If you love culture and Thai temples, then Chiang Mai is for you. The city has 300 temples, which means all you have to do is wander through the city streets and you’ll come across at least 50 stupas, unplanned. It’s also a food hub, packed with foodie-approved cafes and bakeries, and overflowing with chic fusion restaurants.
In the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is nothing like Bangkok. With its remains of ramparts and moats testifying its cultural and religious past, it is the perfect destination to discover the history of Thailand upstream. It is also home to hundreds of Buddhist temples, incredible wildlife and flora, and its lanes are quiet. Here are 7 things to do to visit Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai has nearly 350 temples. Among them, Wat Phra Singh is undoubtedly, one of the largest and one of the most visited. It is a magnificent temple that houses within it a number of old Buddha images that are highly venerated by the local population. Another important temple to visit Chiang Mai: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is the main temple of the city, and offers a breathtaking panorama of the lush mountains. Our advice: visit it at sunrise for an impressive color chart.