Chiang Mai province for years now has been the tourist hub of the north and one of
Thailand's most important tourist destinations. It is considered one of the most
scenic provinces in the country due to its mountain ranges, valleys, flora and fauna.
Unlike most of Thailand, the climate in the north and especially Chiang Mai is cool,
fresh and misty.
Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park - The park consists of forests and mountain ranges.
Major mountains include Doi Suthep, Doi Buak Ha, and Doi Pui. This is a main source
of tributaries and streams in Chiang Mai. Sacred places, religious attractions and
historical sites are located in the park complex.
Walking Street Chiang Mai - municipality has organized, since 2006, the Chiang Mai
Sunday Evening Walking Street at the Three Kings Monument Courtyard. It has turned
into a thriving Sunday evening market which now encompasses nearly the whole of Rachadamnoen
road (the main road of the old city), many of its side streets and the square in
front of Thapae gate. It is renowned for the locally made handicrafts. In addition,
Chiang Mai also organises a Saturday Evening Walking Street on Woa Lai road which
runs from Chiang Mai gate, on the south side of the old city, towards the airport.
Chiang Mai Zoo - is located next to Huai Kaeo Arboretum. It is a large zoo, which
occupies the lower forested slopes of Doi Suthep Mountain. The zoo contains more
than 200 types of Asian and African mammals and birds.
Doi Inthanon National Park - at 2,565 m, Doi Inthanon is Thailand's highest mountain
and one of the coolest peaks. Besides the actual mountain itself, there is a variety
of other attractive locations such as Mae Ya, Wachirathan and Siriphum waterfalls
and Bori Chinda Cave.
Pang Chang Mae Sa - The elephant shows are a demonstration of the elephants' abilities
in log-hauling. After the end of the performance, visitors are able to have a go
at riding an elephant.
Wat Phra Singh - houses the revered Phra Phuttha Sihing Buddha image cast in Subduing
Mara. The Buddha image is now enshrined in Viharn Lai Kham. The temple compound includes
the lovely Viharn Lai Kham featuring exquisite woodcarvings and northern-style murals
paintings, a magnificent scriptural repository with striking bas relief, and a circular
stupa (in Lankan bell shape).
Mae Sa Waterfall - The famous 8-tiered waterfall in Amphoe Mae Rim occupies a natural
setting among towering trees, covered with a lovely breeze all year round.
Night Bazaar - Every evening the centre of the provincial city holds one of the
provinces biggest markets, selling a huge variety of goods to tourists, both foreign
and Thai. The market is three blocks long and is surrounded by restaurants, cafes
and travel agents.