Chiang Mai sights, what to see

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Attractions – this is what riding in Chiang Mai. The beaches here, and the riot of night life, not so much, but interesting attractions galore. Chief among them, of course, are the temples, of which there are simply countless. There are also interesting museums, zoo, aquarium. Around the town are many miraculous attractions including parks, waterfalls, mountains.

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As for the Chiang Mai city and its immediate environs, here for sightseeing, in our opinion, it is necessary to highlight at least three days. In and around the city there are about more than 300 temples, there are national and several different museums. If you are with kids, then you should definitely look into a local zoo, one of the best in Thailand, and the aquarium.

And even in the city, visit the Night marketwhere you can make necessary purchases and to taste national dishes. In the "Old town" is also has its own shopping street Ratchadamnoen (Ratchadamnoe road), which starts from the Eastern gate and stretches through the city to the temple Phra sing. In addition, here you can watch a variety of entertainment: traditional dances, Boxing matches, show of transvestites. Back in Chiang Mai very popular cooking school for tourists, where you will learn culinary arts in the kitchen of Thailand. And it should be said - these courses are worthy of the highest praise.

Attractions outside the city should also include exotic tribes living on the slopes of the mountains and maintain for many centuries their traditional way of life. The most numerous of them: Karen, MEO, Akhi, Lahu, Lava, Lisu and Yao. These people live in their villages quite closed, but always very hospitable and welcome guests.

Except for tribes, outside the city you can visit numerous waterfalls, caves, mountains, gorges and parks. From the city of Chiangmai for this organized many options for excursions in the surrounding area of the town and lands of Chiang Mai province. Among the options for such a tour, you can choose rafting on the local rivers, trekking tours, elephant riding and mixed tours. One of the most interesting and challenging excursions is the ascent to the highest point of Thailand – the mountain of DOI Inthanon (2565 m).

Include excursions to the Golden triangle and the city of Chiang Rai (Chiang Rai), town of Mae Hong son (Mae Hong Son) and the city of Sukhothai (Sukhothai). All these places are located in the North of Thailand, but in other provinces far enough from Chiang Mai and usually visit them as self-direction for a few days. But if you don't have the time and opportunity to visit these places from Chiang Mai organized excursions of different duration, so you will be able to meet them to save time.

There are guided tours from Chiang Mai to even more distant places. From here you can go to Myanmar (Burma), Laos or southern China.

And now a little bit about how, in fact, to visit all these places:

If you want to study in detail the Chiang Mai province, to meet with tribes and visit natural attractions, then the best choice will be individual guided tour for a few days (on the transport guide or leased), or that little bit harder but cheaper rent and a study of the provinces. For the first case it is better to find a guide via the Internet and agree in advance (you can do this, including using the tour search below). The second option, self-study of the province, is also good, but before the trip you will need to carefully study the geography and map, get a guidebook and plan your route. Rent a car or motorbike for a few days in Chiang Mai will not be easy.

As for the proposals of travel agencies Chiang Mai to visit the villages of the tribes and sights of the province in one day as part of organized (even trekking) tours, we can honestly say, this is not for serious travelers. Of course, if you have little time and you are willing to settle for "surrogate", then it can acquire such tours, but with high probability you will be led to the nearby villages, which are more like a tourist attraction than a real village.

Learn more about the attractions of the province outside the city of Chiang Mai, see "sights of Chiang Mai, Thailand".

The DOI Suthep Temple (Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep)

Храм Дои Сутеп, Чианг-май

This temple is not only one of the most revered in Northern Thailand, but also one of the most famous in the whole country. It is also one of the oldest temples built in 1383 on the territory of the Lanna Kingdom.

Despite the removal of the sights of the city, the temple is well worth a visit, as it is one of the main attractions and the business card of the city. Visit the temple, to buy a tour in one of the travel agencies of the city (about 700 baht) or arrange a trip on their own, which will be much cheaper and more interesting.

Read more about temple of DOI Suthep and photos of the temple here...

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: entrance fee to the temple is 30 baht. The rise on the funicular and entrance to the temple is 50 baht.

🕐 Working time: daily from 8:00 until dark.

🚶 How to get there: the Temple located approximately 15 kilometers from the city on the mountain (the position of the temple of DOI Suthep on the map). Directly to the temple from the Parking lot near the transport it can be reached on foot, breaking the 300 plus stairs, or use to lift the cable car for 50 baht (including the cost of visiting the temple). To reach the Park, which begins the ascent to the temple, have to take taxi, tuk-tuk, but you can get there, and songthaew taxis. A Songthaew cost 40 baht per person or about 180 per car, employed as a taxi, depart from Pratu Chang Phuak (North gate to the old city, see the North gate on the map). Also taxi cost 40 baht go in the direction of the zoo and on to DOI Suthep from the street Huai Kaeo Road near the entrance to Chiang Mai University. Do not rush to hire a tuk-tuk or taxi in both directions at once: in the Parking lot always waiting for the songthaew that takes you to town for 30 baht.

