Chiang Mai Thailand Attractions Attractions and Tourist
Chiang Mai and its surroundings have many attractions to offer. Especially nature experiences that can be enjoyed on foot, by bus or car, or for that matter with elephant.
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The most common sights and attractions tourists visit are the magnificent temples of which there are many. They are difficult to pronounce, but easy to visit. Remember the camera!
Ban Mae Klang Luang
Hiking is popular with tourists visiting Chiang Mai. And most beautiful way Mae Klang Luang can probably offer.
Ban Mae Klang is located just outside Chiang Mai and is populated by the Karen people who emigrated from Burma in the late 18th century. They have excavated rice terraces along the ridges and the landscape gives an indelible first impression to the tourists who come here.
A number of walks are organized in Dei Intanon National Park where you can also see and learn how the Karen people live in harmony with nature.
Was Phra That Doi Suthep
This “gold temple” is usually called Doi Suthep only after the mountain it is located on. Doi Suthep is located approx. 15 km from the center of Chiang Mai. The temple is influenced by both Hinduism and Buddhism. Therefore you will find both Buddha and Hindu god Ganesh here.
There are reportedly 309 steps from the parking lot and up to the pagoda (temple).
NB! Do not walk around the temple square with a bikini or womans top.
What Chemistry Luang
This temple dates back to the 15th century and was once the largest building in Chiang Mai. The temple is somewhat damaged, but with its many elephants it appears very special. You can also see monks practicing their ancient rituals daily outside the temple. Here you will also find a beautiful Buddha statue named Phra Chao Attarot.
The Royal Park Rajapruek
Rajapruek or Ratchaphruek is the name of the Royal Park, but also Thailand’s national flower. Of course, this special flower can be found in this magnificent park where you can relax with a picnic if the weather permits.
A very special temple is Wat Umong. It was originally built for a monk known for his long walks in the woods. To keep the mad monk away from hiking, this temple was built with all its tunnels.
Also remember that near the entrance of Wat Umong it is possible to see and feed turtles.
The elephant park
Chiang Mai is known for its elephants. And fortunately, there is good animal husbandry in this elephant park, which also serves as a health center for elephants from elsewhere in Thailand. This place offers the opportunity for close contact with these huge animals which are so wonderful.
Tourist in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is the temples, jungle and exotic smells and impressions. But don’t forget that Chiang Mai has now become a modern city, with its wide avenues, international fast food restaurants and chain hotels. Despite this, or fortunately if you want, the city is still far less expensive than the more visited places in Thailand, such as Phuket and Bangkok.
It is still possible to get a room in a 4 and 5 star luxury hotel down to the 300 – 400 kroner room, and a good and filling dinner at a restaurant for a few tens in the Old Town of Chiang Mai.
The shopping is also less expensive than Bangkok, as many of the goods are directly imported from Myanmar, Laos and China. In the surrounding areas you will also find several factories with their own stores. Typical items are pottery, furniture, wood or gold and jewelry.
The night market east of the Old Town is also a must. Here you will find fruits, animals, gold items, books, DVDs, souvenirs, sunglasses, shoes and much more.
Chiang Mai is a good starting point for day trips to other parts of Northern Thailand. One of the most popular round trips is to “The Golden Triangle”. The border area between Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, where the mighty Mekong River flows by, is called the Golden Triangle. Here you can drive for 3-4 hours, take a river cruise on the Mekong, shop at a market in Laos and be back in Chiang Mai for the evening. If you do not choose to stop in the neighboring town of Chiang Rai along the way.
Other popular excursions include elephant safaris, orchid farms or village trips to Thailand’s mountain tribes, minority groups who still live primitively and relatively isolated. For example, visit the Karen people, with their characteristic long necks, gradually extended by rings around the neck and neck.
Chiang Mai also has over 300 temples, the most important and most sacred of which is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep from 1383. This is located on a mountain a few kilometers northeast of Chiang Mai, where you also have a magnificent view down to the city.