A must-see in Chiang Mai is this mountaintop temple. The central shrine of Wat Doi Suthep contains a much-revered seated Buddha and is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. By hiking up the mountain (a sweaty yet definitely unforgettable endeavour), renting a motorbike, or jumping into a songthaew (red trucks that act basically as communal cabs), you can hit the temple. The drive is a short one, so in about two hours, you can do the whole journey.
You can find stalls selling souvenirs, antiques, and snacks at the base of the staircase leading up to the temple. For the climb, brace yourself because the staircase is steep, but it is well worth the effort. The entrance to the temple precinct is guarded by statues of two demons. Just two of the six gates leading to the gallery and the chedis are usually accessible. In the Chiang Mai and Sukhothai types, the gallery is decorated with Buddha statues. The temple itself is ornate, with many Buddha representations, intricate dragon sculptures, and carvings of elephants. A small museum is also situated on the premises.
Chiang Mai Rai
Doi Pui : Admittedly, this tiny Hmong village is more tourist focused than real. But there is a small show of a traditional home of the hill tribe and information about the history of the many communities that have settled in past generations in the Thai mountains. You can dress up in ethnic garb for a photo shoot if you feel especially touristic, and there are several small shops where you can buy hand-woven textiles, handmade jewellery, tea, and other products.
Doi Inthanon : This is the highest point in Thailand, and some of the many natural wonders that make the country such a draw in the first place fill the national park that surrounds it. You can go climbing and mountain climbing, or take a more leisurely path around the park. Other attractions are several waterfalls and a hill-tribe village, along with two pagodas built to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
You're either going to want to hire a driver for the day or rent a motorbike and see the sights on your own, since you're not going to be able to make your way on foot around the whole park. But it's only a two-hour drive from the capital, so if you leave early, you'll be able to get to the mountains on a complete and fulfilling day.
Chiang Mai attractions
Wat Chedi Luang :In Chiang Mai, or in Thailand generally, for that matter, ruins are not necessarily a uncommon sight. But there's something that is especially beautiful and haunting about Wat Chedi Luang. The imposing building, built in 1401, was destroyed in 1545 during an earthquake. But today, it remains impressive and you can still see the huge carvings of elephants that adorn it.
A lovely little shrine, Lak Muang, stands under an enormous gum tree to the left of the entrance to the precinct. The shrine, built in 1940 on the site of an earlier wooden structure, is the abode of the guardian spirit of Chiang Mai (Lak Muang). According to legend, if the great tree falls, the town would be overtaken by catastrophe. At any time of day, the temple is something to behold, but it's particularly lovely at night, when it's all lit up.
Wat Prasingh : At the heart of the Old City, which is where tourists spend most of their time, this temple stands. At the end of Rachadamnoen Lane, Wat Prasingh rises amid the sois, or alleys, and heavy motorbike traffic. It is the largest waters of the city and dates back to 1345, when it was founded in the honour of his father by an ancient king. The father's ashes are still buried on the earth, so don't let your visit spook you. The decadent structures are spectacular, and on Sundays, it's a particularly great place to check out.
Chiang Mai Gate Market : This is the spot in Chiang Mai to find the best street food. Vendors set up at the Chiang Mai Gate every night and sell everything from pad kra pow (spicy meat and basil dish) to the perfect dessert of fresh coconut milk-topped mango sticky rice. Do yourself a favour and order Mrs Pa's smoothie. Her booth is situated directly opposite the 7-Eleven and the sign says Pa's Smoothies. Your best choice is to let her mix a concoction of her creation; this way, you can never go wrong. The market is held seven nights a week, but since there are fewer vendors on Saturday and Sunday evenings, it's better to go on weeknights.
Walking Street : If you're wondering where you can get your street grub over the weekend, don't be afraid. For any given occasion, Chiang Mai has a business. A must in Chiang Mai for eating and shopping is the Sunday Walking Path. If you are not one for crowds, go early, though. Rachadamnoen Lane, which starts just behind Thapae Gate, is the main market thoroughfare, where you can find vendors selling handcrafted lamps, dolls, soaps, jewellery, clothing, Christmas ornaments, local crafts, and just about every other keepsake you can imagine. You will find yourself flanked by two temples as you reach the end of Rachadamnoen's first block. Both courtyards are packed with food stalls offering a great blend of Thai pad, Japanese curry, 15-cent-a-piece sushi, samosas, fried bananas, and dumplings. The market extends the length of the lane, and if you're interested in doing some kind of shopping, leave yourself to walk, buy, and eat for several hours. Also, be sure to be patient, as when it comes to browsing, the throngs will be it slow.
Visiting Chiang Rai
Night Bazaar : If you are prepared to do some haggling, this is a perfect place for shopping. You'll want to be on your guard against being ripped-off because the Night Bazaar draws many visitors. But from clothes and scarves to carvings and housewares, there are some fantastic findings here. You can take part in a Muay Thai boxing match at the arena on the grounds when you're done shopping. A big part of local culture, Muay Thai fights will add an exciting aspect to your stay in Chiang Mai. Entry to the battles is usually between 200 and 400 THB.
