15 Incredible Things To Do In Chiang Mai,  Thailand

1. Tha Pae Gate (Old City Gate)

When you visit Chiang Mai there is no doubt you will visit the old city to explore its temples.  

2. Chiang Mai Night Market

Chiang Mai is famous for its Night Bazaar. When the sun goes down, the markets open up.  

3. Wat Chedi Luang

This Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai stands 82 meters high and is the largest of temples in the Lanna Kingdom. 

4. Wat Suan Dok

Not only is its 14th-century architecture beautifully unique, but members of the late Lanna Royal family are buried around the temple. 

5. Temple Hopping

Chiang Mai is filled with temples and it would take months to see them all. With 300 temples to visit, you will have plenty to choose from.  

6. Wat Pan Tao 

Located beside Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Pan Tao is a beautiful dark teak wood temple. 

7. Celebrate Songkran Festival

Songkran is celebrated all over the country but celebrating Songkran in Chiang Mai is the best place in the country.  

8. Lantern Festival

Loi Krathong and the Yi Peng festivals happen in tandem in Chiang Mai and it is a magical time to be in the city. 

9. Thai Cooking Class

Chiang Mai is famous for its food and northern Thai cuisine. We loved taking a Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai. 

10. Chiang Mai Food Tour

If you don’t want to take a cooking class, but do want to learn more about Chiang Mai cuisine, join an Old Town foodie crawl.

11. Meditation Retreat

When Dave and I first traveled to Thailand, we took a meditation course in Chiang Mai. 

12. Chiang Rai

This popular Chiang Mai Day trip includes a trip to the White Temple and Golden Triangle.  

13. Have A Traditional Thai Massage

Really, no matter where you are in Thailand a traditional Thai Massage should be on your list. And Koh Samui is no exception.  

14. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Located just 15 km from the city center, Wat Phra Doi Sutep offers gorgeous views of Chiang Mai and an amazing cultural experience.  

15. Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is a popular day trip from Chiang Mai and is a must-visit destination.  

Discover The 15 Best Beaches in Croatia