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Things to do in Chiang Mai

Updated: Jan 26

We've been in Chiang Mai region for 10 days and we loved it. We have the feeling you could stay there for many more days, especially at the Mae Hong son Loop. We've done a detailed summary on how to travel and what to see there in 5-6 days.


Other things that you can do in which we have gone in detail are the famous lantern festival of Chiang Mai as well as a visit of an elephant park and a cooking class.


But in this post we will focus on the things to do in Chiang Mai itself.


Buy stuff at the Night Bazar of Chiang Mai


One of the best things to do at the city center of Chiang Mai is to buy and play with the prices at the night Bazar. You can encounter nice pieces of clothes for as cheap as 1 to 3€ as well as beautiful hand-made wooden elephants or different types of paintings for decoration.


Explore the city center of Chiang Mai, with markets.


Chiang Mai has other markets close to the river and in the south of the city by the wall. It's nice to walk by the city center while finding some places to eat or buy ingredients for cooking.


Eat local dishes at Lemongrass Thai Cuisine


We went twice to that restaurant because we liked all the dishes they have and it was very close to our hostel Loyy. We would also recommend staying at our hostel because you're at the city center for 15€ for a double bed, which is very convenient.


Enjoy a Thai massage at Green Bamboo massage


We both had a Thai massage at the Green Bamboo massage in the center of Chiang Mai and it was really good after having droven for so many hours at the Mae Hong son loop ^^


Visit the Doi Suthep temple by bus


As we mentioned in the post about the Mae Hong son Loop, you can visit the following two temples by car or motorbike but you can also pay only 30 Bhat to go by bus directly from the city center of Chiang Mai: Get a bus to visit the temple of Doi Suthep

Temple Doi Suthep

You can take another bus to visit the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Visit the famous temple of Wat Chedi Luang directly at the city center


It is a Buddhist temple in the city center of Chiang Mai. The temple was originally made by three temples and it dates of the 15th century.

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang Buddha
Wat Chedi Luang elephants

Visit the temple of Wat Phra Singh


This is one of the oldest and biggest temples of Chiang Mai city center, dating from the 14th century and it has beautiful Buddha statues of many colors and materials.

Wat Phra Singh

We were lucky enough to see a traditional dance at the temple, with the women wearing such long nail extensions.

Beautiful dance Thailand

Temple Chiang Mai

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