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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

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Explore Chiang Mai

The Rose of the North’, former capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom, and one of Thailand’s largest cities—these are titles that are synonymous with Chiang Mai, a historical region that has been in existence since late in the 13th century. Parts of this heritage are captured by remnants of old walls and moats that can still be found around the city, amidst its growing list of modern attractions. It sits along the Ping River, and lies approximately 700 kilometres north of Bangkok.

Explore Other Must Do in Chiang Mai

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Kad Suan Kaew

    Kad Suan Kaew

    To Shop

    Kad Suan Kaew is a nice escape from Chiang Mai’s tropical climate, especially when you have spent a large part of your day under the sun. This air-conditioned shopping mall is known for selling local products at very affordable prices, while equipped with a large variety of offerings that range from a bowling alley to a cinema.

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  • Nam Prik Kapi

    Nam Prik Kapi

    To Eat

    If there’s one thing about Thai people that you should know, it would be the fact that they love spicy food – as proven by nam prik kapi. This dipping sauce contains ingredients like fermented shrimp paste, chillies and lime juice, giving it tremendous strength in the departments of spiciness and flavour. It is often used to complement raw vegetables like carrots and cucumbers, creating a refreshing dish.

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  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

    Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

    To Shop

    If bargaining for prices gives you a thrill of sorts, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar will leave you bubbling with excitement. This night market is known for selling branded items at incredibly low prices, and is also a go-to place for souvenirs. It is located nearby two other night markets, namely, the Kalare Night Bazaar and Asunarm Markets.

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  • Wat Lok Molee

    Wat Lok Molee

    To See

    Wat Lok Molee is not only known for being one of the older temples in Chiang Mai, although its exact time of construction is not known. It is also famous for having an extremely large chedi or stupa, which has been restored on numerous occasions since it was built in 1527. The peak of this chedi is elaborately decorated with images of Buddha and celestial beings. Its intricate sculptures of Nagas (guardian deities) are also of great repute.

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  • Wat Umong

    Wat Umong

    To See

    Wat Umong is certainly an aptly named temple, as ‘Umong’ is the Thai term for ‘tunnels’—a major component of this place of worship. This feature makes it unique amongst the many temples in Chiang Mai, and is complemented by the complex’s other highlights, such as a replica of a historical Buddhist relic called the ‘Pillars of Ashoka’.

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  • Sai Oua

    Sai Oua

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    Dining in Thailand is incomplete without sampling the country’s illustrious kick of spiciness, and sai oua gives you a good dose of that. Usually consumed as a starter of meals, this pork sausage with garlic, chillies, lemongrass and other herbs and spices is capable of easily cleansing your palate with its pungent notes. It can also be eaten as a side dish.

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  • Wat Chedi Luang

    Wat Chedi Luang

    To See

    Built between the 14th and 15th centuries, Wat Chedi Luang was once the host of the Emerald Buddha, an important religious relic for Thailand. Aside from being an active place of worship today, the temple is also said to protect Chiang Mai with its Lak Mueang (city pillar) and three Dipterocarp trees. It is famous for the partially restored chedi—or bell-shaped tower—that gave it its name.

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  • Khao Soi

    Khao Soi

    To Eat

    Nothing defines comfort food in Chiang Mai better than khao soi, a rich coconut-based chicken curry dish with flat egg noodles. Its warming flavours come from some of Thailand’s favourite herbs and spices, including turmeric and coriander. It is commonly served with fresh bean sprouts, lime wedges and fried shallots or onions.

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  • Wat Phra Singh

    Wat Phra Singh

    To See

    Wat Phra Singh was initially constructed in the 14th century by King Pha Yu to house the ashes of his father, King Kham Fu. This royal origin is echoed in the temple’s grand red and gold design scheme. One of its main features is the Viharn Lai Kham, an assembly hall that is heavily influenced by Lanna architecture with walls that are dressed in intricate murals.

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  • Miang Kham

    Miang Kham

    To Eat

    If bite-sized pockets of flavours and textures are up your alley, miang kham is definitely a must-have for you. From chillies to peanuts to coconut, this snack revolves around many of Thai cuisine’s signature ingredients, topped with a sweet sauce and wrapped with wild pepper leaves into small packets for consumption.

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  • Wat Sri Suphan

    Wat Sri Suphan

    To See

    This complex is often referred to as ‘The Silver Temple’, and with good reason: it is almost entirely covered in silver. Its roof is silver-plated, for instance, and its hall is also enveloped inside-out in the colour. This is because Wat Sri Suphan is located in a district of Chiang Mai that is renowned for its silver-making prowess, anchored by Wua Lai Road.

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  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Doi Inthanon National Park

    To Do

    Located around the highest mountain in Chiang Mai, from which it gets its name, the Doi Inthanon National Park encompasses more than 45,000 hectares of land. It is a popular site for bird-watching in Thailand, and also attracts many visitors with its Mae Ya and Mae Klang waterfalls.

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  • Art In Paradise

    Art In Paradise

    To Do

    This museum is a true delight for the senses, as its exhibits are actually detailed 3D illusions that are painted on flat surfaces. Visitors are encouraged to interact with these exhibits by taking photos with them, making it seem like they are somehow a part of each piece. Around 130 of these paintings are available in the museum, heralding a time of good, creative fun.

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  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

    Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

    To Do

    Covering an area of roughly 265 square kilometres, this park is laden with waterfalls, caves, animals and forests that epitomise Thailand’s natural beauty. It is also the home to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Buddhist temple that is said to give visitors some of the most scenic views of Chiang Mai. This temple is located near the peak of the Doi Suthep mountain.

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  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham

    Wat Phra That Doi Kham

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    Nestled on Doi Kham hill, Wat Phra That Doi Kham is often referred to as the ‘Temple of the Golden Mountain’. It is estimated to have been built in the 7th century, and was left unattended for a substantial period of time until ancient images of Buddha were found in it in 1966. Its most remarkable features include a white pearl statue of Buddha, as well as a lookout point with scenic vistas of Chiang Mai.

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