequent intervals, is definitely worth a visit. Called imaginatively as the “Roof of Thailand,” this park enjoys a huge number of visitors who are amazed to find the montane farms and quaint villages inside the rain forest. The cool climate of Doi Inthanon National Park is yet another factor that finds a lot of takers.

3. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

0 km
from city center
3 out of 124
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 not less than heaven on Earth for these animals. During your trip to the place, you will experience the divine atmosphere in which these elephants live. Your experience will definitely become a memorable one when you reach out to the elephants and spend some time playing with them. And the best part of all is the friendliness with which the elephants accept you, responding equally to your tickling and splashing.

4. Mon Jam

24 km
from city center
4 out of 124
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 cultivate a variety of crops around the year.

5. Art in Paradise

1 km
from city center
5 out of 124
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 wave following you and many more wonderful frescoes awaits you at the Art in Paradise Chiang Mai. These are just a pinch of 130 artistic illusion images spread throughout the museum.

6. Chiang Dao Cave

3.2 /5

68 km
from city center
6 out of 124
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 statues, a lovely fish pond, and exciting dark passageways.

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7. Wat Chedi Luang

4.7 /5

1 km
from city center
7 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang or ‘the temple of the Great Stupa’ is a Buddhist temple inside the old city in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The current temple grounds originally consisted of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmi. The construction of the temple started in the 14th century under King Saen Muang Ma who planned to bury the ashes of his father there, due to prolonged issues the Wat was finally completed in the 15th century under the reign of King Tilokaraj.

8. Lanna Folklife Museum

4.1 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 124
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 information boards which describe the scenes in Thai, Mandarin and English.

9. Sunday Walking Street

3.3 /5

1 km
from city center
9 out of 124
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, local street foods, shops selling local handicrafts items, and of course, seas of people.

10. Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre

3.5 /5

1 km
from city center
10 out of 124
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 captivating tour of Chiang Mai, right from its early settlements to its modern culture.

11. Wiang Kum Kam

4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
11 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Lying on the outskirts of Chiang Mai is the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam. An archaeological site, the city of Wiang Kum Kam, was located on the banks of the Ping River and was once the capital city of the Lanna kingdom. Abandoned in the 16th century due to the flooding of the river, the remains of the city were only discovered in the 1980s.

12. Wat Umong

4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
12 out of 124
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 teachings, meditation sessions and prayer chants reverberating in the air.

13. Warorot Market

4.4 /5

1 km
from city center
13 out of 124
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 locals, making it the perfect place to completely immerse oneself in Thai culture.

14. Saturday Walking Street

3.2 /5

1 km
from city center
14 out of 124
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 booths are also available for customers tired after an evening of gala.

15. Chiang Mai Night Safari

3.7 /5

10 km
from city center
15 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

World’s largest and ranked second as a nocturnal zoo, Chiang Mai Night safari park is an unparalleled African-Savannah-Cross Zoological park cum night safari located 11 kilometers south-west from the city center of Chiang Mai. It functions as a zoo by the day and as the world’s unmatched night safari after dawn. Modeled after Singapore Night Safari, the Chiang Mai Night Safari provides visitors with a mind-blowing experience similar to being out in the wilderness at night.

16. Royal Park Rajapruek

3.5 /5

8 km
from city center
16 out of 124
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 several exhibits showcase everything from international flora to Thai historical culture.

17. Chiang Mai Zoo

3.7 /5

5 km
from city center
17 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Spread across 200 acres, The Chiang Mai Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in northern Thailand. Housing animal species from all over the world, the Chiang Mai Zoo also has an Aviary, called Nakornping Bird Park, housing over 1500 species of local and international bird species.

18. Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar

3.0 /5

3 km
from city center
18 out of 124
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, manicures and crafts, at cheap prices beginning from as low as THB 40.

19. Wat Chiang Man

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
19 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Built in 1296 CE 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 scripture library called the Ho Trai, and a lovely lotus pond.

20. Wat Chet Yot

3.5 /5

3 km
from city center
20 out of 124
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 the Snake, according to the Chinese calendar.

21. Wat Phakhao

3.1 /5

0 km
from city center
21 out of 124
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 holds also holds monk chats, where visitors can converse with learned monks about Buddhism.

