Dubbed as the “Northern Rose” of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a place should not be missed for those love to explore natural beauty and discover traditional cultures of ethnic minority living on high mountainous areas.
Depending on the budget and your travel time, you can arrange a trip to Chiang Mai at any time, but it’s advisable to go into the festive occasion to fully enjoy cultural nuances here.
1. Caring for elephants
Just an hour drive outside the city center, you’ll have an unforgettable day with the elephants. Taking part in this tour, you will be instructed by an instructor to take care of or feed elephants.
2. Huay Tung Tao Lake and San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
Huay Tung Tao is an artificial lake about 12 km north of Chiang Mai center. Come here, visitors can enjoy swimming or relaxing by the neighboring bungalows. In addition, this area has trails for mountain bikes and camping areas.
Traveling to Chiang Mai, you should visit San Kamphaeng Hot Springs Park to take a hot spring bath. This beautiful park is located in the town of San Kamphaeng, 36 km north of Chiang Mai. Mineral water here is known for its ability to recover health.
3. Climbing the mountains
About a 45 minute drive from the central Chiang Mai, Crazy Horse Crag is considered one of the world's most high and diverse cliffs. Here you can take a climbing course in a day or three days.
If you still want to learn mountaineering and do not want to travel far, No Gravity is the ideal address for you. This is an indoor climbing center located in the North East of the Old City with a very friendly and enthusiastic staff.
4. Hot air balloon ride
Nothing is more wonderful than admiring Chiang Mai from above through hot air balloon. From above, visitors will have the opportunity to see Chiang Mai in the early sun, the hidden villages in the mist, the verdant rice fields, all make a romantic and peaceful Chiang Mai.
5. Doi Suthep or Doi Inthanon
Doi Suthep is a famous mountain in Chiang Mai. Atop the mountain is a sacred temple called Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. To reach the pagoda, you have to climb about 300 steps with statues of the god of snakes stretching along the sides of the passage. If the weather is good, you can see the panoramic view of the city from the top.
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. It is an interesting place for adventurous travelers, where there are lush jungle, greenery and moss. Doi Inthanon is a part of the Himalayas stretching across Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and ending in northern Thailand. Come here, you can climb to the top of the highest mountain, look at or explore the caves.
6. Ethnic minority villages
Visiting the ethnic villages in Chiang Mai will help you to better understand the local culture here. Visitors can spend nights in homestay in the village to experience daily life with local people. In addition, this area is also an ideal destination for trekking through the jungle.