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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Buddhist Temple
“This temple is located in the center of Chiang Mai city. Built during the reign of King Saen Muang, the 7th King of the Mangrai Dynasty The stair rail is a serpent shaped wiggle on the tail of the temple arch. This pair of Nak is an ancient workmanship that has since been known as the most beautiful Nak of the north.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Landmark
“The Wat Phan Tao is one of the older temples of Chiang Mai found in the old walled center of the city. The first structures were likely built towards the end of the 14th century. Wat Phan Tao, meaning “temple of a thousand kilns”, probably derives its name from the ovens used to cast Buddha images for another temple, the Wat Chedi Luang, which is immediately next to the Wat Phan Tao. The viharn of the Wat Phan Tao was originally a Ho Kham, a throne hall for one of Chiang Mai’s Kings built in 1846. After a new King ascended the throne, the Palace Hall was most likely torn down to make way for a new Palace building. The wooden panels of the old structure were used to build the viharn of the Wat Phan Tao in the year 1876. The teak wood viharn The viharn is an all wooden building constructed from teak panels set on a stone base. It is one of the few remaining all wooden structures of its sort in Chiang Mai. It has a three tiered roof with golden colored chofah (roof finials) shaped as stylized Naga snakes on its roof ends. The front facade of the viharn is particularly beautiful. The gilded pelmet over the entrance show intricately carved Lanna flower motifs. Over the pelmet is a gilded carving of a peacock over a crouching dog. Naga serpents and other mythological figures are also depicted. Both the pelmet and the peacock carving are gilded and inlaid with colorful mosaic glass. The dog in the motif represents the Zodiac figure of the Chiang Mai King who originally used the building as a Palace. Inside the viharn large red painted teak pillars support the building. Long woven banners hang from the ceiling. Opposite the entrance is a large golden sitting Buddha, the Wat Phan Tao’s principal Buddha image. The interior of the viharn contains several interesting items. Among them are a number of old wooden boxes decorated with gold leaf containing old Dhamma texts. These are the Buddhist scriptures written on palm leaves. On the left hand side is an ornately carved wooden Ku, a Buddha throne used to enshrine important Buddha images. Other structures of the temple The Wat Phan Tao temple complex also contains a large white chedi, a small bell tower and the monks private living quarters, or kuti. A small garden features a lineup of bells. A number of Burmese style lions (Singha in Thai language) on the outer wall guard the temple complex. A heavily decorated gate provides access to the temple grounds.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to shop
“It is Sunday evening and you don't know what to do... well there it is the crowded Sunday Market. Sounds like a touristic spot and indeed it is but what is Thailand without night markets, get your ass moving and walk in one of the few opportunities you have to walk without cars trying to kill you in every step.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Night Market
“Come to Chiang Mai? Must not miss coming to experience the atmosphere of Thapae Walking Street on Sunday You will get a variety of food flavors. And many souvenirs from Chiang Mai”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Local product made from herbs. Aroma oil, Massage oil, Coconut oil, Herbs scrub, Soap & etc.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“141/6 Rachadamnoen Rd, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200 open : daily 7am-6pm”
  • 6 locals recommend
Premise
“This delightful temple is adjacent Wat Chedi and seems largely ignored by the tourist. The surrounding grounds house numerous yellow flags. The temple may not be overly impressive from the outside, but, step into the interior and be impressed by the large worship area supported by 28 gigantic teak pillars and lined with dark teak panels. The dark timbers ensure that the golden Buddha statue is the centrepiece for the faithful. A lovely temple and definitely worth visiting.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gym
“Another famous massage brand! The cost is really good for what you will get. There are many branches of this massage which located around the old city. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“清迈规模最大的夜市,从塔佩门起,横贯古城直到帕辛寺,将近1公里,一站式吃喝玩乐。夜市可买的东西非常多,白菜价的衣服、各类手工艺品、古董、创意小物等应有尽有。逛吃逛吃的不二之选,当地小吃、鲜榨果汁、新鲜水果和各类烤串炸物,都能让你大饱口福。不仅有免费的歌舞表演,逛累了还可以去路边做个马杀鸡放松一下,十分惬意。”
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
  • 3 locals recommend
Health
“My favorite one! I always do oil massage and back, neck and head massage here. Valuable and professional therapist!”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
Museum
“ศูนย์สถาปัตยกรรมล้านนา คุ้มเจ้าบุรีรัตน์ by Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University 117 Ratchadumnoen Street Prasing District, Amphur Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000 Tel: 0 5327 7855 ”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“清迈规模最大的夜市,从塔佩门起,横贯古城直到帕辛寺,将近1公里,一站式吃喝玩乐。夜市可买的东西非常多,白菜价的衣服、各类手工艺品、古董、创意小物等应有尽有。逛吃逛吃的不二之选,当地小吃、鲜榨果汁、新鲜水果和各类烤串炸物,都能让你大饱口福。不仅有免费的歌舞表演,逛累了还可以去路边做个马杀鸡放松一下,十分惬意。”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Really popular with both locals and tourists. Most Chinese-Thai dish available in fair price. Open only at night.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Thai Restaurant
“Congee rice one 1 Baht and many kind of Thai-Chinese food that you order separate in a small dish. This way you can try many difference kind of foods. Open hour 6PM-12AM.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
French Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Very casual, reasonable local style restaurant. We tried Passion/Pineapple smoothie, excellent drink and food.”
  • 1 local recommends

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