22. Hill Tribes

3.6 /5

9 km
from city center
22 out of 124
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 can be found in and around the Doi Suthep mountains, Huey Naam Rin, Nor Lae, and Nong Tong Villages where they often engage in producing handcrafted tribal arts for livelihood.

23. Doi Ang Khang

4.2 /5

120 km
from city center
23 out of 124
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 Viewpoint, and the Royal Agricultural Station are situated here, for visitors to enjoy a tryst with nature.

24. Hiking

4.2 /5

5 km
from city center
24 out of 124
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 promises breathtaking views, cultural history and a refreshing experience.

25. Flight of the Gibbon

4.1 /5

38 km
from city center
25 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Established in 2007 the Flight of the Gibbon is a world-renowned company offering zip lining experience to those seeking adventure. Zip lining over and across the lush rainforests while seeing and hearing the sounds of the jungle make the experience worthwhile. However, it is the gibbons, from where the company gets its name, that steal the show.

26. Chiang Mai Gate Market

3.4 /5

1 km
from city center
26 out of 124
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, Thai condiments, traditional preparations of meat, and souvenirs.

27. Wat Lokmoli

3.1 /5

1 km
from city center
27 out of 124
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 traditional serpents, wooden carvings, ornamental gateways and even a statue of a Lanna queen.

28. Mae Ping River Cruise

4.0 /5

1 km
from city center
28 out of 124
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 for a grand yet cultural evening under the light of the stars.

29. Wat Phan Tao

4.2 /5

1 km
from city center
29 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Considered as one of the older temples of Chiang Mai, Wat Phan Tao is a very beautiful temples. Built as a palace for Chao Mahawong the temple was converted into a monastery in the late 19th century. The teak wood viharn exude classic charm and was built when the teak trade was at its peak.

30. Huay Tung Tao Lake

3.5 /5

10 km
from city center
30 out of 124
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 where you can grab a bite, order a drink, lay back, and relax. Chiang Mai may be a land-locked area in the typically beach-famous country of Thailand, but its hidden wonders like Huay Tung Tao Lake provide respite on even the hottest of days.

31. Patara Elephant Farm

4.1 /5

18 km
from city center
31 out of 124
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 great opportunity to establish a loving bond with the species.

32. Loi Krathong

4.1 /5

4 km
from city center
32 out of 124
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 of lanterns are released into the sky, turning the night magical.

33. Kalare Night Bazaar

2.6 /5

1 km
from city center
33 out of 124
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 plethora of cuisines, and its entertainment spaces which organise fascinating performances.

34. San Kamphaeng & Bo Sang

2.7 /5

10 km
from city center
34 out of 124
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 symbolic of Chiang Mai. In both these places, visitors can observe the skill with which the manufacturers practice their craft.

35. Maesa Elephant Camp

4.2 /5

18 km
from city center
35 out of 124
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 performed by the elephants, among which painting and football are the most popular.

36. Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

3.2 /5

18 km
from city center
36 out of 124
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 of forests and plant-life from all over the world.

37. San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

4.3 /5

25 km
from city center
37 out of 124
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 in the quirky activity of boiling eggs in the hot water and relishing them as part of this extraordinary experience.

38. Anusarn Night Bazaar

3.0 /5

1 km
from city center
38 out of 124
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 restaurants, pubs and massage parlours in the area serve to satiate the weary shopper.

39. Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls

33 km
from city center
39 out of 124
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 the north from the old city of Chiang Mai. This place located far from the city makes an ideal location for locals to spend a relaxing and calming weekend at. Bua Tong is a scenic waterfall made from deposits of limestone and various other minerals. The waterfall also derives its nickname ‘sticky waterfall’ as the limestone generate plenty of friction to prevent you from slipping over the watery rocks. This makes it an easy task to climb to the top of the waterfall with the support of ropes.

40. Chang Puak Gate Night Market

2.6 /5

1 km
from city center
40 out of 124
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 market is visited by a lot of tourists who seek to experience authentic Thai cuisine at cheap prices.

41. Thai Elephant Care Centre

3.3 /5

17 km
from city center
41 out of 124
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 can be a deeply emotional and life-changing experience.

42. Songkran

3.6 /5

1 km
from city center
42 out of 124
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 numerous temples in Chiang Mai, many Thais prefer celebrating Songkran here.

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