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

43. Wat Srisuphan

4.1 /5

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

Since it is constructed completely out of silver, Wat Srisuphan makes for one of the most breathtaking temples in Chiang Mai. The glistening interiors of the temple are also decorated from wall to wall with mirror work, silver and bright colours, along with a silver Buddha. The temple conducts monk chats, wherein visitors can converse with monks about Buddhism.

44. Wat Pha Lat

3.5 /5

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

Located deep within a forest, Wat Pha Lat is a temple that merges the spirituality of Buddhism with the beauty of nature. It can be reached after a delightful hike along the monk's trail, completing which the temple offers a rewarding experience. One finds that stone images and carved statues are set amidst freely flowing waterfalls, sounds of birds and a peaceful atmosphere.

45. Wat Phra That Doi Kham

4.1 /5

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

Wat Phra That Doi Kham, also known as the Golden Temple, is a temple housing a 17 metre tall golden statue of Buddha atop a hill. Set against the picturesque Doi Pui mountains with a panoramic view of the city below, the temple is said to preserve a lock of Buddha's hair. The complex is decorated with bells and gongs, as well as ancient sculptures of mythical creatures.

46. Grand Canyon, Chiang Mai

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

Planning a day's outing with your loved ones? Head over to Hang Dong Canyon, a striking canyon located just an hour away from Central Chiang Mai. It is also fondly known as the Grand Canyon of Chiang Mai – the name adapted from its American counterpart which looks uncannily similar. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, a visit to the Grand Canyon can be the much-needed change that you are looking for.

47. Baan Chang Elephant Park

3.5 /5

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

Baan Chang Elephant Park is a conservative sanctuary dedicated to the care and well-being of Asian elephants. They offer programs which offer guidance for proper communication, feeding, bathing and riding of elephants. Their mahout training sessions are useful in understanding the needs of young and old elephants, aiming at bringing man and nature closer.

48. Suan Dok Gate

3.2 /5

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

The Suan Dok Gate is a prime historical landmark situated in the Si Phum District of Chiang Mai. It once formed a part of the walled settlement of Wiang Suan Dok during the period of the Lanna Kingdom around the 14th century. Today, it stands as a reminder of the grand architectural feat of the city's traditions, while also serving as a centre point for hotels and restaurants to flourish.

49. Mae Sa Waterfall

3.8 /5

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

Mae Sa Waterfall is an eight level waterfall set amidst the lush rainforests of Mae Sa. Visitors can picnic near the lower waterfalls, or trek upwards to the higher tiers which are uncrowded and peaceful. There are several vendors around who sell local street food delicacies that tourists can enjoy. The surrounding Mae Sa valleys also offer opportunities for adventure activities.

50. Fang

4.4 /5

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

Fang is a quiet town located in northern Chiang Mai, which boasts of scenic beauty and natural sights. Doi Ang Khang, Fang Lake, Wat Tha Ton, Fang Hot Springs, Sky Walk, and Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park are among the most popular ones. Since the place doesn't see much tourist footfall, it makes for a great place to relax and unwind.

51. Mae Rim

4.1 /5

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

Further north of Chiang Mai lies the tourist town of Mae Rim, bursting with attractions and activity. Consisting of a single road branching into segues best navigable by a scooter, it is famously known for the Mae Sa Waterfall, Mae Sa Elephant Park, Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Mon Chaem hilltop view point and the Samoeng Loop, a hub of motorcycling and other extreme sports.

52. Wat Buppharam

3.6 /5

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

With a stunning white chedi guarded by four lifelike sculptures of lions, Wat Buppharam houses the largest teakwood statue of Buddha. On the compound is a Dhamma hall for prayer, where the walls and panels narrate the life and teachings of Buddha through murals and carvings. Heavily influenced by Burmese architecture, this temple is a hotspot of multiculturalism.

53. Baan Tawai

3.5 /5

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

Baan Tawai is a local handicrafts village in Chiang Mai, aimed at the encouragement and inclusivity of tribal culture from the surrounding villages and hills. It is most famous for its handcrafted woodwork carvings, which is an ancient folk art passed down through generations. Artful samples of wooden furniture, kitchenware, decorations, sculptures, etc. are all available on sale for visitors.

54. Elephant Retirement Park

3.4 /5

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

Started in 2014, Elephant Retirement Park is a home to elephants, especially ones which are old and retired. It offers a safe haven for elephants who have been rescued from captivity in labour or entertainment. There are opportunities for visitors to bathe, feed, give herbal treatments to, and gain deep knowledge about these loving animals, making it an extremely fulfilling experience.

55. Ploen Ruedee Night Market

3.5 /5

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

Ploen Ruedee Night Market is the ultimate destination to get a taste of national and international cuisines. This marketplace is a gastronomic festival, lined with shops preparing everything from Thai street foods to Italian pizza. The live music, bright lights, pubs, crowds and shopping stalls only heighten the carnivalesque atmosphere this place offers.

56. Baan Mae Kampong

3.5 /5

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

Baan Mae Kampong is a quaint mountain village, blessed with picturesque waterfalls, streams, mountains and forests that make up its neighbourhood. It heavily promotes eco-tourism and homestays, so that visitors can familiarise themselves with the traditions of the local folk, and live like them.

