You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy this popular city in Northern Thailand. Here are the top five free activities in Chiang Mai.
There are over 300 temples in Chiang Mai and most of them don’t charge visitors anything to enter. Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, three of the city’s most important temples, are all free.
One of the main reasons people come to Northern Thailand is to hike. Though you can hire a guide, experienced hikers armed with a good map, a compass and common sense can enjoy the gorgeous mountains and lush jungle at no cost.
Chiang Mai is known for its outdoor markets, from the bustling Weekend Market which caters to a young, artsy crowd to the old-fashioned Warowat Market near the Ping River, which caters to those looking for housewares, produce and other ever day items.
4. Window Shop
It doesn’t cost a thing to wander the streets of Chiang Mai peeking into the scores of little shops selling clothes, beauty products and home furnishings. Make sure to spend some time around Nimanhemin Road, where you’ll find some of the best window shopping in the country.
Chiang Mai gets wet and wild during Thailand’s New Year’s celebration and locals and visitors will be happy to splash (or drench!) you with water for free.