To get away from the city life and bring yourself to the heart of nature and cultural lifestyle, one of the best destinations you can visit is Chiang Mai. Explore the beauty of Northern Thailand in our awesome 3-day-itinerary for your vacation in Chiang Mai.
Day 1 in Chiang Mai
Geographically, Chiang Mai is located within several mountain ranges boasting attractive scenery which awaits you! Start your first day by amazing view from the top of the mountain and ancient temples!
1) 1st Day All-day: To The Top of Thailand
Chiang Mai is a city of rich and unique history. Ancient temples in Chiang Mai are very unique in the way they look, compared to other temples you will see around Thailand. So, Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep are must-visit mountains to explore the northern Thai scenery. Both are located in Chiang Mai, but each wat(temple) is distinct in its own way.
Doi Inthanon is in the south of Chiang Mai, in the highest mountains of Thailand. From the temples on the peak of Doi Inthanon, built by the Majesty King and Queen of Thailand Kingdom, you will be amazed to see a sea of clouds beneath you. This place is famous for a sea of clouds and the temple is made by the Majesty King & Queen of Thailand Kingdom.
On the other hand, Doi Suthep is well known for a beautiful Lanna traditional monastery. This is also one of the most popular destinations for locals and travelers alike for its well-preserved nature and the Hill Tribe villages.
However, going to these places takes quite some time. Doi Suthep will take about an hour while Doi Inthanon takes two and a half hours from Chiang Mai city. Sometimes, taking public transportation may be hard for foreign tourists due to the language barrier. So we highly recommend you book packages we offer on Trazy. Our services provide an English speaking tour guide and safe transportation on your memorable trip.
- Book Discounted Tickets to Doi Inthanon National Park 1 Day Tour in Chiang Mai (Full Day)
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- Book Doi Suthep – Pui National Park Trekking Tour in Chiang Mai (Full day)
2) 1st Day Evening: Khantoke Dinner
When you return back to downtown, immerse deeper into the tradition of Chiang Mai by having a Khantoke Dinner, a northern-Thai homemade dinner such as sticky rice, deep fried pork skin, northern chili paste, pork curry, sweet crispy rice, and deep-fried banana, served on large wooden trays and eaten sitting on the floor. You must try this experience at least once when you visit Chiang Mai. During this dinner course, they also provide a traditional performance for the customers.
Day 2 in Chiang Mai
As we explained at the beginning, Chiang Mai is surrounded by many mountains. On your second day, we recommend you take advantage of Chiang Mai’s landscape with adventurous activities in the mountainous region! that you will surely have lots of fun for the WHOLE DAY!
1) 2nd Day All-day: Into The Jungle
Start your day to see the rising sun through Paraplane Ride. Try this rare experience in Chiang Mai and enrich your morning by flying through the clouds and take in the stunning sunrise and marvel at the beautiful patterns of the endless paddy fields.
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Flying in the sky might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So here are other adventure activities which are more family-friendly. While there are many places in Thailand where you can try Ziplining, Chiang Mai is the best place to experience the ultimate ziplining.
Here are some of the most popular zipline operators that you can try:
① Flight Of The Gibbon
Flight of the Gibbon is renowned for its longest zipline course, and also in their courses. It is the original zipline company in Chiang Mai and has a great reputation for its safety standard. Also, offering various included options such as Segways, Elephant Sanctuary, and Mountain Biking.
② Flying Squirrels
Flying Squirrels Zipline is the only place in Chiang Mai to ride a treetop bicycle through the lush rainforest canopy. It was made several years after the Flight of the Gibbon; however, it has a variety of ziplining courses just as exciting as the original.
③ Eagle Track Zipline
Eagle Track Zipline is a relatively new zipline operator located near Flying Squirrels. The Eagle Track Zipline is famous for its hillside view where you can see Maeram river flowing below as you zipline.
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④ The Elephant Sanctuary
The last option you can choose is to make new friends with one of the kindest animals at The Elephant Sanctuary. They allow you to touch, feed, photograph, and bathe the happy elephants in a safe and sustainable environment, where they are cared for all the time Meeting these majestic creatures at the sanctuary ensures that you are not interrupting these animals from their peace and entirely goes toward helping these animals.
2) 2nd Day Evening: Night Safari
Another highlight of Chiang Mai you shouldn’t miss is Chiang Mai Night Safari, the world’s third nocturnal zoo and a nature theme park operated by the government.. We suggest this place for all of you who want to see the animals roaming in their natural habitat, and you’ll also be given a chance to feed some of the animals you see. Also, to watch the animal shows and a romantic Musical Fountain Show at night.
Day 3 in Chiang Mai
1) 3rd Day All-day: The Northernmost province of Thailand
It’s not only Chiang Mai that has many attractive places. So on the last day, we would like to guide you to Chiang Rai, a fascinating northernmost province of Thailand. This province is one of the best choices to go because it is not too far from Chiang Mai(just 4 hours by bus). We highly recommend you to go Wat Rong Khun, Baan Dam, Wat Rong Sear Tean, and the Golden Triangle.
If you are interested in visiting these 3 majestic temples in Chiang Rai, click the link here to check out the program!
There is another fascinating place in Chiang Rai called The Golden Triangle, where you can view the natural borders of 3 countries; Thailand, Laos and Myanmar along the Mekong River.
2) 3rd Day Evening: Walking Streets
Spend your final day’s dinner in the walking streets where there are various vendors, food carts, clothing shops, and etc., lined up along the street side. Here are the lists of best 3 walking streets in Chiang Mai.
The Nimman Road – has 17 separated streets there. It is the trendiest hub in Chiang Mai city nowadays. The area contains a variety of shops such as restaurants, cafes, bars, clothing shops, souvenir shops, a community mall, and etc. You can enjoy city life for sure. Most of the stores in Nimman road open from day to night, weekdays which you shouldn’t miss out on.
Wua Lai Walking Street – Called ‘Saturday Walking Street’, Wua Lai Walking Street is one of the most popular streets in Chiang Mai on the weekend. On Saturdays, the street is open from 5pm to 10:30pm and on Sundays, it is open from 4pm to 10:30pm. The local vendors will gradually set up their stores, so we recommend you to go there around 6PM, which is when all the stores are generally all prepared by.
Tha Phea Walking Street – Another weekend walking the street and perhaps the most popular one is called ‘Sunday Walking Street’. It opens every 5 -10 PM on Sunday. It’s located nearby Pratu Tha Phea or Tha Phea Gate. If you are looking for some modern and chic stuff, this will be your favorite place!
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