Chiang Mai Attractions
Exploring Chiang Mai’s fascinating sights would leave you awed-struck. Albeit, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second city; she’s second to none with its location and deeply imbued and remarkable history and culture that persevere till this day.
National Parks are well kept and maintained and provides visually impressive panorama and astonishing waterfalls and caves and sanctuary of diverse species of birds. There are numerous interesting places for everyone to see here in Chiang Mai, from outlandish animal shows to magnificent gardens.
There are about 300 temples in and around Chiang Mai to explore, and Northern Thailand is the home of most of Thailand’s ethnic Hill Tribes. For history buffs Chiang Mai has a long and interesting history and the city is proud of its finest museums in the country. For people who are seeking adrenaline rush activities, Chiang Mai offers good adventures of a life time, from water rafting, bungee jumping to rock climbing to name a few. It also gives the visitors chance to be intimate and commune with the elephants, an experienced you can’t get anywhere else. There’s no inch of boredom in the most famous city of the north –Chiang Mai. We have listed below some of the most interesting Chiang Mai Attractions for you to see and to make your visit a treasured one.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most consecrated temple in Northern Thailand. It was built at the slope of Doi Suthep Mountain, during the Lanna Thai Period. Over the centuries the temple complex expanded into sparkling assembly of chedis, viharns, bots and mural cloisters you see today. Venturing inside the temple you can take a glimpse of a dazzling gold-plated chedi roofed by a five-tiered gold umbrella and a huge collection of drums, bells and other related artifacts. The summit offers a superb breathtaking panorama of Chiang Mai and its environ.
A white elephant is involved in the legend surrounding the foundation of Wat Phra. According to the traditional stories, a Buddha relic magically replicated itself just before it was about to be enshrined in the big chedi at Wat Suan Dok. The king placed the bigger replica of the relic in a portal shrine on the back of a white elephant, which was allowed to roam and waited to see where the animal would take it. The elephant eventually climbed to the top of Suthep Mountain and uttered loud sounds three times, knelt down and died of exhaustion. The temple was immediately built on the miraculously-chosen site.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is 15km from town. Upon reaching the wat, visitors have the alternative of ascending via cable car for 50 baht or by conquering the steep and impressive 309 step Naga Stairways. A wide array of food stalls and souvenir items can be seen on the way up to the temple. Tourist must keep in mind this is an active and living temple for Buddhists, and you have to dress appropriately. Shorts, tank tops, and short skirts are not allowed! You also have to remove your shoes, and walk around barefoot in the inner sanctum of the temple area.
How to get there: You can find clearly marked songthaews to Doi Suthep that will take you on the 30-minute journey to this temple at Pratu Chang Phuak, the Central Department Store on Huay Kaew Road, or outside the entrance to Wat Phra Singh. The songthaew leaving from Pratu Chang Phuak, will pass Chiang Mai University and the zoo on the way. Take note that drivers depart only when the whole songthaew is occupied with up to 8 passengers with a flat rate of 40 baht going up and 30 baht going down.
Open daily from 06.00 to 19.00 H
Admission: 30 baht
This beautiful temple dates back from 1345 and located in the heart of the city at the intersection of Singharaj and Rajdamnern Road. The bronze image of Phra Singh Buddha is the central point of Songkran festivities. Every year, a procession is made in honor of the buddha on Chiang Mai street for devotees to sprinkle scented water at the consecrated Buddha.
The temple complex includes the lovely Lai Kham chapel, displaying its exquisite wood carvings and the inner walls of the chapel are overlaid with murals, exemplifying Lanna customs and the ways of the Burmese court. To the right of the entrance, a high stucco-covered stone base stands a beautiful red scripture repository. The small scripture repository is the finest of its type in the north. These repositories were designed to preserve and safeguard sacred texts written on palm leaves and the fragile mulberry paper sheets used by monks and scribes to keep records. A huge chedi was first built by King Pha Yu to house the bones of his father King Kam Fu.
Open daily from 06.00 to 17.00
Wat Chedi Luang is Chiang Mai’s largest chedi, tower over its adjacent buildings. This temple is in the center of Chiang Mai at Prapokklao Road and one of the most important wats in Northern Thailand.
King Saen Muang Ma ordered the start of the construction of the temple in the 14th century and took many years to finish. During the reign of King Tilokaraj in the mid-15th century expanded the Lanna style chedi to a height of 86 meters and once spiraled toward the sky before it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. The Emerald Buddha was enshrined here in 1468, but it was moved after the principal structure partly collapsed after the great earthquake. In the early 1990s the chedi was restored to its former glory, financed by UNESCO and the Japanese government.
