Mai-Lamphun Route (Highway No. 106)
ancient town founded by King Mengrai is located 4 kilometres on Chiang
Mai-Lamphun route in the area of Amphoe Saraphi. The main historical
remains are found in Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Chang Kham, Wat Noi and Wat Kum
Mai-Doi Suthep Route (Road No. 1004)
is next to Chiang Mai University. The attractively landscaped garden
contains many kinds of tropical trees and lovely flowers.
to the Chiang Mai Arboretum, this artfully landscaped complex occupies the
lower forested slopes of Doi Suthep mountain, and contains a fascinating
collection of Asian and African mammals and birds.
near the Chiang Mai Zoo, the cascade provides a delightful ambiance for
relaxation and picnics.
is situated at the foot of Doi Suthep Mountain. The monument honours the
man whose followers built the first motor road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Phra That Doi Suthep
temple is Chiang Maiís most important and visible landmark, and
overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop. It is 15
kilometres from town, 3,520 feet above sea level, and dates from 1383. The
temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep staircase comprising 290
steps. The less energetic may ascend by funicular railcars. The templeís
golden pagoda contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist piligrims
from all over the world throughout the year.
is located on the same road, beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 22
kilometres from town. The royal winter palace was built in 1962. The
lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public on
Friday, Saturdays and Sundays and official holidays, when the Thai royal
family is not in residence.
Pui Tribal Village
Meo tribal village is some 4 kilometres from the Phu Phing Palace, and
offers vignettes of modern tribal life.
route (Highway No. 1009)
Chiang Mai Cultural Centre
on the road to Chom Thong, the centre stages Lanna Thai cultural
performances with a Khan Tok Dinner. Objects díart are displayed.
& Lacquerware Shops
are clustered together, some 4 kilometres from town, on the Chiang
Mai-Hang Dong Road.
Phra That Si Chom Thong
temple is 58 kilometres from Chiang Mai and dates from the mid-1400s. The
temple houses a collection of bronze Buddha images, and the secondary
chapel contains a holy Buddha relic.
Inthanon National Park
Inthanon is Thailandís highest mountain and towers 2,565 metres above
sea level. Travel 58 kilometres west of Chiang Mai via Highway 107, by
regular coach to Amphoe Chom Thong and thence by minibus to the peak for a
further distance of 48 kilometres.
mountain ranges and a mild climate characterise an area with moist and
dense summit forest which is the source of important tributaries of the
Mae Ping River, one of northern Thailandís major waterways. Various
streams descend, forming beautiful waterfalls throughout the park. These
include the Siriphum, Vachirathan, Mae Pan, Mae Klang, and, the largest of
all, Mae Ya waterfalls. Meo and Karen hilltribes inhabit the park.
the Doi Inthanon National Park is possible throughout the year. The best
period for viewing waterfalls is May through November. The best period for
viewing wild flowers is December through February. The best period for
ornithologists is November through March.
accommodation, contact the national park office at Km.31. Food are
available at local shops at Km.31.
Rai Phai Ngam
is a village where famous cotton cloth woven in the old style has been
long produced. At present the weaversí central gathering is the home of
the late National Artist, Pa (Aunt) Sangda Bansit, who had transferred her
knowledge on the weaving process to other villagers. The village is
located on the left of Chiang Mai-Hot between Km. 68-69, about 4
kilometres off the main road.
picturesque gorge is 105 kilometres from Chiang Mai provincial capital,
and is framed by teak forests and mountains.
Route (Road No. 1096 & Highway No. 107)
on Chotana Road, this contains a permanent exhibition of northern
hilltribes. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
& Butterfly Farms
nurseries is located along Mae Rim-Samoeng route (Road No. 1096). These
farms include Sai Nam Phung, Mountain Orchid, and Mae Ram Orchid. Each
provides opportunities for visitors admire these exotic year-round blooms.
Certain orchid farms also have special butterfly enclosures where in
exotic species can be their natural environment.
8-tiered waterfall is 26 kilometres from town and occupies a natural
setting among gigantic towering trees.
are riverside enclaves north of Chiang Mai which feature daily show of
elephants at work every morning. These include Mae Taman, Mae Taeng and
Chiang Dao Elephant Camps on Route No. 107, and Pong Yang and Mae
Sa-Elephant Camps on Route 1096 (Mae Rim-Samoeng)
Sirikit Botanic Garden
national botanic garden is located at Km.12 of Mae Rim-Samoeng route and
covers an area of 560 acres. It was established in April 1992 in order to
gather, to conserve, as well as to strengthen studies and research on Thai
plants. More than 700 species of plants with the emphasis on Thai Flora
have been collected.
picturesque resorts, with accommodation and dining facilities, offer
bucolic rural living on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route and include Mae Sa
Valley Resort and Erawan Resort, and the Samoeng-Hang Dong route which
includes Lanna Resort, Krisadadoi Resort and Suan Bua Resort. Some occupy
hillsides, others secluded valleys.
Buddha images occupy the caves of Wat Tham Chiang Dao at Km.72 on Highway
107. Caves are illuminated by electric lights. Deepest recesses can be
explored with local guides.
royal agricultural station situated among beautiful mountainous scenery,
provincial capital, 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai, is a demonstration
site for planting and researching flowering plants, temperate fruit trees,
vegetables and other crops under the patronage of His Majesty King
at Ban Pin, also 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai provincial capital, 50
hot springs occupy a 10-acre forest setting. Three boil continuously with
a strong smell of sulphur. Water temperatures at the springs range from 90
to 100 degrees Celsius.
route (Road No. 101)
Sang Umbrella/Parasol Village
world-famous village is 9 kilometres from town, along a road lined with
handicraft-producing factories. In genuine cottage industries, young women
manufacture silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols which are
subsequently hand painted in various animal and floral designs.
Generations of Bo Sang families have been engaged in umbrella and parasol
making for more than 200 years.
Kamphaeng Cotton & Silk Weaving Village
equally famous village is located 13 kilometres from town. The village is
the major source of all Thai silk and cotton produced in Chiang Mai. The
fabrics are woven by local folk on traditional wooden looms, and are sold
in a wide variety of plain lengths, plaids, brocades, stripes, prints and
Kamphaeng Hot Springs
located 36 kilometres from town amid natural surroundings of trees and
verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative
and restorative properties. Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining
facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms are available.
Nearby is Rung Arun Hot Spring Resort, which offers bungalows, mineral
baths and a sumptuous park setting.