1. Visit an elephant farm
Chiang Mai is a visit to an elephant farm. You can regularly see in the news that elephants in Thailand and other countries are being abused or maltreated for tourism. Special farms catch these abused elephants, where they are cared for lovingly. These farms often only allow a number of visitors per day. On the farm you learn more about the elephants and how they are cared for. An absolute must is Patara Elephant Farm, where we previously wrote an article about. The visit to this farm was the most beautiful day of our Thailand. We have also read many positive stories about the Elephant Nature Park. The visit to one of these elephant farms will stay with you for a long time. Besides that you have a great day yourself, you also support the elephants in these farms.
2. night market of Chiang Mai
The night market of Chiang Mai is world famous and that is not for nothing. You’ll find the best souvenirs, decorations, clothing, jewelery and other handmade items for a shot. Make sure you have enough space in your suitcase or backpack, because you would prefer to take everything here. Despite the fact that the prices are already very low for us, it is the intention that you still negotiate the price. Most sellers really like this. Besides beautiful and unique souvenirs, you will also find a lot of stalls with delicious food here. The best thing to do is to go to this market with an empty stomach.
3. Flight of the Gibbon
An absolute must for the daredevils among us is the Flight of the Gibbon. You float through the jungle at up to 80 meters above the ground. Although I do not really like high altitudes, I have to admit that even for someone with a fear of heights this was really a great experience. It is not as scary as it seems and you do not have to do anything for it. Safety comes first and you are therefore well secured with a double fuse. I have not felt unsafe for a moment. While you are on the zipline, you have a breathtaking view of the jungle. If you are lucky, you can even see real gibbons swinging through the jungle during ziplining. After this adventure you will be offered a delicious Thai lunch. A trip to a nearby waterfall is also included with your booking.
4. Learn Thai cooking
Chiang Mai is the city par excellence to follow a cooking workshop. Surprise your friends and family at home with the most delicious Thai dishes that you prepare yourself. During the cooking workshop you often go to a local market first to do some shopping, after which you learn how to prepare the most delicious Thai specialties. Afterwards you will receive a real diploma as proof of your cooking skills. We personally have very good experiences with Siam Rice Thai Cookery , but there are many good cooking workshops in Chiang Mai.
5. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
The Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most famous temple of Chiang Mai. Loyal Who is the Mol viewers may know this temple from a previous season. It is a long climb, but once you are above you will be rewarded with a beautiful view. The temple itself is also very impressive. It shines of gold and the whole temple is beautifully decorated and well maintained.
6. sunday street market
Have you not shopped enough on the night market? Be sure to visit the sunday street market! The main street of Chiang Mai is closed every Sunday for cars and stalls are built all over the street. Strum past the stalls full of handmade items, souvenirs and delicious food. You can entertain yourself for hours here and there are both locals and tourists.
7. Admire Doi Inthanon
Within a short two-hour drive from Chiang Mai you will find the beautiful nature reserve Doi Inthanon. It is named after the highest mountain in Thailand, which is also located in this area. You will find beautiful flowers and plants, impressive waterfalls, unique temples and of course a great view from the mountain. If you have enough time in Chiang Mai, it is certainly worthwhile to spend a day here.
8. the old city walls
If you look at a map of Chiang Mai, it is striking that the center is surrounded by a large square. These are the old city walls that used to protect the city against intruders. Nowadays you can easily go in and out of the city center, but you can still see relics of these impressive city walls in the city.
9. Chiang Mai Zoo
Admittedly, after a visit to an elephant farm where the elephants roam freely, it takes some getting used to being in a zoo again. Nevertheless, a visit to Chiang Mai Zoo is definitely worth it. The animals are well cared for and you see that the caretakers have the best for the animals. The zoo is very different from the zoos we know in the Netherlands. Here you will find koalas, pandas and white tigers.
10. Wander through the city
Finally, perhaps our most important tip: get out on your own and wander through the city. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city that you can easily explore on foot. Everywhere you will find small temples, nice restaurants and shops, unique buildings and other beautiful things. Wander around and get inspired!