YOUR SUMMER DESTINATION IN THAILAND
Information Provided by Thailand Tourism
Chiang Mai Province is located Northern Thailand. The Chiang Mai weather is always cooler than the rest of the country, with a mean temperature of 25°C throughout the year. The city has a plethora of things to see and do. The beauty of the mountains, hill tribe villages, and botanical gardens attracts millions of tourists to Chiang Mai every year. You can also enjoy a zoo and aquarium, a nocturnal zoo, and classic Northern Thai temples and architecture which are a fusion of Lanna, Mon, and Burmese styles.
The north of Chiang Mai borders the Shan state of Myanmar. Cross-border trade is allowed at Kew Pha Wok checkpoint in Amphoe Chiang Dao and Ban Lak Taeng checkpoint in Amphoe Wiang Haeng, so both are tourist sites and places for cultural exchanges between the two nations.
The south is next to Amphoe Sam Ngao, Amphoe Mae Ramad, and Amphoe Tha Song Yang of Tak Province, with tourist attractions like Bhumibol Dam, Sam Ngao Cliff, Mae Kasa Waterfall, and Thee Mo Bo Waterfall.
The east is next to Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Amphoe Mae Suai, and Amphoe Wiang Pa Pao of Chiang Rai Province, Amphoe Mueang Pan and Amphoe Mueang Lampang of Lampang Province, and Amphoe Ban Thi, Amphoe Mueang Lamphun, Amphoe Pa Sang, Amphoe Wiang Nong Long, Amphoe Ban Hong, and Amphoe Li of Lamphun Province.
The west is next to Amphoe Pai, Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong Son, Amphoe Khun Yuam, Amphoe Mae La Noi, Amphoe Mae Sariang, and Amphoe Sob Moei of Mae Hong Son Province. Most popular places are Amphoe Pai, Pang Oung, and Doi Mae U-kho.
Chiang Mai has a long history. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Nowadays it is a very modern city, similar to Bangkok.
WHERE TO GO
DOI SUTHEP-PUI NATIONAL PARK
Most tourists visiting Chiang Mai often go to Doi Suthep which is a part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park covers the areas of Amphur Mae Rim, Amphur Hang Dong, and Amphur Mueang in Chiang Mai. The national park contains Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha, and Doi Pui which are sources of rivers and share many tourist attractions.
Chiang Mai’s Attractions Wat Phra That Doi Suthep : one of the north’s most sacred temples in Chiang Mai for many years.
Phra Tamnak Phu Phing : a palace located in Doi Buak Ha that is 4-km beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Visitors can go sightseeing, and visit the gardens around the palace.
Nam Tok Huay Kaew : the waterfall holds water year-round. Visitors can go tracking or birdwatching among the lush greenery.
Doi Pui : a Hmong hill-tribe village with beautiful flowers always welcomes visitors. There are also Hmong crafts and souvenirs for buying.
Accommodation in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park includes bungalows, tents and restaurants. Visitors can go to the website of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department – www.dnp.go.th for more information.
WAT PHRA SING
Located on Sam Lan Road, Wat Phra Sing’s Wihan Lai Kham is home to Phra Phutthasihing, Chiang Mai’s most sacred, Chiang sean-style Buddha image. During the Songkran festival, every April 13-15, Phra Phutthasihing is carried in a parade procession around town so locals can bathe the image with scented water, which brings good luck according to a traditional belief.
WAT CHEDI LUANG VARAVIHARA
“Luang” means “large” in northern dialect, and as the name suggests, Wat Chedi Luang temple is home to Chiang Mai’s largest Buddhist chedi built 98 meters tall and 54 meters in diameter. The construction of the orginal chedi was completed in 1481 during the reign of King Mengrai. But the current Chedi Luang is a restoration according to the deconstruction of the chedi in 1545 due to an earthquake. The ordination hall located in the front is also an example of beautiful Lanna architecture. Its serpents are probably one of the most remembered elements.
WAT PHAN TAO
Wat Phan Tao is an ancient temple that sits right next to the sacred Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai town. It is known for its exquisite Lanna-style ordination hall (Wihan) entirely made of teakwood, which served as a throne hall during the reign of King Mahotara Prateth. It is now where the sacred Phan Tao buddha image is enshrined.
DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK
Located in Chiang Mai Province, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand, rising 2,565 meters above sea level. Doi Inthanon National Park has lots of amazing variation in its lush geography and forest. It is home to rainforest, mixed forest, and pine forest. The weather is cool throughout the year, especially in the cool season when there will be almost constant fog coverage all day and a stunning phenomenon of Mae Kha Ning or frost flower in the early morning.
CHIANG MAI ZOO
Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand is home to a wide variety of majestic and fascinating wildlife, including rare species like the panda. A few of the amazing animals here are the koala, meerkats, zebras, and penguins. There is an aquarium too.
Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the zoo is one of the more interesting destinations in Thailand as there are many things to see and many activities to do here.
BAN RAI PHAI NGAM
Located between KM 69 to 50 along Chiang Mai-Hot route, the village is 1 kilometre further after making a left turn. Best known for its high quality traditional cotton woven, it is recommended that you visit the museum of Pa (Aunt) Sanda Bansit (her own house) by Mae Ping River where she and her trainee’s natural dyed cotton works are exhibited.
WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important temple in Chiang Mai. Built in the early 19th Buddhist century, the beauty of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line the stairs to the temple where a Chiang Saen style golden pagoda and all its exquisite Lanna architecture is situated. The view of Chiang Mai from here is simply phenomenal as well.
