Chiang Mai is one of the most visiting places in Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province and awarded as the title of Creative City by UNESCO. Chiang Mai basically means “New City” and have many historical sites due to the former capital of Lan Na. Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist Temples some of which are Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ku Tao etc. There are also two Gurudwaras and one Hindu temple. As it is found in the 12th century so it contains lots of museum which attract many tourists. It is a Natural landmark which includes parks mainly elephant riding is famous among locals and visitors.
The various attraction point of Chiang Mai includes:
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep :
Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep is actually the name of the mountain where the
temple is situated. The temple is 15 km from Chiang Mai and from the temple one can see a great view of the city of Chiang Mai.
The temple is found to built in the 13th century. The temple contains various charms like Naga on gates of the temple, Naga decoration, Green glass Buddha statue, Golden Buddha statue, Golden mount, Stone snake etc.
Chiang Mai Night Safari :
Chiang Mai Night Safari is a zoo that is really popular in Thailand. The safari is operated by Pinkanakorn
Development Agency. In order to promote the travel and tourism of Chiang Mai, the zoo is created and night safari is added as topping to attract visitors in 2006. The zoo includes over 34 species and 320 animals such as zebras, white tiger, rhinoceros etc.
Wiang Kum Kam, the Underground Ancient City:
Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city or historical site along the ping river, which was built by a king as his capital before moved to Chiang Mai. The ancient city contains Wat Chang Kham (temple) and Wat Chedi Liam (temple).
Some other temples in Chiang Mai are as follows:
Wat Phra Singh :
Full name of Wat Phra Singh is Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn is Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. It is located in western part of the old city center which is contained within city walls and moat. There are many sights can be seen in this temple like Wihan Luang, Whian Lai Kham that is known as main attraction, Ubosot, Ho Trai which is temple library, The Phrathatluang, and the Kulai Chedi.
Wat Chiang Man:
Wat Chiang Man is Buddhist temple inside the old city of Chiang Mai. It was built by Mangrai in Wiang Nopburi which has been used by King Mangrai as a camp. There are many sights to watch in the temple like Chedi Chang Lom also called ‘Elephant Chedi’, The two Wihan houses Main Wihan(larger) and New Wihan(smaller), and Lotus Pond.
Wat Chedi Luang:
Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai. It was built by King Saen Muang Ma for burring the ashes of his father in the 14th century but left unfinished. Later finished in the 15th century during the reign of king Tilokaraj. Currently, temple grounds were originally made up of three temples Wat Sukmin, Wat Ho Tham, and Wat Chedi Luang.
Wat Jet Yod:
Wat Jed Yod is also called Wat Chet Yot and Wat Photharam Maha Vihara is a Lanna era temple that contains very unique architecture. The temple is really attractive carries some Lao, Chinese, and Indian influence. The charm of the temple is Viharn with 7 peaks, where temple derives its name from.
Wat Umong’s complete name is Wat Umong Suan Puthatham is 700-year-old Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. The Temple is built by King Manglai in 1297.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham:
Wat Phra That Doi Kham is Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai having 17 meters Buddha image. The entrance of the temple is free and opening hours are between 6 am to 5 pm. The atmosphere at the temple is very peaceful and quiet.
There are also some museums to visit like Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai Numismatic Museum, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, Art in Paradise. If you want to learn about nature more, then you should visit gardens or scenic places like Bua Tong Waterfalls, Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium, Mae Sa Waterfall, Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Royal Flora Ratchaphruek. As Thai massage is famous all around the world, in Chiang Mai there are also various health, spa centers, and wellness hub. There is also rafting organized by many companies on the river Mae Tang River.
If you want to visit here are some tourist guide or website plan your trip and go to see the beautiful view of temples and parks choose according to your budget and preference. Many travel companies and hotels arrange the tour and give you options to travel by car or van or truck.