Beaches in Chiang Mai? There are no beaches in Chiang Mai – but so many things to do. Here is a overview of just some of the Chiang Mai activities available. There are much more things to See and Do in Chiang Mai the former Lanna Kindom.
The best place to stay for sightseeing to explore the old Chiang Mai on foot, is near the walled Old City. From there it is not far from the famous night Bazaar, hundreds of restaurants, bookstores, antique shops, and cafés.
Start from there your Temple Tour the main attractions of Chiang Mai. Visit the sacred Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Phrasing, Wat Phra That Doi Kham, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang or one of the other more than 300 temples.
Here are some highly-rated hotels in convenient locations for your sightseeing trip in around Chiang Mai City:
Rarin Jinda – A Multi-Award Winning Boutique Wellness Spa Resort.
Oasis Baan Saen – Hideaway, a luxury boutique resort with all five star amenities.
Bodhi Serene Hotel – This beautiful boutique hotel offers complete relaxation with stunning & creative architectural masterpieces.
De Naga Resort – Feature warm teakwood interiors, upholding the eye-catching Lanna style.
Hmong Hilltribe Lodge – A fantastic way to know more about culture and lifestyle of Hmong people.
Tharnthong Lodges – The spectacular scenery and mountain location makes this Lodges the ideal getaway for nature lovers.
Wanburapa Grand Hotel – Ideally located in the inner (Old) city
How to Make the Most of Your Visit in Chiang Mai
There are no beaches in Chiang Mai, but plenty of other activities and tours. Below a few ideas of things to do in beautiful Chiang Mai.
Cooking Schools – We Cook, Thai Home Garden and Taste from Heaven.
Cycling or hire a bicycle – Chiang Mai Bike Tours.
Eating delicious Northern Thai food in a beautiful Lanna style restaurant with a great view – Huan Soontaree, Rak Tha Nam.
Elephant Farms – Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Meataman Elephant Camp, Meatang Elephant Camp, Elephant Nature Park.
Festivals – Flower Festival at the first weekend in February, Songkran the Thai New Year celebration 13-15 April, Loi Kratong Festival in November.
Golf – There are 10 golf courses in the area.
History – Wiang Kum Kam.
Hot Springs – Sankampaeng Hot Springs,Doi Saket Hot Springs.
Markets – Night Bazaar, Sunday Night Market, Warorot Market, Saturday Walking Street on Wualai Road and much more.
Meditation – Wat Ram Poeng, Doi Suthep Vipassana Meditation Center.
Motor Bike – plenty of hire places everywhere.
Muay Thai Boxing – Taphae Stadium.
Museums – National Museum, Art in Paradise, Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, Tribal Museum, Chiang Mai Air Museum (Wing 41), Traditional House Museum, Lanna Folklife Museum, Dara Pirom Palace, Chiang Mai Cultural Center, Wattana Art Gallery, Ganesh Himal Museum.
National Parks – Doi Inthanon Nationalpark, Doi Suthep-Doi Pui Nationalpark, Ob Luang National Park, Sri Lanna National Park, Mae Ping / Mae Hat / Mae Kor National Park, Doi Khun Tan National Park, Doi Phahom Po.
Rafting – Waterrunner Tours.
River Cruises – day cruises or night dinner cruises on Mae Ping River, Scorpion Tail River Cruises.
Rock Climbing – Chiang Mai Rock Climbing.
Snake Farm – Mae Sa Snake Farm.
Shopping Center – Promenada, Maya, Central Airport, Central Festival.
Tigers – Tiger Kingdom.
Tennis – The Chiang Mai Land and Lanna Sports club.
Zip Lining – Zipline Chiang Mai, Flight of the Gibbon.
Wood Handicrafts – Baan Tawai villages.
Zoos – Chiang Mai Zoo, Night Safari.
Using the services of a guide is really worth it in Chiang Mai. A TAT licensed guide can bring the history and culture of the area to life. Guides are available who speak most languages.
The beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai, and taking a tour is a great way to make sure you see all the highlights without worrying about finding your way around. You can explore various hill tribe people around Chiang Mai daily and on the Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour, you can enjoy spectacular views from a lookout over the borders where Thailand, Burma, and Laos meet.