Wat Chedi Luang is also home to the “Pillar of the City”, a sacred symbol used in ancient Thai fertility rites. The Inthakhin Festival fertility rites lasting for 7 days that takes place yearly during the months of May or June. The temple is home to some Buddha statues, including a 9 meter reclining Buddha.
Open daily from 06.00 to 17.00 H
Chiang Man was built by King Mengrai in 1296, it is the oldest wat in the city. The temple is a classic example of northern Thai design It enshrines the tiny Crystal Buddha, one of the greatest treasures in Thailand, which is thought to have the power to bring rain. Another important Buddha image here is called Phra Sila, a Stone Buddha, reflects the fine workmanship of Indian artisan from centuries ago. Wat Chiang Man is located at the northern end of Ratchaphakhinai Road.
One interesting aspect of the temple is its chedi (pagoda) which has 15 lifesize elephant carvings incorporated into its base. The Standing Buddha statue at the temple is the oldest Lanna kingdom statue known. An inscription dates it to 1465.
A stone inscription near the door of the ordination hall (bot) is dated 1581. It includes a history of the town and monastery, as well as a list of donors to the temple. It confirms that the temple was founded by King Mengri and that it was restored in 1471, 1558, 1571, and 1581.
Open daily from 06.00 to 17.00 H
The Wat is famous for its ancient tunnels and large historic stupa. This forest temple is good for refuge, a sanctuary built by King Mengrai. The monastery at Wat U Mong is one of the oldest in Chiang Mai, dating back to 1300 A.D. The fable goes that a king built the brick-lined tunnels for an eccentric monk named Thera Jan.
Other attractions include a Buddha field of broken sculptures, a spiritual theatre of paintings, a fasting Bodhisattva, reproductions of ancient Buddhist sculptures from India, and a library-museum. Wat U Mong is located on Suthep Road, near the Main gate of Chiang Mai University.
Open daily from 08.00 to 17.00 H
Chiang Mai night safari is not just a typical zoo, but also the government’s dissemination program and learning facility for all students and tourists about conservation of nature. This nocturnal zoo will give a better understanding of untamed animals and their habitat such as the forest.
Chiang Mai Night Safari is the first in Thailand and presents substitutes and variety to tourism areas to compete with other countries. It is twice larger than Singapore Night Safari and considered to be the most beautiful night safari in the world.
The night safari is divided into three main zone; Savanna safari, Predator Prowl and Jaguar Trail. During daytime, visitors to the Chiang Mai Night safari are restricted to the Jaguar Trail, a 1.2km walking trail around the lake. The Night Safari also has the largest Musical Fountain in Southeast Asia. Night safari restaurants offer you various choices of Thai native and European dishes and souvenir shop which provides various products such as animal-like gifts, dolls, ceramic products, clothes, stationery, etc. Chiang Mai Night Safari is situated on Doi Suthep- Pui National park and is about 11 km from the center of Chiang Mai.
Fees & Operational Hours
Jaguar Trail only
Monday – Friday 1.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Saturday – Sunday and public holidays 10.00 am – 10.30 pm
Adult: 100 THB
Child: 50 THB (100 – 140 cm. of height)
Jaguar Trail, Predator Prowl, Savanna Safari and
Musical Fountain with water screen
Jaguar Trail Daily: 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm
Tram Ride (Thai Version) 7.00 pm – 10.30 pm (every 15 – 30 min.)
English Version : Predator Prowl at 7.45 pm and 9.30 pm
Savanna Safari at 8.30 pm and 10.15 pm
Musical Fountain Show: 8.00 pm and 9.10 pm
Adult: 500 THB
Child: 300 THB (100 – 140 cm. of height)
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Tel:+66 (53) 999050
Fax : +66(53) 999009
E -Mail: [email protected]
The Doi Inthanon National Park is within Chiang Mai Province and is an easy 90 minute drive away from the city, covering an area of 1,005 square kilometer and located at Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at 8,415 feet. The varying elevations have given the park a wide variety of plants and animals — even some Himalayan species can be found here. Doi Inthanon National Park has the best bird watching in the country and at present this luxuriant park is home to 362 bird species at least 266 species reside on the mountain and nearly 2,000 species of ferns and flowering plants.
