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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred temples of Northern Thailand. Doi Suthep is the name of the mountain on which the temple is located. The monastery enshrines a bone relic which is believed to be of Gautam Buddha's shoulder. The wat is a beautiful specimen of Thai architecture and has a staircase of 306 stairs bordered by Naga (serpents). The temple has expanded over years and now contains several other holy shrines. There are truck services and mountain bikes available at the bottom of the staircase to reach the temple.
Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo is the biggest night safari zoo of the world. Home to 1400 animals of 134 exotic species. It is divided into three zones. One is a daytime zone called the Jaguar Trail Zone that you can visit between 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. There are 2 night time zones, Savanna safari Zone and the Predator Prowl Zone that can be visited from 6:00 pm to midnight. Enjoy a drive around the zones on an open-sided tram. The guide will put the spotlight on each animal and provide information about it. You can also enjoy numerous other shows at the zoo.
Experience shopping like never before at the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Here you will find everything from clothes, watches, CDs to handicrafts, silverware and statues on numerous stalls located on the sidewalks of the market that runs to around 1 km. the market is known for its cheap rates, hence bargain up to your heart's content. There are numerous restaurants and food stalls too where you can enjoy the authentic Thai food.
Chiang Mai Zoo is the first commercial zoo of Thailand. The zoo is located at the base of Doi Suthep and is spread on an area of around 200 acres. It is home to 400 different species of animals that have been brought from the different corners of the Earth. The zoo also features a walkthrough aviary and two aquariums.
Wat Phra Singh is the temple of lion Buddha. Enshrined in this beautiful Buddhist temple is Phra Singh or the image of 'Lion Buddha'. The idol is said to be from Sri Lanka. The temple is a beautiful specimen of Lanna architecture. There is a library in the temple precincts that contains Buddhist scriptures.
Wat Chedi Luang is the Buddhist temple situated on the historic center of Chiang Mai. Its construction started in the 14th century and was completed by the mid-15th century. At that time, it was the largest building of Lanna region. However, an earthquake in the 16th century destroyed the structure and the Chedi which is now half the size of the original was restored by the funds provided by UNESCO and the Japanese government. The temple is adorned with several beautiful structures that have great cultural significance.
Chiang Mai is a mountainous city in Northern Thailand. Founded in the year 1296, the city was the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Mai's relaxed pace with the picturesque landscape of mountains and green countryside is strikingly different from the capital and other cities of Thailand. Truly Thai in its every aspect, the city has a cosmopolitan air that elegantly merges with its ancient heritage. With endless shopping sprees, beautiful landscape, exotic Thai cuisine and spa, vibrant nightlife and numerous adventure and entertainment options, Chiang Mai is an interesting destination for enthusiastic travelers.
How to Get Tickets?
Most attractions provide both offline and online reservation. But we suggest you to book advance through our website to avoid long queue.
How To Get Around?
You can opt for either public or private transportation facilities to go about the city. Public transportation includes Tuk Tuks and Songthaews. Tuk Tuks are windowless, three-wheeled autorickshaws while Songthaews are long-bed trucks with a roof and seats to carry passengers. Both Tuk Tuks and Songthaews come in different colours and offer cheap transportation. For private transportation, you can either hire a car or motorbike.
What Should I Wear?
Thailand does not impose dress codes but dressing smart and appropriate is highly appreciated by locals. While packing for Chiang Mai, choose bermudas, cargo shorts and long trousers with polo t-shirts, collared t-shirts and buttoned shirts. Women can wear a top with skirts and shorts (short shorts are a big no). Revealing clothes aren't for the city and make sure your shoulders are covered. Sleeveless vests for men and tops with thin straps for women should be avoided. For temple visits keep long-sleeved shirts or top with trousers and long skirts (past the knee). Your shoulders and knees should be covered.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October to April with January being the peak month for tourists. During this season temperature is moderate and weather pleasant to enjoy outdoor activities. Summer season starts from March. Summer being a low season comes with great travel deals for visitors. Monsoon sets in from June till October.
Will I Need a Guide?
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How To Get There?
Chiang Mai can be easily reached via flight, bus, train and car. Chiang Mai International Airport receives both domestic and international flights. Buses run on a daily basis between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Also, there are regular trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai Train Station. You can even enjoy a car ride to Chiang Mai which is well-connected to neighbouring cities by road.
Taxi drivers might not be willing to use the taxi meter and may overcharge, hence it is better to bargain beforehand. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is guarded by Dogs who keep to their business unless disturbed. Guard your valuables in crowded areas like Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and keep a watch on your surroundings.