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Nature Reserve in Chiang Dao

Doi Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary

Doi Chiang Dao rises dramatically above the surrounding plain, wrapped in a thick coat of tropical forest. This jungle wonderland is one of Thailand's top spots for birders, with more than 300 resident bird species,…
International in Chiang Dao

Chiang Dao Nest

The undisputed culinary highlight of the area, dining here is worth the trip from Chiang Mai all by itself. Discover imported ales, fine wines and sophisticated modern European dishes you wouldn't expect to find in …
Cave in Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Chiang Dao

Set in pretty grounds that teem with jungle butterflies, this forest wát sits at the entrance to Chiang Dao Cave, a chilly warren of passageways that extend more than 10km beneath the limestone massif of Doi Chiang …
National Park in Northern Chiang Mai Province

Doi Pha Hompok National Park

About 10km west of Fang at Ban Meuang Chom, near the agricultural station, this serene retreat is part national park and part public spa, with a gorgeous hot-springs complex (bor náam hórn in northern Thai) set in a…
Gardens in Doi Ang Khang

Royal Agricultural Station

Sprawling out from the village of Ban Khum, this Royal Project was founded to provide local hill-tribe villagers with an alternative source of income to growing opium, and to conduct research into which new crops co…
Buddhist Temple in Tha Ton

Wat Tha Ton

Just south of the bridge, this intriguing monastery complex sprawls west from Tha Ton over a series of forested hills. The wát buildings are spread over nine levels and each comes with its own collection of supersiz…
Museum in Mae Rim

Dara Pirom Palace

Dara Rasmee, the last princess of the Lanna kingdom, lived out her days in this handsome 19th-century residence, built in classic Thai-colonial style, with tall ceilings, elegant fretwork vents and timbered verandah…
Gardens in Mae Sa Valley & Samoeng

Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens

At Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, 227 hectares have been set aside for plantations, nature trails and vast greenhouses full of exotic and local flora. Near the administration building is the orchid collection, conta…
Lake in Mae Rim

Huay Teung Thao Reservoir

For Thais, a reservoir is not just a water store, it's a place for some serious R&R. At this expansive body of water just west of town, families gather to swim or splash around by the beach and picnic by the wat…
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Dao

Wat Tham Pha Plong

This beautiful and serene forest wát lies on the edge of the Chiang Dao massif. A steep naga stairway climbs through the forest to the rocky crevice where the revered meditation master Luang Pu Sim once practised. Y…