CHIANG MAI NIGHT SAFARI
Chiang Mai Night Safari is different from other zoos because it is the biggest night safari in the world. There are 134 exotic species with over 1,400 wildlife such as albino crested porcupines, albino raccoons, alpacas, leopards, sloth bears, clouded leopards, smooth-coated otters, white tigers, jaguars, pumas, squirrel monkeys, masked palm civets, desert foxes, Arabian camels, wild Bactrian camels, lions, nyalas, serows and more.
There are performances of animals, actors, musical fountains, multi-media water curtains, and animal feeding and conservation.
Chiang Mai Night Safari once opened only in the evening until the night time, but now it is also open during the day.
Chiangmai Highlands Golf and Spa Resort in Mae-On district is one of the best golf courses in the region, recently ranked one of Thailand’s top 3 golf courses by Asian Golf Monthly and one of the Top 10 Resort Courses in Asia by Golfing Magazine, thanks to the beautiful, yet challenging, landscape designed by Schmidt-Curley Design, a veteran golf course design company.
FOOD & DRINK
As one of the top tourist destinations in Thailand it’s not surprising that there is a wide range of authentic international restaurants run by both Thais and foreign expats. Most guesthouses also feature menus that include both Thai and foreign dishes. However, Chiang Mai also features many foods that are part of its own distinctive cuisine, including both those handed down over the generations from the Lanna kingdom and those influenced by its neighbors, especially Myanmar (Burma). Chiang Mai specialties include spicy sausage, khao soy (a type of noodle soup), and the ultimate in northern cuisine, a khan toke dinner; khan toke dinners usually consist of several small dishes, such as curries, crispy fried pork skin, and northern style chili sauces, served with sticky rice on a small round table, usually in front of a traditional dancing show, especially if you are a foreign visitor.
Tarabar is the latest restaurant to open on the banks of the Ping River. With a fabulous range of acoustic and jazz tunes you are afforded a near perfect, tranquil dining experience at their open-air terrace. Under a blanket of stars with the sway of the river at your side, relaxing music and good food, what more could you ask for? Well, you could start with the not-so-quiet section downstairs. This is geared up for the younger, more rambunctious crowd, with hip-hop tunes, indie-rock, folk, dance and of course, a bit of mainstream pop: totally different from the kick-off-your-flip-flops sphere upstairs. Tarabar serves the usual Thai dishes, with an addition of choice Vietnamese dishes. There is also a traditional northern Thai food section in the menu. Word on the street is that Tarabar is quickly becoming a Chiang Mai fashion statement.
Start your day with a good breakfast, western or Asian style, at Wild Orchid Restaurant they serve a tasty lunch and dinner. You can select from a selection of western and Thai dishes, teas, beer, soft drinks, fresh juices and selection of wine complimenting to a nice meal.
OVERSTAND COFFEE SHOP – BIG BREAKFAST + COFFEE
One of the best places to eat a Western-style breakfast in the Old City, Overstand is only open until 3:30 in the afternoon so go get your bread fix early! Dishes focus on fresh, local ingredients and the cafe also works with other local businesses and artists to create not only an excellent restaurant but real community – one of our favorite things about Chiang Mai!
Ristr8to Lab is a specialty coffee spot for the late afternoon. As one of Chiang Mai’s most popular coffee brands, Ristr8to is known for its focus on single origin beans from around the world and impressive latte art (the owner has regularly competed and won in international barista competitions). Ristr8to has several cafes around town including the open-air Ristr8to Lab, which serves both coffee and alcoholic drinks.
GRAPH CAFÉ – SPECIALTY COFFEE
The tiny Graph Cafe is tucked away in the Old City. Every cup of coffee is filled with creamy goodness and you’ll love how the couple running the shop, along with the nearby Graph Table, are completely owning their product and brand. They also make a selection of inventive specialty drinks, like their “Monochrome” made with espresso, activated charcoal, vanilla and milk, and offer nitro cold brew coffee on tap.
Banpihuennong Khantoke Muslim Chiangmai.
This is reorgnized as the leading Halal restaurant.
KUM KAEW KANTOKE
From the culinary joys of a Khantoke Dinner to the fun of watching a live Thai folk performance of unrivalled excellence, your voyage of experience to the heart of Thai culture is made complete at Khum Kaew Palace.
Monsoon Tea – wild and free-grown tea from northern Thailand Monsoon Tea is something special, you’ll love the airy, retro feeling space along with the unique presentation of tea with a handful of cookies. Monsoon Tea specializes in offering wild and free-grown teas that come from the hills of northern Thailand and complements its wide selection of brews with a unique menu of both Lanna (northern Thai) and original recipes that often feature tea leaves.
When it comes to shopping, your choices aren’t much different from Bangkok. You have malls, night markets, and walking streets everyone should visit just once as there are many oddities, souvenirs and incredible foods. Recommended places are Thapae Walking Street (Sunday market from 5.00 – 10.00 pm), Wualai Walking Street (Saturday market from 5.00 – 10.00 pm), Rajapruek Walking Street (Friday market, and Chiang Mai Night Bazar (daily market).
If you love nature but still want the allure of the city, Chiang Mai is the place you for!
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THAPAE WALKING STREET
Thapae Walking Street is located at Tha Pae Gate next to Ratchadamnoen Avenue at Chiangmai province. Open on Sunday only from 5 pm – 10 pm. This Sunday market is the large walking street market native culture of Chiang Mai. There are Lanna Crafts such as decorative gift bags, clothing, scarves, lamps, musical instruments and more.
Along the way there are plenty of temples to visit. A concert or show hightlights the talents of youth of Thailand, such as playing music or Thai dancing in the street. In addition, Thapae Walking Street has artist self-portraits to sell, or sketching portraits of customers.