Chiang Mai Charming: The Best Things to Do in “The Rose of North”

The good news is that many tourists can now enter the charming city without quarantine!

Chiang Mai Thailand Blue Zone Sandbox

Sky Lanterns in, Chiang Mai, the most beautiful Thai traisional Yi Peng Festival. Photo by akaratimages/Canva

Dec 31, 2021

CHARMING CHIANG MAI IS LOCATED IN THE northern part of Thailand, around 700 km from Bangkok. The city has its own international airport, making it easy for travelers around Thailand to visit the historic city—and trust us, you’ll want to add the destination to your list. From cozy cafes brewing local beans to one of the country’s best modern art museums, there’s a lot to see and do in Chiang Mai. The city is even home to some of the country’s most impressive spiritual sites, making it a great location to visit for anyone interested in architecture, history, or Buddhism. The province is one of seven major destinations to pilot Thailand’s sandbox project. Its participation is made unique by a specially coined theme of “Charming Chiang Mai”.

Rich in culture, Chiang Mai is the historical capital of the old Lanna Kingdom. Within the ancient, crumbling gates of The Old City you’ll find temples, museums and decades-old buildings, with many more just outside the ancient city walls and moat.

If you’re willing to travel a little further afield, you’ll find that Chiang Mai is ringed with day-trip-worthy sites. There’s Thailand’s tallest mountain nearby, multiple tribal villages and various national parks. Here, we offer our top picks of things to see in Chiang Mai so you can make the most of your next trip to the ancient city.

Mueang Kong

A small village in Chiang Dao district in the middle of the valley, surrounded by lush mountains, jungle and rice fields, Muang Kong is heaven on earth. The village is yet to hit the radars of most tourists, meaning its quiet valleys are primed for you to explore. Stay close to nature, eat local produce, and live as local people. Turn the clock back to the past, when the slow life was the way. Muang Kong is just an easy trip outside of Chiang Mai city.

Wat Pa Daraphirom

Wat Pa Darapirom is located north of Chaing Mai city in Mae Rim Tai district. This is another area that has become increasingly popular with the Thai crowds, but is still off the radar for most foreigners. Wat Pa Daraphirom also has a renowned meditation program. If you are interested in to learn how to calm your mind and find spiritual peace, you can start here! There are plenty of small coffee shops and lesser-known places that make the trip worthwhile. Add to your list.

A Day In Eco Valley

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Spend an easy day away from the city bustle getting in with nature. Visit a strawberry field or get a taste of a local farmer’s lifestyle with a visit to a local organic farm in the valley.

On the way, stop at the highest peak of Thailand with the Stupa of King Inthawitchayanon, the last King of Lanna Kingdom before becoming Siam and then Thailand. Continue on to the Twin Pagodas, which were built for King Bhumibhol and QueenSirikit for their 60th birthday anniversaries by Thai Lada Air Force. Inside the pagodas, catch beautiful art that tells the tale of the Buddha. 

Continue on with the Eco Valley tour with a visit to “Baan Mae Klang Luang”, learning the local way of life, the wisdom and technics of planting and harvesting, then picking the fresh organic fruits by hand to enjoy!

Best Time to Visit Chiang Mai

The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October and April. During this time, the weather is cooler and more pleasant than the rest of the year. In addition, you can also catch some of the region’s best festivals at this time, like Song Kran or Yee Peng Festival.

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