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Wat U Mong

Wat U Mong suan phutthatham

First built in the 14th century, abandoned, and then restored in the 1940s and reestablished in the 1960s, Wat U Mong is a beautiful example of a Thai forest temple. Covering a large area, it includes a collection of tunnels leading to underground shrines below a large platform where the main chedi sits.

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Wat Chiang man

Wat Chiang Man

It is believed that Wat Chiang Man was established by the city’s founder, Phaya Mengrai, in 1297, a year after the city was founded. The original chedi, which has a square-shaped stone base and golden upper half, is surrounded by 15 elephants, giving it the nickname “Elephant chedi.” Even if you aren’t a history buff, it’s cool to know it’s the oldest in town, and I thought the dark grey elephants around the base of the chedi, contrasted with the shiny, golden top, made it look powerful yet elegant. There are also some gorgeous red and gold murals which were stenciled inside the large chapel on site in 1996 to commemorate the 700-year anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai.

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Wat Inthakin

Wat Inthakin

Also called the “city navel temple,” Wat Inthakin dates to the founding of the city and marks the spot where a pillar once stood at the ancient city center. The pillar was later moved to Wat Chedi Luang. The signature black assembly hall is actually a recent addition to the historical chedis and other buildings further in from the road.

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Wat Lok Molee

Wat Lok Molee

This is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The temple is situated on the north side of the north moat surrounding the old part of the city, about 400 meters west of the Chang Phuak city gate. The brickwork of the large chedi is left mostly bare; this in contrast to the, often recently, stuccoed chedis of other temples in Chiang Mai. Of note are the finely sculptured Nāgas and wooden temple façade. The temple is aligned along a north–south axis – most Buddhist temples are orientated towards the east, towards the rising sun.

Wat Chiang Yuen

Wat Chiang Yuen

The temple is known for its large chedi, which has a whitewashed square base guarded by Burmese chinthe on each corner, an octagonal middle section dotted with porcelain flowers, and a five-tiered hti crowning the stupa. The exact founding date is unknown, but this temple goes way back and was very important during the Lanna Kingdom. It includes a towering white & gold chedi with a lion at each of the four corners.

nimman haemin

Nimman Haemin

Nimmanhaemin Road, the hippest road in town If you want to update the life styles of hip people in Chiang Mai, come to Nimmanhemin Road. Each shop is decorated with cool ideas. It’s the business and international entertainment street. Soi 9 swarms with chic cafée, bookstores, stylish furniture stores and a lot of galleries for art lovers. It is considered lively and lovely to hang out there because of its pleasant atmosphere and certainly worth-visiting.

WUALAI SILVER

Wualai Silver Village

The village that produces silverware which has become Chiang Mai's famous and precious handicraft. Creating silverware is both art and craft which require delicacy for the beautiful and unique design that is the characteristic of Wualai silverware.The origin of the beautiful local silverware from Ban Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai was shown through evidences that it was since King Mangrai founded Chiang Mai and negotiated with Bagan to bring craftsmen to Chiang Mai in order to teach townspeople the skill. This created the local silverware industry which has been carried on through generations especially the silverware making of Ban Sri Suphan's craftsmen specializing in raising and carving silver bowls which promoted the craftsmen to be artisans in Chiang Mai's capital in the past.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

The main venue for shopping in Chiang Mai, indeed all of Thailand, the night bazaar is a can't-miss part of the Chiang Mai experience. Ground zero of this nightly commerce bomb is located at the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road but the whole thing spreads out for two blocks in either direction. Set up time is around sunset (usually about 18:00) and shopping goes on unabated until about 22:30 with a few vendors remaining open even later. A good way to check out the whole thing is to start at Tha Phae Road and work your way south towards Loi Khro. Once you reach the end of the market, cross the street and work your way back along the other side. Don't forget to peek down the little sois (alleyways) and arcades along the way. If you see something you like you might want to be patient-there are hundreds of vendors and an absolute flood of products for sale.

Sunday Weekend Walking Street ( Tha Pae Gate)

The Sunday Weekend Walking Street is easily the most popular shopping experience in Chiang Mai. A vibrant spectrum of art, crafts, music and food – with handmade quality goods and souvenirs that echo the spirit of Northern Thailand. The Sunday Walking Street serves as a venue for all kinds of local events, from dance recitals to beauty pageants and the sois (lanes) on either side of the main road feature stages and performance spaces. It starts at ThaPae Gate and runs all along Ratchadamnoen Rd, for around one kilometre. As the name suggests it takes place every Sunday from 16:00 until around midnight. The road is closed to traffic during this time, and as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, it does get busy.

