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What to do in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city. It’s blessed with lush landscapes and is quieter than the capital, so you can find contrasts of exciting and serene travel experiences.
Take in the sights and culture by visiting Chiang Mai’s iconic landmark – the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This golden holy temple is at the top of a mountain, giving you the best views of the city.
But if you’re after a view like no other, see the city from high above by riding a hot air balloon or a Microlight Flight. Go deep into the jungle and ride through it with an ATV. Have a ripper time cliff jumping into the waters of Chiang Mai Grand Canyon.
For a gentler time with Mother Nature, say hello to the gentle giants at Elephant Nature Park, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, and Elephant Retirement Park. You can walk alongside these beautiful animals and help take care of them too. After that, take photos of the stunning flowers at Dokmai Gardens and Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden.
Need a bit of pick-me-up? Go café hopping and experience Chiang Mai’s coffee culture. Take your Baht to the city’s night markets next and buy anything you can imagine. There’s the Sunday Walking Street at Tha Pae Gate and Ratchadamnoen Road, Saturday Walking Street at Wualai Road, and Night Bazaar at Chang Khlang Road.
If you want to feel more Thai in Chiang Mai, have a go and celebrate the city’s best events with the locals. Feast your eyes on the colourful brollies of the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival. Equally vibrant are the parade floats of the Flower Festival in February. Have a splash in April with their New Year’s water fights during Songkran. And be dazzled by the floating lanterns of the Yi Peng festival in November.
Get the ultimate Chiang Mai experience and check out this list of 50 free things to do in Chiang Mai for some travel inspiration.
When to visit Chiang Mai
The best time for you to visit Chiang Mai is from November to February when you can enjoy the best weather. Used to the heat? You can also visit during shoulder season from April to June and September to October.
You can fly to Thailand and visit Chiang Mai anytime because Australians can visit the country visa-free for 30 days.
Travelling to and around Chiang Mai
You’ll be landing at the Chiang Mai International Airport, and from there you can reach the city centre by airport taxi, metered taxi, shuttle minibus, and bus.
Start wandering Chiang Mai by taxi, songthaew (covered pick-up trucks), tuk-tuk or samlor.
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