Best Day Trips from Chiang Mai

By Viator, February 2015

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Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern temple-filled city, is popular with travelers for the wealth of experiences available there. There’s plenty to do in the city, but some of the area’s best attractions involve half or full day trips from Chiang Mai.

Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle

One of the most popular day trips from Chiang Mai is to the Chiang Rai region and the Golden Triangle. From here, you can see the point where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. The scenery on the drive there is beautiful, and you’ll can make stops at some local villages in the area as well.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Just outside of Chiang Mai, perched on the peak of Doi Suthep mountain, sits Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the city’s most famous Buddhist temple. Once you climb the 306 steps up the mountain to the temple, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. You can see Doi Suthep temple on a half-day trip, and it’s usually better in the morning before it gets too hot.


Just 16 miles (26 kilometers) south of Chiang Mai sits Lamphun, Thailand’s oldest continuously occupied city. The city is famous for housing one of the most beautiful temples in all of Thailand — the temple Doi Suthep was modeled after — Wat Phra That Hariphunchai.


If you’re interested in learning more about Burmese Buddhism, then take a day trip to Lampang to tour the city’s many Burmese-style temples. Lampang is also famous for its horse-drawn carriages and the National Elephant Institute.

Tha Thon Hill Tribes

Northern Thailand is home to many indigenous hill tribes, each with its own distinct culture. If you’re in Chiang Mai, you should try to leave at least one day for a trek to visit a few of these tribes. One of the most famous, the Karen Tribe, are known for their elongated necks.

Contributed by Lydia Schrandt

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