Moment Editorial/Getty Images

Chiang Dao

In a lush jungle setting in the shadow of a mighty limestone mountain, Chiang Dao (เชียงดาว) is where domestic travelers come to escape the heat of the plains. It gets cooler still as you leave the village and climb towards the summit of Doi Chiang Dao (2175m). The forest is a popular stop for birders and trekkers, and at the base of the mountain is a highly venerated wát marking the entrance to one of Thailand's deepest limestone caverns.

Buses to Chiang Dao stop in the modern village on the eastern side of Rte 107, but most travelers head to the nearby village of Ban Tham on the western side of the highway, where all the accommodation and the famous cave temple can be found.

Explore Chiang Dao

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Chiang Dao.

Guidebooks

Learn more about Chiang Dao

Uncover the heart of travel and be inspired to see new sights with one of Lonely Planet’s in-depth, award-winning guidebooks.