Chiang Mai Sights

The compact Old City can be explored easily on foot or by bicycle. The system of one-way streets can be confusing, but the plan keeps traffic moving quite effectively around the moat, which is crossed by bridges at regular intervals. The moated "one square mile" of the Old City contains 38 of Chiang Mai’s temples, including its oldest and most historic ones. The so-called Lanna style of architecture—stepped

eaves, dark teak, and gleaming white stucco construction—has been adopted by the owners of boutique hotels in the Old City, where high-rise buildings are banned.

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Wat Chiang Man

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Chiang Mai's oldest monastery, dating from 1296, is typical of northern Thai architecture. It has massive teak pillars inside the bot,...

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

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Near the banks of the Wang River, this temple is dominated by its tall chedi, built on a rectangular base and topped with a rounded spire.

Wat Phra Singh

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Chiang Mai's principal monastery was extensively renovated in 2006. In the western section of the Old City, the beautifully decorated...

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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As in so many chapters of Thai history, an elephant is closely involved in the legend surrounding the foundation of the late-14th-century...

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

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The temple complex of the 11th-century Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is dazzling. Through gates guarded by ornamental lions lies a three-tier,...

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

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One of the most venerated temples in the north, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is also one of the most striking. Surrounded by stout laterite...

Wat Sri Chum

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Workers from Myanmar were employed in the region's rapidly expanding logging business, and these immigrants left their mark on the city's...

Wat Suan Dok

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One of Chiang Mai's largest temples, Wat Suan Dok is said to have been built on the site where bones of Lord Buddha were found. Some...

Wat Umong

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The most unusual temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Umong, dating from 1296. According to local lore, a monk named Jam liked to go wandering...

Wiang Kum Kam

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When King Mengrai decided to build his capital on the Ping River, he chose a site a few miles south of present-day Chiang Mai. He selected...


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