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

85. Wat Jet Lin

3.1 /5

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

Wat Jet Lin, also known as Wat Chedlin, is one of the quieter temples in Chiang Mai. The temple interiors are bathed in bright red and pink colours, save the large golden Buddha sitting towards the end. In contrast, the outer complex has an idyllic feel, complete with a rustic stone chedi, an ornamental bridge, a pond, and an organic coffee shop.

86. Wat Chomphu

3.1 /5

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

Wat Chomphu is a 600-year old temple located in the Chang Moi area. While Wat Chomphu figures among the more lesser known temples in Chiang Mai, its sparsely populated compound lends it a peaceful aura where one can pray in silence. The temple is gilded with intricate designs, and has a remarkable golden chedi which makes it visible from the road itself.

87. Chinese New Year, Chiang Mai

3.1 /5

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

Owing to the sizeable Chinese population in Chiang Mai, the Chinese New Year is celebrated every year with much pomp. Chinatown adjoined to the Warorot Market, decorates in auspicious red lanterns and dragons.

88. Anusawari Sam Kasat (Three Kings Monument)

3.1 /5

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

The Three Kings Monument, standing tall in Chiang Mai's administrative centre, is a bronze statue commemorating Phaya Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai, and his two friends, Phaya Ngam Meuang of Phayao and Phaya Khun Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai. Revered as a shrine, this structure is popularly used as a representative symbol of the city. The square in front of the statue is often the site of festivals and local celebrations.

89. Chiang Dao

3.0 /5

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

Literally known as the 'City of Starsäó', Chiang Dao is a beautiful town lying in the Chiang Mai Province. It is best popular for the Chiang Dao mountain that stands amidst the widespread greens of the countryside. It is an active centre for tourist activity with several sightseeing options such as the Chiang Dao Caves, hot springs, national parks, tribal villages, and adventure sports.

90. Dara Pirom Palace

3.1 /5

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

Once the residence of Dara Rasmee, one of the Royal King's consorts, the Dara Pirom Palace is now open to the public as a museum. Set upon a peaceful compound, the palace is a testimony to the brilliance of Thai-colonial architecture and upper class cultures. The rooms exhibit memorabilia, photographs, textiles and heirlooms from the princess's life and times.

91. Wat Ou Sai Kham

3.1 /5

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

More than 300 years old, Wat Ou Sai Kham is a temple best known for its stunning Buddha sculptures made of jade brought from Myanmar. They sit among the display of other Buddha statues of different sizes and styles. The viharn is elaborately decorated with sacred motifs of flowers and serpents, while the murals on the walls depict the past lives of Buddha.

92. Poy Sang Long

3.0 /5

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

Poy Sang Long is a rite of passage ceremony for young boys aged 7 - 14. During this three-day festival, temples are abuzz with celebration and activity, as boys are educated in the tenets of Buddhism and monkhood, which they are then expected to practice. They are dressed as princes, and paraded to temples on the shoulders of their elders, amidst ceremonious music.

93. Treasury Pavilion Coin Museum

3.0 /5

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

Located along the Ratchadamnoern Road, the Treasury Pavilion Coin Museum is an exhibition of the history and evolution of Thai coinage and currency in all its glory. It is a small, but informative museum lined with historical artefacts, rare coins and royal Thai memorabilia. A floor is also dedicated to a store where tourists can purchase coins of Thai heritage.

94. Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club

3.0 /5

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

The Sub-Zero Ice Skate Club is an indoor rink for ice-skating in Chiang Mai. It is modernly designed, and frequented by a majority of young people. One can also find ice-skating classes being held here. This skating centre promises an exciting day for the novice and the experienced alike.

95. Kham Tiang Flower Market

3.0 /5

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

With its extensive display of colourful plants and fragrant flowers, the Kham Tiang Flower Market is a photographer's paradise. It is mainly accessed by locals looking to spruce up their gardens with different varieties of tropical plants, and even garden ornaments. This market has many shops and nurseries, to ensure that no one returns empty handed.

