Whether seeking a traveling adventure or a spiritual awakening; Chiang Mai captivates tourists’ attention from different corners of the World. This place has a maddening energy that makes it just the opposite of Bangkok- a more quaint setup. From street food to high-end shopping sites, temple visits to cultural outings; there is a unique character of this special city that offers multitudes of opportunities for indulgence.
Here, we highlight the best of tourist attractions to be included in every bucket list…
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
This temple tops the list of must-visits in Chiang Mai. The central shrine is the most frequented of various attractions here. You can easily reach the temple. The gallery houses Lord Buddha statues in Sukhothai and Chiang Mai styles.
A small museum also exists in the premises. You need to keep your legs covered, when visiting he temple. A small entry fee is being charged here!
It is the highest peak in Thailand and the neighboring National Park is jam-packed with various natural wonders to make this country a traveler’s muse. The tribal hill village and various waterfalls here make it a tourist hot spot.
It’s around two-hour drive from city. You can do hiking and trekking here. The two pagodas structured in honor of Kings of earlier times are also worthy of a visit.
Chiang Mai Night Safari
The Safari is modeled as a replica to the one in Singapore. It is distributed into three animal zones, which can be easily toured via open tram or on foot. categorized as Predator Prowl, Jaguar Trail and Savanna Safari; the various parts of the zoo offer different opportunities for indulgence such as feed wild animals, watch dancing fountains at Fun Plaza, petting cubs and enjoying the laser light show which is high point of this region.
Plan your visit ahead of time for extreme indulgence.
Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls
Outside of the city, this is truly a hidden gem. You can actually walk up to the falls to admire them up-close. The wooded area surrounding these waterfalls is a serene and beautiful.
The limestone is slightly sticky but, you can conveniently climb up and down. Plan a trip to the natural scenic wonder on a weekday to avoid crowd.
Sunday Walking Street
A plus point of Chiang Mai is that there is a market for every occasion and Sunday Walking Street is a good example. Tough it gets crowded, but you can always go early to catch up on some really nice and affordable eating and shopping options.
Rachadamnoen Road is the main market thoroughfare. Here, you can splurge upon jewelry, ornaments, local handicrafts and many other items for keepsake. By the end of road, there are two temples that are literally flooded with food stalls.
Its parallel, lesser crowded version is Saturday Walking Street, which is slightly tamer. It is held on the Wualai Road. It’s an excellent place to buy pillow covers, wallets, and other stuff made by the local residents.
Elephant Nature Park
Except for a selected few, elephant camps across Chiang Mai are being criticized for mishandling animals. However, Elephant Nature Park is an exception and a day spent here promises to be a chrishable experience. It invites volunteers from all across to take good care of elephants on a daily basis.
Majority of the elephants are rescues here, so being here is a good insight into their actual condition. If planning to visit here, do book a spot in advance or else you may miss out on this wonderful opportunity.
On a voyage to Chiang Mai, you will be left fascinated by the simplicity of this place. Chiang Mai has an ideal amalgamation of small town feel and numerous captivating destinations within walking distance. Natural settings or the ethnic villages, there are many places to see in and around the city. Get going now, for a well-spent trip.