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Travel Guide of Chiang Mai in Thailand by Influencers

Chiang Mai, sometimes written as Chiengmai or Chiangmai, is the largest city in northern Thailand and the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is 700 km north of Bangkok near the highest mountains in the country, including Doi Inthanon. Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the new capital of Lan Na, succeeding the former capital, Chiang Rai.

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Discover our travel guide of Chiang Mai in Thailand made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Chiang Mai:

  🐾 Wildlife     ⛰️ Hill station     🌴 Jungle     🌲 Nature reserve     ⛰️ Mountain bike     🌲 Ecoregion  

Travel Tips for visiting Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the second-largest city in Thailand, located in the north of the country. 

It is well known by nomads from all over the world who come to enjoy its quality of life and its reasonable prices. 

Chiang Mai, an Asian city without horns

It is an Asian-style city, without architectural unity and necessarily sidewalks, with some polluted main roads that it is better to avoid.
But the main part of the center is made up of alleys that wind quietly between the houses and the Buddhist temples

The inhabitants have a lot of taste. They are particularly gifted in mixing the old with the new, the cute with the quirky.
Unlike cities that seek modernity at all costs, Chiang Mai has built its personality, contemporary and traditional at the same time.

Chiang Mai: a dream city for food lovers

Street food stalls are everywhere. The prices are so low that it is often better to eat outside than to cook.
And it's delicious! On the other hand, the portions are not generous because Thai people prefer to eat little but often.

The lively Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai moves to please its visitors and locals, with festivals, concerts, photo exhibitions, designer markets...
You can attend the Flower Festival, a big parade of colorful and fragrant floats held on the first weekend of February when flowers are said to be at their most resplendent.

Discover the nearby town of Bo Sang, known for its handmade umbrellas.
A festival takes place there on the third weekend of January. To be considered only for its pretty parade of women with parasols on their bikes.

The Chiang Mai temples tour

Chiang Mai does not joke with the temples. It's hard to walk a hundred yards without coming across a glittering roof, a stūpa, or a pair of dragons. 
Most of the time, all three at the same time. If you decide to enter a temple and crouch down like Buddhists to greet a Buddha statue, be aware that feet are considered unclean.
So be careful never to put your feet in the direction of the great man.

Wat Saen Muang Ma Luang, a little jewel in the city center.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Chiang Mai

Where to sleep in Chiang Mai?

For a short stay, we can recommend the Tarntong Boutique 
A hotel with modern rooms and an excellent breakfast. 
The only drawback is that this hotel is about 20 minutes walk from the center.

 For a slightly higher budget, you can stay in the center of Chiang Mai. 

If you plan to stay for a month or more, don't hesitate to book anything and to look for an already furnished and equipped apartment once you are there.
 The offer is vast and it is therefore quite simple except between December and February, the favorite season of nomads. 

The elephant is the symbol of Chiang Mai and many tourists come here to meet the famous pachyderm. 

For our part, we left without seeing one because we do not support this business based on the exploitation of animals and the barbaric practices that are hidden from the eyes of tourists.

If you want to see them, we recommend a safari in Khao Yai National Park, where you can observe wild elephants. 

You also can visit one of the few refuges that take care of animals rescued from their trainers, like the Elephant Nature Park seems to be.

 Huay Tung Tao Lake

Twelve kilometers north of Chiang Mai is the Huay Tung Tao lake, which the Thais love on weekends with their families.
It is possible to swim there but the water seems a little too cool to us! Then we walk and eat in one of the dozens of huts on stilts placed at the edge of the lake.

A little bucolic outing!

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  🐾 Wildlife spots     🏰 Temple spots     🌴 Jungle spots     🏘️ Town spots     🏞️ Waterway spots     🗼 Landmark spots     ⛰️ Hill station spots     🏨 Resort spots     🌲 Nature reserve spots     🌲 Forest spots     Norwegian forest cat spots     🌲 Ecoregion spots     ⛰️ Hill spots     ⛰️ Mountain bike spots     🏘️ Cottage spots     🏰 Place of worship spots     Water park spots     🏞️ Watercourse spots  

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Wat Chediliem

  3.8 km (2.4 miles) away from Chiang Mai

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Ruins of "Wat E-Kang"

  4.3 km (2.7 miles) away from Chiang Mai

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Wat Phra That Doi Kham

  8.4 km (5.2 miles) away from Chiang Mai

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Baan Tong Luang Eco-agricultural Village

  16.8 km (10.4 miles) away from Chiang Mai

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