If you decide to get to the temple on a rented vehicle, be careful when driving, because the road to the mountain to the temple though very good quality, but very winding and steep.

National Museum of Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai National Museum)

This is the main regional Museum of Northern Thailand. The Museum was established in 1973 as a center of education and place of preservation of culture and arts of Northern Thailand and the Lanna Kingdom. In 1996, the Museum has undergone a global reconstruction, and now the Museum exposition is presented using modern technologies. Here you will see household items, art, and culture of Northern Thailand and the Lanna Kingdom since ancient times to the present.

If you have enough free time and interested in history, can visit this Museum.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 30 baht.

🕐 Working time: Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. Monday, Tuesday – days off.

🚶 How to get: the position of the Museum on the map of Chiang Mai.

Zoo and aquarium Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium)

Панда в зоопарке

The Chiang Mai zoo is one of the most popular zoos of Thailand. Thai people specially come to Chiang Mai to rest, to visit the zoo. The hallmark of the zoo are a huge Panda from China named Lin Hui and Chuang-Chuang and their baby. Interestingly, the zoo was founded by an American police officer who worked in Thailand in 1955, the zoo presents a large number of mammals, birds and reptiles.

Inside the zoo is a giant aquarium of tunnels with a total length of 133 meters. Access to the aquarium is charged separately. It contains about 8000 inhabitants of freshwater and marine depths. A special highlight of the zoo for a proper snow house, inside of which can be accessed for an additional fee.

Can check the information about the cost and working time on the official website

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: the entrance to the zoo is 150 baht for adults and 70 baht for children. To access the aquarium and aviary with pandas will have to pay extra: Panda - 100 baht; aquarium 520 baht for adults and 390 baht for children; the snow house is 150 baht for adults and 100 for children. Possible snorkeling in the aquarium for 1000 baht for adults and 500 baht for children. View animal shows and seals for free.

🕐 Working time: the Zoo is open daily from 8.00 to 17.00 seven days a week. Daily for day shows animal shows and seals:

Show of seals takes place in:

  • Monday-Friday at 10.30 and 14.00
  • Saturday-Sunday at 10.30, 13.30 and 15.00

Show animals held in:

  • Monday-Friday at 11.30 and 15.00
  • Saturday-Sunday at 11.30, 14.30 and 15.30.

The aquarium is open from 8:00 to 21:00.

🚶 How to get there: the Zoo is located on the outskirts of the city and to get there will have a taxi, tuk-tuk or rented transport. At the entrance to the zoo Parking paid 10 baht for a motorcycle or Bicycle, 50 baht per car. The position of the zoo and aquarium on a map of Chiang Mai.

The Chiang Man Temple (Wat Chiang Man)

Храм Чианг Ман

The oldest temple Wat Chiang Man, dates back to 1296, and was built at the founding of Chiang Mai by order of the king Mengray, the then ruler of the Lanna Kingdom.

The temple is famous for two Buddha images, the age of which (the images, not Buddha) is 1800 and 2500 years old. Here you can see the special shrines: - cut quartz crystal statuette of Buddha called Pra Seh-Taang Kamaneeee, which according to legend can bring rain, and brought from India marble Buddha statue Phra Sila Khoa.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free, donations are welcome.

🕐 Operation time: from 06:00 to 17:00.

🚶 How to get there: the temple Chiang man is located in the city limits on the street Rajpakinai Road (the position of the temple on a map of Chiang Mai). You can get there on foot, by tuk-tuk or taxi.

The Chedi Luang Temple (Wat Chedi Luang)

Внутри храма Чеди Луанг, Чианг-май

The name of the temple translates as temple of the big stupa and this is completely untrue, because in 1454, when the construction of the temple was completed, the height of the stupa attained a height of 86 meters, making it the tallest structure in the Kingdom. In a niche at the top of the stupa is set the statue of the emerald Buddha.

During a strong earthquake in 1545, the temple was greatly damaged, and the upper 30 meters of the stupa collapsed and the statue of the emerald Buddha was taken to Laos. Fully restored stupa in 1992, and instead of the original statue set up, made from black emerald. At present, the stupa is still the tallest structure within the "old city".

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free, donations are welcome.

🕐 Operation time: from 06:00 to 17:00.

🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located in the city center on the street Prapokklao Road (temple on a map of Chiang Mai). You can get there on foot, by tuk-tuk or taxi.

