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Chiang Mai Thailand, Chiang Mai Province

Top reasons to visit:

  • Temples (1846)
  • Relaxation (1523)
  • Food (1156)
  • Shopping (1139)
  • Night Markets (957)
  • Nature (689)
  • Culture (613)
  • Markets (604)
  • Hiking (471)
  • Sightseeing (384)

Chiang Mai was highly rated for temples by 102 guests from the United States!

Describe the spiritual atmosphere at the temples in Chiang Mai.

Paige
Paige, United States of America

23 days ago Report

The spiritual atmosphere of the temples was quite nice in Chiang Mai. When you're inside, it's quiet, although usually crowded in the high season, but just walking around the perimeter is so peaceful, and at some temples, you can speak to monks who are really a pleasure to speak with.

Tell us about your most relaxing moments in Chiang Mai.

Anonymous, Unknown location

24 days ago Report

Having a most relaxing foot massage after a day of trekking and bamboo rafting!

Why do you recommend Chiang Mai for food?

Anonymous, Unknown location

24 days ago Report

Fantastic street food and accessible food markets witha wide selection of restaurants too.

How can you enjoy the sights in Chiang Mai while avoiding the crowds?

Elena
Elena, United Kingdom

8 days ago Report

Low season is good to avoid the crowds. The weather is fairly good, a bit hotter than in winter but there's refreshing showers every day, which keep all the vegetation lush green and beat the dust down. Even in high season I wouldn't say that there are crowds in Chiang Mai, like you would see on Great China Wall in China. Only in the markets which is typical for any market in the world.

Is there more to shopping in Chiang Mai than just brand-name stores?

Anonymous, Unknown location

3 hours ago Report

Yes, there are lots of fabric shops and sewing supplies in Warorot market. Also locally there are many unique shops where you can find some unusual gifts.
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What's the secret to sampling all the diverse food Chiang Mai has to offer?

Michael
Michael, Australia

11 days ago Report

A little local knowledge helps in finding food markets, but street cafes can be good value (most have English description of Thai menu). Mini spring rolls are excellent.

Tell us a bit more about an adventure you experienced...

Jennifer
Jennifer, Ireland

21 days ago Report

Tiger Kingdom, Elephants, Long Neck Tribe, Siam Rice Thai Cooking Course, Flying Squirrel Zip-lining

What's your best piece of advice for a first-time hiker in Chiang Mai?

Anonymous, Unknown location

24 days ago Report

There are plenty of places to stay if you want to just turn up and book accommodation when you arrive, but there is plenty of choice on the internet and so easy to book before you go, which gives more time to do the things you want to do when you're there. I stayed in Nonni Guest House, which was in a good location, great staff and great value for money.

Describe the nature in Chiang Mai.

Eric
Eric, Singapore

30 days ago Report

Wonderful roads for bikers.. nice elephant and also mountain treks.

What's your best advice for enjoying the mountains in Chiang Mai?

Gary
Gary, Thailand

17 days ago Report

take a good solid truck there are very steep hills. Go to doi Intanon and Doi Sutep

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Chiang Mai?

Anonymous, Unknown location

24 days ago Report

I enjoyed walking around the temples, shopping in the markets. Having a guide book helps to make the most of your time if you only have a few days.

What's your advice for a first-time mountain biker in Chiang Mai?

Muhamm Ikram
Muhamm Ikram, Malaysia

27 days ago Report

There's big mountain having lots of nice trails, from easy to hard.. Goood for any disiplin mountain biking.

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

Martin
Martin, New Zealand

7 days ago Report

Look to see where the locals are going if your feeling brave :)

What makes the people from Chiang Mai so friendly? Tell us your story.

Megan
Megan, Singapore

5 days ago Report

I am a solo traveler. It is a week before my birthday when I decided to try being all by myself to a country where I don't know anyone and doesn't consider english as their first language. Everybody needs a little adventure!

I can still somewhat say Chiang Mai is safe. I have not encountered anything that I can consider threatening. The locals that I have met are very nice. Knowing that I am alone, they usually offer company or sometimes help when it comes to directions and best places to go. Tiger Kingdom, Mae Sa Snake Farm, Crocodile Farm and Elephant Trekking gave me cool photos with the animals that totally made travelling alone awesome! I also tried Bungy jumping that totally conquered my fear with the help of a very supportive staff of X-treme Centre (Tar). Now all of my friends thinks travelling alone is cool..

How could Chiang Mai protect their nature trails better?

Anonymous, Unknown location

17 days ago Report

All of Thailand has terrible waste management, among the worst in the world, mostly because of attitude not economics - people just dont care about rubbish unless they can get a few baht for it like glass bottles, Tourists need to demand better, shame them and lead by example

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Chiang Mai?

Timothy
Timothy, Thailand

30 days ago Report

Watch out for bars east of Tha Phai Gate. They all have prostitutes calling you to come in. They're not sweet girls hitting on you, they want you to pay for their night. It is rather disturbing. Stay within the moat if you want to avoid that. Zoe in Yellow is a good dance club with an equal mix of travelers and Thai people.

Why is the atmosphere in Chiang Mai something people rave about?

Silvia
Silvia, Ireland

6 days ago Report

very nice people, not as busy as Bangkok e.g. and people don't make you to buy anything. they let you to decide, not pushy. Very relaxed atmosphere

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