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Attractions in Chiang Mai – Treasures for the Sightseer

The charming city of Chiang Mai is sure to capture the interest of the discerning sightseer. Here you will find an array of attractions that will delight the visitor, like those listed below.

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Doi Suthep

The majestic mountain known as Doi Suthep is considered to be one of Chiang Mai's most resplendent natural features. This mountain towers over the city, and provides spectacular views over the surrounding areas from its summit. The area surrounding Doi Suthep has been made a national park which will capture the imagination of the nature lover. In the lofty heights of the mountain, you will find Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a renowned temple that is regularly frequented by Buddhist devotees and sightseers alike. Considered to be amongst the most venerated temples in Thailand, this shrine also features many magnificent sights that will captivate the sightseer.

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Chiang Mai Night Safari

If you love exotic wildlife you are sure to be enthralled by the entrancing Chiang Mai Night Safari. In this appealing safari, you will encounter three distinct zones – Predator Prowl, Savannah Safari and Jaguar Trail – each featuring an interesting selection of wildlife. You will find that this attraction can be toured either by tram or by walking. You will also have the opportunity to engage in a number of engrossing activities here, such as playing with tiger cubs, feeding animals by hand and enjoying a laser show as well as the 'performing' fountain. As you might expect you will be able to view many of nature's most entrancing creatures at this night safari.

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Wat Chedi Luang

This centuries-old temple is one of Chiang Mai's most striking historical attractions. Constructed by a local monarch of the dynasty known as Mengrai, Wat Chedi Luang features a huge pagoda that will capture the eye of the visitor. One of Chiang Mai's unmistakable sights, this pagoda at one time measured 60 m in diameter and 80 m in height. At one time this temple housed the greatly venerated Emerald Buddha, the nation's most sacred object. Although this religious attraction is not as magnificent as it would have been in the past, it remains an impressive sight for the visitor. A choice of accommodation that you could consider from which this attraction would be within easy reach would be Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, which can be regarded as one of the pleasingly located hotels in Chiang Mai.

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Wiang Kum Kam

This mysterious ancient city that is located amidst picturesque countryside dates to the 8th century kingdom known as the Haripunchai. You will find many interesting sights at this site, including striking architecture, Buddhist sculpture, tablets with mysterious inscriptions, appealing pottery and earthenware. Here you will have the opportunity to explore the mysterious ruins in a horse-drawn carriage, which is sure to be an enjoyable experience. Taking pride of place at Wiang Kum Kam is the Wat Chedi Liam, an interesting temple that boasts a pavilion of the Burmese type featuring many intriguing architectural elements.

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Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Chiang Mai's popular Elephant Jungle Sanctuary is sure to appeal to visitors who like animals in general and elephants in particular. In fact, this sanctuary was one of the pioneering establishments set up with the primary objective of providing a pleasant home for the elephants, rather than exploiting them for financial gain. This sanctuary and others like it serve as care and retirement homes for elephants who formerly worked in the tourism and logging industries. The sanctuary strives to provide a home for the elephants that is as natural as possible; although it is possible to interact with these elephants, activities like riding them are not permitted.