Chiang Mai Thailand Travel Guide

Chiang Mai Thailand Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Chiang Mai Thailand Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Nestled in the mountainous northern region of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city where the past and present blend seamlessly, offering travellers a unique journey through time and culture. Founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is steeped in history, evident in its old city area, where ancient walls and moats encircle over 300 temples, each telling its own story of the city’s rich heritage.

Today, Chiang Mai has evolved into a vibrant hub for travelers seeking a mix of adventure, culture, and relaxation. From exploring the bustling night bazaars filled with handicrafts and street food to trekking through lush jungles and visiting hill tribes, the city offers a myriad of experiences. Its cooler climate, compared to other parts of Thailand, makes it an alluring destination year-round, inviting visitors to discover its enchanting landscapes, indulge in its culinary delights, and immerse themselves in a tranquil way of life that has been preserved through the ages. Whether you’re drawn by the allure of history, the beauty of nature, or the warmth of its people, Chiang Mai promises an unforgettable journey.

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Things To See & Do In Chiang Mai Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most important temple in Chiang Mai. 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 just phenomenal as well. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located in Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai Province. Doi Suthep Hill is 14 kilometers away from the center of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It houses three main structures, the main attraction being the beautifully decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago. Located inside the old city wall, at the western end of Ratchadamnoen Road, the temple’s signature Lanna-style roofs and glittering viharn is well worth the visit. Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00 Location: Inside the old city wall, at the westernmost end of Ratchadamnoen Road

Chiang Mai Thailand Saturday Walking Street

The Saturday Walking Street takes over Th Wualai, running southwest from Pratu Chiang Mai at the southern entrance to the old city. There is barely space to move as locals and tourists from across the world haggle vigorously for carved soaps, novelty dog collars, woodcarvings, Buddha paintings, hill-tribe trinkets, Thai musical instruments, T-shirts, paper lanterns and umbrellas, silver jewellery and herbal remedies.

Talat Pratu Chiang Mai

In the early morning, this market is Chiang Mai’s larder, selling foodstuffs and ready-made dishes. If you want to give alms to the monks, come early and find the woman who sells pre-assembled food donations (20B); she’ll explain the ritual to you. Things quieten by lunchtime, but the burners are re-ignited for a popular night market that sets up along the road.

Lanna Folklife Museum

Set inside the Thai-colonial-style former Provincial Court, dating from 1935, this imaginative museum re-creates Lanna village life in a series of life-size dioramas that explain everything from lai·krahm pottery stencilling and fon lep (a mystical Lanna dance featuring long metal fingernails) to the intricate symbolism of different elements of Lanna-style monasteries.

Talat Warorot

By the river Chiang Mai’s oldest public market, Warorot (also spelt Waroros) is a great place to connect with the city’s Thai soul. Alongside souvenir vendors you’ll find numerous stalls selling items for ordinary Thai households: woks, toys, fishing nets, pickled tea leaves, wigs, sticky-rice steamers, Thai-style sausages, kâab mŏo (pork rinds), live catfish and tiny statues for spirit houses.

Trekking In Chiang Mai Thailand

Trekking in Northern Thailand is incredibly popular with just cause. A trek will generally take  you through incredible scenery from soaring mountains to rainforests. Staying in local villages at homestays gives you a chance to meet locals and minority clans and spend time with guides who are passionate about what they do.

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