96. Wat Thung Yu

2.9 /5

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

Wat Thung Yu is a Buddhist temple situated in the Si Phum district in Chiang Mai. It is a fine example of classic Thai architecture, with a simple temple structure adorned with murals and embellished with traditional motifs from Buddhist traditions. The main hall is decorated in red and gold, covered by a massive two-tiered roof.

97. Chiang Mai Mountain Biking & Kayaking

2.9 /5

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

Mountain biking and kayaking are popular adventure sports in Chiang Mai. The Mae Ping river offers numerous opportunities for kayaking through rainforests, coupled with a natural sightseeing experience. Several mountain biking tours are also available, with trails curving through national parks and hills, combining a taste of nature along with a taste of thrill.

98. Wat Chai Phra Kiat

2.9 /5

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

Wat Chai Phra Kiat is a small Buddhist temple, located close to the more famous Wat Phra Singh. Literally meaning 'temple of renowned victoryäó, it is rich historically and architecturally. Grand structures of mythical lions welcome strangers at the entrance, while inside, the hall is decorated with the Buddha image called Chai Phra Kiat, and murals narrating ancient tales.

99. Wat Si Koet

2.8 /5

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

One of the smaller and quieter temples, Wat Si Koet has a graceful white structure embellished with gold details. The temple has several artefacts from Buddhist culture such as the cannonball tree and decorated statues. There are bamboo massage stalls, and shops selling handcrafted tidbits on the compound where visitors can stop for a little recreation. Wat Si Koet is popular for its economical massages and various stalls selling food and ice coffee.

100. Chiang Mai Red Cross & Winter Fair

2.8 /5

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

The Chiang Mai Red Cross & Winter Fair is an annual charity festival hosted in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai during the end of the year. This winter fete is nothing short of a grand party, complete with amusement rides, raffles, arcade games, live music, beauty pageants and much more. The proceeds from the event are donated to several charities, primarily to Red Cross.

101. Inthakhin Festival

2.8 /5

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

Also known as the Lak Mueang Festival, the Inthakhin Festival is a ceremony venerating the city pillar of Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang becomes the centre of religious ceremonies since the city pillar, Inthakhin, is enshrined within the compound of this temple. It is a big event, complete with dances, music, carnivals, food stalls and locals parading in traditional Thai attires.

102. Wat Sum Pow

2.8 /5

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

Wat Sum Pow is a Buddhist temple situated along the Rachadamnoen Road. The structures are built in traditional Lanna style, with magnificent dragons adorning the entrance to the temple, and a large golden Buddha image sitting inside. The compound is known for the Thai massages it offers, and stalls where visitors can buy tiny souvenirs or merchandise.

103. Wat Ratchamonthian

2.8 /5

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

Located in Si Phum, the Wat Ratchamonthian temple is a 15th century structure which was recently restored. At the entrance, a large seated Buddha greets devotees, while inside there are several other Chakravartin Buddhas, which are heavily ornamented and decorated in gold. It is a quiet, colourful temple with few tourists, perfect for some relaxed meditation and prayer.

104. Talat Thanin

2.8 /5

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

Talat Thanin is a culinary hub of local Thai food along Chiang Mai's Chotana Road. This local market is lined with shops selling local spices, fresh meat, rices, condiments, and readymade food packages, making it a food connoisseur's paradise. Talat Thanin is a favourite among locals who often access the quiet marketplace to pick up on domestic goods and tidbits.

105. Talat Na Mor

2.7 /5

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

Talat Na Mor, accompanied by the Malin Plaza close by, is locally known as the Student Market. With shops selling several varieties of clothes, shoes, bags and authentic street food, prices are heavily adjusted to suit the needs of students of Chiang Mai University nearby. It is a popular hangout spot for young crowds, especially when evening falls.