There are a number of trails in the park. Some pass through old sections of the forest or by the Mae Klang and Vachiratharn waterfalls. The eastern section of the park contains a number of caves. About 30 hill tribe villages are found in or near the park. The forest in the park is one of the country’s very significance and valuable heritage. Forests include Moist Evergreen Forest, Pine forest and Mixed Deciduous Forest. The moist and dense evergreen forest is rich with lichens and wild orchids. The National Park has beautiful natural scenery such as waterfalls, particularly Mae Ya Waterfall, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. The forests in the park are relatively untouched, with some of the tallest and best-preserved mountain forest in the country.
When you have reached the highest peak of Thailand and enjoyed the breathtaking view, you will be mesmerized to find two special Royal Chedi’s. The Chedi’s are facing each other on neighboring hills, about 100 meters apart from each other. These Chedi’s were built on the occasion of HM The King’s 60th birthday, and the other Chedi is built on the occasion of HM The Queen’s 60th birthday.
Lots of people visit the National Park for a refreshing day out while others like to camp over a night or two. There are both camping and bungalow accommodation facilities – but make sure you have a reservation with the Rangers at National Park Headquarters. Getting to Doi Inthanon is not difficult; take a bus or songtaew from Chiang Mai to Chom Thong. If you arrive here before 10 am you can get on a regular songtaew up the mountain. If arriving later than 10 am you should charter a songtaew to the park’s head quarter at Km 31, which should cost 300-400 baht.
If you wish to travel by car from Chiang Mai; take the Chiangmai-Hang Dong-Hord Road, route 108 and shortly before reaching the town of Chom Thong after a 57 kilometer drive, take a right turn onto Route 1009. There is a large, English language sign, giving directions to Doi Inthanon. The Park Headquater is at km.31 of this road.
Entrance fee: Adult: 400 Baht
Children: 200 Baht
* Pay at the first check point at Km 8.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Doi Inthanon National Park
119 Ban-Luang Amphur Chom Thong
Chiang Mai, 50160
Phone: (+66) 53 28-6730
Fax: (+66) 53 28-6728
Reservation Park headquarters
Phone(+66) 53 26-8550
E-mail: [email protected]
The National Museum of Chiang Mai is one of the city’s premier museums without doubt; it is located 3 kilometers north of the old city at Chang Puak Road. While its compendium is not as broad as Bangkok’s National Museum, but visiting it is a worthwhile experience for it would enlightened you of its various display of its history from pre-neolithic times to the modern life in Chiang Mai, including in the collections are wide array of impressive bronze and gold jewelry, and real ceramic exhumed from the famous 14th -16th- century of the old Kingdom of Lanna. Lannatai works of art, ancient Buddha images, war weaponry and the city’s liberation from the Burmese and its re-establishment starting from 1782. are some of the highlights of the museum.
The Museum is under the patronage of Royal Majesties, the King and Queen. The museum has also been assigned as center of education and preservation of art and culture of Chiang Mai. There will always be something of interest to anyone in this museum, but the better way is to explore them all.
Chiang Mai National Museum is housed in a beautiful and recently renovated building and divided into six themes or topics which are categorized as follows:
Category One is all about geology, geography, ecology and prehistoric settlement of the North of Thailand.
Category Two brings you back to the colorful history of the Lan Na Kingdom of Chiang Mai and the invasion and control of Burma in 1555-1796.
Category Three showcases City of Chiang Mai during the reign of the Kingdom of Siam and their freedom from Burma.
Category Four briefing you of the business, trade and commerce of the Lan Na Kingdom.
Category Five deals with the social development and way of life of Chiang Mai in present days.
Category Six makes you aware of the history of art in Thailand and development of the Lan Na Art Style from ancient time to modern times.
Entrance fee: 30 baht per person
Opens from Wednesday to Sunday
From 9am – 4pm
Chiang Mai Nationa Musuem
451 Chiang Mai – Lampang Superhighway,
Muang, Chiang Mai (near to Wat Jet Yod)
Phone: (+66) 53 22-1308
Spiders, beetles, bugs reading this alone gives you a creepy feeling. Insects, according to Creation science were created on the sixth day of creation along with all other land animal and man. They are the most copious and widespread terrestrial taxon in the phylum Anthropoda. Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is a unique and an interesting one for people who wanted to explore the world of Entomology, for others, plain curiosity is surely worth your time.
