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Eight Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Chiang Mai - The Spiritual Hub of Thailand

Perhaps Thailand's second most famous city, Chiang Mai is a unique and a favourite destination for travellers and backpackers seeking spiritual fulfilment and adventure.

1

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Perhaps one of the most famous attractions in Chiang Mai; Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a beautiful temple atop a granite mountain. The central shrine contains a revered statue of the seated Buddha and a gallery of statues depicting the Buddha. The mountain can be reached by foot, bicycle, car or motorbike, or hop on a songthaew, these are red trucks that act as communal cabs. There are many Hotels in Chiang Mai close to Doi Suthep so you can be there early to witness the early morning chanting.

2

Doi Inthanon

The highest peak in Thailand is also a national park and a major draw for its natural beauty. The mountain can be reached by either trekking it or hiring a car or motor-bike. There are attractions such as waterfalls and hillside villages to explore.

3

Gate Market

It is the best place to explore the street food scene in Chiang Mai. The market is held daily every night at the Chiang Mai Gate. Vendors from all over the city sell a variety of traditional foods and desserts such as Mango Sticky rice, a favourite among many visitors.

4

Wat Chedi Luang

Constructed in1401 it is an impressive Buddhist temple partially damaged due to an earthquake, yet its remains have been carefully preserved. Many of its sculpture such as the massive elephants and serpents that adorn its walls are still visible. Accommodation is widely available around this area; Anantara Chiang Mai Resort is located just 8km away from the temple. The temple is an exceptionally beautiful sight by night with lights decorating the structure.

5

Elephant Nature Park

Unlike many other places that exploit elephants for commercial and tourist purposes, this park is an elephant rescue that cares for abused and neglected elephants. Visitors are encouraged to spend the day and volunteer to feed and help bathe these gentle giants. The cost of volunteering goes into the care of the resident elephants.

6

Night Bazaar

An ideal spot for some shopping but be prepared to practice your bargaining skills as the vendors are known for over-pricing tourists. Clothes, carvings, souvenirs, local foods, and even home-wear can be found at the night bazaar.

7

Sunday walking street

Located just behind Thapae Gate you will encounter vendors selling all kinds of goods under the sun, from dolls and soaps to handicrafts. Venture further along and you will come across two temples, whose court-yards are filled with food stalls. Indulge in authentic Thai street food favourites such as Pad Thai, samosas, fried bananas, and dumplings.

8

Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls

Located in a serene woodland area, climbing these sticky waterfalls is sure to be a fun-filled experience. They are made of limestone and remain sticky despite water running through it. You can climb them many times as you like and cool off in the pristine waters below.