7 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Chiang Mai

Jul 22, 2021

One of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand, the "City of Angels," Chiang Mai, sits on the northern edge of the fertile Chao Praya River. According to tradition, the city was founded more than 2,000 years ago by Hindu immigrants from India.

Today, the city is a major crossroads of trade in Thailand, attracting a great deal of interest from travelers. Its location and unique architectural styles, along with the warm hospitality of the local people, are just some of the reasons Chiang Mai is a favorite stop for travelers.

A major attraction in Chiang Mai is the province's much-praised cuisine. Chinese and Thai cuisines feature heavily, with local dishes, like "yam done nueaow" and "gai jeow," usually seasoned with lemongrass. And do not forget to eat at one of Chiang Mai's many local Thai restaurants!

Visit the major cities of Thailand: Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, and Khao Lak. Discover the temples, parks, food, and people of the country's most popular attractions. You may begin planning your trip with our brief introduction to Thailand.

Wat Chedi Luang

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Wat Chedi Luang, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is one of the most important religious buildings in all of Asia. Located in the old city of Chiang Mai on the site of the oldest temple of Chiang Mai in existence, the site has survived many changes over the centuries. Today, it stands majestically on the banks of the Nan River, amidst the forested area known as Chiang Mai's Old City. In addition to the architecture and historical ties of the site, the temple offers magnificent scenery. It's possible to ride a bike from the old city or to take the river cruise along the Chiang Mai River.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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The golden temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep dominates the beautiful and green Lanna foothills in northern Thailand. It is also one of the most active temples in Thailand, attracting a steady stream of worshippers from all over the country. Constructed in 1894, the wat is situated on the southern hillside of Doi Suthep, between Mae Khlong and Mae Ta Klang rivers. The wat itself is beautiful, with its many petroglyphs, flowers, and intricate stonework.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is an outdoor marketplace on New Road in the Old City of Chiang Mai. Dating back at least to the 17th century, the Night Bazaar features more than 200 shops with thousands of stalls selling clothing, souvenirs, antiques, and so much more. Merchants display items in their window displays so tourists may walk around and try on a dress or buy something for their house or office. The neighborhood surrounding the Night Bazaar is another interesting area to visit.

Golden Triangle

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Originally a triangle of forest, when the roads were built in the past few years the area now known as the Golden Triangle, including the city of Chiang Mai, has expanded into a triangular patchwork of suburban rice fields. Famous as a historical site, the Chiang Mai Gate houses the local Museum of the Chiang Mai Raj, offering an overview of Thailand's cultural history, as well as displays of antique Thai weapons. Santikhoun is located near the center of the Golden Triangle, a tiny village of distinctive, red-walled houses nestled among rice fields, while Chiang Dao is known for its silk farms. These villages are best visited during the Wat in Chiang Mai, a religious festival celebrated in mid-October.

Doi Suthep National Park

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There are many mountains in the northern Thai province of Chiang Mai but the ones that you should definitely visit include the Doi Suthep mountain range, also called the Don-Phayap mountain range. Situated in Chiang Mai province, in Thailand, the Doi Suthep mountain range has always been an important geographic, economic and spiritual focus for the Thai people. The Doi Suthep Mountain range is a wild mountain range with several peaks. Its tallest peak is Doi Suthep, a mountain with a height of 2,330 meters. Doi Suthep is a typical natural and holy mountain. There are also many other mountains in Chiang Mai which is one of the best place to trekking.

San Kamphaeng

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Most of the day you will be at the temple compound and the floating market area. Here are the large stupas at San Kamphaeng, Prasart Museum, Thapae Tai, historical city walls and many temples. In the morning visit the waterfall park Wat Mee Nawaram and the district museum. This is a large and complete house museum of different times. After lunch, visit Wat Rong Khun and Wat That Phra Nak. From there you will see the residence of H.H. the late King Bhumibol. The northern area is another one. One of the interesting and most attractive tourism area in this area, the new architecture of city is the Rattanakosin style of old Bangkok and the old style with air conditioning Bangkok were put together.

Wat Phra Kaew (Royal Palace)

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Just to the north of the old city, Wat Phra Kaew is perhaps the most popular temple in Chiang Mai. The wat features an eclectic collection of sacred buildings, including the palace itself, the first Thai temple built in the art style of the region, but also temples that draw on Indian and Chinese influences. The stunning temple is open to the public, with exhibitions of regional art, and from mid-April to the end of November, Wat Phra Kaew is host to Chiang Mai's own version of the Songkran (Thai New Year) Water Festival, which sees local monks and villagers offer generous libations to Buddhist statues, while visiting tourists shower and take a dip in the sacred waters of Wat Phra Kaew.