Visit the glorious Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai

Visit the glorious Buddhist temples of Chiang Mai

The sacred Wat Chedi Luang

The sacred Wat Chedi Luang

A place of resplendent natural beauty

A place of resplendent natural beauty

Lanna-style architecture is a sight to behold

Lanna-style architecture is a sight to behold

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
  • Relaxation Bliss
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Thai, English
    • Altitude

      300 metres (984 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST + 1.5 hours
    • Theme

      Heritage, Religious

Go temple hopping, savour traditional cuisine, shop till you drop and then wrap it all up with an invigorating massage; all this and much more, only in Chiang Mai.

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  • Food

    From local street food to traditional Lanna Khantoke meals, Chiang Mai is a paradise for food lovers and offers truly unique dining experiences.

  • Temples

    Chiang Mai is home to over 300 Buddhist temples, including some of the most sacred ones in Thailand. While one cannot visit all 300 in one trip, a visit to the most famous ones is a must.

  • Shopping

    From the bustling Night Bazaar to the sprawling Warorot Market, shopping in Chiang Mai puts your bargaining skills to test.

Be prepared

  • Humidity

    The climate in Chiang Mai can be humid, especially between March and June, which can sometimes dampen the fun while sightseeing around the city.

Describing It

From over 300 Buddhist temples to a variety of sightseeing and entertainment choices; from myriad shopping options to the most unique dining experiences; Chiang Mai is variety personified. Culturally and historically rich and always brimming with activity, chances are few that you would run out of options of things to do and places to see in Chiang Mai.

Situated alongside the beautiful Ping River and surrounded by majestic mountains, the scenery in Chiang Mai is quite splendid. And adding to the city’s beauty are the temples with their striking Lanna-style architecture and the tranquil environment that surrounds them. Lanna was a kingdom that existed in the present-day northern Thailand from the 13th to 18th centuries.

If you wish to experience Chiang Mai at its spirited best, visit during one of the many national and local festivals. These include the colourful festival of Loi Krathong, Songkran or Thai New Year and Chiang Mai’s very own Flower Festival.

With different modes of public transport such as Songthaew or Seelor (a vehicle that serves as both bus and taxi), the famous tuk-tuk of Thailand and taxis; getting around the city is easy. One can also rent motorcycles, cars and bicycles to travel within the city. Walking around Chiang Mai is another good way to explore the city and its many wonderful sights.

With so much to do, see and explore in Chiang Mai, there can really never be a dull moment. With its excess of all things religious, spiritual and cultural, Chiang Mai is a shining example of Thailand’s warm hospitality and the fact that it is one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.