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Things To Do

For your travel information in Chiang Mai, you may want to consider some of these recommended activities during your stay at The Dechai Hotels Chiang Mai.

Night Bazaar

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar consists of countless stalls packed along the sidewalks. Here you can find vendors selling almost everything you can think of. In the Night Bazaar you will find a huge variety of items include CDs & DVDs, hand-tailored, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, wallets, watches, luggage, home accessories, furniture, spices, souvenirs, art, jewelry, silver, antiques, and other items of handmade. Quality of the items are various from vendor to vendor but low prices mean you almost always get good value for your money.

Even if you do not want to buy anything, just going there for a stroll up and down at the Night Bazaar is an amazing experience.

Opening Hours: 18:00h – 23:30h

Tips: Best to go between 19:00h-22:00h, Remember to bargain for your purchases

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most venerable and venerated temple in Chiang Mai, starts with marked by seven-headed serpent statues that line from the stairs to the Golden Pagoda. About 300 steps staircase walk up to pray respect the Golden Pagoda surrounded by many style of Budda Images and the amazing view of Chiang Mai from here.

Chiang Mai people annually Organize Tiaw Khuen Doi Festival, which is the travel up Doi Suthep Hill by walk to worship the Buddhist relics enshrined there. You can enjoy FREE food and beverage along the way you are walking up to the Pagoda. The festival is held once a year at one day before “Visakha Puja Day" also known as "Buddha Day".

Thais saying that, "If you haven't seen the view of Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep, you haven't been to Chiang Mai yet."

Opening Hours: 05:00h – 17:00h

Tips: The view from Doi Suthep is a must see

Karen Long neck

The Karen are a tribal group who are originally from Myanmar but historically fled to Thailand during the political unrests of the past. They now live in small villages located outside of Chiang Mai city.

The Karen women wear heavy brass rings around their necks, forearms, and shins. While the Karen men are mainly field workers and farmers.

The visits to the villages are enlightening experiences as you get to see the tribal people going about their everyday life.

Opening Hours: 08:00h – 17:00h

Tips: Rent a private taxi if you would like to visit other attractions near by

Wat Phra Sing

Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Wat Phra Sing is a Buddhist temple and monastery that was founded in the 14th century when Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and is one of the finest examples of classic Lanna style temple architecture in Northern Thailand.

There are 700 monks living in the temple who regularly come to talk to the tourists and are normally very friendly. The largest building at the site is the assembly hall which was rebuilt in 1925 and houses Phra Chao Thong Tip, a very large copper and gold cast of the seated Buddha, various other buildings can be found on the site giving you a lot to explore when you arrive.

Opening Hours: 05:00h – 17:00h

Tips: Dress modestly, cover your shoulders and your knees

Wat Chedi Luang

Known as the Temple of the Big Stupa, Wat Chedi Luang is the ruins of an ancient temple situated in the center of Chaing Mai, was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. Before the temple was in its current state it used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in all of Thailand.

An earthquake in 1545 damaged large amounts of the temple and when the Burmese captured Chiang Mai five years later the temple was left to fall into ruin. The temple is still an active worship place so you will still see monks going about their daily work as well as several Buddha shrines. On important Buddhist holidays, especially Visakha Buja, Wat Chedi Luang is where Buddhists and tourists convene for the evening candle procession.

The temple is located on inside the wall and is very easy to find, because it is the tallest Chedi in the city.

Opening Hours: 05:00h – 17:00h

Tips: Dress modestly, cover your shoulders and your knees

Sunday Walking Street Market

Also known as the Sunday Market or Walking Market, is probably the most famous of all the markets in Chiang Mai, it opens every Sunday starting at Thapae Gate and running along the entire length of one kilometer. A lot of the stalls on the market sell handmade goods, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, wallets, watches, home accessories, souvenirs, art, jewelry, silver, antiques, and other items of handmade. You will usually see the stall holders sitting down and carrying on with their handicraft in-between selling their goods.

You will not only see the countless stalls, but you will also see a plethora of street artists singing, dancing or performing some kind of act.

Opening Hours: 18:00h – 23:30h

Tips: Best to go between 19:00h-22:00h. Remember to bargain for your purchases

Elephant Care

If you first visit Thailand or just read the word Thailand and there is one animal that comes to your mind, it’s “Elephant”. Seeing an elephant up close is almost on everyone’s list of things to do when visit Thailand.

This truly memorable activity focuses on interacting with elephants; learning about the elephants’ behavior and their importance to Thailand’s culture, feeding, touching, and playing with elephants and as well as bathing in a local river and taking a mud spa with the elephants. Great experience one is that you can also learn and try for the mahouts.

Staff photographers will also take pictures of you with the elephants throughout the day if you would like to take one for your memorable experience.

Opening Hours: 09:00h – 17:00h

Tips: As a lot of time spending outdoors, you’re advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent. A change of clothes are also highly recommended. 

Warorot Market

Warorot Market (Kad Luang) is also a must-visit for food lovers and souvenir collectors. It offers a wide range of ready-to-eat foods, local snacks and all kinds of fresh produce. You can also get reasonable price of handmade goods and accessories from a large section of the market where features inexpensive goods and fashion accessories for your souvenir collection.

Warorot Market is a great place to get the feeling for the local way of life. It is not uncommon that you will find a lot of local people here. The three-story building is close to the Ping River and the Night Bazaar.

Opening Hours: 05:00h – 17:00h

Tips: Remember to bargain for your purchases

Nimmanhaemin Road

Nimmanhaemin Road is the relatively modern part of the ancient city where a lot of development done recently worth for checking out. Honesty, the majority of the Nimman best attractions are the area’s great bars, shops and restaurants. It offers peaceful relaxation, with a little bit of the characteristic quirkiness of this trendy part of town.

At the intersection of Nimmanhaemin Road you’ll find a new and hip shopping mall, named Maya. It’s not a big mall, but it does prove a huge hit particularly with the local university crowd with its range of cheap to mid-range fashion, nice restaurants, great cafes and a number of rooftop bars cocktails at night. There is also a cinema on the top floor; good for rest after your hard activity during the day.

Opening Hours: 11:00h – 21:00h

Tips: As a lot of time spending outdoors, you’re advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent. A change of clothes are also highly recommended.

Zipline

Are you feeling bored the slowly life? Let the fun begin!

A zipline ride is a great adventure for all those who love the thrill of doing something challenging. The scenery below you is breathtaking and you will have the birds-eye view of the stunning Chiang Mai rainforest. The treetop canopy adventure is full of fun and thrills, and available for people of all ages and all nationalities.

In addition to Ziplining, you can also choose the range of exciting activities to enjoy during your trip to Chiang Mai.

Opening Hours: 07:00h – 17:00h

Tips: As a lot of time spending outdoors, you’re advised to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent. A change of clothes are also highly recommended.

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