To get away from 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 that awaits you! Start your first day with an 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 with a rich and unique history. Ancient temples in Chiang Mai are 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 its 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 its 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 the packages we offer on Trazy. Our services provide an English-speaking tour guide and safe transportation on your memorable trip.  

2) 1st Day Evening: Tuk-Tuk Night Tour


In the evening, explore the city’s vibrant nightlife with a Tuk-Tuk Night Tour by visiting beautiful temples, such as Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, and indulge in delicious local street foods at the bustling Night Bazaar! A licensed English-speaking tour guide will share fascinating stories and insights throughout the evening.

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! You will surely have lots of fun for the WHOLE DAY!

1) 2nd Day Morning: Elephant Sanctuary Visit or Organic Coffee Farm Experience

If you are in Chaing Mai, don’t miss out on the chance 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.

If you are a coffee enthusiast, you should definitely visit this half-day tour! From plating your very own coffee tree and roasting beans to crafting unique souvenirs, this hands-on experience promises an unforgettable immersion into the art of coffee. Convenient hotel transfers from your hotel in Chiang Mai city areas are available.

2) 2nd Day Afternoon: Indoor Attraction or Thai Cooking Experience

If you want to spend your evening indoors, visit this interactive indoor attraction, Art in Paradise, suitable for everyone of all ages under any weather condition. There are 130 paintings across 6 zones, where you can touch, step, or lie on the paintings to create fun and lively photos with them!

You can also choose to take part in an authentic Thai home cooking experience in Chiang Mai! You’ll get to visit a local market and witness the local atmosphere of buying fresh produce. After visiting the morning market, you’ll cook with locally sourced and organically grown ingredients. Grab the chance to broaden your knowledge of farming life, an integral part of Thai culture!

3) 2nd Day Evening: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show

Thailand is famous for its shows and cabaret clubs, and Chiang Mai is no exception. Experience a lively playful 70-minute performance by colorfully dressed professional dancers at Siam Dragon Cabaret Show! Watch beautiful choreography that mixes northern Thai and modern dancing styles.

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 go to Wat Rong Khun, Baan Dam, Wat Rong Sear Tean, and the Golden Triangle.

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

Baan Dam (Blackhouse)

Wat Rong Sear Tean (The Blue Temple)

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: Hot Air Balloon Adventure or Muay Thai Match

There’s no better way to have a chilled-out afternoon in Chiang Mai than this tethered hot air balloon experience. End your day in Chiang Mai by enjoying hot air balloon rides on farmland that presents you with wonderful landscapes and lovely memories. You can enjoy 5-minute sessions as many times as you want for 2 hours. Appreciate the breathtaking sunset view from the balloon!

If you want to end your day with thrills and excitement, get a casual taste of traditional Thai boxing, Muay Thai, at Thaphe Boxing Stadium in Chiang Mai. Muay Thai is Thailand’s national martial art from hundreds of years ago, which uses 8 points of contact – punches, kicks, elbows, and knee strikes. This match is suitable for tourists and beginners who want to have a glimpse of Muay Thai boxing.

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