After the big capital Bangkok and the island paradise of Phuket, Chiang Mai is the most popular destination for travellers visiting Thailand. Considered the traditional capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai also opens doors to a whole different set of adventure activities that is hard to find elsewhere. Here are some of the coolest things to do in Chiang Mai! Because of its laid-back atmosphere, friendly locals, and great value for money when it comes to food and shopping, it is possibly the place in Thailand with the best variety in terms of things to do and see.
The Eagle Track Zipline is where you can experience the excitement of dangling from a cable high above the trees. Imagine what it feels like to have both feet literally floating in midair! This thrilling tour also comes with the highest level of security and safety including experienced staff to guide you every step of the way. The Eagle Track Zipline provides 3 different packages of adventure from traveling through rain forest, waterfalls, and cultivated area. Guests can chose from: The Gold Eagle Package, Silver Eagle Package, and Bronze Eagle Package.
Elephants can be incredibly emotional creatures more than we give them credit for, and their affections can stem to other creatures besides their own. The baby elephant has become something of a tourist attraction at Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai. You can find lots of love from these baby elephants, known for their tendency to nuzzle, snuggle and even hug the people they meet on the farm. Sometimes, the elephant even curl up on the human’s chests like an over-sized, hairless puppy!
The Sunday Market (or Walking Street) is a large market located right in the center of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai. Starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end, the Sunday Market extends for roughly 1 kilometer down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road. You can go to the Market every Sunday from 4 p.m. till midnight.
The Sunday Market really comes alive after dark when all the street entertainers, musicians, puppeteers, Thai dancers, and bands start to perform. All the luminous colored lights would be turned on which add to the lively atmosphere of the place. If you get sore feet wandering around, you could have a foot massage around 70 THB for 30 minutes.
Not to be missed during your visit to the Sunday Market are two magnificent temples. On the main street is Wat Phan Tao and down the side street is the impressive Wat Chedi Luang. Try to get there before dark in order to capture these brilliance in full light.
If you want to spend some time in the outdoors and experience some breathtaking views, visit Doi Inthanon National Park. About an hour-and-a-half drive from Chiang Mai’s Old City, the national park is home to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain. There are temples, flower gardens, waterfalls, caves, and stunning hiking trails. There are multiple options on how you could spend your time at Doi Inthanon. You could make it a private day trip or spend the night in a Thai-styled bungalow or tent . You may even book a Doi Inthanon tour with a private guide to show you around places of interest and let you experience the stunning natural beauty of Thailand’s North up close.
Chiang Mai Night Safari is operated by a government agency with total area of 323.81 acres and is located about 10 kilometers away from the city center. Chiang Mai Night Safari has a special zoo service that operates throughout the day and night. This means that you could see the animals in both daytime and in the dark hours of the night. Unlike the Safari in Africa, the Chiang Mai Night Safari is more like a nature theme park where visitors could study the behaviors of wild animals up close. The Chiang Mai Night Safari has a generous amount of rare and exotic animals such as the endangered white lions and the white tigers. These animals are well taken care of and is a definite must see for people who love nature and animals.