Pratu Tha Phae

Chiang Mai

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

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1. Wat Phan On

0.15 MILES

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…

2. Wat Mahawan

0.15 MILES

Among the most handsome wát outside the old city, Wat Mahawan shows the obvious influence of the Burmese teak traders who used to worship here. The…

3. Wat Ou Sai Kham

0.17 MILES

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.

4. Wat Chetawan

0.21 MILES

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

5. Wat Umong Maha Therachan

0.23 MILES

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…

6. Treasury Pavilion Coin Museum

0.31 MILES

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…

7. Lanna Architecture Center

0.33 MILES

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…

8. Wat Duang Di

0.34 MILES

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…