Wat Phra Singh (Wat Phra Singh)

Внутри храма Пхра синг, Чианг-май

This temple is in the heart of "Old town" is one of the most famous and important temples of the city. Here is the most revered Buddha statue in Chiang Mai, Dating from 1400. The stupa of the temple is decorated with frescoes depicting the everyday life of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Lanna, whose capital during the construction of the temple was Chiang Mai.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free, donations are welcome.

🕐 Operation time: from 06:00 to 17:00.

🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located in the centre of the Old town at the intersection of Singharaj and Rajdamnern (temple on a map of Chiang Mai). You can get there on foot, by tuk-tuk or taxi.

The silver temple (Wat Sri Suphan)

Серебряный храм, Чианг-май

This temple got its name "the Silver temple" from the fact that his main ubosot made of silver. Of course, supporting structures and other major elements of the temple is made of the usual materials, but the most important image of the ubosot is made of thin sheets of pure silver. The walls of the temple depict the whole picture, depicting the Lanna Kingdom, and the temple itself is built in the style of the ancient Kingdom. Looks temple and ubosot are very beautiful. At the temple you can move freely, but the entrance to the silver building is forbidden to women.

The engraved plates that adorned the temple, are manufactured right here, and if you are lucky, you will be able to see the work of masters.

You can read review of silver temple here.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free.

🚶 How to get there: the temple is located in the South-Western side of the old town, about 200 metres from the city walls. (The silver temple on a map of Chiang Mai). You can get there on foot, by tuk-tuk or taxi.

Burmese temple (Wat Sai Moon Muang)

Бирманский храм, Чианг-май

This Burmese temple seems simple and quite modest compared to its more luxurious and gods neighbours, such as Wat Phra Singh. However, there is something interesting, something elusive distinctive style even for unaccustomed European eyes. The temple was built in the 16th century, at a time when the city was captured and was ruled by the Burmese.

Wat Sai Moon is the last refuge of the Burmese in Chiang Mai, and most recently, in July 2012, this temple has sparked controversy and protests. The fact that Thai officials have tried to appoint the Abbot of the monastery of the monk is Thai, not Burmese, who were rectors for at least 10 generations. Fortunately, the confrontation ended in mutual understanding and concessions.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free.

🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located in the old town at the South-Eastern corner (Korner Katam). (Burmese temple on a map of Chiang Mai). The entrance to the temple from the South.

The temple of sunset (Wat Buppharam, Wat also Bupbharam)

рам захода солнца, Чианг-май

The name of this temple translates as temple sunset temple sunset. This is a very important temple in Chiang Mai. It was built in 1497 the king of King Phra Muang Kaew on the spot where formerly was the Palace of his grandfather, king Thokarat. The temple is built in a mixed style of the Kingdom of Lanna and Burmese style.

In the temple is a center of local culture of Chiang Mai. Here you can even visit the library of the temple (though there are few books, they are likely left specifically for tourists). The sign at the entrance States that here also houses the largest Buddha statue in teak wood in Thailand. Here is a Holy spring, access to which is forbidden to women, but any man regardless of faith can come and wash in the spring, and the most desperate and unable to drink water from it.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is free.

🚶 How to get there: the Temple is located outside the old town is about 200 metres from the Eastern gate (Tha Pae Gate). (The temple of sunset on a map of Chiang Mai). The entrance to the temple from the South.

Museum of insects and natural wonders (Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders)

Музей насекомых, Чианг-май

It is a private Museum founded by Dr. entomologist, which exhibits a large collection of insects, minerals, and other natural objects of unusual shape. This is one of the most unusual museums in Asia.

The Museum itself is located outside the old town, but in addition to the main Museum in the centre of the old town on the street Ratchadamnoen is also a branch of the Museum, which is located in the house where the founder of the Museum, nicknamed the man-mosquito. If you are generally interested in the theme of this Museum, we recommend you first visit the Museum in the building (entrance 100 baht). There you will be able to talk personally with the owner (he is very friendly and will give you a quick tour), to obtain from him a postcard with the autograph, as well as the discount 100 baht to visit the main Museum.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: admission is 300 baht, permission to take photographs 100 baht.

🕐 Working time: daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

🚶 How to get there: the Museum is located at Soi 13 Srimankalajarn Rd (Museum map).

Night market Chiang Mai

Мастерская художника на ночном рынке Чианг-мая

In Chiang Mai there are several night markets. The most massive of them, and a permanent night market by the river. It simply is a must-visit, not even once.

Here you can buy anything, but most importantly, here are selling craft products and even works of art made by craftsmen of Chiang Mai. Among the huge variety of Souvenirs there so you won't find anywhere else in Thailand: they are made and sold only here. The skill of the authors is simply amazing. Many of the seemingly simple Handicrafts bordered by quality and design with real works of art, if not their "mnogokanalnosti".

But the market can go not only for shopping. Evening walk through the market will be a very interesting pastime even without shopping. There are also many small cafes and large food court where you can eat tasty and inexpensive meal.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.

