Don's Life In Thailand (Chiang Mai)
What to do in Chiang Mai
Updated May 2016
For Additional Attractions (Updated 2016)    

(Attractions / Siteseeing in Chiang Mai)

Doi Suthep   Zoo   Long Neck Women   Snake Show   Monkey Show   Flight Gibbon   Elephant Show
River Adventure   Umbrella Village   Doi Inthanon   Museums   Caves   River Cruise   Night Market   
Hot Springs   Thai Cooking   Night Safari   Tiger Kingdom   Insect Zoo  Horse Racing     Crocodile
Show   Culture Center   Buffalo Camp  Hill Tribe Village

Sorted by area to help you better plan your iteneary
Doi Suthep - Doi Suthep is the most famous of Chiang Mai’s temples.   From
the temple, impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen and it remains a
popular destination of foreign visitors.  There are 309 steps to reach the
pagodas or there is a tram to take you to the top.
Doi Suthep Temple is a ‘must see’ on any visit to Chiang Mai
GPS  18°48′46″N 98°53′37″E

Bhubing Place
The Bhubing Palace is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the
Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of
Thailand.  The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors
from abroad.  Located above Doi Suthep
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Chiang Mai Zoo -   Giant Pandas Live in Chiang Mai Zoo.  Chiang Mai Zoo is the
first and only zoo in Northern Thailand where visitors can experience the
excitement and intimacy of various species of animals in their natural habitat.  
Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium - MORE
GPS  18.809°N 98.947°E

Hmong Hill Tribe Village
There are about 1,000 Hmong Hill Tribe people living here.  You can see and
buy Hmong handicrafts such as cross stitch material, hemp clothes etc. at the
big market in this village. There is also a Hmong Museum with a beautiful

Long Neck Women (Hill Tribe Village) - Women of the tribe have worn
ornamental brass rings for centuries. Although the exact reasons have been
lost in the myths of time, the end result is world famous. Like many tribes in
Africa, they endeavor to stretch their necks, slowly, a ring at a time.
Click here for
  MORE  and even  MORE HERE  

Mae Sa Snake Show - Snake handlers show a variety of non-poisonous and
poisonous snakes, with cobras being the highlight. Guests can hold a live
cobra and python. Show times are at 11:30, 14:15 and 15:30 with an entry fee.
(Phone 0 538 60719).  Close to Mae Rim Monkey School

Mae Rim Monkey School
Monkeys perform tricks playing basketball, riding tricycles and counting
exercises and a demonstration of how monkeys climb trees and retrieve
coconuts. Show times at 11:00, 12:15, 13:15, 15:15 and 16:15 with an entry fee. (
Phone 0 5329 8818).

Maesa Elephant Camp - (Chiang Mai)  These elephants were actually featured
in   Ripley's Believe It Or Not  THEY CAN PAINT.

Tiger Kingdom - At the Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Park you can
choose various programs. You can choose to play and touch puppy tigers,
small tigers and big tigers. There is friendly staff helping you with your
choice.   This picture is of Me, My Wife and my Step Daughter  

MaeRim Crocodile Show
This is the first Crocodile farm in Chiang Mai
The show plays every hour (from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) show frequency will increase
to accommodate the number of the customers on the day. There is also the
chance to feed 50 small crocodiles in the farm. The farm is about 2.7km down
the Mae Rim - Samoeng Road. Tickets cost 300 baht a person
Tel: 053 044 064, 083 667 8880

Orchid Farm
Located near the Maesa Elephant Camp.  Visitors can enjoy exotic year-round
blooms. These farms also have special butterfly enclosures where tropical
species can be seen in a natural environment.
Operating time: 08.00 - 17.00
Tel. 0 5329 8771-2, 0 5329 7152

Siam Insect Zoo & Museum is a place for breeding, rearing and displaing
insects and arachrids including butterflies, beetles and many others.  We
study as well as displaying them to the public
Open Daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Fee        Foreigners   - Adults 200 Baht, Child 150 Baht
Thai Nationals - 1/2 Price
Phone   081-7466776,   089-1848475

Mae Sa Waterfall
The largest and most spectacular series of waterfalls in the Chiang Mai area,
This multi-tier complex tumbles over no less than 10 levels, some of them
small and private near the top while others are large chutes of water that look
great from the lookout point near the car park. The locals love this one and
parts get crowded on weekends, but it’s reasonably safe and ideal for playful
kids, certainly worth visiting on a trip to the popular Ma Sae valley area. The
200 Baht entrance ticket is good for other national parks waterfalls in the area
on the same day.  Hwy 1096, Mae Rim, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon National Park (The Roof Of Thailand) - Encompasses the highest
mountain In Thailand, Doi Inthanon, as well as several lesser summits.  This is
where my tennis partner "Mike" proposed to "Cindy".

