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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang is famous for its outstanding chedi (pagoda) the construction of which dates back to the 14th century. Visit in the evenings when its cooler and enjoy spectacular views of the chedi reflecting the golden red rays of the sunset.
Wat Phra Singh
Chiang Mai’s most revered temple, Wat Phra Singh is dominated by an enormous, mosaic-inlaid wí·hăhn (sanctuary). Its prosperity is plain to see from the lavish monastic buildings and immaculately trimmed grounds, dotted with coffee-stands and massage pavilions. Pilgrims flock here to venerate the famous Buddha image known as Phra Singh (Lion Buddha).
Chiang Mai Zoo
This large and famous zoo is privately operated and includes 400 animal species including koalas, hippos, flamingos, penguins, many kinds of reptiles and the only rhino in Thailand. Additionally, it has a marine aquarium which is largest in Asia as well as an aquatic tunnel 133 metres long which is the longest in the world. For all these reasons, make sure you pay the Chiang Mai’s animal kingdom a visit.
Chiang Mai Night Safari
A spectacular nocturnal zoo considered the world’s best by many, Chiang Mai Night Safari is a delight for people of all ages. With just over 300 acres, it is twice the size of the Singapore Night Safari and located about 10 km from the centre of Chiang Mai. This sweeping park is open day and night, however the real action happens after the sun sets. You can choose from three Night Safari programmes and either visit on your own or join a group tour.
Weekend Walking Street
The well known Walking street, also called Sunday Market, is located right in the centre of Chiang Mai’s old town. This sizable market extends for about 1 km and features the art and craftsmanship of the people of Northern Thailand. The quality of the produce is exceptional which is the reason people from all parts of the country flock to browse its unique and colourful offering.
Found on the east side of the old walled city, the Night Bazaar is open daily from dusk till midnight and a haven for good bargain lovers. It features a great variety of both real and fake brand name designer goods at low prices, clothing items and accessories such as t-shirts, shoes, jewellery and watches, as well as local Thai goods.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Known as “The Roof of Thailand”, Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 square kilometers and belongs to the Himalayan mountain range. It was named after one of the last kings of Chiang Mai, king Inthawichayanon, who wanted to preserve forests in the north of Thailand. The elevation at Don Inthanon ranges between 800 and 2565 meters and due to the high altitude, the park has high humidity and daily temperatures between 10-12 °C all year round.
Mea Sa Elephant Camp
Privately owned and found less than an hour from Chiang Mai’s centre, Maesa Elephant Camp is dedicated to help increasing the number of elephants in Thailand. It has about 73 elephants and 80 mahouts who provide full care of the animals – most of the elephants go home with the mahout to their village every night. The camp is placed in an picturesque forest setting next to a waterfall and we are certain visitors will enjoy a day trip to the scenic area.
Flight of Gibbon
A memorable experience to share with one’s family or a group of friends, the thrilling zip line adventure is placed in the heart of a 1,500 year-old tropical rainforest of Chiang Mai. Surrounded by stunning nature and bringing you within close range of varied wildlife, literally everyone can enjoy this safe canopy eco escapade as no previous experience is needed.
San Kampang Hot Spring
The San Kamphaeng Hot Springs are set in a wooded area encompassed by mountains about 35 km from Chiang Mai. The temperature at the Hot Springs is over 100 °C and the water has a high sulfur content which gives it healing properties. It features a mineral swimming pool as well as traditional style mineral baths, with bathing huts and towels available for rent.
San Kampang Handicraft Village
A true delight for crafts lovers, this “handicraft highway” extends from south-east of Chiang Mai to the village of San Kampang. All along this 10 km road you will come across places and factories producing pottery, lacquer ware, silk, stoneware, jewellery, sculptures, wood carvings and paper ware. Due to authentic craftsmanship and a large variety of produce, this is a wonderful site for those who wish to watch artisans at work.