Chiang Mai, one of the top tourism destinations in Thailand, countless Thai and international travelers pay the province a visit to absorb the vibes of nature, local cultures and relaxing weather. Travelling Chiang Mai throughout even you have a tight budget is certainly possible, only order a package with Traveloka, you get your airline tickets and hotel rooms sorted out with cheapest prices instantly!
Chiang Mai is Thailand 2nd biggest province located in Northern Thailand. The province itself has its long history; it was the capital of Lanna region and was retained as the main county of the North for a long time. The major area consists of plentiful forest and mountains including Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain peak of Thailand.
Because of its high area, Chiang Mai weather is quite cool and chilly especially on the hill. With its big size, Chiang Mai provides a complete set of facilities including accommodation, transportation, restaurant, and shopping malls. Additionally, Chiang Mai has its richness in unique art and culture; way of life, food and tourist attraction which makes Chiang Mai become top destination for travelers on vacation particularly on special occasion such as Songkran or Loy Kratong. There are a lot of travelers coming to visit numerous natural resources every winter for its nice and chill weather. From all reasons listed above, Chiang Mai has been one of the destinations continuously visited by Thais and foreigners for a long time
There are a lot of choices as Chiang Mai is a major province. It is convenient to come by plane as Chiang Mai has its own international airport or the alternative such as train, cars and bus at different costs and conditions. To commute in Chiang Mai, the unique way is to use the red mini-truck service that drives around the city, and to go further or outside the town you can take the colorful ones like the blue, yellow and white mini-trucks. Moreover, there are minibus, taxi, BTTS van, Tuk-Tuk, taxi motorbike, rental motorbike or car, or the traditional tricycle which can be found only in certain area of downtown. So Chiang Mai is a big province with convenient transportation and suitable for budget planning.
As it is a big city, there are various types of tourist attractions including natural resources like forest, mountain, waterfall, and hills, agricultural attraction, historical attraction for example temples, cultural attraction such as tribal village on the hill including visiting locals outside of the city. There is also modern attractions in downtown. Chiang Mai provides you different types of attractions, there must be one that you like and if you are interested in traveling in Chang Mai, you are recommended to search for transportation and accommodation from Traveloka because it is a tool that helps and supports planning your trip easily; so let's see what Chang Mai has to offer.
This temple is the symbol of Chiangmai so everyone has to visit and pay respect. This is a historical sacred place of Chiang Mai since 1386. There is a remarkable shiny big golden- Chiang Saen -shaped pagoda with high base where you have to visit by walking 306 steps up on the hill or if you cannot walk far, the alternative is a cable car which is convenient for old people.
Opens daily from 6 AM to 6 PM
The cable car cost 20 baht per person
It is the first laboratory of royal project created in order to increase job opportunity to minorities who used to grow opium on the hill. The area is around 2.88 sq.km. with 9 tribal villages surrounded. The weather is chilly for the whole year. There are a lot of tourist attractions inside including winter flower gardens, bonsai garden, scented flower garden, winter plants and vegetables, plum farm, winter seasonal fruits, minorities’ way of life of including restaurant, souvenir shop accommodation and camping area for tent in the project.
Open daily from 6 AM to 6 PM.
The entrance fee is 55 THB per person/ 50 THB per car
A small village in the middle of the valley, aged more than 100 years old, opens as a conservative tourist attraction. The attractiveness of this village is the simple way of life of the villagers who mainly work on tea and coffee production. Most houses are often built along the streams that pass through the middle of the village. In the village, there are a lot more to visit such asTeen Tok Royal Project Development Center, Wat Khantha Phueksa - the ancient temple with its chapel in the middle of the pond, and Mae Kampong waterfall. So if you like nature, you can’t miss this!
A 3-km nature trail located in Doi Inthanon National Park at its 42nd kilometer. You will see a variety of nature from the ferns and mosses forest which commonly seen in rainforest until the viewpoint of a wide meadow on the top of the Kew Mae Pan mountain. Next is a walking trail on the ridge along the cliff so you can appreciate the nature around you. Moreover you can enjoy the view of a-thousand-year roses. The scenic spot here is one of the most beautiful spots of sunrise and mist where the eco-travelers cannot miss.
The Chiang Mai hip street filled with art where two sides of the streets are full of various restaurants, coffee shops and chic cafes, bakeries, shopping venues for unique cloth and home decoration including nightlife entertainment; so you can spend your joyful time all day all night.
Another highlight of traveling in Chiang Mai as it is the biggest walking street and considered one of the most famous shopping venues open only on Sunday evenings. There are a variety of cloth, jewelry, artwork, Handicrafts, handmade products and local food. Street shows, international and traditional music together with other local shows are expected to be seen along the way.
Opened in 1957, there are more than 7,000 animals in the area of 850,000 sq.m. The highlight is the pandas from China named Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui which can only be seen in Thailand. Moreover, there are also penguins and seals together with their special talent shows. Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium is now open with the world’s longest 133-meter-water tunnel filled up with aquatic creatures from freshwater and sea. It is one of the attractions that not to be missed in Chiang Mai.
