Chiang Mai Zoo This artfully landscaped complex occupies the lower forested slopes of Suthep mountain, and contains a fascinating collection of Asian and African mammals and birds.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep This temple is Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark, and overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is 15 kilometres from town, 3,520 feet above sea level, and dates from 1383. The temple is approached on feet by climbing a steep Naga staircase comprising 290 steps.The less energetic may ascend by funicular railcars. The temple’s golden pagoda contains holy Buddha contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year. The temple compound offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside.
Phu Phing Palace This is located on the same road, beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, on Doi Buak Ha, 22 kilometers from town. The royal winter palace was built in 1962. The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and official holidays, when the Thai royal family is not in residence.
Doi Pui Tribal Village This Meo tribal village is some 4 killometres from the Phu Phing Palace, and offers vignettes of tribal life.
Phu Dam (Black Cliff)
This area near Wat Phra That Doi Suthep comprises a scenic spot ideal for picnics.
Earthernware & Lacquerware Shops
These are clustered together, some 4 kilometers from town, on the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road.
Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong
This temple is 58 kilometers from Chiang Mai and dates from the mid-1400s. The temple houses a collection of bronze Buddha images, and the secondary chapel contains a holy Buddha relic.
Ban Rai Phai Ngam
It is a village where famous cotton cloth woven in the old style has long been produced. At present, the weavers’ central gathering is the home of the late national artist, Pa (Aunt) Sangda Bansit, who passed on her knowledge of weaving to other villagers. The village is located on the left the route Chiang Mai-Hot between KM. 68-69, about 4 kilometers. Off the main Road.
Mae Klang Waterfall
Chiang Mai’s most photographed waterfall lies some 58 kms west of the city at the foot of Dou Inthanon Mountain, and provides a picturesque setting for picnics and relaxation.
Visiting the cave,which provides a pleasant setting for picnics, entails a 10-minute drive and a walk of some 2 hours from the Mae Klang waterfall.
It is on the route to Doi Inthanon, a 30-minute drive from Mae Klang Waterfall. Wachirathan Waterfall is a beautiful scenic spot for picnics.
It is on the same route an hour’s drive from Mae Klang Waterfall.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The 1,005-square-kilometers park covers Thailand’s highest mountain (2,565 meters). The lovely Wachirathan, Sirihaum and Mae Pan Waterfalls share the mountain with Meo and Karen hilltribe settlements. Forest above 1,800 meters is covered with lichens and wild orchids.
Royal Project Inthanon Research Station
As one of the many Royal Projects in the North, this research station focuses its work on the research and development of cash crops such as coffee, cold-climate fruits and cut flowers. The temperatures averages 21 degrees Celsius,but usually drops to single digits during December-February. Being only about 90 kms. from Chiang Mai and close to the peak of Doi Inthanon,tourists, who are plant lovers, have access to this unique attraction on heading up or returning from the peak.
Yot Doi Inthanon
The ending point of this route is the highest mountain top of Thailand. The weather is rather cold all year round (approximately 0 degrees Celsius) Some rare species of plants are found such as Khao Tok Rusi (A kind of succulent plant) and Lulab Panpi (Rhododendron). Also established here is the stupa in which the relics of the Chiang Mai’s past rule, Chao Inthawicha-yanon, have been kept.
Doi Tao Lake
Doi Tao, a district of Chiang Mai Province, is about 133 Kms. from town along the route Chiang Mai-Hot- Doi Tao. The large reservoir. Bhumibol Dam, in Tak Province benefits agriculture and gives fresh water, as well as serves as a tourist attraction. Popular cruises originating from the Bhumibol Dam to Chiang Mai’s Dou Tao are now available.
Mae Ya Waterfall
This is located 12 kms from Chom Thong market and is one of the highest waterfalls in Thailand.
Ob Laung Gorge
This picturesque gorge is 88 kms from Chiang Mai provincial capital, and is framed by teak forests and mountains.
