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How to Spend 1 Day in Chiang Mai

How to Spend 1 Day in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, is a blend of ancient temples, modern hotels, busy night markets, and some of the country’s most crave-worthy cuisine. Whether you’re looking for an active vacation or relaxing getaway, there’s much to do. Here are some suggestions for how to spend 24 hours in the former Lanna kingdom.

Morning: Essential Chiang Mai

Start your day in Chiang Mai with a breakfast of pad thai followed by a walking tour of the walled city. Explore some of the city’s most famous Buddhist wats and temples, markets, and lively streets. To cover more ground, opt for a cycling tour, which allows you to go beyond the city walls to take in some of Chiang Mai’s ancient ruins and serene landscapes. 

Afternoon: Adventure or Relaxation

Now that you have your bearings in the city, get out and stretch your legs at one of Chiang Mai’s most famous attractions, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Most tours to this temple on a mountain just outside Chiang Mai include visits to other area temples and hill tribe villages, or a hike in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. If you’re in the mood for something more relaxing, opt for a traditional Thai massage instead. Options include couples massages, foot reflexology, or a traditional full-body massage.

Night: Night Market

Chiang Mai is famous for its night markets, and even the shortest trips wouldn’t be complete without a visit. The most colorful mix of shops and stalls can be found at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, where the atmosphere remains lively from sundown to around midnight. Do some shopping and fill up on Thai street food at some of the market’s many stalls. The choice can be overwhelming, so join a street food tour to sample several local favorites—noodles, dumplings, stewed pork, and sweets—with insight from a foodie guide.

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Small-Group Chiang Mai Evening Street Food Tour

Small-Group Chiang Mai Evening Street Food Tour

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Explore Chiang Mai’s colorful night markets with a local on an evening food tour of the city on foot and by songthaew. Bring an appetite for this small-group Chaing Mai food tour, which includes samples of eight market foods, with pickup and drop-off at your Chiang Mai hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.12
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US$38.12

Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

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This half-day Chiang Mai temple tour explores the most famous and picturesque of the city’s 36 Buddhist Wats, the perfect introduction to Northern Thailand’s cultural and religious capital. Experience Chiang Mai’s most visually stunning Buddhist temples, including the gorgeous 600-year-old Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep atop the 5,300-foot (1,615 meter) Doi Suthep Peak, plus plenty of great photo-ops. The tour includes the services of a guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transport and hotel pick-up and drop-off from central Chiang Mai.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.67
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US$34.67
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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

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See the golden pagodas of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep before the crowds arrive, following an early-morning almsgiving to local Buddhist monks. With a private guide at your side, you’ll gain insight into Thai spiritual life in Chiang Mai, including a private blessing ceremony at Wat Umong. After immersion in Buddhist devotional practices, slurp up a lunch of ‘khao soy,’ a northern-style noodle dish. Your 5-hour private tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$98.36
Price varies by group size
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US$98.36
Price varies by group size
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Historic Old Chiang Mai Bike Tour

Historic Old Chiang Mai Bike Tour

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Pedal the historic streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City with a 4-hour bike tour that takes in ancient temples, local markets and landmarks. Follow your guide along back lanes as you learn about the city’s culture and history. Explore Wat Chiang Mun and discover Chiang Mai’s ‘navel’ before meeting the city’s three royal founders. Pause at a roadside market for fresh juice and Thai sweets, take in the ancient stones of Wat Chedi Luang, then pass through Tha Phae Gate on your way to a Somphet Market for local snacks.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$45.07
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Wat Doi Suthep Temple and White Meo Hilltribe Village Half-Day Tour from Chiang Mai

Wat Doi Suthep Temple and White Meo Hilltribe Village Half-Day Tour from Chiang Mai

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Experience the beauty of northern Thailand’s mountains on this half-day tour of Wat Doi Suthep Temple and White Meo Hilltribe Village from Chiang Mai. Take in the natural landscapes as you relax on a scenic drive through the winding roads that lead to Doi Suthep Peak and pay a visit to the Meo hilltribe, where you’ll learn about their traditional way of life. You’ll discover breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled rural life on this informative and memorable journey.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.08
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US$54.08
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3-Hour Chiang Mai Night Safari

3-Hour Chiang Mai Night Safari

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Explore the forests and encounter nocturnal wildlife on a Chiang Mai Night Safari tour, an ideal choice for nature lovers. From the comfort and safety of an open-sided tram, you’ll travel through the Savannah Safari Zone and the Predator Prowl Zone, and get a unique perspective of animals at night. All entrance fees and convenient hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this family-friendly experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$45.07
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US$45.07
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Traditional Thai Massage at award winning Fah Lanna Spa - Old City branch

Traditional Thai Massage at award winning Fah Lanna Spa - Old City branch

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Treat yourself to a luxurious, 2-hour Thai massage at a Chiang Mai day spa in the heart of the old city with pick-up from local hotels. Enjoy a house-made herbal drink as you consult with a spa specialist, then change into a traditional loose costume for your private massage. Feel your muscles soften and relax during your session, then finish your experience in a serene, air-conditioned area with ginger tea and a light snack.
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  • 2 hours
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US$46.90
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4-Hour Fah Lanna Honeymoon Spa Package for Couples

4-Hour Fah Lanna Honeymoon Spa Package for Couples

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Share an indulgent spa experience in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city with a 4-hour, romantic treatment package for couples. Enjoy the simplicity of complementary pick-up service, then spend your time before treatments in a private room with en suite shower and bath. Treat yourselves to an herbal steam, a tamarind and sea salt body scrub, a traditional Thai herb bath, aromatic oil massage and a five step facial treatment. Finish your romantic session with a light drink and snack before returning to your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$387.39
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US$387.39
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