1. Elephant Nature Park.
Wash, feed and play with these majestic creatures, learn about the torture they went through before at the tourist riding camps. Help support ethical tourism by only visiting Elephant attractions that don’t offer riding!
2. Zipline Through The Jungle.
We LOVED our time with Thai Orchid Cooking School! We spent the day learning about different ingredients and getting to taste new flavours at local markets. We cooked 5 different dishes from Phad Thai, to Mango sticky rice. It was delicious!
More Food! It is Thailand after all! Spend an afternoon walking around the Old City, stop off at different street vendors and try different dishes, from chicken hearts, to curries, you will find something amazing!
5. 3D Art In Paradise Museum.
We had so much fun at the 3D museum! We easily spent 3 hours walking around taking photos. It’s really impressive, the art is incredible. There is a little café at the end that serves delicious iced coffee.
6. Chase Waterfalls.
9. Kings Royal Garden.
A beautiful walk around the pristine Royal Gardens, where the King stays on his trips to the City. They have impressive carved trees, sculptures and huge Bamboo. There is also refreshing orange and strawberry juice for sale at the end!
10. Maya Shopping Mall.
For a bit of home comfort pop over to Maya, they have a cool internet café, an arcade and an impressive SFX cinema with reclining sofas! Definitely the best cinema we have ever been too, and the cheapest! We got 2 tickets, drink, popcorn and crisps for under £6. After 5pm you can go up to the roof and have a few drinks at one of the many bars.
Chiang Mai is a shoppers paradise! Every night there are markets, weekdays you have the Night Bazaar on from 6pm, there is also the Saturday night market and Sunday night market. Sundays market is definitely the most popular, so get there early if you’re not a fan of crowds, it gets super busy!
12. Temples and Chat with Monks.
There are so many temples in Chiang Mai, our favourite was Wat Chedi Luang, you can chat with the monks and learn about their lives and about their religion and culture. We were in Chiang Mai for almost a month and still kept discovering temples we hadn’t seen before.
14. Rent a Scooter.
We really enjoyed walking around the city but we rented a scooter a few times and it was so much fun getting to explore some of the areas just out of the city and seeing things you wouldn’t always get to see if you stayed in the centre. We also hired a scooter to get up to Doi Suthep which i think is the best way as you have so much freedom to explore the mountain.
15. Morning Sunrise.
Head up to Doi Suthep early one more to see the beautiful sunrise, watch as the city transforms from darkness as it comes to life. dress warm it is freezing up there first thing!
Probably the most important point. Stay for a while. Don’t leave to soon. There is so much to see and do in Chiang Mai, it is such a beautiful city and deserves your full attention. It is a city that will steal your heart. We origionally planned to stay for 4 nights and ended up staying for 30. I hope you all love it as much as we did!