The big, beautiful city of Chiang Mai lies in the north of Thailand where diverse people currently lives. But despite the current population, the city retains its remarkable sceneries and wilderness. In fact, many tourists from across the globe visit the city every year for some popular attractions and exciting activities. So if you are currently planning a trip to Thailand this year, Chiang Mai is a great place to explore. Since this city is both a cultural and natural destination, here are the top tourist attractions you can enjoy in Chiang Mai: [Read : How To Go To Chiang Mai from Bangkok]
1. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Chiang Mai is a place where impressive temples are built. And Doi Suthep is one of the most popular temples you can check out while in Thailand. It offers an excellent vantage point because it’s located on a mountaintop overlooking the stunning Chiang Mai City.
|Wat Phra That Doi Suthep | Photo by Shapour Bahrami|
2. Chiang Mai Night Safari. The Safari is inspired by a similar one in Singapore. It features 3 animal zones namely: Jaguar Trail, Predator Prowl, and Savanna Safari. You can go around the safari on foot or by riding an open sided tram.
|Chiang Mai Night Safari | Photo by Lizhong|
3. Wat Chedi Luang. This temple may not be as grand as other structures in Chiang Mai, but it’s also rich in history. It was built in 15th century with traditional Lanna design.
|Wat Chedi Luang | Photo by Madeleine Deaton|
4. Elephant Nature Park. This is a shelter for rescued elephants in Chiang Mai. You can go near them and watch these giant creatures eat, play, and wash in their natural habitat.
|Elephant Nature Park | Photo by Ryan Harvey|
5. Wiang Kum Kam. This is also known as the Underground Ancient City in Thailand. You will see a lot of interesting structures as well as items here including stone tablets, pottery, earthenware, and Buddhist sculptures.
|Wiang Kum Kam | Photo by: Ol’pete|
6. Doi Inthanon National Park. Rising 2,565 meters above sea level, Doi Inthanon is the “highest peak” in Thailand. It is home to wide variety of animals such as birds of more than 362 species.
|Doi Inthanon National Park|
7. Wat Phra Singh. Another temple in Chiang Mai that houses the Phra Buddha Sihing, an iconic Buddha statue in Thailand. There are also murals in the temple that depict the rich history of the country.
|Wat Phra Singh|
8. Royal Park Rajapruek. The national flower of Thailand is rajapruek that is really small but beautiful. These yellow blossom are also referred to as golden shower tree. The royal park is a public place where these sightly blooms can mostly be found.
|Royal Park Rajapruek | Photo by: Apichart Nakarungutti|
9. Wat Phan Tao. This structure is made of wood with teak panels that highlight the entire architectural Wat Phan Tao. The elegant details of the structure include golden finials, wooden posts, wooden beams, and Lanna flower pattern that are truly remarkable.
|Wat Phan Tao | Photo by: Andrea Schaffer|
10. Chiang Dao Cave. In here, you will see dramatic limestone formations as well as traditional Buddhist shrines. When exploring the cave, you will be provided with lantern-carrying guide to safely tour around the caverns. Tham Seua Dao and Tham Phra Nawn are 2 popular caves you will encounter along your trip to Chiang Dao Cave.