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Chiang Mai | เชียงใหม่.

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Chiang Mai, located in northern Thailand, offers a variety of tourist destinations that showcase its cultural heritage, natural beauty, and unique experiences. Here are some of the main tourist destinations in Chiang Mai:

Old City: The historic center of Chiang Mai, known as the Old City (map), is surrounded by ancient walls and moats. It is home to numerous temples, including Wat Phra Singh (map), Wat Chedi Luang (map), and Wat Phan Tao (map). Exploring the narrow streets of the Old City allows you to immerse yourself in Chiang Mai’s rich history and admire the traditional architecture.

Doi Suthep Temple: Located on Doi Suthep Mountain (map), *Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most famous and revered temples in Chiang Mai. It offers breathtaking views of the city and houses a sacred relic of the Buddha. Visitors can reach the temple by climbing the staircase or taking a cable car.

Night Bazaars: Chiang Mai is renowned for its vibrant night bazaars (map), where you can shop for a wide range of goods, including handicrafts, clothing, souvenirs, and local artwork. The most popular night bazaars in Chiang Mai are the Tha Phae Walking Street (map) and  Wua Lai Walking Street (map), Saturday Night Market (map).

Hill Tribe Villages: The surrounding areas of Chiang Mai are home to several hill tribe villages, including the *Karen (map), Hmong (map), Lisu, and Akha tribes. These villages offer insights into traditional ways of life, distinct cultural practices, and unique handicrafts. Visitors can learn about the hill tribes’ customs, enjoy local cuisine, and support their sustainable tourism initiatives.

Art and Cultural Centers: Chiang Mai is known for its vibrant arts scene and numerous cultural centers. The city hosts several art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions that showcase local artwork, traditional crafts, and contemporary exhibits. The Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center (map), Lanna Folklife Museum (map), and the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center (map) are worth exploring.

Exploring the local markets, night bazaars, and food streets will allow you to discover even more hidden gems and satisfy your cravings for authentic Thai street food. Here are some popular street food spots in Chiang Mai where you can sample a variety of mouthwatering treats:

Chang Klan Road Night Bazaar: Chang Klan Road, particularly in the area around the Night Bazaar (map), is known for its vibrant street food scene. You can explore the lively night market stalls offering a variety of dishes such as skewered meats, Thai curries, som tam, grilled seafood, and refreshing fruit juices.

Chang Phueak Night Market: This bustling night market (map), located near the north gate of the Old City, is a haven for street food enthusiasts. You’ll find a wide array of stalls and vendors offering a diverse range of Thai dishes, including khao soi, grilled meats, pad Thai, fried chicken, fresh fruit smoothies, and more.

Warorot Market (Kad Luang): Warorot Market (map) is a vibrant and bustling market located on Wichayanon Road, near the Ping River. This market not only offers a variety of fresh produce, spices, and local products but also has a dedicated section for street food.

Somphet Market: Located near Wat Chedi Luang in the heart of the Old City, Somphet Market (map) is a small local market known for its authentic street food experience.

Natural Attractions: Chiang Mai is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, offering opportunities for outdoor activities. Doi Inthanon National Park (map), known as the “Roof of Thailand,” features majestic waterfalls, hiking trails, and diverse flora and fauna. Other natural attractions include the Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls, the Mae Sa Valley (map), and the Mae Ping River.

These are just some of the main tourist destinations in Chiang Mai. The city has much more to offer in terms of cultural experiences, traditional festivals, local markets, and delicious cuisine.

 

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Public transport.

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Tuk-tuks are a popular mode of transport in Thailand, especially in urban areas. They are three-wheeled motorized vehicles that can be hailed on the street for short trips.

A motorbike is a convenient and cheap way to get around the city or reach the outlying sights. There is an abundance of near indistinguishable rental companies in the city, though most guesthouses can arrange rentals as well.

Fixed route songthaews congregate around Warorot Market (map). From Warorot Market, white songthaews travel to the eastern suburban city of Sankampaeng, yellow songthaews travel to Mae Rim and beyond in the north, blue songthaews travel to Sarapee and Lamphun in the south, and green songthaews travel to Mae Jo in the north-east. Fare is dependent on distance: yellow songthaews go to Samoeng (~50 km).

BUS: Transport Co., Ltd. (Public Bus Services) intercity bus services in Thailand. + Green Bus CorporationNakhonchaiair Co., Ltd.PhetprasertSombat Tour Co., Ltd.

BAOLAU.com – Whether you travel by air, rail, land or sea, you can find all the information to plan your journey through Asia here.

TRAIN: State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a 4,000-km network covering most of the country, from Chiang Mai in the north all the way to (and beyond) the Malaysian border in the south. Compared to buses, most trains are relatively slow and prone to delays, but safer. Tickets may be purchased on-line from Thairailwayticket.com.

AIRPORT: Airports of Thailand: The official website of AOT provides information on airports in Thailand.

Bangkok has two major airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport which is the main airport and serves most full-service carriers, and the smaller Don Mueang International Airport which primarily serves low-cost carriers.

FERRY: Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd | river transport in Bangkok.

The BEST 10 Things to do in Chiang Mai | Handpicked by Locals.

Want to know exactly what to do and where to go in Chiang Mai, Thailand? Then this Video is a MUST for you. We went around Chiang Mai with the Locals to discover the real Thai culture, the one the locals love.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

For travelers requiring information on visas and entry requirements to Thailand. + Visa policy of Thailand (wikipedia.org)

Thai National Parks.

Wildlife and Plant Conservation website offers details on park locations, entrance fees, camping options, and activities within the parks.

Transit Bangkok.

The most comprehensive guide to Bangkok public transportation. Bangkok bus, MRT (Bangkok Metro), BTS Sky Trains, boats.

Bangkok Post is one of the most prominent English-language newspapers in Thailand. Their website provides comprehensive coverage of news, current affairs, business, lifestyle, and more, with a focus on both national and international news.

ASEANNOW.com is a popular online forum for expats in Thailand. It is a platform where expats can ask questions, share information, and engage in discussions on various aspects of living in Thailand.

Thai Language – Reference documents, interactive lessons, dictionary, and forums for learning Thai.

FOOD

ThaiTable offers a collection of authentic Thai recipes, cooking techniques, ingredient information, and tips for preparing Thai dishes.

She Simmers: Authored by Leela Punyaratabandhu, this website focuses on traditional Thai recipes, cooking techniques, and stories behind the dishes. It provides in-depth explanations and step-by-step instructions to help you recreate Thai flavors at home.