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Top Choice Northern Thai in Chiang Mai

Huen Phen

This antique-cluttered restaurant cooks up some true northern magic. By day, meals are served in the canteen out front, but at night, the action moves back to the atmospheric dining room, where you can sample a full…
Top Choice Market in Chiang Mai

Talat Warorot

Chiang Mai's oldest public market, Warorot (also spelt 'Waroros') is a great place to connect with the city's Thai soul. Alongside souvenir vendors you'll find parades of stalls selling must-have items for ordinary …
International in Chiang Mai

Riverside Bar & Restaurant

This rambling set of wooden buildings has been the most consistently popular riverside place for over 20 years. The food – Thai, Western and vegetarian – is just a minor attraction compared to the good-times ambienc…
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Phan Tao

Without doubt the most atmospheric wát in the old city, this teak marvel sits in the shadow of Wat Chedi Luang. Set in a compound full of fluttering orange flags, the monastery is a monument to the teak trade, with …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh

Chiang Mai's most revered temple, Wat Phra Singh is dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid wí·hăhn (sanctuary). Its prosperity is plain to see from the lavish monastic buildings and immaculately trimmed grounds, do…
Top Choice Market in Chiang Mai

Sunday Walking Street

On Sunday afternoon, Thanon Ratchadamnoen is taken over by the boisterous Sunday Walking Street, which feels even more animated than the Saturday Walking Street because of the energetic food markets that open up wát…
Top Choice Market in Chiang Mai

Saturday Walking Street

As the sun starts to dip on Saturday afternoon, the Saturday Walking Street takes over Th Wualai, running southwest from Pratu Chiang Mai at the southern entrance to the old city. There is barely space to move as lo…
Top Choice Cosmetics in Chiang Mai

Herb Basics

A great stop for fragrant herbal balms, scrubs, creams, soaps and shampoos, all made in Chiang Mai with natural ingredients. There's a branch on Th Tha Phae and a small shop at the airport.
Top Choice Market in Chiang Mai

Talat Pratu Chiang Mai

In the early morning, this market is Chiang Mai’s communal larder, selling foodstuffs and ready-made dishes. If you want to make merit to the monks, come early and find the woman who sells pre-assembled food donatio…
Market in Chiang Mai

Talat Thanin

North of the old city off Th Chotana (Th Chang Pheuak), this public market specialises in ready-to-eat gàp kôw meals, with a whole rear section jammed with food vendors offering fish stews, curries, stir fries and s…