Whatever the reason for your visit to Chiang Mai, the city has many tourist attractions that will make your trip interesting. From museums to zoos, shops and parks, Chiang Mai has almost everything you are looking for on vacation. Here are the top tourist attractions that Chiang Mai has to offer.
Cultural and artistic centre of the city of Chiang Mai
Located on Prapokklao Road, the cultural and artistic centre of the city of Chiang Mai presents the history of the city, which began 700 years ago. Other exhibitions are devoted to the dominant religion of Buddhism in Thailand. It shows the cultures of Chiang Mai and other regions of Thailand. It also shows the royal dynasties, agricultural history and other historical aspects of the city. The exhibitions are represented by a mixture of photos, models, videos and murals.
Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium
Located on Huay Kaew Road, this aquatic zoo presents 20,000 sea creatures through its spacious underwater canals. It has a mixture of salt and freshwater creatures that are sure to surprise you with their beauty. It also offers underwater ballets and acrobats that attract tourists and locals.
What is Phra Sing
Wat Phra Sing is the most popular temple in the city. It is also said to be the oldest temple built between 1385 and 1400. The temple walls are decorated with murals representing the customs and dresses of the first inhabitants of Chiang Mai.
Elephant natural park
Located about 60 kilometres north of the city, the elephant nature park is home to sick and rescued elephants. Tourists visiting this elephant sanctuary can appreciate this breed of creatures. Day trips that allow you to swim and feed the elephants cost 2,500 Baht.
Maesa elephant camp
If you want to do more than just bathe and feed elephants, Maesa’s elephant camp is a better place to visit. They have shows with elephants who paint, play football and do a lot of other tricks. You can also take a ride on the elephants if you wish, for an additional fee.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park is a nature reserve with many animals and trees that you may not see in other forests. It is one of the most beautiful hiking places after staying in the metropolis of Chiang Mai. Here you will also find the tallest tree in Thailand, reaching a height of 8,415 feet.
Dokmai Garden has many types of vegetables, edible fruits and other varieties of plants. This garden is also surrounded by 70 different species of birds, which is why it is often a destination for tourists visiting the city.
Place du Palais Bhuping is open to the public every day, showing landscaped gardens. It houses the royal family of Chiang Mai, so visitors’ dress code is strictly enforced. The dress code prohibits slippers and shorts. Entrance fees are 50 Baht for adults and 10 Baht for children. It is only open from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, and from 1:00 am to 3:00 pm. Access is strictly prohibited outside these hours.