57. Chinatown

4.1 /5

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

The Chinatown in Chiang Mai is a culturally rich, albeit small area. Its close location to the busy Warorot Market sometimes makes it indistinguishable from the local Thai market area. There are several shops selling gold, cheap fabric and domestic appliances here. The market is more alive at night with stalls preparing authentic Chinese street food delicacies.

58. Hang Dong

3.6 /5

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

The village of Hang Dong lying 15 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, is famous for its handicrafts and woodwork antiques. It is a thriving centre where one can find great collectibles of traditional art and handmade crafts belonging to Thai culture. Some other attractions in the area are the Dokmai Garden, Op Khan National Park and several stunning Buddhist temples.

59. Chiang Mai Historical Centre

3.5 /5

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

Located right in the centre of Chiang Mai Old City, Chiang Mai Historical Centre is a store of Thailand's interesting history tracing the beginnings of Chiang Mai. Made in traditional Lanna style, the centre uses interactive methods of information such as waxworks, models, dioramas, description boards and real life ruins from an ancient temple.

60. Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

3.2 /5

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

Spread across the countryside with the majestic Doi Chiang Dao forming the backdrop, the Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected hotspot of various flora and fauna. It covers different types of forests and is home to several endangered animals. Trekking and camping opportunities are also available, which are perfect for an exciting getaway in the lap of nature. Guides charge between 1000 THB and 2000 THB per person and an overnight stay at the sanctuary costs 500 THB.

61. Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe Village

2.9 /5

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

Situated in and around the Doi Pui mountain, the Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe Village is a settlement where the people of the Hmong Tribe reside. The village offers insight into their lifestyle, folk culture, traditional artefacts and livelihood practices.

62. Pha Daeng National Park

4.0 /5

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

Also known locally as Chiang Dao National Park, Pha Daeng National Park is sprawled over 1225 sq. kms., encompassing within it several attractions such as Pong Ang Hot Springs, Sri Sangwan Waterfalls, and Doi Chiang Dao. A hike up the limestone hills, through forests and thickets, promises a thrilling ascend with a panoramic view of nature in full bloom.

63. Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

4.0 /5

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

Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park is a conservative site in the Fang district of Chiang Mai. It covers a scenic mountainous terrain, including the Pha Hom Pok Mountain itself. The park is replete with distinct attractions like geysers, geothermal pools, mineral baths, botanical gardens and natural beauty, all extremely well-maintained. Opportunities to hike and camp overnight are also available.

64. Tha Ton

4.0 /5

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

Tha Ton is a village in northern Chiang Mai, whose location in the countryside has granted it with verdant views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The place is home to hill tribes, and is actively invested in their relief by setting up handicraft markets. Tourists can also visit the famous Wat Tha Ton temple or take a boat trip down the river to Chiang Rai nearby.

65. Wat Phraphutthabat Si Roi

2.6 /5

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

Situated in Mae Rim, Wat Phraphutthabat Si Roi is an important Buddhist temple, since the temple grounds are said to contain footprints of the Buddha. The temple structure itself is magnificently carved with bright colours and golden panels, along with a refreshing dose of greenery beautifying the compound, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the soul.

66. Chinese Cemetery

3.9 /5

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

Located near the National Museum, the Chinese Cemetery is a quiet area lined with beautiful graves commemorating those who have passed. The neat white structures are majestic, yet elegant, ensuring a comfortable resting place. One can also find installations of mythical creatures guarding the cemetery. This is a good place for those looking for some peace for silent introspection.

67. Tha Phae Gate

3.7 /5

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

Tha Phae Gate, located on the Moon Muang Road, is the most prominent landmark in Chiang Mai. It made up the city walls of the Old City in the earlier days, and is now a prime location which is flourishing under the advent of Chiang Mai's foremost hotels, shops and restaurants. It also serves as the hub of the city's cultural events and festivals throughout the year.

68. Flower Festival

3.6 /5

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

Keeping true to its title of 'rose of the northäó, Chiang Mai hosts the Flower Festival every year, a three-day festival in February. This event turns the Suan Buak Hat park colourful with its wonderful display of flowers, some local, some exotic. The major highlights of the festival are the decorated floats that parade the streets and the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition.

69. Wat Tham Pha Plong

3.6 /5

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

Surrounded by thick jungles and lush vegetation, Wat Tham Pha Plong is a forest temple not far from the Chiang Dao mountains. The striking golden pagoda of the temple standing tall is visible even from a distance. The ascent to the temple is not easy, since it is reached after a hike up some 500 steps. The temple is known for the peaceful vibe and magnificent view it offers.

70. Canopy Walkway

4.2 /5

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

The Canopy Walkway is one of the prime attractions that was newly inaugurated in 2015 within the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. It is a walking trail made of a glass floor and suspended in the air, giving visitors a thrilling opportunity to get a gorgeous roundabout view of the forest, waterfalls, natural life and mountain ranges stretching far into the horizon.

