Wat Phra Singh
This lovely temple dates from 1345 and is one of the focal points of Songkran festivities each April 13-15 when people bathe the revered Phra Buddha Singh image. The temple compound includes the lovely Lai Kham chapel with its exquisite woodcarvings and northern-style murals, and a magnificient scriptural repository with striking bas relief.
Wat Chiang Man
This is Chiang Mai is oldest temple and probably dates from 1296. The temple was the residence of King Mengrai, who founded Chiang Mai, and is noteworthy for a chedi supported by rows of elephantine buttresses, and a small ancient Buddha image, Phra Kaeo Khao.
Wat Suan Dok
This temple was built in a 14th Century Lanna Thai monarch's pleasure gardens and is a favourite spot for photographers, particularly for striking sunsets. Several of the white chedis contain ashes of Chiang Mai's former royal family. The 500-year-old bronze Buddha image in a secondary chapel is one of Thailand’s largest metal images.
Wat Ku Tao
This temple is noteworthy for an unusual bulbous pagoda. The structure is decorated with colourful porcelain chips and is believed to represent five Buddhist monk’s alms bowls which symbolise five Lord Buddhas.
Wat Chedi Luang
This temple is the site enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat Chedi Luang housed the revered Emerald Buddha image now enshrined in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaeo. A Magnificent Naga staircase adorns the chapel’s front porch.
Wat Chet Yot
This temple dates from 1458. The seven-spired square chedi was inspired by designs at Buddha’s Enlightenment in north India over 2,500 year ago, and was built by Lanna Thai architects after visiting the holy site.
This delightful meditation temple is completely different from Chiang Mai’s other major temples and enjoys a bucolic forest setting. The ancient chedi is of particular interest.
Chiang Mai National Museum
The Museum houses a collection of Lanna Thai works of art, ancient Buddha images, and war weapons. The museum opens daily except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays, from 9.00 AM until noon, and 1.00 until 4.00 PM