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Best things to do in Chiang Mai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Centre
“The Iconic Landmark Architecture. The one and only location for local and tourists to explore the experience than just shopping. Experience the best entertainment and food of all time here at MAYA. ”
152 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“A must go place for Tourists. 40min drive up the mountain to find a temple on the top. Awesome view of Chiang Mai. Very famous very touristy but worth the ride up . Hire a Taxi or Grab Taxi to get up there. ”
119 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic. Damaged during an earthquake in 1545, the chedi’s height is reduced to nearly half of its original size yet it is still an impressive structure. In 1992, the Fine Arts Department finished restoration work around the chedi, bringing back the naga (water serpent) staircase on each of its faces and wonderful statues of elephants adorning the base. The actual work on the chedi itself, however, was never quite complete, leaving it in its present state. What to See at Wat Chedi Luang On Wat Chedi Luang's premise are several structures of great cultural significance, including the city pillar (Intakin), main wiharn housing the principal Buddha image and a giant gum tree guarding the temple’s entrance. According to ancient Lanna beliefs, the city pillar is erected at the epicentre of the city, to mark the centre of the universe, which in the past was the Lanna Kingdom. Dwarfing the city pillar shrine is one of the three gum trees believed to protect the city from all ills. Legend has it that if this tree ever falls, a great catastrophe will follow. On important Buddhist holidays, such as Visakha Buja, Wat Chedi Luang is where worshippers convene for the evening candle procession. A special pulley system allows visitors to leave offerings and prayers atop the chedi during the day. The temple is located on Phra Pokklao Road and is easy to find, since the chedi is one of the tallest structures in the old city. Wat Chedi Luang Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00 Location: Phrapokklao Road Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604 ”
93 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Biggest mall in chiang mai full with shops. Movie theatre. Ice hub skate. Have free shuttle buss to go to this mall for free.”
78 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Famous pub in Chaingmai with live music and great food just in walking distance from the property”
92 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Wat Phra Singh is one of the finest examples of classic Lanna style temple architecture in Northern Thailand built in the 14th century located in the old walled city, 400m from Thapae Loft.”
63 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Overlooking the city from its mountain throne, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples”
101 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Tha Phae Gate or the former name of Chiang Rai Kor Gate It is the eastern gate and is one of the 5 inner city gates of Wiang Chiang Mai. Currently, it is the only city gate with gates. But Thapae Gate is a new construction. Not ancient in any way Tha Phae Gate has been reduced in size and height because of the different environment in the past.”
75 locals recommend
Park
“It is a tourist attraction that collects animals from all over the world, including pandas, koalas, and others, including the aquarium and snow dome.”
55 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Shopping Mall is near my cottage. Wide variety of stores, restaurants, food court here is amazing with local food menu options, even you need grocery walk to TOPs super market.”
52 locals recommend
Market
“Warorot Market or Kad Luang is a must visit for food lovers as it offers a wide Range of ready to eat meals, local snack and desserts, all kinds of fresh produce, meats and seafood. A large section of the market features inexpensive goods, clothing, accessories and personal care products.  Targeting mostly Thais, Warorot Market is a great place to get a feel of the local way of life.”
61 locals recommend
Bar
“If you enjoy nightlife, chances are you'll love Zoe In Yellow! Located a short walk from Thunderbird Hostel, it offers a wide range of beverages and vibes- from club to reggae. It is a popular spot for both locals and tourists- open from 7pm-midnight. There are a number of great restaurants nearby as well for a convenient late night snack!”
52 locals recommend
Salad Place
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“The salad restaurant where you can eat from 6.30 am to 22.00 pm everyday. The food is nice and fresh. ”
42 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This is my all time favourite coffee shop. There are so many kind of coffee. Inspired by the specialty coffee culture around the world especially in Australia, Ristr8to is an independently unique cult concept cafe striving to serve the best coffee in every single cup.”
50 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The proof of 700 years long history, this temple situated not too far from Wat Ram Poeng. Intimately touch of nature is best to practice Dharma. The ways in tunnel are all linked and you can watch some trails of old mural inside it.”
54 locals recommend
Lodging
“You can find a reasonable price souvenir & street food there. Open 5.00-10.00PM every Sunday.”
61 locals recommend