The Chiang Mai region has plenty of other attractions, chief among them amazing hiking trips through the mountains of Northern Thailand. If you’re planning on being in the city for more than a couple of days, here are a few other things to see and do:
- Temples outside the Old City – Wat Suan Dok, Wat Bupparam, Wat Umong, Wat Saen Fang and Wat Ket Garam are just a few of the many notable temples in the greater Chiang Mai area. Hire a tuk tuk or taxi and spend the day exploring these wats if you have the time.
- The Chiang Mai National Museum – Though Chiang Mai feels like a living museum, you’ll get a better understanding of the Lanna Kingdom by visiting this large, well curated collection of art and artifacts north of the Old City. Plan on spending a few hours here.
- More markets – The Chiang Mai markets are some of the best in Thailand. If you’re in Chiang Mai for the weekend, spend a few hours wandering the weekend market or head to one of the many local markets surrounding the city.
- Dine on the River Ping – The River Ping flanks the eastern side of the Old City and has plenty of charming little restaurants to dine at. There are also nightly river cruises that depart from the east side of the Nawarat Bridge.