Tribal Museum Ratchamongkla Park Chotana Road
This contains a cultural exhibition of morthern hilltribes. The museum is open everyday from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Lanna Golf Course
This public 18-hole golf course is located on the Chiang Mai-Mae Rim Road, some 4 kms from town. The course is open daily from 6.00 AM until 7.00 PM. Golf club rentals and caddy services are available.
Thai Celadon Factory
It produces ceramic products in ancient styles and is located on the Chiang Mai-Fang Rd. 6 Kms from town. The factory is closed on Sundays. Tel: (053) 213-245, 213-541
Chiang Mai Green Walley Golf Course
This is an 18-hole golf course, The course lies right off the road to Mae Rim (Route 107) 10 km north of Chiang Mai. The fairways and greens are usually in superb condition.
Orchid & Butterfly Farms
Major nurseries in the Mae Sa Vallery include the Mountain Orchid, Mae Rim Orchid complexes. Each porivides opportunities for visitors to admire these exotic year-round blooms. Certain orchid farms also have specials can be been on their natural environment.
Mae Sa Waterfall
This 8-tiered waterfall is 26 kilometres from town and occupies a natural setting among gigantic, towering trees.
Elephant Training Centres
Each morning, at Km 10 on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route, trained elephants demonstrate their formidable and highly-valued forestry skillsfrom 9.30 until 11.00 AM, at the Mae Sa Elephant Training Centre. The centre is some 30 kilometres from town.Elephants can also be seen at the Pong Yaeng Elephant Centre at KM 19 on the same route, and the Elephant Nature Park at Mae Taman on the Chiang Mai-Fang Road, some 57 kilometres from Chiang Mai. Resorts.
resorts, with accommo‑dation and dining facilities, offer bucolic rural living on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route (1096) and include Mae Sa Valley Resort, Kangsadan Resort, Pong Yaeng Garden Resort and Erawan Resort, and the Samoeng-Hang
Dong route (1239) which includes Lanna Resort, Baan Kiang Doi Resort, Krisadadoi Resort, Belle Villa and Suan Bua Resort. Some occupy hillsides, others secluded valleys.
Taeng Dao Elephant Camp
This riverside enclave, at KM 56 on Highway 107, features daily shows of elephants at work. from 9.00 AM until 10.00 AM. and from 10.00 AM until 11.00 AM, and offers elephant rides. and opportunities for bucolic river-rafting through largely pristine and tranquil forests, or jungle treks to neighbouring hilltribe settlements.
Huai Nam Dang National Park
Huai Nam Dang National Park is about 60 kilometres along the Mae Malai-Pai Highway and 6 kilometres on turning right. It commands a breathtaking view of seas of mist, flower beds and Lisu tribal people. Points of interest are Doi Chang, Doi Kio Lom, Pong Ron Hot Spring, Mae Yen Waterfall, etc.
Chiang Dao Caves
Sacred Buddha images occupy the caves of Wat Tham Chiang Dao at KM 72 on Highway 107. Caves are illuminated by electric lights. Deepest recesses can be explored with local guides.
Doi Ang Khang
This royal agricultural station, 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai provincial capital, is a demonstration site for planting and researching flowering plants, temperate fruit trees, vegetables and other crops, and enjoys the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Fang Hot Springs
Located at Ban Pin, also 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai provincial capital, 50 hot springs occupy a 10-acre forest setting. Three boil continuously with a string smell of sulphur. Water temperatures at the springs range from 90 to 100 degrees Celsius.
Bo Sang The world-famous village is 9 kilometres from town, along a road lined with handicraft-producing factories. In genuine cottage industries, young women manufacture silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols which are subsequently hand painted in various animal and floral designs. Generations of Bo Sang families have been engaged in umbrella and parasol making for more than 200 years.
San Kamphaeng Cotton & Silk Weaving Village This equally famous village is located 13 kilometres from town. The village is the major source of all Thai silk and cotton produced in Chiang Mai. The fabrics are woven by local folk on traditional wooden looms, and are sold in a wide variety of plain lengths, plaids, brocades, stripes, prints and checks.
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs This is located 36 kilometres from town amid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties.Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms are available.