71. Wat Tha Ton

3.5 /5

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

Wat Tha Ton is an important Buddhist temple in the village of Tha Ton. It is well-known for its stunning crystal pagoda, or Chedi Kaew, which is strikingly visible from afar. Adorned with inscriptions and sculptures of mythical stories, the compound houses a school, meditation centre and community outreach programs for the hill tribes, while also offering a scenic view of the country below.

72. Talat Ton Lam Yai

3.4 /5

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

Talat Ton Lam Yai is a riverside flower market, spread adjacent to Warorot Market on the busy Praisanai Road. Bunches of roses, jasmines, orchids, chrysanthemums and lotuses scent the air and put up a colourful show in full bloom. Though the market is open all night long, locals like visiting early morning to choose from the brightest and freshest flowers.

73. Wat Mahawan

3.4 /5

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

With a Burmese style chedi, viharn with Lanna architecture, and motifs of Hindu mythological creatures, Wat Mahawan is a temple rich in the cultural heritage of Thailand. The complex also has an ubosot, the prayer hall where monks are ordained. The Ho Trai, which once contained scriptures with teachings of the Buddha, now serves as the residence of the temple's abbot.

74. Wat Ku Tao

3.4 /5

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

Wat Ku Tao is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai with traditional Burmese, Chinese and Confucian influences. Also known as Temple of the Gourd Pagoda, it borrows its name from its chedi that resembles a gourd or a stack of watermelons, which actually represents the lives of Buddha. It is a quiet temple with few visitors, making it perfect for some peaceful meditation and prayer.

75. Samoeng Loop, Mae Sa

3.4 /5

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

The Samoeng Loop, beginning at the 1096 highway in Mae Rim, is a popular point for bikers, motorcyclists and adventure-enthusiasts. The loop winds through panoramic mountains and challenging terrains, covering most of the sightseeing spots situated in the town of Mae Rim along the way.

76. Khun Chang Khian

3.3 /5

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

Khun Chang Khian is a quaint little village managed by Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Agriculture. It is a major bio-hotspot where several exotic species are found, making it a centre for agro-research. It is best known for the magnificent pink cherry blossoms, known locally as the Tiger Queen, which give a feel of Japan in Thailand.

77. Natural Science Museum

3.3 /5

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

Natural Science Museum is a store of exhibits and museums pertaining to science, technology and sustainable development. The exhibition offers an interesting tour through several fields such as archaeology, biology, geography and astronomy, which make for a fun-filled educational experience, for both children and adults.

78. Wat Phan On

3.3 /5

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

Though Wat Phan On is a small temple complex, it houses the most stunning golden chedi/stupa, made in 2007 by the King of Thailand, Rama IX. The architecture of the temple is a beautiful mix of rich gold detailing and wooden carvings depicting traditional myths and motifs. Complete with a large viharn and a kuti where monks reside, this temple represents authentic Thai culture.

79. Talat Muang Mai

3.2 /5

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

Talat Muang Mai is a wholesale fruit market in Chiang Mai. With its display of juicy fruits and flavourful vegetables, it is the one-stop destination to grab unprocessed, fresh farm produce at cheap rates. It sells several local varieties of watermelons, mangoes, passionfruit, rambutans and apples. Bustling with locals round the clock, it makes for a good exposure to Thai lifestyles.

80. Baan Kang Wat

3.2 /5

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

Baan Kang Wat is a quaint artists' village in Chiang Mai. It thrives on culture and traditional art, with its art galleries, tribal handcrafts and craft workshops. It is lined with pretty coffee shops, an amphitheatre, and miles of manicured greens. This is the perfect hangout spot for anyone with a creative mind, or someone who needs a relaxing retreat with a steaming cuppa in hand.

81. Wat Inthakhin Saduemuang

3.2 /5

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

Wat Inthakhin Sadue Muang, literally meaning 'temple of the city naveläó is a temple named after the city pillar called Sao Inthakin, which was situated close to the temple. The viharn, intricately detailed with woodwork and gold structures, houses the image of the Buddha known as Luang Pho Khao. The Inthakin Museum next door exhibits relics from the era of the Lanna Kingdom.

82. Wat Tham Chiang Dao

3.2 /5

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

The Wat Tham Chiang Dao is a Buddhist temple situated at the mouth of the Chiang Dao Cave. Its location within the thickets of a forest lend it an aura perfect for silence and meditation, aided only by the beautiful sounds of nature. The Tanjai Buddha image that sits within the cave temple is believed to grant all prayers and wishes.

83. Suan Buak Hat

3.1 /5

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

Suan Buak Hat is a large public park in Chiang Mai's old city. Complete with ponds, tiny bridges, walking trails and lush greenery, it looks like a painting on an artist's easel. The picturesque setting of the park makes it a great destination for relaxing outdoors on a beautiful day.

84. Chiang Mai University Art Museum

3.1 /5

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

The Chiang Mai University Art Museum is directly associated to Chiang Mai University, with much of its displays coming straight from their Faculty of Arts. The museum encourages artworks by students of the university as well as accomplished artists. It also functions as a cultural hub, as it hosts film screenings, art festivals and performative programs significant of Thai culture.

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