The Jewel of Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai has a rich cultural heritage that has been influenced by different ancient kingdoms and ethnic groups over its long history. The architecture, cuisine, and festivals are a strong testament to its storied past. Despite an overwhelming influx of Western influence pouring in, it has managed to retain its unique cultural heritage and find a balance between new and old in a unique way that can only be experienced firsthand.
One can stay here for months and seemingly never run out of new things to see, do, taste and experience. To help narrow down your options, we'll provide some sample theme-based itineraries at the bottom of this page.
Chiang Mai is known far and wide as one of the culinary hubs in Southeast Asia that every food lover must visit. Besides the obvious - Northern Thai cuisine - there are also a variety of restaurants based around everything from typical Western fare to Japanese Sushi to Indian food. While street food is very popular, inexpensive and extremely delicious, you can also choose to dine on the complete opposite end of the spectrum at a place like 'David's Kitchen' which was named one of the top 10 fine dining restaurants in the world (and the #1 in Asia).
Must try dishes include Khao Soi and Mango Sticky Rice but you can't go wrong with the majority of what you try here. Everything is just so delicious. The city also does a great job at catering to the vegan / vegetarian crowd with plenty of meatless restaurants and healthy juice bars sprinkled throughout. There is something here for everyone.
One of the quintessential Chiang Mai experiences is to get a traditional Thai Massage. You are welcome to venture out on your own to find a massage parlor as they are readily found all over the Old City and Nimman Area. It's almost impossible to walk more than a block or two without bumping into one. We can also recommend some places that we know have good service and of course we can arrange for a masseuse to come to the property as well. This way you can experience the magic of a Thai Massage without having to leave the comforts of your villa getaway.
Chiang Mai Places To Visit | Sample Ideas
There are many ways to explore Chiang Mai and the opportunities are more than ample. Below are three sample itineraries based on popular themes that our guests usually ask us about. Activities from them can be mixed and matched and even then we are only scratching the surface of what there is to do in Chiang Mai. Please contact us with requests or if you already have an itinerary in mind but just need help arranging and booking it. We would be happy to help.
Wat Suan Dok
Wat Phra That Doi Kham
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Pha Lat
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Phra Singh
Wat Chiang Man
Wat Ched Yot
Hiking and Waterfalls
Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls
Dok Pha Hom Pok
Nature Trail leading up to Wat Pha Lat
Take a traditional Thai cooking class
Visit the Night Bazaar
Try Northern Thailand's traditional dish - Khao Soi
If visiting over the weekend, go to the Saturday / Sunday Night Market and sample street food
Eat Mango Sticky Rice
Indulge in the many kinds of exotic fruits that Thailand has to offer (Mangosteen, Durian, Lychee, etc)