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Things to see in Chiang Mai


Out of city attractions in Chiang Mai


West (Highway 1004)

Huai Kaeo Arboretum

Beside Chiang Mai University, this attractively landscaped garden contains many kinds of tropical trees and flowers.


Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo

Next to Huai Kaeo Arboretum, this is a large and extremely well-managed zoo occupying the lower forested slopes of Doi Suthep mountain and showcasing more than 200 species of Asian and African mammals and birds, as well as some adorable pandas named Thewa and Thewi. Open daily from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Restaurants and a camping site are available.
Tel. 0 5322 1179 ,0 5335 8116


Namtok Huai Kaeo

Close by the zoo, this 10-metre cascade provides a green and scenic picnic spot.


Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Situated 15 km. from town, this is Chiang Mai's most famous and most visible landmark, and at 3,520 feet above sea level, it commands an exhilarating view of the city and surrounding countryside. Dating from 1383, the temple is approached by a flight of 290 Naga-flanked steps (although the less energetic may ascend by a funicular railway), and is dominated by a golden Chedi which contains holy Buddha relics and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.

Phu Phing Palace

Further up the road from the foot of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the Phu Phing Palace is the Royal winter residence, built in 1961. The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. except when the Royal Family is in residence.

Phu Phing Palace


Doi Pui Tribal Village

This Hmong village lies some 3 km. from Phu Phing Palace. It is the most accessible of hilltribe villages and has sccordingly lost some of its authenticity, although it still provides a glimpse of tribal life.

Khruba Siwichai Monument

Situated at the foot of Doi Suthep Mountain, the monument honours the devoted Buddhist monk whose followers built the first 10- km. paved road to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in 1935.


Southwest (Highway 108)

Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre

Located at the beginning of Chiang Mai-Hang Dong road (Highway 108), the Centre has an excel lent collection of Lanna Thai art. It is also the venue for folk dance performances and typical northern-style khan tok dinners. Open from 7.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Tel. 0 5327 4540, 0 5327 5097, 0 5320 2993-5

Chiang Mai City Arts , Cultrural Centre
Chiang Mai City Arts , Cultural Center


Wat Phrathat Si Chom Thong

Located 58 km. from town, this intriguing temple dates from the mid- l400s and houses a collection of bronze Buddha images while a holy Buddha relic is enshrined in the secondary chapel.

Wat Phrathat Doi Noi

The temple, between KM 43 and 44, was built by the Mon Queen Chamma Thewi in 658 AD. The hilltop location, reached by a flight of 241 steps, affords fine views of the Ping River and surrounding countryside.


Namtok Mae Klang

Namtok Mae Klang

Chiang Mai's most photographed waterfall lies some 58 km. from town at the foot of Doi Inthanon. The picturesque setting is a popular pinic spot.


Tham Borichinda

A 10-minute drive and a 2-hour walk from Mae Klang, this large cave has stalactite and stalagmite formations, Buddha images and a rocky stream.


Doi Inthanon National Park Namtok Wachiratan, Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon National Park

The 1,005-sq. km. park encompasses Thailand’s highest peak which rises to 2,565 metres above sea level. Rich in flora and fauna, especially bird life, and with waterfalls, nature trails and Hmong and Karen hilltribe villages, the park as a whole is one of Chiang Mai's top attractions and well worth visiting.


Fresh Vegetable from Royal Project

Doi Inthanon Royal Project Research Station

Located in Khum Klang village, close to the park headquarters, this royally initiated research station was established in 1979 to help hilltribe farmers to cultivate temperate-clime cash crops instead of opium and to train them in modern agricultural practices. The flower plantation and the plant and breeding research lab are open to visitors.


Phra Maha That Napha Methanidon

and Phra Maha That Naphaphon Phumisiri
These twin pagodas, located at Km 41.5, were built to commemorate the fifth cycle birthdays of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.

Phra Maha That Napha Methanidon


Traditional Cotton Weaving Village

Located 3 km. from Mae Chaem District Office in Tambon Tha Pha, the village is famous for producing northern-style cotton sarongs.


Op LuangPha Maha That Napha Methanidon and Naphaphon Phumisiri Op Luang Gorge

Op Luang Gorge

This picturesque gorge with a river zigzagging between high, steep cliffs, is located 105 km. from Chiang Mai. The area is pleasantly framed by teak forests and hills.

Op LuangPha Maha That Napha Methanidon and Naphaphon Phumisiri


Ban Rai Phai Ngam

Also renowed for its high quality traditional cotton, this village is reached after a left turn between Km. 69 and 70 along the Chiang Mai-Hot road.

