Places to visit in Chiang Mai

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Situated in the northern part of Thailand and surrounded admist the beautiful mountains is the city of Chiang Mai. For long Chiang Mai had been a pick of a destination for travelers around the world.

People usually visit northern Thailand on a very short trip. I’ll suggest if you do have a long itinerary in Thailand, spend 5 to 6 days in Chaing Mai to truly absorb the eclectic atmosphere of this beautiful city.

Apart from several of the attractions, if you truly want to explore the soul of Chiang Mai, I will advise you to learn Thai cooking. You can join one of the cooking class in Chiang mai and hon your Thai culinary skills!

Listed here are some of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai:

1. Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market

Chiang Mai Sunday Market

Chiang Mai Sunday Market

If you’re are a market lover, the Chiang Mai Sunday Night Market is a must visit and essential to any Thailand bucket list. This bustling market is where you will find tourist and locals alike every Sunday evening and trust me it will not disappoint!

The busy stalls are set up over a one kilometer distance along Ratchadamnoen Road, as well as the side streets and Tha Phae Gate. Starting at 4 pm until late this is the place to be and a common highlight for tourists in Chiang Mai. You will need to prepare yourself for semi organised chaos as the streets are completely filled with people.

You will definitely need to set aside a good couple hours as there is plenty to explore. Whether you are wanting to buy a delicious street food dinner, some cheap souvenirs to take home, a street side foot massage or to be entertained by performances from locals there is something for everyone here.

Just remember to practice you’re haggling skills beforehand as you will certainly need to put them into practice during your visit to the Chiang Mai Sunday Night Markets. Just remember to organise your Thailand trip to be in Chiang Mai over a Sunday evening or you might just regret it!

By Tasha Amy from backpackerswanderlust.com

2. Happy Elephant Home

Happy Elephant Home

Happy Elephant Home

Just a short drive from Chiang Mai and you enter this wonderful rescued elephants sanctuary where as the name suggests, people do their best to keep the elephants happy and healthy. No riding or lifting, only feeding, bathing and having a great time with these amazing animals. I spent half day there and the journey started with dressing up in typical clothing and meeting the carers, who showed us how to prepare food for the elephants.

After chopping them some bamboo sticks, we all got very excited about feeding the giant creatures, which were very keen on taking every single piece from our hands. They even got brave enough to serve themselves directly from our bags and rewarded us with kind looks . Spending at least half a day is recommended because time flies when you’ve got such a good company.

After feeding them we went for a walk, they know well the way towards the river, one of their favorite places, where not only the elephants but all participants, including the carers would get in the water in a heartbeat and splash each other for a cool down. Everybody enjoys this activity, in particular the baby elephants, that are pure joy to watch how they make the most of the refreshing after meal treat.

Happy Elephants Home is special because the carers truly put heart in caring for the rescued elephants and provide the best care that I’ve seen in Thailand. Really a unique and memorable experience, that will bring a smile on your face for a long time after.

By: Edit from editaroundtheworld.com

3. Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai

Temples of Chiang Mai

Temples of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, the once capital of the ancient northern Thai Lanna Kingdom, is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand. Including domestic tourists, over 10 million people visit Chiang Mai every year, and some even say it is the country’s cultural capital. Chiang Mai’s most prominent feature is its wide assortment of unique and visually stunning places of Buddhist worship, most of which date to the Lanna Kingdom.

There are so many temples in Chiang Mai, that for many temple hopping is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai.

Even though many visitors use Chiang Mai as a base for visiting other places in Northern Thailand, you could easily spend a week or more in the city just exploring these gorgeous temples. If you could only choose one, make it Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, on a mountain overlooking the city. It is one of the holiest places in all of Thailand, and you can see the sun’s rays reflecting from its golden chedi from most places in the city far below.

In the Old City, where you’ll probably stay in Chiang Mai, start with Wat Phra Singh, a beautiful example of classical Lanna architecture. Move onto Wat Chedi Luang, a towering temple in ruin, and then check out Wat Chiang Man, the oldest in the city and known as the “Elephant chedi.”

Outside of the Old City walls, be sure to check out Wat Suan Dok, with its mesmerizing collection of white chedis, the silver temple at Wat Sri Suphan, and the magical forest temple of Wat U Mong.

By: Nick from nickkembel.com

4. Phu Chi Fa – Chiang Rai

Sunrise At Phu Chi Fa The Lost Passport

Sunrise At Phu Chi Fa The Lost Passport

The sunrise at Phu Chi Fa is one experience that must be on your Thailand bucket list. This is no doubt the most incredible sunrise in the entire country. Seriously. Phu Chi Fa is located in the north east of Chiang Rai Province, the northernmost province in Thailand. The peak itself it about 90km (2hr drive) from the town of Chiang Rai. To catch the sunrise people either leave Chiang Rai at 3.30am, or spend the night at the town right by Phu Chi Fa.

Around 5.30am in the morning you will find travellers climbing the steep, slippery dirt trail to the top of the lookout. The trail will be dark, so you will need to bring a torch to find your way to the top.

When the sun comes it, you will have an incredible view over Laos, blanketed under a ‘sea of clouds’ in the valley. Across the clouds you will notice the peaks of other mountains such as Doi Patang and Phi Chi Dao which can be explored later in the day.

I’ve personally been to Phu Chi Fa three times, and it has never disappointed. Though I’ve also heard you can get a bad luck day where the clouds rise and block the view. To make sure you get the sunrise view, plan to spend two mornings up here.

By: Josh from thelostpassport.com


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