Museum Of World Insects was founded by a couple in 2002. Manop and Rampa, the husband and wife tandem have been studying, traveling and collecting insects most of their lives. There is a vast collection of insects in all shapes and sizes, with 422 species of mosquitoes, enormous butterfly specimens which are all attractively displayed inside mounted in glass cases. Including in the comprehensive collections are fascinating and exotic sea shells, geological treasures like fossils and stunning stones among others; and many other wonders of staggering diversity from around the world.
The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is a ten minutes tuk tuk ride from the city center and you will be welcomed in a phantasmagorical world of psychedelic butterflies and splendidly masquerading stick insects, a site where bugs and beetles possessed such bewildering structures and patterns that were straight from science fiction movies. So don’t forget to visit this museum when in Chiang Mai.
Entrance Fee: 200 baht.
Open daily: 9am – 5pm
Museum of World Insects & Natural Wonders
Srimankalajarn Road, soi 13.
Suithep and Huay Kaew roads
(near Suan Dok Hospital)
Phone: (+66) 53 21-1891
Are you curious about tribes in the highlands of Chiang Mai? Can’t distinguished Lahu from a Lisu? Do you think that YAO is just the power center who plays in NBA? Then, the Tribal Museum is waiting for you to be enlightened and have a good grasp of these unique ethnic tribes in Northern Thailand.
This museum bring forward culture and lifestyle of the preserved history of these diverse way of life by expressing ambiance of traditional and modern tribal village existence through crafts made by talented villagers. An impressive showcase of hunting equipment, colorful costumes, historic weapons, intricate silver jewelry, musical instruments, various household utensils, textiles and ornaments with a background of traditional tribal music and chanting are the things this museum offered to their visitors.
The hill tribes are the minority people who dwell in the far-flung areas of Thailand. Their indigenous origins, languages and customs vary from the majority, the Tai. The widely held tribes consist of the Hmong, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Karen and the Yao (or Mien). These hill tribes have been nomadic and only the Yao have ever had a written language, the history of the other tribes has developed through oral traditions.
Tribal Museum of Chiang Mai is beautifully built in a pagoda-shaped building in a lake north of the Rama IX garden in Ratchamankla Park, this museum is highly recommended for those who plan to visit many northern villages; it could serve as an introduction to the many facets of the ethnic tribes of Chiang Mai.
Admission is free
Opens Monday to Friday from 9am-4:30pm
Close on Sat, Sun and Holiday
Chiang Mai Tribal Museum
Ratchamangkla Park, Chotana Road
Muang, Chiang Mai
Phone: (+66) 53 21-0872
Almost everyone is always mesmerized with the lifestyle of the royal families around the globe and that is not an exception to Thai royalty. This lovely museum presents an an excellent insight into the life and era of Princess Dara Rasmi who was a consort of King Chulalonghorn and half-sister of the chief Prince of Lanna at the time.
Princess Dara played a significant role in unifying the Kingdoms of Lanna and Siam and advocated the preserving of the art, furniture, clothing and social practices from the traditional northern culture. The museum displays exhibits about 270 pieces of furniture, paraphernalia which previously embellished the palace. The collections can be seen displayed in her former home almost all of which is open for public viewing in the museum. The Dara Pirom Museum is located on the Mae Rim road, about 30 km north of the old city.
Entrance fee: Adult: 20 baht
Free for Children under 12 years old
Open 9am – 4.30pm Tuesday-Sunday
Close on Monday
Dara Phirom Museum
Moo 1, T. Rim Tai, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Phone: (+66 ) 53 299-175
Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center is one of the tourist attractions in Chiang Mai that encapsulates various aspects that unveils the true identity of Chiang Mai. The centre is a modern multi-media museum and cultural education center and it is located in an old building of elegant architectural design built in 1924.
This Chiang Mai Museum has many rooms documenting the history and culture of the region from ancient to modern-day Chiang Mai with ingenious blend of video, wall murals, photos, full-scale prototype of Thai and Chinese merchant shops, conventional Lanna house and Thai market of the northern region. This museum offers you a glimpse of historic facts together with human life and local customs through clear illustration and presentation.
Entrance Fee: Adult: 90 Baht (for Thai 20 Baht)
Children: 40 Baht (for Thai 10 baht)
Opens on Tuesday-Sunday from 8.30am -5pm
(Including public holidays)
Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center
Phra Pokklao Road Muang, Chiang Mai
Phone: (+66) 53-21-7793
Museum of dolls is like Milan’s Haute Couture, miniature cute porcelain dolls seemingly strutting on the runway in their various attires both traditional and modern.
Divided into three zones – international, fashion design and traditional Thai – the museum’s shelves glitter with more than 4,000 dolls in eye-catching clothing that would give Donetella Versace a run for her money.
