5 major tourist attractions in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, also known as “Rose of the North”, is home to a number of amazing places that you cannot miss out on your trip to Thailand.

While Bangkok is full of craziness and excitement, Chiang Mai is a relatively relaxed and calm city which many travelers even choose over the capital city. It once served as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, but now is considered as a famous tourist spot because of its ancient temples, scenic natural beauty, majestic hills, lush green forests, abundant wildlife, cool weather, mouth-watering dishes, rich culture, colourful festivals and welcoming local people.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: One of Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist temples, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located at the top of Doi Suthep mountain. Featuring a golden structure of Buddha, the temple is the place where you will find the ultimate peace and spirituality. Also, the mesmerizing views of the entire city from the temple is the major highlight of it. The temple is an architectural wonder and attracts people with its stunning structure, unique shrines, detailed dragon statues and impressive carvings.

Wat Phra Singh: One of Thailand’s oldest Buddhist temples, Wat Phra Singh is another must-visit place in Chiang Mai. Built by the King Pha Yu in 1345, the temple contains a gold-plated pagoda which enhances the charm of the place. Inside the temple, there is a Buddha statue (known as Phra Buddha Sihing) which is believed to be brought from Sri Lanka. The attractions of the temple include its Lanna-style roofs, wing-shaped ceilings and breathtaking interior design.

Elephant Nature Park: A paradise for the animal lovers, Elephant Nature Park is located in the northern part of Chiang Mai. It’s home to a lot of elephants who have been rescued from the tourism and circus industries. Here, you can spend a whole day with the elephants, feed them and watch them play in their natural habitat. Also, their friendly behaviour will provide you a beautiful memory for lifetime.

Night Bazaar: Among all the amazing markets, Night Bazaar is probably the most popular in Chiang Mai. With various stalls, this is a must-visit place for any shopping lover. At night, it becomes full of colour, light and liveliness. Be it clothes, housewares, handicrafts or foods, the market has something for everyone. Also, it’s a great place to explore the local culture of Chiang Mai.

Lanna Folklife Museum: It’s a place which will provide you knowledge about the history, lives, arts, culture and traditions of Lanna people living in Northern Thailand. Located inside the old municipal court of Chiang Mai, this museum hosts exhibitions that an art lover or history enthusiastic might find very interesting.

The list also includes Doi Pui, Wat Chedi Luang, Sunday Walking Street, Huay Tung Tao, Art in Paradise etc.

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