Must-see attractions in Chiang Mai Province

  • Royal Park Rajapruek

    Chiang Mai

    This sprawling formal park has 23 themed gardens donated by international governments, along with nine Thai gardens and six 'corporate' gardens. It sounds…

  • Suan Buak Hat

    Chiang Mai

    The old city’s only public park is a delightful spot to unwind, particularly as the afternoon sun slides towards the horizon. In the mornings and evenings…

  • Talat Muang Mai

    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai's main wholesale fruit market is a riot of activity every morning, when enormous cargoes of mangoes, durians, rambutans, longans, watermelons,…

  • Weave Artisan Society

    Chiang Mai

    A brand new culture centre, gallery, coffee shop, bookstore and immersive theatre space south of the old city, where you can attend a performance or just…

  • Wat Chiang Yuen

    Chiang Mai

    Another unique local temple is 16th-century Wat Chiang Yeun, just northeast of Pratu Chang Pheuak. Besides the large northern-style chedi here, the main…

  • Art in Paradise

    Chiang Mai

    Just a whole lot of fun, this museum has a range of 3D optical-illusion art displays, from cliff faces and movie sets to a levitation room and a magic…

  • Wat Jet Lin

    Chiang Mai

    This friendly wát was used for the coronation of Lanna kings in the 16th century; today you can see a collection of giant gongs, a big old mon·dòp-style…

  • Lanna Architecture Center

    Chiang Mai

    Formerly owned by prince Jao Maha In, this handsome mansion built in a hybrid Lanna and European style between 1889 and 1893 houses a small education…

  • Wat Phan On

    Chiang Mai

    Fringed by gilded Buddhas, the stately chedi at this prosperous wát is visited by scores of locals after dark. There's a coffee shop and massage pavilion…

  • Nam Tok Mae Sa

    Chiang Mai Province

    Off Rte 1096, only 6km from the Mae Rim turn-off, Nam Tok Mae Sa is part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. The cascade is a picturesque spot to picnic or…

  • Pratu Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai

    One of the gates to Chiang Mai's old town that bustles with a lively fresh market in the early morning and is set up with food stalls every evening.

  • Pratu Tha Phae

    Chiang Mai

    The biggest of Chiang Mai's ancient gates is lively with tourists snapping photos and feeding the pigeons.

  • Chinatown

    Chiang Mai

    The area dominated by the Warorot and Ton Lam Yai markets doubles as the city's small Chinatown, marked by a flamboyant Chinese welcome gate across Th…

  • Làk Meuang

    Chiang Mai

    Housed in a striking stucco chapel resembling a mon·dòp (a spire representing a Thai adaptation of a Hindu shrine) at Wat Chedi Luang, the Làk Meuang was…

  • Matsayit Ban Haw

    Chiang Mai

    A remnant from when Chiang Mai was a detour on the Silk Road, the largest Thai-Muslim mosque in the city is attended by a small, prosperous community of…

  • Chiang Mai University

    Chiang Mai

    The main campus of Chiang Mai's famous public university occupies a 2.9-sq-km wedge of land about 2km west of the city centre, partly covered by forest…

  • Former Chiang Mai Women's Prison

    Chiang Mai

    The derelict premises of the old women's prison are a surprising landmark in the old city. The place was slated for demolition after the prison's closure…

  • Ginger Farm

    Chiang Mai

    Head about 20 minutes south of Chiang Mai proper to visit Ginger Farm's verdant rice paddies, vegetable gardens, farm animals and rustic cafe. Catering to…

  • Wat Umong Maha Therachan

    Chiang Mai

    This historic wát is in the heart of the old city. Though it was first constructed in 1367 and boasts some very old, Lanna-style chedis, it's also worth a…

  • Chinese Cemetery

    Chiang Mai

    Tucked away on a quiet soi behind the National Museum, this peaceful cemetery is lined with elegant Chinese gravestones, whose level of ornamentation…

  • Anusawari Singh

    Chiang Mai

    Just beyond Rte 11 in the north of the city, these two stucco lions were built by Chao Kavila to scare off would-be Burmese invaders. Seemingly forgotten…

  • Wat Duang Di

    Chiang Mai

    This colourful, 16th-century wát's name means 'good fortune temple'. It was first constructed in the 16th century, but its massive wooden doors date from…

  • Wat Saen Fang

    Chiang Mai

    A large and colourful wát with an impressive, mosaic-tiled chedi that blends Burmese and Lanna styles. The chedi is guarded by lion figures and an old…

  • Chiang Mai University Art Center

    Chiang Mai

    The Faculty of Fine Arts displays temporary exhibitions of contemporary Thai and international artists at its own gallery near the Th Nimmanhaemin/Th…

  • Iron Bridge

    Chiang Mai

    This picturesque steel bridge looks old but is actually a modern creation, built as a homage to the old Nawarat Bridge, which was demolished in the 1970s…

  • Namdhari Sikh Temple

    Chiang Mai

    Chinatown is also home to a small population of Sikh migrants from Myanmar who specialize in selling bolts of fabric. They worship at the nearby Namdhari…

  • Wat Lam Chang

    Chiang Mai

    This large and colourful wát's name means 'shackled elephants' because it was where the king's transport elephants were kept. You'll find elephant statues…

  • Devi Mandir Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai

    The more colourful of Chiang Mai's two Hindu temples is the brightly painted mandir (traditional shrine room) and the sikhara (tower) of Devi Mandir…

  • Treasury Pavilion Coin Museum

    Chiang Mai

    It's worth ducking into this small government museum to see the bizarre shapes that Thai money has taken over the years, from hammered coins to round…

  • Wat Ou Sai Kham

    Chiang Mai

    This friendly neighbourhood wát is a monument to jade, with an impressive collection of jade Buddhas and jade and nephrite boulders in the main wí·hăhn.

  • Pratu Chang Pheuak

    Chiang Mai

    The 'Elephant Gate' is the north gate of the old city. A morning fresh market and nighttime food stalls set up daily just outside the gate.

  • Wat Upakhut

    Chiang Mai

    A large and colourful wát that comes alive for Dhevo Rohana, a merit-making ceremony during Auk Phansa (Buddhist Lent).

  • First Church

    Chiang Mai

    The weatherboard First Church was built in classic American style in 1868 by the Laos Mission from North Carolina.

  • Wat Faham

    Chiang Mai

    Stop by this serene, riverside wát when you're in the area seeking out the city's best kôw soy.

  • Elephant Monument

    Chiang Mai

    These two elephant statues in stucco pavilions were said to have been erected by King Chao Kavila in 1800.

  • Wat Chetawan

    Chiang Mai

    Historic wát just east of the old city with an ancient-looking mosaic-decorated stupa.