Just a 30-minute drive from Chiang Mai , visitors are greeted by exquisite dolls imported from Japan, France, Taiwan, Australia, India, Switzerland, Fiji, America among others. You can also see how there are created by checking out demonstrations given by owner Youthana and his crafts worker. Dolls and accessories for souvenirs are also available in the museum.
Admission is free
Opens daily from 8am – 5pm
Chiang Mai Doll Museum
187/2 Moo 9, Baan Dong Khilek, T. Ma Kham Luang,
A. San Pa Tong, Chiang Mai
Phone:(+66) 53 83-7229
Claiming to be the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia, Chiang Mai Aquarium is a 600-million-baht aquarium that measures 13,895 square meters and 4.5 meter deep with a capacity for 8,000 cubic liters of water. The Chiang Mai Aquarium displays 8,000 fish from 250 salt and fresh-water species in two compartments.
Some of the highlights are stingrays, lionfish, sea horses, starfish, and clownfish or popularly known as NEMO all of these are long-time favorites of small children. Several varieties of sharks, including the Great White, swim around visitors as they make their way through the viewing tunnel. Chiang Mai Aquarium center has a reception hall and an 8,000 meter viewing walkway, and have a capacity of 1,000 visitors at any given time.
Entrance fee: Adult 450 baht
Children 330 baht (90-150 cm)
Children free (below 90 cm)
Chiang Mai Aquarium
Marinescape (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
100 Huay Kaew Rd, Suthep Sub District,
Muang District, Chiang Mai,
Phone: (+66) 53 89-3111
Fax: (+66) 53 89-2100
If you want to experience some thrill and intimacy of various species of animals in their natural habitat, then a visit to Chiang Mai Zoo maybe one of the highlights of your visit to Chiang Mai. Founded in 1974, the zoo is now home to more than 6000 animals, mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.
However, the popular attractions of the zoo are the giant pandas, named ‘Chuang Chuang’ and ‘Lin Hui’ and their new cub born on May 27. They are housed in an air-conditioned building that simulates their natural habitat. The cute vegetarian bears have been on loan by the Chinese government since 2001.
Another attraction was added in the zoo, the Koalas and Penguins. The Koalas are given by the Australian government as a gift during the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King’s Accession to the throne in 2006, the Penguins on the other hand arrived from South America.
The zoo is divided into different sections such as a Panda zone, bird section, a fresh water aquarium, an open zoo, a gibbon island, a safari animal zone and a camping area, There are trams inside the zoo for convenience and fun.
Chiang Mai Zoo is located at the Huay Kaew Road near Chiang Mai University. Perhaps the easiest way to get there is Tuk-Tuk. Local buses that goes to Doi Suthep also take you to the zoo.
Entrance Fee: Adults : 30 baht
Children 10 baht ( over 135 cm)
Children 5 baht ( below 135 cm)
Vehicle: 30 Baht
Motorcycle: 10 Baht
Chiang Mai Zoo
100 Huay Kaew Road, Suthep, Chiang Mai
Phone: (+66) 53 22-1179
Fax: (+66) 53 22-2283
Snow Dome in Chiang Mai Zoo is the new attraction in the City of Chiang Mai and fully ready to welcome visitors. Soon to be the new home and play pen for Chiang Mai’s famous panda family. The newly-opened 580 square-meter Snow Dome is set to be very popular with children and families. For visitors whose countries don’t experienced snow, a mere mention of snow gives thrill and metaphor of a winter wonderland.
The Snow Dome includes a huge slide, a snow terrace, and a viewing platform. Unique features in the snow dome are the panda dolls and doughnut skis for the visitors to play on. Visitors will be provided with a coat and shoes to keep warm while inside the dome.
Entrance fee: Adults 150 baht
Children 100 baht ( for less than 135 cm in height)
Visits are limited to 20-minutes.
The zoo runs a total of 12 Snow Dome sessions per day.
First session beginning at 9.00 am & Last session is 5pm.
Chiang Mai Zoo
100 Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phone: (+66)53 22-1179
Fax: (+66) 53 22-2283
E-mail: [email protected]
Bhu Ping Palace was built in 1962 and serves as the winter residence of the Thai royal family from mid–December to early February. The palace is located just four kilometers beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on the same road about 22 km drive from Chiang Mai. Surrounded by picturesque, well manicured and multicolored flower gardens, the temperature is usually very comfortable here situated at altitude above the planes of Chiang Mai. Phu Ping Palace is closed to the general public when the Royal Family or state visitors are in residence.