Small Farm
Located about 58 kilometers from town on the road to Doi Inthanon.   farms
equipped with a small but live animals. Located at 99 Moo 21, Tambon Ban
Luang, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province.  Entrance fee 55 Baht.  
While the attractions are well worth the trip, the restarant food is a big

Mae Ya Falls
The Mae Ya Waterfall can be found in the Doi Inthanon National Park, which is
located approximately 58 km from Chiang Mai. The Doi Inthanon National Park,  
contains Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Inthanon (2565m),. Plenty of food
and drink is available on site.  The water at this waterfall plunges down from a
spectacular height of 250 meters
There are many waterfalls in Doi Inthanon.  Click here for more falls  

Elephant Nature Park -  is a unique project set in Northern Thailand.
Established in the 1990's with a goal to provide a sanctuary and elephant
rescue center.

Flight Of The Gibbon - Treetop Adventure - We take you high into the canopy
using an ingenious series of Treehouses, platforms, cables, and sky bridges
for about a two kilometre adventure.  For thrill seekers and nature
lovers alike there has never been a more easy way to explore the tropical

Siam River Adventure - A unique opportunity to explore Thailand’s rural
heartland along the Chao Phrya River on board a traditional teak rice barge.
Leave Bangkok behind as the river weaves through the Central Plains and
discover a region of Thailand that is rarely visited by tourists.

Bo Sang Umbrella Village - Charoen Muang Road (Road 1006)
Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand + 66 53 24 8604
Open HoursDawn to dusk M-Su.  Overview For more than 200 years, almost
everyone in the small village of Bor Sang has been earning a living from the
umbrella trade, silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols.

Chiang Mai National Museum - Located beside Wat Chet Yot, tells the story of Chiang Mai's
past, through pictures and displays. There is a well catalogued and preserved collection of
artefacts, including Buddhist icons, pottery, weapons and household or agricultural items from
the Lanna period. It is open daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays, from 9.00 a.m.
until noon, and 13.00 until 16.00. (053 221 308)

Chiang Dao Cave - The cave complex is supposed to extend more than twelve
kilometres into the mountain ... Just outside the main entrance is a crystal
clear pool containing a lot of very large fish that are extremely well fed

Mae Ping River Cruise -  Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along
the cool waters of the River Ping. Enjoy the ever-changing river scene
Cruise (2 hours) no meal  -  $20 US
Dinner Cruise                       -  $25 US

Tribal Museum - Located in Ratchamankla Park, this museum documents the
lives and cultures of Northern Thailand's unique hill-tribes, including the
Hmong, Karen, Akkha, Lisu, Lahu and Mien. An impressive range of colourful
costumes, unusual accessories and jewelry, tools, utensils, musical
instruments is on display. Open from 9am - 4pm Monday to
Friday. Rajamankala Park (053 210 872)

Sunday Night Market - Tha Pae Gate - The Sunday Market features shopping at
reasonable prices for various kinds of goods, ranging from local handicraft
products to portrait paintings. Besides, local food and music are also key
attractions to both locals and tourists. Expect to find activities of all kinds
alongside special theme events for young and old alike. This pedestrian
market starts around 4 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m.

Night Bazzar -  Comprising numerous stalls and shops stretching along a long
section of Chang Khlan Road, this big famous night market offers many good
buys including hilltribe crafts, hand-woven fabrics, clothes, silver jewellery,
antiques, lacquerware, woodcarvings, pottery, basketry, and other local items.
Due to the keen competition, buyers can easily make a good bargain here.

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs - This is located 36 kilometres from town amid
natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur
content and possesses curative and restorative properties.
Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining facilities and segregated mineral
water bathing rooms are available. Nearby is Roong Arun Hot Spring Resort
which offers bungalows, mineral baths and sumptuous park setting.

Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School - Our Thai Cooking School has:
1 day to 5 day Thai cooking courses - you can start and finish on any day that
fits your schedule. # Every student has their own cooking station and
equipment # Class Hours: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Hot Springs - There are 2 Hot Springs located in Chiang Mai Province.  MORE

Chiang Mai Night Safari - Chiang Mai Night Safari was established after
Singapore Night Safari and China Night Safari Guangzhou. Chiang Mai Night
Safari is 2 times larger than Singapore Night Safari and it is considered to be
the most beautiful night safari in the world.

The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders
“Once in a lifetime” educational experience.  We care for thousands of
insects, butterflies, seashells, fossils, beautiful-unusual stones and many
other amazing rarities from Thailand and other countries.  

