Chiang Mai Travel Guide

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    Elephant trekking
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    Inside the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple
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Chiang Mai Things to Do

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist...

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This Buddhist temple overlooks the city, just down from the royal palace. The car park and roads are lined with souvenir and food shops, but leave these for now and head up the steps to the funicular railway which takes you to the temple complex proper. Alternatively, keep walking up the steps (more than 300) if you fancy the exercise. At the top,...

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  • Excursions

    It was easy to see the effort being made by Thai authorities to open the touristic resources to tribal people from inland. We saw the mixture between authentic tribal life, and serial production of touristy bauble. Being a peaceful country, I expected a stronger activity close to the borders of the countries after a long war. That absence shows...

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  • Elephant Ride

    It's show business... but it's good. The performance at the training center (I don't know if it exists more than one) shows hard work and professionalism with the elephants. The show pleases adults and children. The final ride, though short and following a very beaten path, demonstrates well how securely the elephants deal with mud, even in...

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Chiang Mai Restaurants

  • Street Stalls and Vendors

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Unlike Bangkok where street food vendors are on every street corner, Chiang Mai has a concentration of a good variety at the Waroros Market. The place is alive a night and a popular spot for locals and tourist. You can find just about any food here from exotic to traditional. I also found these vendors to be cleaner and the food just seemed fresher...

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  • Kantoke Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    It’s an experience that anyone must live. The food is good, as almost everywhere in Thailand, but distributed in small dishes, allowing you to taste everything. The greatest point, however, is the show, with the delicate Thai dances performed close to you, as you are eating. If you saw my Czech page, you know that I'm a folk dance lover!

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  • The Whole Earth Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    The restaurant has been going for 30 years and is situated in a teak Lanna house set in a landscaped garden. You have the option to eat inside or outside on the terrace. The menu is a wide selection of vegetarian & non-vegetarian dishes of Thai & Indian cuisines. Open daily from 11am to 10pm.

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Chiang Mai Nightlife

  • Night bazar

    The Night Bazaar is a huge market covering a long outdoor stretch of Chang Khlan Road between Tha Phae Road and Si Donchai Road, with the centre of the maelstrom in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Building, three storeys of shopping under a Thai temple-style roof. The bazaar area straddles both sides of the street, with a gauntlet of street vendors...

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  • Pubs and Bars

    Nimmanheiman Road or Nimman Road as it is commonly referred to is a road full of bars, clubs, coffee shops and restaurants that is always buzzing every night of the week. It is about 2km to the west of the Old City and is the trendiest area in town. The sois (lanes) off Nimman Road are worth exploring as they have so many different types of bars...

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  • Shopping break

    If you're tired after shopping in the Anusarn market and fancy a swift drink to revive yourself, right in the middle is the Colour Bar (which will strike US sports fans as a slightly odd name). It's nothing special except for where it is - average choice of drinks at average prices, but it is gaily decorated, and has some interesting furniture made...

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Chiang Mai Transportation

  • Tuc Tuc & bikes

    As review have been advised about Tuk Tuk in Chiangmai, it was disheartening to experience bad driver who ripped us off upon arrival. From the airport to hotel using the 150baht cab standard service, it was smooth. Upon arrival to hotel, we wish to hire the same taxi to take us to Khantoke dinner which we already have reservation. He smile and said...

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  • Train

    Many people miss out on a wonderful experience by flying to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. The best choice is the overnight train, which is clean, safe, comfortable and fun. If you are a couple or a family with even numbered members I recommend the 1st class cabin. If you are traveling alone and/or don’t want to share a private cabin then 2nd class is...

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  • Busses

    There are a cheap buses that travel to Bangkok from Chiang Mai which i have avoided for many years as once i was on one that broke down halfway to Bangkok. We were left on our own as the driver was in no position to refund our money and a replacement bus never arrived, so we ended up paying another fare on a regular bus to Bangkok. However on my...

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Chiang Mai Shopping

  • Night Market

    This is Chiang Mai's main night time attraction, selling anything from clothes to souvenirs, wallets and crafts. Pretty much anything you can think of they have it here. Runs from 7pm-midnight every night. Anything from clothes to wallets, it has everything! As much as you want - most things are very cheap.

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  • Art and beauty

    The Night Bazaar is in a large fixed structure over two levels. The top floor has some craft and a lot of beauty product shops, along with a few western-style bars; the bottom floor has loads of artists selling paintings and sculptures. I didn't take any photos of the art section, as that is manned by the only Thais concerned with intellectual...

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  • T-shirts, gold and crafts

    Night Bazaar 2 is the second of two fixed structures in what now appears to be called the night bazaar area in Chiang Mai. It's across the road from the first Night Bazaar building. Inside there is a row of bars, a food court, and many stalls. In this market, there are a lot of stalls targeting tourists with beer brand T-shirts, flouncy trousers...

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Chiang Mai Local Customs

  • Local people

    This flower market is located along the western bank of the Ping River, to the north of Nawarat Bridge. Here you can see stalls and shops selling the offering garlands that people take to temples plus ones that they hang in their cars.

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  • Correct behaviour

    To take off your shoes is extremely important when visiting temples. At the massage rooms, it was also necessary to do so. It was even requested at one of the restaurant I went to. So, it is helpful to wear shoes/sandals which can easily be taken off.

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  • Song Kran Festival

    Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. The date coincides with the day the sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, usually falling on April 13 of each year. The word "Songkran" means a passage or course and refers to the position of the sun within the solar system. As the sun enters each of...

