Top Places To Visit In Chiang Mai Old Town

Where Is Chiang Mai in Thailand?

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Chiangmai is one of the most sort after places to go on vacation in Thailand. If you like to explore amazing tourist spots with tons of outdoor things to do, you might want to visit this less crowded old town up north.

  • Recently updated: Jun 2022

The second biggest city (700km from Bangkok) is defined geographically by numerous mountain ranges that stretch from Myanmar’s Shan Hills to Laos as well as the deep valleys that cut across them.

Hill tribe villages as well as it’s rich cultural and ancient historical vacation spots are among the best activities for tourists to visit. Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon is situated near Chiang Mai city.

This post will provide you with all the travel tips, cheap places to stay and top things to do that I had experienced on my numerous trips to Chiangmai. 

Chiang Mai Weather By Month

Chiangmai climate like most provinces in Thailand is humid, typical of a tropical country. It’s pretty much accessible throughout the whole year unless you are planning a trip to the southern islands.

Though, it has a tropical dry and wet climate like the rest of the country, its vast mountainous areas contribute to more seasonal temperature change with cooler winters than the rest of the country.

The 3 seasonal categories are HOT, RAINY & DRY.

  • Hot: March – May. Average temperature 29°C – 38°C largely in northern Thailand.

  • Rainy: June – October. Average temperature 26°C – 32°C whereby the rain are quick and short downpours.

  • Dry: November – February. Average temperature 19°C – 30°C and get even colder at attractions like Doi Ithanon National Park.

When To Visit Chiang Mai

The best time to visit Chiang Mai is from May to October. This is the time when tourist places are not crowded and accommodations are cheaper.

However, note that March to April is the season when farmers burn their crops and the air gets pretty polluted. This is the worst time to be in Chiang Mai.

Most probably, there will be hazy air conditions in most parts of Chiang Mai and not suitable for visitors with breathing issues.

November air is cooler and signals the end of the rainy season. Doi Ithanon and Sunflower Bloom are the top attractions on this timeline.

On the flip side, November to end February is the peak season whereby hotel’s prices are higher and locals flock to this northern city.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is the country’s core of travel, offering both a travel hub and a departure point for trips to Chiangmai. Domestic airlines like Nook flies here daily.

Nevertheless, if you are not in a hurry and enjoy magnificent scenery while passing by beautiful villages, taking a trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train can be pretty relaxing. 

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The King & Queen Pagodas in Doi Inthanon National Park

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Chiang Mai temples and night bazaars are some of the coolest things to do.

Most of the fascinating temples, museums, and other notable sights are located within the historical old town.

Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary and the zoo are some of places that are popular for tourists to visit outside the ancient city walls.

What To Do In Chiang Mai Thailand

The experience of visiting a number of night markets after a trip to one of the top outdoor activities in Chiang Mai is my best suggestion to do at night.

If you visit on the weekend, you’ll have even more activities at the night bazaar with the entire evenings dedicated to exploring, shopping, munching and taking in the sights. 

A visit to the highest mountain peak in Thailand might be the perfect day trip for nature lovers. Getting close with nature on a hiking adventure might be the ideal way to enjoy the sights as well. Here’s some more top things to do in Chiangmai. 


  • On the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, Loi Krathong (Yi Peng) is held. This occurs in November on the European calendar.
  • Songkran is a Thai New Year celebration that takes place in mid-April. Chiangmai will transform into one of the most popular destinations for this fun water splashing activity.
  • The Chiangmai Flower Festival is a three-day celebration that takes place every year during the first weekend in February, where Chiangmai’s landscape are in full bloom with flowers.

I would recommend my friendly English speaking local guide Mr. Nai. Comfortable minivan included in his personalized (affordable) trips to any vacation places around Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai. You can contact/book directly from his personal Facebook page.

Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary

The Chiang Mai elephant sanctuary gives visitors insight into the behavior and life history of the elephants being cared for by dedicated voluntary organization in English.

The elephant mahouts facilitate tourists in achieving incredible experience such as hand-feeding or bathing them in the sanctuary’s natural-built pool.

Getting close to elephants in their natural habitat is totally cool and elephant sanctuaries are the perfect vacation spot for couples and family to have a great bonding time. 

Best Places And Towns To Stay

Chiang Mai is a sprawling metropolis with a wide range of budget-friendly accommodation options.

Chiang Mai apartments are available at most part of the neighborhood town even beside Doi Suthep National Park. If you need a month to explore Chiang Mai to Pai for example, condos are cheaper option than hotel.

Check out my areas and neighborhood suggestions on which parts of the city best suits you from couples to family with kids.

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Khao Soi Chiang Mai

A visit to the northern provinces and beyond Thailand must always be accompanied with fascinating Thai food and where else can you find authentic Khao Soi than in Chiang Mai.

Most of the authentic Thai cuisine can be found here but there are many versions of Khao Soi that will make you come back for more.

Here’s where you can find cheap and delicious Thai street food at your favorite vacation spots in Chiang Mai.