Saturday walking street (Wualai Road)

Wualai, the Saturday walking street, is a lively and fun night market that takes place in Chiang Mai just a short walk from the old city walls. It starts in the late afternoon and continues until around 22:30. We prefer the atmosphere here to the more famous Sunday night walking street, because even though it’s smaller, there aren’t the same crowds of people, so it makes for a much more leisurely stroll. Not only are there plenty of handicraft items and locally-made products, it’s also a good place to pick up some tasty snacks to provide sustenance as you wander around. Wualai Road links to Thipanet Road, near the south side of the old city walls, and around a ten to fifteen minute walk from Tha Pae Gate.

chiangmai zoo

Chiangmai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand is a captivating destination for animal enthusiasts. Here’s a concise overview: Location: Nestled on the slopes of Doi Suthep mountain, near Chiang Mai city. Size: Spans approximately 200 acres. Animals: Over 400 species, including tigers, lions, penguins, and more. Main Attractions: Giant pandas and a fascinating 133-meter-long water tunnel in the aquarium. Shows: Seal and animal shows available. Costs: Additional fees for panda exhibit, snow dome, and aquarium. Duration: Explore in half a day. Getting There: Use red trucks, tuk-tuks, or your own scooter. Enjoy the wonders of nature at Chiang Mai Zoo!

three king

Three Kings Monument

Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai, Thailand, stands as a remarkable sculpture in the heart of the walled Old Town. It symbolizes the friendship between three influential kings: King Mengrai (founder of Chiang Mai), King Ramkhamhaeng (credited with creating the modern Thai alphabet), and King Ngam Muang (who formed an alliance with Lanna). Explore the historical bond at the Three Kings Monument!

Maya shopping mall

Maya Shopping Center

Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a vibrant and modern shopping destination. Here’s a concise overview: Location: Situated northwest of the old city, near the trendy Nimman area. Features: Supermarket, retail outlets, cinema, co-working space, dining options, and rooftop bars. Operating Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM, Sat-Sun: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Discover the creative energy of Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center!

Central Festival Chiang Mai

Central Festival Chiang Mai

Central Festival Chiang Mai is a large shopping mall located northeast of the old city, just off the superhighway. This modern mall features: Fashion Brands: Over 250 fashion brand-named stores. Lifestyle Restaurants: More than 60 indoor and outdoor lifestyle restaurants. Cinema: 10 Major Cineplex movie theaters, including 1 IMAX 3D. Entertainment: An Ice Skating Rink and Fun Planet. Fitness Club. Duration: Plan for 2-3 hours to explore. Getting There: Conveniently accessible by red trucks, tuk-tuks, or your own scooter. Discover the vibrant shopping experience at Central Festival Chiang Mai!

central airport plaza

Central Chiangmai Airport

Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand is a captivating destination for animal enthusiasts. Here’s a concise overview: Location: Nestled on the slopes of Doi Suthep mountain, near Chiang Mai city. Size: Spans approximately 200 acres. Animals: Over 400 species, including tigers, lions, penguins, and more. Main Attractions: Giant pandas and a fascinating 133-meter-long water tunnel in the aquarium. Shows: Seal and animal shows available. Costs: Additional fees for panda exhibit, snow dome, and aquarium. Duration: Explore in half a day. Getting There: Use red trucks, tuk-tuks, or your own scooter. Enjoy the wonders of nature at Chiang Mai Zoo!

Nong Buak Haad

Nong Buak Haad Public Park

Nong Buak Haad Public Park is a serene oasis nestled in the southwest corner of Chiang Mai’s old city. Here’s a glimpse: Setting: Imagine a painting on an artist’s easel—complete with ponds, tiny bridges, and lush greenery. Activities: Jogging: The park’s perimeter (440m or 0.3 miles) is perfect for running practice. Weightlifting: Sturdy exercise devices along the path, plus a covered area with weights. Sepak Takraw: A lively spot for this blend of hackysack, soccer, and volleyball. Flower Festival: Nong Buak Haad is at the heart of the annual Flower Festival. Hours: Open daily from 6 AM to 9 PM.

Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a highly intact city gate that forms part of the eastern wall of the ancient city. Made of brick and stucco, it boasts intricate carvings and sculptures, showcasing traditional Thai architecture. Historically, Tha Phae Gate served as the main entrance for monks, traders, and diplomats entering Chiang Mai. Today, it stands as a must-see landmark, surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Close to attractions like the Night Bazaar and the Sunday Night Market Walking Street, it remains a vibrant gathering place for both locals and tourists. Explore the spirit and endurance of Chiang Mai at Tha Phae Gate!

Chiang Mai National Museum

Chiang Mai National Museum

The Chiang Mai National Museum is a national museum located in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. It highlights the history of the Kingdom of Lanna with descriptions in both Thai and English. The museum is situated near Wat Chet Yot, in the northwestern part of Chiang Mai. Run by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand, it offers insights into the rich cultural heritage of the region. Explore the past at the Chiang Mai National Museum!

Mae Kha Canal

Mae Kha Canal

The Mae Kha Canal, a small canal spanning approximately 750 meters, has undergone a remarkable transformation in Chiang Mai. Previously neglected and polluted, it now stands as a revitalized waterside village—a new night market area with a subtle Japanese theme. Here’s what you’ll find: Decorated Riverbanks: Beautifully arranged concrete blocks adorn the canal’s edges, reminiscent of Japan’s Otaru Canal. Shops and Stalls: Local residents have converted their dwellings into shops, restaurants, and cafes. Lantern-Filled Bridges: Two orange bridges span the canal, perfect for photographers and Instagram enthusiasts. Nostalgic Decor: Japanese-themed decor and lanterns add charm to the surroundings. Explore the rejuvenated Mae Kha Canal, one of Chiang Mai’s newest attractions!

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