Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is not quite as grand as Wat Phra Singh, but its towering, ruined Lanna-style chedi (built in 1441) is much taller and the sprawling compound around the stupa is powerfully atmospheric. The famed Phr…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Overlooking the city from its mountain throne, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, and its founding legend is learned by every schoolkid in Chiang Mai. The wát itself is a bea…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh

Chiang Mai's most revered temple, Wat Phra Singh is dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid wí·hăhn (sanctuary). Its prosperity is plain to see from the lavish monastic buildings and immaculately trimmed grounds, do…
Top Choice Market in Chiang Mai

Talat Warorot

Chiang Mai's oldest public market, Warorot (also spelt 'Waroros') is a great place to connect with the city's Thai soul. Alongside souvenir vendors you'll find numerous stalls selling items for ordinary Thai househo…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Phan Tao

Without doubt the most atmospheric wát in the old city, this teak marvel sits in the shadow of Wat Chedi Luang. Set in a compound full of fluttering orange flags, the monastery is a monument to the teak trade, with …
Top Choice Museum in Chiang Mai

Lanna Folklife Museum

Set inside the Thai-colonial-style former Provincial Court, dating from 1935, this imaginative museum recreates Lanna village life in a series of life-size dioramas that explain everything from lai·krahm pottery ste…
Top Choice National Park in Southern Chiang Mai Province

Doi Inthanon National Park

Thailand’s highest peak is Doi Inthanon (often abbreviated to Doi In), which is 2565m above sea level, an impressive altitude for the kingdom, but a tad diminutive compared to its cousins in the Himalaya. The 1000-s…
Cave in Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Chiang Dao

Set in pretty grounds that teem with jungle butterflies, this forest wát was founded at the entrance to the Chiang Dao Cave, a chilly warren of tunnels and passageways that extends more than 10km beneath the limesto…
Nature Reserve in Chiang Dao

Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

Doi Chiang Dao rises dramatically above the surrounding plain, wrapped in a thick coat of tropical forest. This jungle wonderland is one of Thailand's top spots for birders, with more than 300 resident species, and …
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Suthep

One of the north’s most sacred temples, Wat Suthep sits majestically atop Doi Suthep’s summit. Thai pilgrims flock here to make merit to the Buddhist relic enshrined in the picturesque golden chedi. The temple also …