Tribal Research Institute
The Institute on the Chiang Mai University campus, 5km (3miles) from the city center, has a permanent exhibition of artifacts which is open Monday-Friday 8:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30.
Khruba Sivichai Monument
The Khruba Sivichai monument near the Huai Kaew Falls, 7km (4miles) from the city, was built to honor Khruba Sivichai who initiated the construction of the hillside road for cars and people to the monastery on Suthep Mountain.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Located 15km (9miles) west of the city, this temple sits at 1156m (3,520ft) above sea level on Suthep Mountain. The temple and grounds overlook the city from its forested backdrop and is one of Chiang Mai’s most important landmarks. It dates to the year 1383 and has holy Buddha relics in its golden pagoda. Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world visit throughout the year. To reach it one can chose the long way and climb a steep Naga staircase comprising around 300 steps or you may ascend by funicular cars.
Phu Phing Palace
Phu Phing palace on Doi Buak Ha, 7km (4miles) further up the mountain road passing Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, was built in 1962. The landscaped grounds are open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, provided members of the Thai Royal family are not staying there at that time. There is an entrance fee and additional fees for a golf cart tour of the grounds which is highly recommended. The Royal Family is usually in residence during the months of January and February.
Doi Pui Tribal Village
The Meo tribal village, some 4km (3miles) from Phu Phing Palace, provides visitors the modern tribal life of this hill tribe group.
Phu Dam (Black Cliff)
This scenic spot near Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is popular for picnics on weekends and holidays.
These two nearby orchid farms, Mountain Orchid and Sai Nam Phung Orchid Nursery, have an amazing variety of all year round orchids. Thais consider orchids as the Queens of the Forests.
Ban Hmong Mae Sa Mai
The village provides an insight into the culture and ways of living of the Hmong hill tribe. Lodging, campfire and food are available for visitors who want to stay overnight. In addition, souvenirs are sold at the village.
Elephant Training Center
At the center at Mae Sa Mai, 30km (19miles) north of Chiang Mai city, trained elephants demonstrate their formidable forestry skills. There is an admission charge. A 2 1/2 hour jungle tour is offered after the show at 250 Baht per person.
Chiang Dao is a small farming town with beautiful mountain scenery in Chiang Mai Province, some 75km (47miles) north of Chiang Mai city.
Chiang Dao Caves
These sacred caves, 72km (45miles) north of Chiang Mai city, are filled with Buddha images belonging to Wat Tham Chiang Dao. The upper parts of the caves are illuminated with lights, while deepest recesses can be explored with local guides equipped with oil lanterns.
Fang is a small farming town in Chiang Mai Province, some 150km (94miles) north of Chiang Mai city.
Doi Ang Khang
This Royal Agricultural Project is the site for the planting of temperate climate vegetables and flowers, located 163km (102miles) from Chiang Mai on Highway 107 (Chiang Mai – Fang Road), is under the patronage of King Bhumiphol.
Fang Hot Spring
In a 4 hectare (10 acre) forest clearing at Ban Pin is located 11km (7miles) off Highway 107 before reaching Fang. There are about 50 hot springs. Three of them boil continuously with a strong smell of sulfur. Water temperatures range between 90° and 100° C (194°-212° F).
Doi Suket is a small town in Chiang Mai Province, about 20km (13miles) northeast of Chiang Mai city.
Known for its many shops selling locally made products and the home of Thailand’s current Primer Minister, Sam Kamphaeng is a small town in Chiang Mai Province, some 15km (9miles) east of Chiang Mai city.
Cotton and Silk Weaving Villages
Sam Kamphaeng and the surrounding villages are famous and known for Thai silk as well as cotton, both still woven by local folk on traditional looms and sold in a wide variety of plain lengths, plaids, brocades, stripes, prints and checks.
Other Cottage Industries
Along the road from Chiang Mai city to Sam Kamphaeng there are many factories for silverware, lacquer ware, wood carvings and other handicrafts. Visitors can watch how particular items are made. However, demonstrations of certain handicrafts often are part of the marketing.Prices at these places that manufacture handicrafts are not necessarily lower than in the regular shops. Larger traders retail prices are generally not any lower than the prices at, for example, the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai city. Many of the handicrafts sold along the road between Sam Kamphaeng and Chiang Mai are indeed produced in the cottage industry, but not along the road at the so-called factories where tourists arrive by the bus loads.
Bo Sang Umbrella Making Village
This village is 9km (6miles) from Chiang Mai city on the road to Sam Kamphaeng. The locals manufacture silk and cotton umbrellas and Sa paper parasols which are hand-painted in floral and animal designs.
Sam Kamphaeng Hot Spring
The spring is located about 23km (14miles) from the town of Sam Kamphaeng and is famous for its water with a high sulfur content which allegedly possesses curative and restorative properties. Separate male and female bathing facilities are available. The place is popular for picnics, too.
Roong Aroon Hot Springs
The 16 hectare (40 acres) resort near Sam Kamphaeng Hot Spring, 35km (22miles) east of Chiang Mai city, is landscaped with different kinds of plants and flowers and has a rock garden as well. Two hot springs provide mineral water for individual bathing rooms and bath tubs. The facilities also include bungalows and a restaurant serving Thai and international cuisine.
Hang Dong is a small town in Chiang Mai Province, some 15km (9miles) southwest of Chiang Mai city. It has hundreds of shops selling thousands of Thai handicrafts, furniture, antiques and everything a tourist may desire. It is a fun way to spend the day and bargaining is a must.
Chom Thong is a small town in Chiang Mai Province, some 60km (38miles) southwest of Chiang Mai city.
Wat Phrathat Si Chom Thong
The temple, on the Chiang Mai – Hod Rd, 58km (36miles) was built in 1451. The Vihara houses a holy relic of the Buddha.
Mae Klang Falls
The Mae Klang Falls, on the Chiang Mai – Hod Rd, 58km (36miles) from Chiang Mai city, are large waterfalls (in the rainy season) set in a scenic surrounding near the Doi Inthanon National Park. The spot is popular for picnics.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The park beyond Mae Klang Falls, one of Thailand’s most famous attractions, has an area of 1,005sqkm (388sqmiles), mainly west of Chom Thong and extending towards Mae Chaem in the west and Sunpatong in the north. It is named after Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain (2,565m, 8,418ft) and encompasses several Karen and Meo hill tribe villages. The scenery is beautiful and the areas above 1,800m (5,880ft) are covered with wild orchids. Hunting, fishing or removing any vegetation is strictly forbidden. Some of the more scenic spots are around the Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pim waterfalls.
These can be visited on the route to Inthanon Mountain, about a 30 minute drive from Mae Klang Falls.
These are on the same route and about an hour’s drive from Mae Klang Falls.
Mae Ya Falls
These waterfalls, 12km (8miles) from Chom Thong market, can be reached by local mini-bus.
The cave is a 10 minute drive from Mae Klang Falls and then a 1 to 2 hour walk.
Ob Luang is a steep river valley amid scenic mountains filled with teak trees, 88km (55miles) from Chiang Mai city on the Chiang Mai – Mae Sariang Rd.