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Chiang Mai Warnings and Dangers

  • Dogs of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Almost as if guarding the entrance to the temple, many dogs lay in the middle of the stairs as you approach the Naga Stair. They are in the area of vendors and really don't bother anyone. However, there is a sign in the middle of the stairs warning people not to touch the dogs. I've heard reports that these dogs can be unpredictable and vicious. I...

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  • Sidewalks and scooters!

    This is never a good combination. But add in the fact you are crossing a narrow bridge with a steel railing and river on one side and steel girders with traffic on the other, it can be a bit dicey. This is the Loi Kroh bridge, sometime in the morning. There were plenty of people doing this so it is apparently common practice. I had no idea before I...

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  • Western scam artists!

    When my wife (who is Thai) and I walked near Old Town, we were approached by 2 enthusiastic Aussie men. They were handing out free scratch tickets where you could win prizes. I scratched the wax off my ticket and when one of the men saw I had 3 stars, he became very excited, as did his partner! According to them, we had won a week in an island...

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Chiang Mai Tourist Traps

  • Elephant camps

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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  • Waterfalls

    One of Chiang Mai highlights in tourist brochures are the waterfalls. Well... I must confess that they are photogenic but very common (unless we were in the wrong season). It's nice to walk in the wild, amidst bamboo and exotic plants, but, if your time is tight, you may skip them without sorrow.

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  • beware of private drivers

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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Chiang Mai What to Pack

  • CARRY A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    SMALL BACKPACK TO CARRY DAY OUT NECESSITIES.. GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES/BOOTSA SMALL PONCHO THAT ROLLS UP POCKETSIZE...AS IT RAINS HERE ANYTIME.. THE EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY FOUND HERE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD RELIABLE MOSQUITO REPELLANT ...AND USE IT..ALSO CARRY A GOOD SUN BLOCK ...HAT AND SUN GLASSESANOTHER "HANDY" IS A SMALL BOTTLE OF...

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  • Get your best photo hand-painted

    Pick one of your best portrait photo and pack it into your luggage. You can transform your photo into a black & white portraint painting which is detailed and looks so... real. You really can't believe the painter there are so talented. Prices range from THB900 onwards, excluding postage charges to your home country.

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  • You will probably need this....

    Light luggage. Extra bag for souvenirs. Light clothing.Raincoat or umbrella. It rains....Walking shows. Everything is pretty close....and the baazar is pretty big. You WILL walk a lot. Insect Repellent, for sure.BUY tiger balm. I swear it cures everything. Polarizing lense - the skies get pretty freaky before the rain.Also, something to cover up...

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Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

  • Jungle Trek

    This towering waterfall, about 250m high at the top, is an awesome sight. You approach it near Doi Inthanon National Park, and as you're hiking through the jungle (about a 10 minute hike) you can hear the water pounding the rocks way before you actually see it. As you come around that last bend, the sight does not disappoint. The wide water...

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  • Elephants and Rafting

    I came here as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We first rode on elephants for about 40 minutes or so alongside a river. We then transferred onto bamboo rafts and made our was back along the river so that we could get back to the camp. I have to say that the elephant camp didn't look all that good but then I had just come...

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  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Went there during winter and experience one of the greatest sights from the top of the highest peak in Thailand. Super views and super weather (although it was a bit cold for my asian preference). Saw the clouds come low and the wide open land that is Thailand. You definitely don't get this in built-up Bangkok. This is the country Thailand that...

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Chiang Mai Sports & Outdoors

  • Yoga Studio Chiang Mai

    The only Yoga Studio that offers Open Classes. It is available for beginner and some that are more advanced. Classes start at 10am and 5pm every day. (except on weekend there is no afternoon class)Also, you will receive a card to keep track of your classes and every 7th attendance is free.You'll be streaching your way around Chiang Mai in no...

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  • Wild Rose Yoga Studio

    I've been back to Chiang Mai, Thailand many times in the last year and I always feel like I'm home after I've visited the Wild Rose Yoga Studio. The quality of the classes are as good as back home and the group of people who attend are always a fantastic mix of amazing locals, Thai Massage Students, serious yogis and many actual yoga teachers. Most...

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  • Sporty Stuff

    Have been to Chiang Mai and back, I must say there were a lot of sporty stuff I wished I tried but didn't have the chance to. So here's a compilation of a couple of websites and their that might prove to be useful to other travellers. Have fun!Asia active travel - Treking/Cycling Tours etc All Terrain Vehicle Tour Skyadventures-1950B

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  • Jungle Trek

    This is another Jungle Kid, the Little-Pinky-No-Pants. He is good at asking for candies, playing with baby puppy, riding a dog while twisting its ears like riding a motorbike, and playing with knife. He chop his fingers, without crying, laughing instead! I was woundering why these kids don't cry even he cut his fingers. Perhaps their born character...

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  • Excursions

    STOP 2 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR The Siriphum Waterfall is tall, pretty waterfall. The waterfalls are actually twins, two parallel streams of water, named for His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The name of these falls comes from a combination of Queen Sirikit and King Bhumibol, so you might sometimes see this...

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  • Hill Tribes and Volunteer work

    STOP 4 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR Just up the road from the ranger station is a Hmong market, which sells produce from the Royal Project and Hmong villages around Mae Chaem. Actual Hmong hill tribe people live here. We stopped to have a look at their wares (mainly produce), and to see them dressed in their colourfully embroidered...

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