What to do in Chiang Mai

24 May 2024
WRITTEN BY:pictureK Soe

When visiting Thailand, Bangkok often comes up as one of the top destinations. However, you might pass up on another gem offering a unique traveling experience with a familiar ambiance. Both Bangkok and Chiang Mai are famous for their rich cultural heritages, exotic mouth-watering cuisines, and vibrant nightlife.


What are the similarities and differences between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, you might ask?

Size and Population

Bangkok is fthe capital and largest city in Thailand, with a population of over 10 million people. In contrast, Chiang Mai is a smaller city with a more relaxed pace of lie and a population of around 1.6 million people.


Lifestyle Setting

Bangkok is an urban center with modern amenities, international restaurants, and a cosmopolitan vibe. Chiang Mai, on the other hand, has a more laid-back, provincial feel, with a historic atmosphere surrounded by lush countryside and mountains.


Cost of Living

Generally, Chiang Mai is considered to have a lower cost of living compared to Bangkok, particularly in terms of accommodation, dining, and transportation. This makes it an attractive destination for budget travelers and expatriates looking for more budget-friendly living options.


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Visit Old City

The walled, moated Old City is Chiang Mai’s cultural heart, with centuries-old temple compounds like Wat Phra Singh, known for its Lion Buddha statue, and Wat Chedi Luang, with its huge reconstructed pagoda. The lively Sunday Walking Street market features handicraft stalls and street performers. Restaurants offer casual Thai eats and Western-style food, while street stalls serve fried noodles and fresh fruit shakes.


See the Elephant Nature Park(s)

This place is like heaven for elephants. It's all about rescuing and taking care of elephants that have been mistreated or hurt. You can go there and see these majestic creatures living happily in their natural habitat. You can even feed them and learn about how they're being protected.


Hiking at Dois

If you're into hiking, you'll love Doi Suthep. There are trails winding through leafy jungles and scenic viewpoints that will take your breath away. Plus, you might even stumble upon hidden waterfalls and spot some wildlife along the way.


Crash the Nimman Road

Hey, you know Nimman Road, right? It's that super cool street with all the trendy cafes, cute boutiques with a free-spirited vibe, alternative culture, and a diverse community of artists and musicians. So, if you’re the ‘it’ guys/girls, here are things you should be looking into:

  • Coffee Crawl: We gotta hit up all those hip cafes along Nimman. I'm talking about Ristr8to, Graph Café, and Artisan Café—get ready for some seriously good caffeinated brews.
  • Retailaholic: Is spending your therapy? Check out all the funky boutiques and shops. You never know what cool finds we might stumble upon, from unique clothing to handmade crafts.
  • Art Appreciation: There are tons of galleries showcasing local artwork. We can soak up some culture, admire some cool pieces, and maybe even find something to take home as a souvenir.
  • Street Foods: When the sun sets, Nimman turns into a foodie paradise. We can munch on tasty Thai snacks, try out different cuisines, and sift through the night market.
  • Massage: What more can I say? Thailand is renowned for massages and after-care services.
  • Nightlife: Nimman's nightlife scene is epic! Catch some live music, dance the night away, and mingle with like-minded people.


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Have fun traveling and remember

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Chiang Mai is home to the "Wat Umong Suan Puthatham," also known as the "Tunnel Temple." This mystical Buddhist temple is located in a forested area on the outskirts of the city and features a network of tunnels and caves that visitors can explore.

● Chiang Mai is surrounded by natural beauty, with opportunities for trekking, zip-lining, and exploring national parks such as Doi Inthanon.