Open daily from 8am - 6pm.
Adult Admission: 100 Baht / Child 70 Baht
The outstanding centuries-old ancient temple which its tunnel is created and connected from the north of the pagoda then divided into four tunnels connected to each other. There are Lanna style paintings on the curvy ceiling of the tunnel aged over 500 years old and is now partially restored to allow future generations to appreciate its beauty of this mural. So this is another place to visit if you have the opportunity to visit Chiang Mai.
Opens daily from 8 AM-5PM
Another famous and popular waterfall in Chiang Mai which is located in Mae SA Waterfall Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park. It is a 10-leveled waterfall, each level is about 100-150 meters high which all connected with easy accessible paths. The 5th - 7th level are considered the most beautiful and tourists can swim with care. Nearby area has a camping tent area for those who truly want to relax close to nature.
Chiang Mai is a city with many interesting tourist attractions in both natural and cultural aspect, so if you are interested in planning a trip to Chiang Mai within 3 days and 2 nights period by yourself easily. You can see the example we offer and please do not forget to book your hotels and flights with Traveloka - all-inclusive one stop service for your most convenient.
After store you luggage at the hotel, please start looking for delicious food for lunch. Let's start with healthy food at Oh Ka Jhu organic restaurant where they focus on delicious taste with best recipe and quality ingredients especially fresh vegetables. It is a famous place to check in when you come to Chiang Mai. Once you are full, you can go up to worship Doi Suthep for your future glorious life otherwise you have not considered reaching Chiang Mai.
Returning from Doi Suthep, you can visit the beautiful flowers with cool weather at Bhuping Palace because it is a good place to visit in the same route you must pass. Besides the beauty of nature, don’t forget to try their refreshing juice and snack sold inside.
In the afternoon, take a leisure walk to see the Hmong hill tribe lifestyle on Doi Pui. The flower garden inside the village offer you local souvenir Shop with affordable price. On top of the hill, there is a café where you can sit and enjoy the panoramic view of Doi Pui Mountain. It is a very pleasant feeling to take some rest in a good atmosphere like this really.
The first dinner in Chiang Mai, you must try the traditional food at the famous Tong Tem Toh. The shop is small but the quality is so good that customers are fully packed all year round. Traditional fried pork, local snacks, northern style pork curry and other menus will complete your first day in Chiang Mai amazingly- so please don’t forget to check-in!
Started very early in the morning, so you have time to conquer Doi Inthanon and appreciate the refreshing nature for a long time. While waiting for the sunrise at Kew Mae Pan, if you’re lucky, you will have a chance to see the beautiful mist. Please do not forget to walk through the mist and visit Phra Mahathat Nabha Metaneedol and Phra Mahathat Nabha Polbhumisiri at 10 celcius degree in summer. In addition, you can enjoy the garden view from the top of Doi Inthanon. These are the must see highlight you don’t want to miss in Chiang Mai.
Back in town in the afternoon, if you didn’t have lunch yet, Huan Phen can definitely help you! This is one of Chiang Mai's oldest and most famous restaurants that offer you an a la carte noodle menu with curry or clear spicy soup or a set of heavy dishes that you won’t be disappointed.
On Saturday or Sunday evening, go shopping at Wua Lai Walking Street or at Tha Pae Walking Street where you can also have a great dinner. On weekdays, try riverside restaurant with good atmosphere nearby Ping River at The Gallery Chiang Mai which is a converted from a Chinese style house. Amazing food and good art are to be expected for your evening entertainment.
The mission of today is to find a decent breakfast. If you like international style, try Rustic & Blue for mix and match breakfast. If you do not want to have a heavy breakfast, try sipping tofu drink with Chinese donuts that come in many fantasy patterns. You can choose what you like.
Late morning, you can visit Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan, another ancient temple of Chiang Mai, featuring the beauty of Lanna architecture and the wall painting from the legend of Sang Thong and Suwannahong that can only be found here. This place is very accessible as it is in the heart of this city - Do not miss it.
Another program for religious travelers, Wat Umong is another old temple in Chiang Mai but its unique point is walking into the tunnel and enjoying the peaceful beauty of painting on the ceiling of the tunnel. Do not forget to visit the 700-year-old pagoda which is another highlight of this temple otherwise it is like you have never been here before.
If you have time left, visiting Chiang Mai zoo and say hello to the animals under the pleasant shady trees is not a bad idea at all. Do not forget to visit the two cute pandas Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui. Last but not least, Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium will open your underwater world for the best experience at the end of the day.
Before the end of the trip, souvenir shopping at Warorot Market is a must as it is Chiang Mai largest hundred-year-old market that provide you everything you need including various selection of famous food like chili paste, fried pork skin or fresh fruits and vegetables. All shops are professional at packing so you can carry on to the plane with worry-free.
We hope that our 3-days-2-nights travel plan together with attractions to check out in Chiang Mai would give you an idea to start making or adapting to your own trip more or less. Chiang Mai still has many more interesting places to be visited. Start your own travel trip by booking a hotel with Traveloka and you will know that planning your trip is as simple as it sounds!