Be ready to get captivated by these 6 fascinating Chiang Mai attractions. Though Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok, not many people know about Chiang Mai, because its location is quite far from other famous cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. However, if you visit Thailand it doesn’t feel complete if you didn’t visit Chiang Mai. There are so many interesting destinations in Chiang Mai. The city can be reached from Bangkok within 70 minutes-long flight or 12 hours-long road trip by bus or car. Here are 6 destinations that you can visit if you’re in Chiang Mai.
1. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
This temple is located near the top of Suthep Mountain. If we want a visit to this place, we must plan thoroughly to choose what kind of transportation we will use to get there. There are various kinds of transportation such as taxi, tuk-tuk (a three-wheeled vehicle that is used as public transportation) and also songthaew (modified pickup car and used as a public transportation). But we suggest you taking tuk-tuk or songthaew because the cost is cheaper than taxi. After arrived there, you must climb 300 stairs to reach the top. As for those who don’t want to take stairs, there is elevator that has been provided.
Ticket Price: 50 Bath (approx. 2 USD).
Address: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road Tambon Su Thep, Chiang Mai Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
2. Art in Paradise
The first 3D museum in Chiang Mai, it’s also the one that you must visit. You will need plenty of time when you’re visiting this museum because there are so many interesting 3D arts you can choose for your photo background. The arts create illusion like you are being inside the paintings. Therefore just don’t forget to bring your best camera if you visit this place. Don’t hesitate to ask for help you snap some pictures, the officers are so friendly and they’ll gladly do it for you.
Ticket Price: approx. 7 USD.
Address: 199/9 Chang Klan Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM
3. Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Ithanon is one of the highest areas in Chiang Mai, even in Thailand because it’s located between 800 m – 2,565 m above the sea level. This National Park is very cold because its location is at the top of a mountain and it’s covered by big trees. Many flora and fauna are well preserved in this national park. In addition, 362 species of birds registered here which is the second highest number in Thailand after Kaeng Krachan National Park. Also, there are campsites, restaurants, caves and many waterfalls which in summer the water are crystal clear and so refreshing.
Ticket Price: 300 Bath for adults (approx. 9 USD) / 150 Bath for children (approx. 5 USD).
Address: บ้านหลวง ซอย2 Ban Luang, Chom Thong District, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50160, Thailand.
Opening Hours: 05:00 AM – 06:30 PM.
4. Chiang Mai Night Safari
Probably one of the best Chiang Mai attractions, the night safari will take you seeing and be close to animal such as giraffes, zebras, red kangaroos and 130 other species of wild animals from Africa. You will ride a Tram (a kind of train) with dim yellow lighting, but don’t worry as it will certainly safe for you. The journey will last about an hour.
Ticket Price: 800 Bath for adults (approx. 25 USD) / 400 Bath for children (approx. 13 USD)
Address: Pointmap33 Moo 12, Nong Khwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand
Opening Hours: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
5. Bo Sang Handicraft Centre – Chiang Mai
Bo Sang is the name of an area in Chiang Mai where many of its citizens work as a traditional Thai umbrella maker. Umbrellas are usually made with 2 materials, fabric and paper (not just any paper, but the structure of the paper more like painting canvas). There are many sizes of umbrellas, from big umbrella, medium-sized umbrella, and small umbrella. Large umbrellas are usually used by locals to protect themselves from the sun. On the other hand, small and medium-sized umbrella are sold as an original souvenir from Bo Sang. Once a year, Bo Sang hold an umbrella festival which is called “Bo Sang Umbrella Fair” become a favorite Chiang Mai attractions.
Address: Bo Sang Village (Nine kilometers from the Old City, on Chiang Mai-San Kampaeng Highway (Route 1006))
6. Treetop Zipline Adventure
Only by visiting this Treetop Zipline Adventure in Chiang Mai, where you can enjoy the natural beauties like forest and waterfall. Here you will face 15 to 35 challenging game booths with varying degrees of difficulty. However, you don’t need to worry because all visitors will be accompanied by professional staff.
Price: approx. 43 USD
Address: 41/1 Maeram, Maerim, Chiang Mai