🕐 Working time: every day after dark until around midnight.

🚶 How to get there: the Market is located near the river on the East side of the old town (night market on the map).

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
omelnikov1 3 December, 2016

I do not agree. Of course, I was not in Chiang Mai until the mourning, but in mid-November on the street, where establishments with the girls, go quietly was impossible. Clubs work, but up to 12. Bars, and after 12 just blinds down, but hums continues. ...
Agata 10 January, 2017
Was in Chiang Mai in June 2016. An incredible number of impressions. Stayed in a small hotel MONA CHIANG MAI and I loved the service and decor. journey through the vatam is a storm of emotions. Feel like a small man next to the Majesty of history. Elephant trekking, photographing tigers in the TAIGER Kingdom, a two-day visit to the zoo(one day missed), shopping at the night Bazaar and the Bazaar of the day at the main gate. 14 days was not enough, as we alternated trips with relaxing by the pool. The city has peredavalos songteo 20 baht per person for a city driving in a hired car, and stumbled to the driver, in an average of 100 baht per person but with comfort. between the big hotels and shopping malls goes beslatnyj Shuttle, we drove up to the nearby hotel to the desired place and then walked 10 min. The schedule is in the hotels and in the Shuttle. if there is a local cuisine goes very cheap on average 30 baht per person, but it is very spicy when ordering don't forget to say "know spacey" (not acute) but it can not be saved. If you eat more European food is expensive on average 100 baht per person. At the night Bazaar you can see the national show. Very pleased with the trip, children require repetition, never for a moment regretted that I went there and not at sea. ...
resuma88 1 September, 2017
Now planning a trip to Chiang Mai in January. And came upon the information that from December 6, 2017 Qatar Airways starts flying there from Moscow and St. Petersburg via Doha. Even the short dock. The journey time is about 13-14 hours work... ...
admin September 1, 2017
In principle, through Gunjo you can fly with one change, but through Bangkok+Airasia is still cheaper. The truth, of course, do not forget about the change of airport in BKK, which is troublesome and waste of time. ...
Мария01 20 September, 2017
Hello! I want to ask a question. Going to Chiang Mai, fly from Bangkok on 4 November to 23 hours. By studying the information found that we get on holidays She Peng and Loy Krathong. It's pretty cool, but we read that at this time in Chiang Mai release sky lanterns and for this reason can even close the airport. The plane tickets we bought, there are no restrictions on this day was not. Could it be that the airport will actually be closed in the evening due to run lights and our flight is either canceled or postponed? Thanks in advance. ...
admin September 20, 2017

These things are planned in advance, so that if suddenly something will change, the flight will take or cancel in advance, not after the fact. Just watch your flight, check periodically, and everything is OK. ...
mayflower 13 November, 2017
Good afternoon, friends!
I have a question: I would like one day of your stay in Chiang Rai to dedicate around border towns: if you want in Mae SAI though the eye look at Myanmar, because had originally planned to go there, but did not work :( And then drive to SOP Ruak (Golden Triangle), necessarily(!) take a ride on the boat to Lao island, then Chiang Saen and back to Chiang Rai.
Do you think it's a real plan for the day?

The first bus to Mae SAI at 05:50, written 1.5 hour drive. Well, 2 hours there, take a walk. Then the blue songthaews to SOP Ruak, to go, probably at least an hour?
Longer delayed - it is only a boat ride turns out an hour and a half, right? well, around, Yes, about, but to eat another half put on. Total, if I leave at 6 o'clock in the morning, then
somewhere in the 16 hours must be willing to depart from SOP Ruak, right?
I would like to Chiang Saen to call it, the Google map shows that there is very close, only I have not figured out how to get there? Maybe just mototaxista to take? How much can it cost?
And the last question - who knows what time the last bus from Chiang Saen to Chiang Rai go? When you have already come to the bus stop?
Thanks in advance to all concerned!
Elena. ...
admin November 14, 2017
In principle, really do, just not sure about what all goes on so smoothly. I would take a motorbike for such purposes. As for Mae SAI, if you want to look at Myanmar, be sure to climb to the statue of the Scorpion (, there is a great view of the land of Myanmar. And Chiangsaen can skip, because most likely will not have time, and especially there is nothing to watch, IMHO. ...
mayflower 14 November, 2017
Thanks for the advice!
I'd love to take bike if I knew how to drive a little bit :)
I will be content with what you have! ...
admin November 14, 2017

Then make it simple and not torture yourself. In the Golden triangle ride with the tour for the day, I think you will find that path and other places of capture. Discover fully sold on the streets in turagentsva and hotels. And in a single day ride to Mae SAI. Arrive in the city, walk there, see the cave temple, dinner and back. ...