Elephant Nature Park : Around Chiang Mai, there are several elephant camps, but all are not produced equal. Many were blamed for not handling and overworking the animals. Of these areas, the Elephant Nature Park is not one. Visitors are invited to spend a day volunteering, feeding, and bathing the elephants in the river. Most of the elephants have been saved, suffering as exhibition or labour animals. They are no longer employees until they come to the ENP, and are handled kindly and respectfully.
Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls : You'll probably want to spend a day checking out this place outside the city. It is serene and quiet in the wooded area surrounding the falls, but the main attraction is that you can walk up the falls. And when the water flows over it, the limestone is "sticky," so you can climb up and down to the content of your core. It's a real treat and offers some of the more conventional tourist experiences with a welcome complement. As the place is fairly busy on weekends, aim and go on a weekday. For between a few hundred and a thousand Thai baht, a songthaew or tuk-tuk driver can be employed to carry you back and forth.
Huay Tung Tao : This is a great place to laze away a day under the Thai sun, surrounded by hills and at your leisure with a lake to swim in. Among locals and expats, this reservoir is famous. For the equivalent of a few bucks, you can rent a hut on the lake and a large tube to lounge on in the water for a small fee.
Don't worry about packing lunch, because the local kitchens will order fresh fish and other dishes. And it's only 10 kilometres away from the area, so it's a great day trip. You should employ a driver and discuss a rate for pickup and drop-off. An inexpensive Thai SIM card is worth buying, so if you need to make changes to your meeting times, you can send the driver a call.
Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai : You can surf a huge wave at Art in Paradise, ride a magic carpet, and stand in the middle of an erupting volcano, or at least appear as if you are. This museum of illusion art shows 3D art that has an extremely realistic effect, offering plenty of wonderful picture possibilities. More than 130 images are included in the set, split into different areas, such as the underwater environment, nature, Ancient Egypt, and European cities. In the scenes of your choosing, pose for photos for fun mementos of your stay.
Departing from Chennai airport.
05.05 am Arrive Bangkok/ As the per flight timings.
07.05 am Leave for Chiang mai
09.10 am Arrive Chiang mai
Brunch at Suthasinee 3
Check in at Hotel Ban Sean Doi
Relax at the Oasis Spa session
Lunch at the hotel restaurant – Sean Kham Terrace
Visit Wat Phra Singh Temple
Dinner at Indian restaurant. Back to the hotel.
5:30 AM Offering to the Monk at Chiang Mai Gate
Breakfast at Jok Somphet/Indian restaurant
Visit Doi Inthanon (Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand.)
Trek at the Doi Inthanon
Visit Baan Mae Klang Luang Village (Ban Mae Klang Luang is a good place to visit if you want to learn about Thai agriculture.)
Visit Royal Park Rajapruek
Dinner at Accha Authentic India.
Back to the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Leave for Flight of Gibbon (Flight of the Gibbon is now the largest and most trusted zip-line experience in Asia.)
Kachama Studio (Thai designer Kachama creates intricate, handwoven, mixed-material textiles in her Chiang Mai studio.)
Lunch at Oh Ka Chu organic farm / Indian restaurant
Indigo dying (You will learn many techniques how to tie and dye, different patterns, color, design and creative.)
Dinner at Grill of India
Overnight at hotel
Early morning Hot Air Balloon experience with breakfast
Visit Doi Suthep
Lunch at Indian Restaurant
Visit Bo Sang Village (handicraft Village)
Visit Baan Tawai
(Baan Tawai is the village of wood-carving handicrafts. It has been known as the major cultural attraction of Chiangmai for Thai and foreign tourists. The best quality and bargains of wood carving items can be found in Baan Tawai.)
Dinner at Rajdarbar (Indian Restaurant)
Back to Hotel
5.30 AM Check out and leave for Chiang Rai
Drive to Chiang Rai (a 3 hour drive)
CHIANG RAI is a city in northern Thailand, in the mountainous province of the same name.
En-route visit White Temple
Visit Black House Museum or Baan Dam/ Blue Temple
Lunch at Luh Lum/ alternative Indian restaurant.
Check in at hotel – The Legend
Lunch and Dinner at the hotel.
Evening free for self-exploration.
Overnight at the hotel
6:30 AM Breakfast at the hotel
Visit The Golden Triangle
(The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers.)
Visit Doi Tung (Mae Fa Luang Royal Project).
Choui Fong Tea Plantation
Visit the Walking Street
Dinner at Accha Authentic India, Back to the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Check out of hotel and transfer to airport
Depart Bangkok – TG 2131
Check in at Rembrandt Hotel and Suites/ As per clients requirement, Bangkok
Lunch at hotel restaurant
Chatuchak weekend market/ JJ Market
Visit Icon Siam followed by dinner at Jumbo Seafood/ Indian restaurant
Back to hotel
8 AM Breakfast and check out of hotel
Lunch at Indian star restaurant
Then transfer to airport for your Departure.
What 's Included
3* / 4* / 5* Hotel Accommodation
(As per required)
English Speaking Guide *
(As per required)
Luxury & Comfort Vehicle Transfer for all sightseeing
Return Airport Transfer