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10 Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai - Top 10 Activities to Experience in Chiang Mai

As one of Thailand's top tourist hotspots, Chiang Mai has a lot to offer tourists with varying interests and passions. Here are 10 activities every traveller should experience in Chiang Mai.

1

Discover the Comedara Art Gallery

A riverside dining hub cum cultural attraction, the Comedara Art Gallery is a historic restaurant like no other. Exuding an old-world charm the many colourful artworks and installations at the venue are also for sale while the Thai traditional dishes are simply irresistible as well.

2

Shop and Dine at the Warorot Market

Also known as Kad Luang, the Warorot Market is a unique thoroughfare dedicated to true blue foodies visiting Chiang Mai. Lined with dozens of store retailing ready-to-consume meals and snacks of every conceivable variety, shopaholics can load up on personal care items and accessories while they dine on exquisite local dishes and treats. Contained within a 3 storey structure the venue is not hard to find during a night out in Chiang Mai.

3

Explore the Kawila Monument and Park

Located across the street from Chiang Mai's army base, the quaint but picturesque park which is home to the Kawila monument is another highlight all visitors must discover. The iconic statue of the first child of Prince Chai Kaew who was born in 1742 is a focal point in the park while more details regarding the local hero can be acquired at the museum behind the sculpture.

4

Visit Art in Paradise

Art lovers and families alike will enjoy a tour of the Art in Paradise 3D gallery where the artworks literally come alive. The paintings featured on the walls of this famous gallery are not only interactive but depict globally renowned items in pop culture, such as Aladdin's carpet in flight. Offering tourists hours of fun and ample photo opportunities, the art hub is located down Changklan Road.

5

Stop by the Elephant Parade House

Conservationists and nature lovers should not miss the chance to contribute to one of Chiang Mai's best social initiatives that's aimed at preserving the habitat of the region's elephant populace. Tourists can not only paint and take part in decorating the elephant sculptures at the venue but learn a great deal regarding the gentle giant and the threats facing the species.

6

Sign Up for a Scorpion Tailed River Cruise

There's nothing quite like a cruise on a Scorpion Tail boat to experience the historic and scenic precincts of Chiang Mai in one all-encompassing tour. Witness the area's stunning temples, ancient architecture and indigenous plants and trees during this hour-long excursion which also stops by the Wiang Kum Kam settlement.

7

Smell the Blooms at the Ton Lamyai Market

As one of Chiang Mai's largest flower markets, this 24-hour thoroughfare offers visitors the opportunity to experience the many flowers and flowering plants in Thailand. As the best place to purchase fresh blooms in the area, the sheer sight of the multicoloured flowers is enough to lift one's spirits.

8

Witness the Iron Bridge

Also known as Sapaan Lek in the local tongue, the iron bridge is not only an engineering and architectural feat but the gateway to a once historic city. The bars lining the western shores of the river may be the reason most tourists visit this attraction but the views are equally spectacular. Travellers based at the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort or any of the countless other hotels in Chiang Mai in the area will find that the bridge is not far from their accommodation provider.

9

Tour the Chiangmai Philatelic Museum

Housed in an imposing colonial structure, the vast collection of international and Thai stamps alone makes a tour of the Chiangmai Philatelic Museum a must for first-time visitors.

10

Uncover the Uncle Jack's History Museum

Dating back nearly 580 years, the Wat Ket Karam Museum is a classic Lanna cultural hotspot worthy of exploration. Explore the many exhibits at the venue including its crockery, gramophone, coins, farm appliances and Buddha statues.