Chiang Mai Attractions - Top Sightseeing and things to
: Northern Thailand is characterized
largely by forested mountains, where working elephants are still used
in forest management. This mountainous region is home to Thailand's many
colorful hilltribe people, and trekking and river rafting enable adventurous
exploration of this beautiful area. Chiang Mai is the principal norhtern
city and is a good base from which to explore the surrounding countryside.
The 1,005 - square - kilometre park covers Thailand's highest mountain
(2,565 metres). The lovely Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pan waterfalls
share the mountain with Meo and Karen hilltribe settlements. Forest above
1,800 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids.
Chiang Mai's most photographed waterfall lies some 58 kilometres west
of the city at the foot of Doi Inthanon Mountain, and provides a picturesque
setting for picnics and relaxation.
Dating back from 1345 this is one of the focal points
of Songkran festivities each April 3-15 when people bathe the revered
Phra Buddha Sihing image. The temple includes the lovely Lai Kham chapel
with its exquisite woodcarvings and northern-style murals and a magnificent
scriptural repository with striking base relief.
This temple was built in a 14th century Lanna Thai monarch's pleasure
gardens and is a favourite spot for photographers, particularly for striking
sunsets. Several the white chedis contain ashes of Chiang Mai's former
royal family. The 500-year-old bronze Buddha image in a secondary chapel
is one of Thailand's largest metal images.
is Chiang Mai's oldest temple and probably dates from 1296. The temple
was the residence of King Mengrai, who founded Chiang Mai, and is noteworthy
for a chedi
supported by rows of elephantine buttresses, and a small ancient Buddha
image, Phra Kaeow Khaow.
temple is the site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and
which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. At one time, Wat
Chedi Luang housed the revered Emerald Buddha image now enshrined in Bangkok's
Wat Phra Kaeo. A magnificent Naga staircase adorns the chapel's front
, north of the
Huai Kaew-Nimmanhemin Roads intersection This temple dates from 1458.
The seven-spired square chedi was inspired by designs at Bodhagaya, the
site of the Buddha's Enlightenment in north India over 2,500 years ago,
and was built by Lanna Thai architects after visiting the holy site.
This delightful meditation temple is completely different from Chiang
Mai's other major temples and enjoys a bu-colic forest setting. The ancient
chedi is of particular interest.
This temple is noteworthy for an unusual bulbous pagoda. The structure
is decorated with colourful porcelain chips and is believed to represent
five Buddhist monks' alms bowls which symbolise five Lord Buddhas.
The museum houses a collection of Lanna Thai works of art, ancient Buddha
images, and war weapons. The museum opens daily, except Mondays, Tuesdays
and official holidays, from 9.00 AM until noon, and 1.00 until 4.00 PM.
Increasing numbers of visitors now come to Chiang Mai in search of the
natural environment preserved a famous national parks. Famous national
park in Chiang Mai is Doi Inthanon,the highest mountain in Thailand. In
most cases, you will find easy access and bungalow accommodation for overnight
:The entrance to the Mae
Sa Valley is only thirteen kms north of Chiang Mai City. This pristine
area of waterfalls, rushing streams and largely undamaged northern forest
is one of Chiang Mai's best-kept secrets. The Mae Sa Valley forms partof
a loop road encircling the national park of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui. There
are several villages of different hill tribe people, camps where elephants
can be seen at work and ridden, orchid, snake and butterfly farms and
spectacular waterfalls of which the most popular is the Mae Sa Waterfall.
The Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, were opened in 1992. They cover an
area of some 3500 rai (about 2000 acres) and include a wide variety of
vegetation containing over 10,000 trees as well as ferns, palms, herbs
and flowers - many of which are extremely rare. Even if you are not a
botanist it is well worth visiting these beautiful gardens.
There is no other market in
Chiang Mai like Kad Luang, or the Royal Market as it is fondly called
by the locals. This ultimate market of all markets sits in the heart of
Chiang Mai on the Ping River, it's vast buildings house hundreds of shops
and stalls selling almost anything you could wish to buy in Chiang Mai.