Though Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok, not many people know about Chiang Mai, because its location is quite far from other famous cities like Bangkok and Pattaya. However, if you visit Thailand it doesn’t feel complete if you didn’t visit Chiang Mai. There are so many interesting destinations in Chiang Mai. The city can be reached from Bangkok within 70 minutes-long flight or 12 hours-long road trip by bus or car and here are 9 Things to Do in Chiang Mai that you can visit if you’re in Thailand.

1. Visiting Chiang Mai Night Safari

Probably one of the best Chiang Mai attractions, the night safari will take you seeing and be close to animal such as giraffes, zebras, red kangaroos and 130 other species of wild animals from Africa in this biggest Chiang Mai Night Safari. You will ride a Tram (a kind of train) with dim yellow lighting, but don’t worry as it will certainly safe for you. The journey will last about an hour. Here you will really feel like in the forest at night.

Ticket Price : 800 Bath for adults (approx. 25 USD) / 400 Bath for children (approx. 13 USD)

Address : Pointmap33 Moo 12, Nong Khwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand

Opening Hours : 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

2. New Experiences Trying to Paint Your Own Umbrella at Bo Sang Handicraft Center

Bo Sang is the name of an area in Chiang Mai where many of its citizens work as a traditional Thai umbrella maker. Umbrellas are usually made with 2 materials, fabric and paper (not just any paper, but the structure of the paper more like painting canvas). There are many sizes of umbrellas, from big umbrella, medium-sized umbrella, and small umbrella. Large umbrellas are usually used by locals to protect themselves from the sun. On the other hand, small and medium-sized umbrella are sold as an original souvenir from Bo Sang. There are some stores that provide a drawing experience on the umbrella that you will take home. Once a year, Bo Sang hold an umbrella festival which is called “Bo Sang Umbrella Fair” become a favorite Chiang Mai attractions.

Address: Bo Sang Village (Nine kilometers from the Old City, on Chiang Mai-San Kampaeng Highway (Route 1006))

3. Watching Bo Sang Umbrella Festival on January

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival is the major highlight attraction in Chiang Mai. This festival is annually held in the third week of January. Bo Sang, where this festival is held, produces umbrellas and earns good income out of them. In this festival, we can see local artisan masterpieces and some interesting attractions such as various live musics and dances, umbrella making and painting, and food festival! Beside of that, at this Bo Sang Umbrella festival you can be satisfied take pictures because along the way in Bo Sang will look very colorful because many colored umbrella hung along the road and very have beautiful color.

Address: Bo Sang Village (Nine kilometers from the Old City, on Chiang Mai-San Kampaeng Highway (Route 1006))

4. Exploring Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon is one of the highest areas in Chiang Mai, even in Thailand because it’s located between 800m till 2,565m above the sea level. This National Park is very cold because its location is at the top of a mountain and it’s covered by big trees. You need at least 2 hours drive from Chiang Mai downtown to get to this national park. Many flora and fauna are well preserved in this national park. In addition, 362 species of birds registered here which is the second highest number in Thailand after Kaeng Krachan National Park. Almost similar to Doi Tung in Chiang Rai, Doi Inthanon is thins to do in Chiang Mai and Doi Tung is things to do in Chiang Rai. Also, there are campsites, restaurants, caves and many waterfalls which in summer the water are crystal clear and so refreshing.

Ticket Price: 300 Bath for adults (approx. 9 USD) / 150 Bath for children (approx. 5 USD).

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