Top things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Visit to Thailand – Chiang Mai

Hi friends, I am back with another travel post. My first International Trip was to Thailand and that’s why it has a special place in my heart. It’s been 3 years now but the memories are still fresh. There are some famous and amazing places in Thailand which are always on the travelers’ itinerary. And one will need many days to cover all these places. Since we are a nature-loving family, my husband and I decided to visit the Beaches first. So, we chose to explore Phuket and Phi Phi Islands during our 6 days stay in Thailand. However, visiting other parts of Thailand is still on my bucket list. And the next place which I want to explore in Thailand is Chiang Mai.

When in Thailand, Top things to do in Chiang Mai

I have heard from a few of my friends that if you are in Thailand, visiting Chiang Mai is an absolute must. And today I am going to talk about the top things you can do when visiting Chiang Mai. Known for being the spiritual Mecca of the country, you will be open to a spectrum of experiences, culture, and sights.

Chiang Mai is known for being a highlight amongst travelers, it is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Thailand after the capital. You will plan your own trip once you see what there is to explore and experience.

If you are planning something soon and want to live the life of luxury, there are plenty of boutique hotels in Thailand you can choose from. You can have a different type of experience that takes your explorations to a whole new level. Let’s see what all places you can visit in Chiang Mai.

1- Visit an elephant sanctuary

Instead of doing the cliche elephant riding experience which often fuels malpractice and mistreatment of elephants; try a sanctuary. Elephant sanctuaries allow you to be up close and personal with the majestic beings in their natural environment. You can bathe them, swim alongside them, feed them and see them in a way like never before.

Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

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Be wary of tour agencies that sell cheap riding experiences as they are often the worst and submit elephants to hours of exhaustive work. A couple of great sanctuaries are Elephant Jungle Sanctuary and Elephant Natural Park.

2- Visit some stunning temples

You will be able to get your full dose of temple visits done when planned correctly. You can discover some of the top temples to visit with awe-inspiring architecture. Literally, hundreds are placed all over the buzzing city. So, if you are seeking a spiritual journey then this is the place.

3- See Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park, nature trail

Nature Trail in Doi Inthanon National Park (Source –

This national park is known as “The Roof of Thailand” for being the highest mountain in Thailand. And it’s a must visit place if you want to get close to some of the country’s breath-taking natural beauty. You are bound to be inspired as it’s spread in 48,240 hectares of land and the mountain reaching the height of 2,562 meters.

You may also want to read – A Trip to The Great Wall of China

4- Take a boat along Mae Ping River

Mae Ping River, Thailand

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Whether you go at sunset or on a chilled afternoon, this is a great & different way to discover the scenery. Some trip companies will also include lunch with the local farmers. So, you also get an insight into local life and culture.

5- Shuffle through night markets

No trip is ever complete without exploring the local markets. Street markets in Chiang Mai are spectacular and provide a number of take-home goods and gifts. This is especially the case with the Sunday Night Market which seems as though it goes on for miles. It’s on the main road in the old town. It’s as though the whole town gets shut down on Sunday evening.

Sunday Markets in Chiang Mai, Thailand

With so much to enjoy and explore, you will never get bored in Chiang Mai. That’s why it’s on top of my list when I visit Thailand next. Have you been to Thailand? Tell me which is your favorite place? Hope you liked the post. Do share with your travel lover friends and family.

Disclaimer –  “This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer”



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    Gurjeet Chhabra May 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Woow, we are planning to visit Thailand and this article will be great help

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    Jhilmil May 3, 2018 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Wow, I love being in nature and with wildlife and Chiang Mai gave me the same feeler with the nature trail and elephant safari!

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    Nameesh May 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    You sure have mentioned last night ts of things one can do when one gets to Chiang Mai. Though I have not visited the Thailand until now, will definitely think after looking at ur pics and ur article.

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    Sarah May 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Wow this place looks incredible there are a lot of things I would love to do here specially visit the zoo understanding night market looks so interesting

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    Siddhi Palande May 4, 2018 at 1:27 am - Reply

    My cousin stays in Thailand. Planning a trip soon. These tips will be super helpful.

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    Akanksha May 4, 2018 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Thailand looks incredible and is on my travel wishlist. Your photos are so fabulous. I recently visited Spain and loved it so much that I want to go there again just like u wanting to go back to Thailand.

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    Jhilmil D Saha May 4, 2018 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Wow such a beautifully written post. The pictures and everything look so tempting. I will refer to your recommendations when we plan a trip to Thailand

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    Papri Ganguly May 4, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

    What an incredible a place to visit in Summer. Thailand is always been in a bucket list. Hope we will visit soon

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    Sayeri May 4, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I love jungle, the wild smell attracts me so much, See Doi Inthanon National Park is in my top list. Will surely plan a trip to Thailand.

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    From The Journal Of A Reader May 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I felt like i’ve already visited Thailand while reading your post. It’s super cool and really descriptive.

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    Dipali Bhasin September 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    We visited Chiang Mai for the first time a few months ago and enjoyed the elephants at the Sanctuary. Your list points out a couple I need to do on my next trip. I enjoyed reading your article. Hope there are many more trips your way. Great compilation! Cheers!

    Dipali ( )

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    Keerthi Vydyula September 4, 2018 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Ah! I miss those long walks i took at those night markets and still remember how i struggled to explain them that i want vegetarian food! My trip to Thailand is the most memorable one and this post just brought up all those memories 🙂

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