Horse Racing Chiang Mai
Horse races are held every Saturday starting at 12:30 pm and run till about
5:30 pm.  There are about eight to ten races with a 20 minute intermission
between races.

Movie Theaters
There are movie theaters at the 2 major shopping centers in Chiang Mai:  Kad
Suan Kaew and Airport Plaza.  
Airport Plaza offers a 60% discount to Seniors
(over 60). For information Movie Schedule and Discounts

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center
The center contributes to heritage conservation through active preservation
of the old city which provides visitors an opportunity to know and understand
Chiang Ma

Temples in Chiang Mai
Old Chiangmai Cultural Center. To date, there have been some 300 temples
constructed in Chiangmai an its outskirts. Visitors should take the time to visit
the most revered temples in the city, built during the noble Lanna Thai

Huay Tung Tao Lake
This large man-made lake, located on the same road as the 700-Year Stadium,
is a great city escape. You can take part in a variety of activities here,
including fishing, swimming, paddling on surfboards and windsurfing. Around
the edge of the lake are bamboo rafts, which can be hired for a small amount
per day. It is also a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic and the natural beauty of the
north. Primarily a destination for Thais, it presents a good way to get off the
tourist track.
Contact: +66 53 24 8604
Open Hours: Mo to Su from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
For directions and a Video

Old Chiangmai Cultural Center.
It is a pioneer in organizing the Khantoke Dinner, serving an array of savory
traditionnal local dishes together with presenting cultural performances
in the Lanna atmosphere.   The service started in April, 1971.
185/3 Wualai Rd, T.Haiya, Muang District.
Chiangmai THAILAND 50.1 thousand.
Tel: 66-53-202-993-5 Fax: 66-53-274-094.
For more info:

Thai Buffalo Training Camp
IN 1987, THERE WERE an estimated six million buffalo in the Kingdom.
But now, just 12 years later, those numbers have dropped to 1.8 million. The
introduction of the "Mechanical Buffalo" (rice paddy tractor) is the major
cause of the declining numbers
Only a 30-minute drive from Chiang Mai, it can be accessed by local taxis.
Organized shows give you an overview of the ancient farming techniques,
including water wheel irrigation, plowing and sugar processing. The farm area
also houses an exotic folk museum and a farmhouse built in the traditional
(105/1 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road, Chiang Mai 50000
Thai Buffalo Training Camp opens daily, which shows in the morning 3 times a
day. Call for more information at Tel 053 – 301628 01 – 2894030.
For more info and watch a Video:   

Art In Paradise
“Art in Paradise (Chiang Mai)” the first Illusion Art Museum of Chiang Mai,
presents Illusion Art, the painting art requiring techniques and expertise in
painting on a flat surface into a "3D" and giving a sense of realistic art. In
addition.  Art in Paradise Chiang Mai is currently the worldwide largest
museum of its kind
Tel:   053-274-100

Grand Canyon Chiang Mai
The Canyon is about 30-40 years old. The manager Khun Nun (นุ่น) didn’t know
the exact year. The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai was digged out to use the soil
for building houses. Ground water filled the canyon with water. Rain water did
the rest to fill it up to the level it has today. The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is
32 meters deep
Doi Suthep

At the base of Doi Suthep National Park is the Chiang Mai Zoo.  In front of the Zoo are
many Songthaews that will take you on
a tour of Doi Suthep, Bhubing Palace and the Hill
Tribe Villages.
Mae Rim / Mae Sa
Doi Inthanon National Park
Other Areas of Chiang Mai

Hot Air Baloon
Rock Climbing
Sky Adventure


Doi Inthanon
Doi Suthep
Sri Lanna
Ob Luang
Huay Naam Dang
Doi Wiang Pha

National Parks

Doi Inthanon
Doi Suthep
Sri Lanna
Ob Luang
Huay Naam Dang
Doi Wiang Pha

Water Falls

Mae Sa Falls
Doi Inthanon Falls
Huay Kaew Falls
Mae Takhrai
Mae Takhrai

Museum's Gallery's

Chiang Mai National
Hill Tribe Museum
Museum of World
Dhara Phirom Palace
Wat Gate Museum

Thai Cooking School

A Lot Of Thai
Smart Cook
Thai Kitchen
Thai Cookery
Siam Rice
Baan Thai

Elephant Shows
Elephant Camps

Conservation Center
Chiang Dao
Elephant Sanctuary
Mae Ping


Sunday Night Market
Night Bazzar
Sat Walking Street
Airport Plaza
Pantip Plaza
Kad Suan Kaew
Chiang Mai as seen from Doi Suthep