Chiang Mai

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  • 1. Doi Inthanon National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain (8,464 feet), rises majestically over a national park of staggering beauty. Many have compared the...Read More

  • 2. Wat Chamthewi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    About 2 km (1 mile) west of Lamphun's center is Wat Chamthewi, often called the "topless chedi" because the gold that once covered the spire...Read More

  • 3. Wat Chedi Luang

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1411 King Saen Muang Ma ordered his workers to build a chedi "as high as a dove could fly." He died before the structure was finished, as...Read More

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  • 4. Wat Phra Singh

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 5. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

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  • 6. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 7. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 defense...Read More

  • 8. Bhubing Palace

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The summer residence of the royal family is a serene mansion that shares an exquisitely landscaped park with the more modest mountain retreats...Read More

  • 9. Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The handsome city museum is housed in a colonnaded palace that was the official administrative headquarters of the last local ruler, Chao (Prince...Read More

  • 10. Chiang Mai National Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This northern Thai–style building contains many statues of Lord Buddha, including a bust that measures 10 feet high. There's also a huge Buddha...Read More

  • 11. Chiang Mai Night Safari

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Modeled on Singapore's famous game park, the Chiang Mai Night Safari realized a long-held dream of Thaksin Shinnawatra, Thailand's prime minister...Read More

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  • 12. Chiang Mai Tribal Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The varied collection at this museum, more than 1,000 pieces of traditional crafts from the hill tribes living in the region, is one of the...Read More

  • 13. Chiang Mai Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The cages and enclosures of this zoo on the lower slopes of Doi Suthep are spaced out along paths that wind leisurely through shaded woodlands...Read More

  • 14. Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    A walk-through underwater tunnel more than 146 meters (160 yards) long provides dramatic views of the thousands of aquatic creatures that live...Read More

  • 15. Darapirom Palace

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This Lanna-style mansion was the last home of Jao Dararasamee, daughter of a late-19th-century ruler of Chiang Mai and the favorite wife of...Read More

  • 16. Doi Suthep National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    You don't have to head to the distant mountains to go trekking during your stay in Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep, the 3,542-foot peak that broods over...Read More

  • 17. Elephant Nature Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    There are several elephant reserves north of Chiang Mai, but for a truly authentic up-close experience this one is hard to beat. More than 30...Read More

  • 18. Elephant Training Center

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The pachyderms here are treated well and seem to enjoy showing off their skills. They certainly like the dip they take in the river before...Read More

  • 19. Ku Chang

    Cemetery

    Lamphun has one of the region's most unusual cemeteries, an elephant's graveyard called Ku Chang. The rounded chedi is said to contain the remains...Read More

  • 20. National Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Just outside Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, the National Museum has a fine selection of Dvaravati-style stuccowork. The collection of Lanna antiques...Read More

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