Chiang Mai's location in the mountainous region of northern Thailand gives it a sufficient advantage as a tourist destination. Apart from extremely alluring sights, it also offers unique experiences that tourists would appreciate. Not to mention, it's also one of the cheapest places to travel in Southeast Asia!
As the capital city of Chiang Mai province, Chiang Mai features top-rated attractions, which start with old city temples and quaint villages. You cannot leave the city without visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a mountaintop temple with a revered seated Buddha as the centerpiece. There are over a hundred more temples inside Chiang Mai walled city if you want to go on a crazy temple run, including Wat Chedi Luang. For gorgeous views of nature, head to Doi Inthanon National Park, home to the highest mountain in Thailand and the massive Mae Ya Waterfall. Doi Pui Village is another sight worth exploring, exhibiting the vibe of a traditional tribal village, as it played host to various groups through the years.
The best way to enjoy Thai culture is by indulging in delicious Thai food. Tourists coming to Chiang Mai also enjoy having a gastronomic adventure at the Gate Market, where vendors serve affordable, tasty delicacies—from khao soi, pad kra pow to mango sticky rice. Chiang Mai is undoubtedly the best foodie destination north of Bangkok.
Chiang Mai is well worth a visit if you want to experience authentic Thai culture minus the madness—and high price—of the country's capital, Bangkok. It may be 700 kilometers from the city center but having its own Chiang Mai International Airport is an edge that helps draw tourists from neighboring Asian cities, like Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Singapore, and others.
For your trip to Chiang Mai
How much does it cost to visit Chiang Mai? Click below to compare rates and discounts online:
Tours & Activities
Popular booked by other travelers
Doi Inthanon National Park
Chiang Rai & The Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep Temple-Chiang Mai City Tour by Oriental Holiday
Black House & White Temple Trip from Chiang Mai
See more trip inspiration below. Scroll down for more travel tips & guides. Follow Detourista on:
Don’t leave yet there’s more!
See more guide blogs
Click below to search recommended Chiang Mai hotels/hostels/home rentals within your budget. Book online with these trusted booking sites for rock-bottom prices & convenient bookings.
Pro tip: Remember to set your minimum/maximum price, travel dates, and sort by review ratings. Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.
Check prices online & read traveler reviews. Pre-book your trip now with these trusted booking sites:
Popular Activities Booked by Other Travelers
Chiang Mai Night Safari Park
Flying Squirrels Zipline Tree Top Adventure
Baan Thai Cooking Class
Flight of the Gibbon Chiang Mai
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Chiang Mai
Private White, Black, Blue Temple, and Singha Park Day Trip from Chiang Mai By Oriental Holiday
Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle
Book your way to & around Chiang Mai. Click below to view flight, ferry, buses fares & more posted online:
Find cheap flights by comparing multiple airlines with these airfare comparison & booking sites:
Where are you going?