Getting to the palace is by the same road (highway 1004) that leads to Wat Pra That Doi Suthep. It’s simply a case of following the road past Wat Pra That Doi Suthep for roughly 7 kilometers.
Open daily from 08.30 to 16.30 H
Admission: 50 baht
Mae Sa Valley is famous for its seven-tiered waterfalls as well as assortment of tourist attractions and that includes Mae Sa Elephant Camp. Mae Sa Elephant Camp is situated on the banks of a small river in a scenic fertile tropical valley and less than an hour from downtown Chiang Mai. Having been open for nearly 30 years and at present the camp which is privately owned has seventy eight elephants under their care. Visiting the elephant camp is not just seeing the jumbos in flesh but you will be entertained in your hearts desire, you’ll be able to watch an incredible show of the elephants that are willing to show their skills and antics and you’ll find yourself admiring them for being so talented. Even Monet would be proud of the elephants’ paintings.
The program starts by bathing the elephants on the river and followed by their performance in a large arena with all kinds of tricks that surely brings fun and laughter to adults and kids alike. Here’s what to expect of the show these gentle giants offered.Mae Sa Elephant Camp is the only place in the world where you will see paintings of realistic pictures by elephant artists so amazing that Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and the Guinness World Records acknowledged this special painting as “the Largest Painting by a Group of Elephants” and “the Most Expensive Painting by A Group of Elephants” respectively.
- Musical performance and dancing by the talented elephants
- Demonstration of how the elephants massage their mahouts by using their trunks
- How the elephants sleep at night (lying on their side)
- Football matches consisting of many talented elephant players like Play Khamsan, Lankam and Kongkam
- Elephant stick picking competition.
- Dart game show by little elephants.
- Logging and lumber dragging show
Your encounter with the elephant does not end with the fantastic show; the highlight would be the opportunity to meet the elephants at the end of the show. You’ll be able to approach and feed them with sugarcanes and bananas which you can buy at the stalls inside the park. Aside from this you can also ride the gentle giant which you can book for half an hour or a full hour. You will be settled high in a howdah that will take you through the jungle and across the river, truly an amazing and memorable experience that you should not really miss. The elephant show is good and the short ride offers the experience without pain to the pocket or the backside!
3 elephant shows daily:
Elephant show Fee: 120 baht per person
Ride prices per elephant – max. 2 adults: 30 min. 800 Baht
Chiang Mai Elephant Camp
Mae Rim- Samoeng road (KM.10)
Phone: (+66) 53 297-060
Email: [email protected]
Do you want to see nature at its best? Be captivated with the stunning formation of stalagmites and stalactites formed from thousands of years? Then a visit to Chiang Dao Caves must be one of your itineraries during your visit to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Dao Caves is located just 77 km. north of Chiang Mai, the cave is situated at the base of Thailand’s third highest peak Chiang Dao Mountain. The spectacular view from the peak of Chiang Dao mountain is interesting in his own right. This area offers varied range of activities as well from, trekking, hiking, rock climbing, elephant rides through the jungle, bamboo rafting at the Mae Tang river amongst others are all possible. However, spelunking is of special interest.
The Chiang Dao caves is a multifaceted area, and extend more than twelve kilometers deep into the base of the mountain, but there are only five main areas where you can explore safely with the guides on hand at the cave and only two of the caves Tham Phra Non which is 360 meters in length and Tham Suea Dao which is 540 meters are electrically illuminated.
However, spelunking is still possible deeper down the caves with just 100 baht, a lantern lit guided tour could take you longer to the bowels of the earth and see before your eyes the deeper network of a large chamber in a series of caves untouched for thousands of years. It is always wise not to explore the unknown caves on your own, be prepared to crawl a little, if you are claustrophobic better not go, be careful on your steps as the floor an be slippery.
The moment you descend to a large cavern, a sacred Buddha image is the first thing you can see, the stalagmites and stalactites are breathtaking that they formed different images which the guide would point out to you one after the other. These limestone caves were gradually built upward from the floor as a deposit from ground water seeping through and dripping from the cave’s roof. As you wander inside the cave, you will ponder on how nature offered us such a beauty for us to behold in our lifetime.
Admission is 10 baht
Guide cost 100 baht no matter what size the group.
Chiang Dao Cave
Chiang Mai-Fang Road, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai
Phone: (+66 53)24 8604
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