11 Awesome Things to See and Do in Chiang Mai Thailand

Chiang Mai is an ancient city in the north of Thailand that is full of culture, nature and yummy vegan food. It’s much more laid back than the capital city of Bangkok down south and I found everyone to be so friendly and kind and helpful. Here is a list of my favourite things to do in this beautiful area.

1. ELEPHANTS

Please choose a Hands Off Elephant Sanctuary. Elephants don’t need human help to wash or put mud on themselves. Unfortunately when I visited Chiang Mai I still wasn’t fully aware of all the ins and outs of sanctuaries so I’m not going to recommend the one I visited.

A truly ethical sanctuary where you can watch the elephants just be elephants in nature is Burm & Emily’s Elephant Sanctuary (BEES).

And the new Never Forget Elephant Foundation which opens in December 2019.

2. TEMPLES

I am a culture-holic and love learning about different cultures so exploring all the different temples was a must do activity for me. Check out the unique temples here.

3. SUNDAY NIGHT MARKET

I love this market! Be aware that it will be busy and you’ll be walking slowly behind others because it’s so crowded but it’s an amazing experience to have! Don’t forget to buy Mango Sticky Fried Rice at a street stall and there’s also lovely live music which is interesting 🙂

4. WANDER AROUND THE OLD CITY

Just explore! Wander around all the little streets and see what you find. There’s lots of street art too!

5. GET UP EARLY AND SEE THE MONKS

Wake up at 5am and walk around the streets of the old city. You’ll see monks gathering their daily alms from people around the city.

6. CHILL AT THE TERRACOTTA ARTS

This place is lovely and quiet with unique art surrounding it. It’s called “Bann Phor Liang Menu’s Terra-Cotta Arts” on Google Maps and is located inside the Old City near the South Wall. They have cold and hot drinks and some small snacks. Don’t forget your bug repellent before you go here as there’s quite a few mosquitos! 

7. SEE HUAY KAEW WATERFALLS

Close enough to Chiang Mai that you can easily walk there from the Zoo. Nice quiet place away from the noise of all the cars. Walk past the Zoo and you will see a sign that you can follow.

8. TOP OF MAYA SHOPPING CENTRE

I know it’s just the top of a shopping centre, but it has a stunning view of the surrounding area and the mountain! There’s also a couple of bars (including a karaoke bar) that open at night time.

9. GET A SAK YANT TATTOO

Check out my experience here.

10. TAKE A SONGTAEW

This is fun! Everyone does it. Just hail down a red truck and tell the driver where you want to go and they will say yes or no. Confirm the price with the driver before you get on and off you go!

Recommended price from Maya to the Old City is 20 baht.

11. EAT ALL THE FOOD

Chiang Mai is a mecca for amazing food so check out my vegan food recommendations.

 

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