106. Talat Ton Phayom

2.7 /5

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

Situated on Canal Road, Talat Ton Phayom, also known as Suthep Market, is a market for those looking to purchase delicious packaged Thai food and condiments. One can also hope to find other basic items here, such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, souvenirs and simple home decor. This market is a local favourite since it offers student-friendly prices on its products.

107. Talat Somphet

2.7 /5

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

Talat Somphet is the go-to destination in Chiang Mai for treating your taste buds. Being the hub of culinary skills and cookery schools, it is lined with vendors selling local Thai street foods for visitors to sample. It is a traditional market mainly selling meat-based dishes and fruits/vegetables, and is often frequented by locals wanting to grab a fresh glass of juice.

108. Wat Dokkham

2.7 /5

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

Wat Dokkham is a Buddhist temple, located on Moonmuang Road through the Tha Prae Gate. It is a simple temple structure, with a glistening gold pagoda, and stunning interiors engraved with images from the Buddhist tradition. The main hall is installed with several statues of Buddha, where visitors can offer their devotions.

109. Phonrat Witthayakon

2.6 /5

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

Phonrat Witthayakon is a centre for Buddhist teaching and religious studies, located near the famous temples, Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang. Though regular entry into the school building is not permitted, the site lights up during the festival nights of Yi Peng or Songkran. It is a great location for feasting your eyes on the million lanterns that fly away into the night.

110. Bhubing Palace

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

The grand Bhubing Palace is the royal residence located in Doi Buak Ha, Muang District, Chiang Mai Province. This is the regal winter residence in the Chiang Mai where the royal family stays during their season visit to the people in the region. Also spelt as Bhuping Palace, it also serves as the royal guesthouse for dignitaries visiting from abroad. The palace building is not open to the public, but gorgeous gardens can be visited when the Thai royal family is not staying here.

111. Doi Suthep

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

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, also popular as simply Doi Suthep, is an ideal place to visit if you wish to seek spirituality during your trip to Chiang Mai. Located 25 km away from the main city and situated atop the Doi Suthep mountain amidst the dense forests of the Doi Suthep National Park, the holy shrine occupies a pious corner in the hearts of Thai people due to the history associated with it. Further, the stunning view of the Chaing Mai downtown region from the Doi Suthep temple makes it an ideal sightseeing destination to plan a visit to.

112. Elephant Nature Park

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

Elephant Nature Park is a unique sanctuary and rescue centre for distressed elephants located in the Chiang Mai province of Northern Thailand. The Park is 60 km away from the main city and has been aiding dozens of elephants from all over Thailand. The Elephant Nature Park provides short, single day and overnight visit facilities to people who want to pay a visit and help to improve the condition of the animals in this centre. You can work here as a volunteer to help the team in their rescue operations.

113. Huay Kaew Waterfall

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

A seasonal waterfall, the Huay Kaew Waterfall is the closest waterfall to the Chiang Mai City, located at the bottom of the Doi Suthep Mountain Range National Park, right next to the Chiang Mai Zoo. One of the major attractions of this place is the breathtaking view from the waterfall, which are picturesque because of its natural beauty. There are also small pools of water to dip in which make the Huay Kaew Waterfall enjoyable for adults and children alike.

114. Chiang Mai National Museum

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

Located in Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai National Museum is a museum of national importance depicting the history of Chiang Mai as well as the Lanna Kingdom. It is also an educational centre aiming to preserve the art and culture of this part of Thailand. Located close to Wat Chet Yot, the Chiang Mai National Museum should be visited by history lovers and people interested in learning about the varied culture of Thailand.

115. Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

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

The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders in Chiang Mai is indeed one of its kind. Its quaint collection of bugs, crawlers, butterflies and any other insect that crosses one’s mind is amusingly creepy. These are all creatively displayed on glass frames that are hanging on the walls inside the museum. The place initially does seem uncomfortable with all the bugs hanging around. However, the quirky way in which seems to be sharing knowledge about these creatures does amuse people once they get used to the creepy feeling inside. It indeed is a complete different and unusual experience from the rest of the city of Chiang Mai and definitely deserves a visit from both locals and foreigners.

