Chiang Mai National Museum

Chiang Mai

Operated by the Fine Arts Department, this museum is the primary caretaker of Lanna artefacts and northern Thai history, covering everything from the region's geographical background and cultural history, to ancient royal kingdoms and Lanna fine art.

Bags must be left in the free lockers by the ticket desk. To make your trip here more worthwhile, combine this with a visit to Wat Chet Yot and the Chinese cemetery.

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