Doi Tao Lake

Doi Tao district is 133 km. from Chiang Mai. The large reservoir here lies behind Bhumibol Dam in Tak province and offers recreational opportunities, including boat cruises.

Huai Phak Phai RoyaI Project

At Ban Mae Ha in Hang Dong district, this royally initiated project is a research and cultivation centre fur roses. The main attraction is the 8.4-acre Royal Rose Garden, best seen between October and February.


North (Highways 107 & 1096)

Tribal Museum

Situated in King Rama IX Lanna Garden on Chotana Road, this ethnology museum has exhibits highlighting the separate identities and cultures of the North's nine major hilltribe groups, Karen, Hmong, Yao, Lisu, Akha, Lahu Lau, Thin, and Khamu. Open daily to the public from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Tel. 0 5321 0872

Orchid and Butterfly Farms

There are several orchid nurseries in the Mae Sa Valley area where visitors can view these exotic year-round blooms. Some orchid farms also have special butterfly enclosures where tropical species can be seen in a natural environment.

Mae Sa Snake Farm

Here, some 3 km. along the Mae Rim-Samoeng road, various kinds of snakes indigenous to Thailand can be seen. There are also daily 30-minute snake shows at 11.30 a.m., 2.15 p.m. and 3.15 p.m. Open from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tel. 0 1472 1566

Namtok Mae Sa

This 8-tiered waterfall in Mae Rim district is 26 km. from town and occupies a lovely setting among towering trees.

Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden

This international botanical garden, Iocated around 12 km. along the Mae Rim-Samoeng road and extending over a mountainous area of 560 acres, has an excellent collection of Thai and foreign plants laid out according to species and climate, and there are three walking trails. Also here is a Tourist lnformation Centre, the Thai Orchid Breeding Centre, the herbs Museum and the Research Centre. Open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Tel. 0 5329 8171-5 Ext. 2500, 0 5329 9753 


Chiang Dao Elephant Training Centre

Located off Highway 107 at Km 57 between Mae Taeng and Chiang Dao, this is one of a number of elephant camps in the area which put on shows of work elephants displaying their forestry skills. Open from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. daily. There are shows starting at 10.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m.
Tel. 0 5329 8553, 0 5386 2037

Tham Chiang Dao

Sacred Buddha images can be seen in the cave complex of Wat Chiang Dao at Km 72 on Highway 107. The caves are illuminated by electric lights.


Doi Luang Chiang Dao
White Rose Doi Chiang Dao

Doi Luang Chiang Dao

This cone-shaped limestone mountain in the Chiang Dao Wildlife Reserve rises to 2,195 metres above sea level, which makes it Thailand's third highest peak after Doi Inthanon and Dol Pha Hom Pok. The area is rich in highland flowers, birds, and butterflies. Permission to visit the mountain must be obtained from the National Park,  Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department.
Tel. 0 2562 0760


Huai Nam Dang National Park
Huai Nam Dang National Park

Huai Nam Dang National Park

The park, accessed via the Mae Malai-Pai road, covers an area of 180 sq. the Mae Taeng and Pai districts of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces. Forested highland ranges and panoramic views are among the attractions.


Doi Ang Khang
Doi Ang Khang

Doi Ang Khang

This is the location of a Royal agricultural station, 163 km. north of Chiang Mai, which is a demonstration site for the research and cultivation of flowering plants, temperate fruit trees, vegetables and other crops under the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej . Outside the agricultural station, the area of Doi Ang Khang is a nature resort where activities include trekking, mule-riding and mountain-biking can be found.


Fang Hot Spring

Fang Hot Springs

Located at Ban Pin, km. northwest of Fang town, 50 hot springs occupy a 10-acre forest setting. Three of them boil continuously with water temperatures of 0 to 100 degrees Celsius.


Ban Tha TonBan Tha Ton

Sited on the banks of the Kok River, close to the border with Myanmar, this small town is full of atmosphere and has a few interesting sights, such as Wat Tha Ton. However, it is best known as the starting point for longtail boats trips downriver to Chiang Rai, a thrilling 3 1/2 hour journey that passes hilltribe villages and jungle scenery. It is also possible to hire bamboo rafts for the same trip, the journey taking 3 days.


East (Highway 118 & 1006)

San Kamphaeng

This district, 13 km., is famous for its silk and cotton weaving. The village showcases finished products as well as the silk- weaving process. On the way from Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng, the road is lined with factories and souvenir shops selling woodcarving, silverware, earthenware, lacquerware, and cotton fabrics.

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

Located 36 km. from town and set amid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills, these springs have water with a high sulphur content and possess curative and restorative properties.





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