116. Bo Sang Umbrella Village

116 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

A medium sized village perched on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Bo Sang Umbrella Village is a handicrafts village. Beautiful little paper umbrellas of different vibrant colours are made and sold here. These pretty canopies are a part of their heritage handicraft and are known for their quality, not just locally but internationally. The uniquely interesting village is a picturesque beauty, unlike any regular traditional market. Tourists can engage in an interaction with the villagers here to understand their lifestyles and their work. There are also workshops where one can learn the art of making these colorful little canopies.

117. Tiger Kingdom

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

Whether you’re an animal lover or someone interested in unique experiences, the Tiger Kingdom in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai is a great place to witness these majestic creatures up close. Home to over a dozen tigers groomed since birth to interact with the tourists, Tiger Kingdom is the answer to combining tourism and wild animals responsibly. Unlike other animal-based tourist attractions, the tigers at Tiger Kingdom are not sedated. This attraction sees hundreds of visitors every day who are eager to climb into the tiger’s cages, pet them, feed them, and get photographed playing with them.

118. Nimmanhaemin Road

118 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Nimmanhaemin Road, more commonly referred to simply as ‘Nimman’, is a trendy, vibrant area in the historical town of Chiang Mai. It spans over 1 kilometre of quiet backstreets, apartment buildings, and lots of hidden treasures. From cute boutique stores and quirky cafes to street markets and a bustling nightlife, Nimman is hugely popular among the young crowd of Chiang Mai.

119. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

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

If you are looking out for that memorable street shopping experience filled with excitement, then Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is your destination this season. Located on Chang Khlan Thanon, on the eastern side of the old city, the bustling Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a favourite haunt for shopaholics who wish to find some excellent bargains on designer clothing, accessories, décor items, artwork, toys, and electronics. This is the place to be if you wish for an authentic slice of Thai culture while you lay your hands on some excellent deals.

120. CentralFestival Chiang Mai

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

Central Festival, or “Fest” as it is called by locals, is a shopping mall in Chiang Mai. Hosting a variety of international brand names along with local brands, the mall is considered the second largest shopping mall in the city. It has over 300 stores, a 7-screen cinema, an ice-skating rink, and a massive food court.

121. San Kamphaeng Road

121 out of 124
places to visit in Chiang Mai

Also known as the Handicrafts Highway, San Kamphaeng is an 18-kilometre stretch of highway just outside Chiang Mai that is known for its arts and crafts. The villages and factories here produce a variety of items like silk, pottery, lacquerware, jewellery, and honey. For anyone keen to buy these kinds of products or simply to see craftsmen at work, San Kamphaeng is the ideal day trip.

122. Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat

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

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat is a Buddhist temple located on Rachadamnoen Road, which is about 150 km east of Chiang Mai and 180 km south of Chiang Rai. If you are looking to visit a unique place in Thailand, then this temple is a must-visit. The site is known for the white floating pagodas yet is one of the underrated places in Thailand. This place is agreeably one of the most stunning places where pagodas are dotting the mountain top, and the mist covers the surroundings.

123. Pha Chor

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

Pha Chor is a 30-meter high sandy cliff formed naturally due to the uplifting of earth’s tectonic plate. Hundreds of years of natural erosion have transformed the original hill into a sheer cliff over the years. Geologists believe it to have been created when the Ping River changed its path, causing the earth to shift its plate.

124. Maetaman Elephant Camp

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

Located in Mae Rim in the Chiang Mai Province in Thailand, the Maetaman Elephant Camp is a unique concept that allows its guests to interact with the elephants, and also to enjoy various activities with them. The camp features an elephant show, along with the elephant and ox-cart riding, bamboo rafting and many other such fun-filled activities.

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