Must-see attractions in Chiang Mai

  • 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.

  • Philatelic Museum

    Chiang Mai

    Housed in the old city post office, this museum has lots of historic Thai stamps.

  • Chinese Welcome Gate

    Chiang Mai

    The entrance to Chinatown is marked by this traditional Chinese welcome gate.

  • 500px Photo ID: 66350919 - Hippopotamus at the Chiang Mai Zoo in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai Zoo is better than many zoos in the region when it comes to animal welfare, but it's still quite depressing. In addition to animals from across…

  • Chiang Mai Night Safari

    Chiang Mai

    This expansive animal park is open day and night, but the real action happens after dark, when you can view all sorts of critters from the back of an open…

  • Nawarat Bridge

    Chiang Mai

    One of the main bridges across Mae Ping, which was first constructed in 1906 and has since been rebuilt (twice).

  • Pratu Suan Dok

    Chiang Mai

    One of Chiang Mai's medieval gates, all of which were rebuilt in the 1960s and renovated in the 1990s.