Chiang Mai is a beautiful city in the north of Thailand that’s filled with great restaurants and beautiful temples. Chiang Mai is also home to the famous “floating lantern” festival that attracts tourists from all over the world. Here’s everything you need to know in our Quick Guide to Chiang Mai:
WHERE TO STAY
- Our recommended hotel is the luxurious Rachamankha Boutique Hotel. It’s a great location and the rooms are stunning.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- For a day of fun-filled adventures don’t miss the Flight of the Gibbon zipline course!
- For a $3 foot massage check out the spa directly across the street from a café called “92 Rachadamnoen”.
- Elephant Nature Park is one of the only legit elephant sanctuaries in Asia where they refrain from chaining up the elephants, riding them or treating them poorly.
- Wat Chedi Luang is one of the most significant temples in Chiang Mai, and worth a visit.
- The Sunday Night Walking Market is one of my favourite markets in Southeast Asia. You’ll see no touristy junk here – just local goods and great food!
WHERE TO EAT
- Your very first stop in Chain Mai should be a lunch stop at Khao Soi Khun Yai! They make the best khao soi. The staff don’t speak english but they have the biggest smiles and will just say “khao soi?”.
- SP Chicken does an amazing chicken and rice – but it’s their spicy beef salad that stole my heart!
- For a cheap and delicious satay lunch check out Kiat Ocha.
- Ploen Ruedee Food Park (open for dinner only) is an outdoor market with some great food stalls. The burrito stand was surprisingly good for Thailand!
- If you’re craving Italian food try Croco Pizza. Their pizza and pasta are both delicious.
- There’s a nightly market outside of Maya Shopping Centre that is great for people who want to try street food but are afraid of getting sick. This market is very clean and “safe” for Western tourists who can’t stomach the same food as locals.