Published on May 29th, 2014 | by webmaster


3 Fun and Easy Things To Do in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, a small Thai rich in history and culture, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand.
There are so many things to do here in the city that is also known as the Rose of the North, probably because it is surrounded by farm land, orchards and forested mountains.
As a tourist, you’d probably never run out of things to do in this vibrant Thai city, but here are 3 things you should not miss out when in Chiang Mai.

Wish / Pray/ Meditate at the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple

Scattered all over this amazing Asian country are beautiful temples that are dated centuries ago. Even if you’re not of the same belief, you would still be in awe of how and why these temples were built.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, or simply called Doi Suthep, is Chiang Mai’s most famous temple. Doi Suthep is actually the name of the mountain where this temple was built in 14th century.

To reach the top, you can take a tram, which costs about Baht50 for a round-trip fare, or you make it worth of while in many ways and start pounding about 309 steps to reach the top.

Inside the temple, you’d find mural paintings depicting the many lives that Buddha had gone through before reaching Nirvana.
Want to make a wish come true? Be sure to try to lift this famous golden elephant about head level using just your pinkie for men and ring finger for women.

You have to raise the golden elephant once while thinking of your wish. If you want your wish to come true, you have to either lift the elephant again, or not. I forget. The instruction was a bit vague. 😀

Either way, it’s fun whether your wish comes true or not.

Learn How to Cook a Thai Dish

Ok, trying out practically every interesting and peculiar local cuisine is one of the things to do in Chiang Mai. And yes, there’s so many delicious and spicy rich food that you should not miss out on.

But how about learning to cook at least one Thai dish that you can take back home? At the very least, this is what you’d be bringing to your friends and family…an authentic Thai dish that you yourself have learned from a local culinary school.

Cooking schools catering to tourists mostly are actually thriving here. Sessions usually last about 4 hours or so and range from Baht700 to Baht1000 or more depending on the school.

You’d be whipping up at least 4 meals here and impressing a lot of people back home.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild; Hop On an Elephant

For many Thailand is all about beaches, nightlife, rich and spicy food, temples, and of course, elephant rides! And as the saying goes, when in Rome or in this case, when in Thailand, you just cannot miss the opportunity to ride atop these gentle giant beasts.

An hour so ride from Chiang Mai is the Maesa Elephant Camp. The camp has about 70 elephants. Riding an elephant is probably one of the most “tourisy” things to do in Chiang Mai, but it’s truly an amazing experience. It never gets old even if you’ve done it once, twice or the nth time.

I know that there are so many fun and easy things to do in Chiang Mai, but don’t leave town without trying any or all of the above.

So what are your own memorable and interesting experiences in Chiang Mai? Let me know yours, contact our Chiang Mai Hotels.

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