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How to Spend 3 Days in Chiang Mai

How to Spend 3 Days in Chiang Mai

Three days in Chiang Mai gives you enough time for a diverse array of Northern Thailand experiences, from touring Buddhist temples and night markets to adventuring in the outdoors. You even have time for a day trip outside the city. Here’s how to spend the ultimate 36 hours in Chiang Mai.

Day 1: Essential Chiang Mai

One of the best ways to get your bearings in a new city is on a guided sightseeing tour. Spend your first day in Chiang Mai exploring the historic heart of the city with a local guide. Within the crumbling old city walls are more than 30 Buddhist temples plus parks, museums, and monuments. Visit the gold-encrusted Wat Phra Singh to see the city’s most revered Buddha statue, and then continue to Wat Chedi Luang to see the ruins of a 15th century stupa carved with stone elephants. Don't miss a climb to the top of Doi Suthep Temple. To get your blood pumping, opt for a cycling tour; you’ll cover more ground and see some of the countryside beyond the city walls. After a day of sightseeing, spend your evening exploring the city’s famous night bazaar in search of trinkets to bring home and street foods to fill your stomach.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure

Chiang Mai attracts outdoor adventurers from around the globe with its myriad opportunities for recreation. Spend the day learning about ethical elephant conservation at one of several nearby sanctuaries, go on a zipline through the rain forests of Northern Thailand, conquer the rapids of the Ping River, or trek through the jungle to visit one of the region’s hill tribes. Many tours combine two or more of these activities. If you prefer something more laid-back, spend your second day in Chiang Mai learning to prepare traditional local cuisine in a hands-on cooking class or unwinding with a Thai massage and spa package. No matter what you choose, end your day at a ringside Muay Thai boxing match, one of Thailand’s most popular sports.

Day 3: Temples of Chiang Rai

Now that you’ve had a couple of days to experience the best of Chiang Mai, it’s time to head further afield to enjoy more of Northern Thailand. One of the most popular day trips from Chiang Mai is to Chiang Rai, home of the glistening White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Depending on the trip you choose, an excursion to Chiang Rai might include a long-tail boat ride on the Khong River or a chance to visit the Golden Triangle at the borders of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Back in Chiang Mai, wind down your day with a traditional khantoke dinner show. This ceremonial-style Northern Thai meal consists of small plates served at a low table. Watch a series of Thai dance performances as you eat.

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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
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Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

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Get a taste for the unique flavors of Thai and ‘Akha’ cooking during this 6-hour cooking class in Chiang Mai. Discover the culture and cuisine of the Akha, an indigenous hill tribe of Southeast Asia, with the help of your native host. You’ll visit the local market to shop for ingredients (morning class only), and learn to prepare 11 different dishes. A souvenir cook book from your session is also included.
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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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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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Traditional Khantoke Dinner and Show from Chiang Mai

Traditional Khantoke Dinner and Show from Chiang Mai

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This Chiang Mai dinner and show combination tour offers travelers the opportunity to sample traditional Thai fare in a truly traditional way. The Khantoke Dinner is customary of northern Thai style, and food is served family-style on large platters at low tables while guests relax on floor mats. Entertainment includes performances that highlight the culture and traditions of this rich and diverse country, including dance and music from members of various hilltribes.
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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai

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Take a day trip to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle to see where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos converge. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll drive through scenic countryside, visit local hill tribe villages and soak at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs. Marvel at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and enjoy views over the Mekong River as you learn about this region, notorious for its opium trade. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport from Chiang Mai are included.
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  • 12 hours
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Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Chiang Mai

Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Chiang Mai

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Tackle some of Thailand’s best whitewater rapids on a full-day rafting adventure from Chiang Mai. Expert guides ensure your safety as you cruise through the jungle along class III and IV rapids, and an included lunch and other amenities make for a worry-free day in the wilds of Northern Thailand.
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  • 7 hours
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