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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
“This Shopping Centre has everything you might need. They also have a free luggage drop for 2 hours for tourists.”
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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. ”
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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 ”
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Nightclub
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“Famous pub in Chaingmai with live music and great food just in walking distance from the property”
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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.”
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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.”
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Park
“Chiang Mai Zoo is a great place for family. The little ones will love it. There's Panda, aquarium elephants. ”
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Historic Site
“Another famous tourist attractions with my restaurants, cafes and bars in the area; definitely, a place that you have to visit once you're in Chiang Mai.”
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Buddhist Temple
“It’s located at the top of the mountain that oversees the city and is the spiritual guardian of Chiang Mai. You can also trek to it.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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!”
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Lodging
“You can find a reasonable price souvenir & street food there. Open 5.00-10.00PM every Sunday.”
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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. ”
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Department Store
“many people enjoy Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre as it is genuinely Thai. It is still unbeatable as one of the cheapest places to eat in Chiang Mai. It has Tops Market (super market) to buy everything you need. In the shopping mall, you can find chain stores such as Boots and Ice-cream shop, Black Canyon Coffee, Waston... The fried chicken with rice and broth at one of the food stalls is excellent. For about 50B you can get a huge bowl of pork noodle soup with dumplings. If you don't want or enjoy a band, you can eat at the smaller food court inside the same area as the Tops Market. They have a good kao soy, if you enjoy that dish. Tops has a great salad bar! ”
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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.”
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