Thailand Travel: 3 days 2 nights in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, the once historical capital of the Lanna Kingdom is a serene getaway for a Thailand travel experience away from the bustling Bangkok.
Located about 700 km from Thailand’s capital city, Chiang Mai is a town in the northern part of the country that is surrounded by lush greenery and impeccable rainforest. With impressive natural surroundings, a 3-day, 2-night stay in Chiang Mai can turn out to be the relaxing Thailand travel experience you need to recharge your senses!
So, let’s start today’s Thailand travel guide by giving you an idea of what to include on your Chiang Mai travel itinerary!
You can start off you Thailand travel adventure by making your way to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most famous Chiang Mai attractions located in Doi Suthep that is overlooking the city, giving you a stunning view of the summit. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is considered to be one of Thailand’s most holy Buddhist sites and a major pilgrimage destination during Buddhist holidays. Best time to go is early in the morning where the weather is cool and there are fewer tourists.
Next up is the Chiang Mai Zoo where the main highlight is the lovely pandas. Aside from the pandas, the zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals, some of which are elephants, zebras, giraffes, and monkeys!
Of course, a travel to Chiang Mai, or any part of Thailand, for that matter will never be complete without tasting a local dish. Before heading out to the next Chiang Mai attraction, recharge your energy at Khao Soi Samer Jai. Famous for their specialty Khao soy or a noodle soup with hand cut rice, egg noodles, coconut milk and curry soup base as main ingredients. Aside from Khao soy, they also serve other northern dishes popular in the area.
The Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is not often featured in Thailand travel guides but how can you miss out on such raw beauty? Plus, it’s a great adventure place for thrill seekers as tourists are allowed to go cliff jumping at the 20-metre high cliffs of the Grand Canyon. But for those who are looking for a relaxing day out, you can order something to eat at the Tuang Thong Canyo View Restaurant while enjoying the picturesque view of emerald green waters.
Continue your day of exploration by visiting Wat Ket Keram built in 1428, it’s a Buddhist temple located in Ping River. Nearby, there’s the Ket Kaew Chura Manee pagoda and the Forest Bake Café, a home-made bakery where you can delight in some sweet treats.
In the evening, you can continue your way along the Ping River and shop some for souvenirs at Wua Lai Street. Here, they sell a variety of local handicrafts from, furniture, artwork, clothing, jewellery and even some candies, food and drinks.
Since Chiang Mai is in the northern highlands of Thailand, there are a lot of sightseeing and national parks you can visit during your Chiang Mai travel adventure. Doi Inthanon, for example, located about 2 hours from Chiang Mai is the highest peak in Thailand and rises about 8,415 feet above sea level.
With its mountainous terrain and lush tropical forests, Doi Inthanon is home to a wide range of animals and plants.
Stop over for some refreshing afternoon tea at Araksa Tea Garden, one of Chiang Mai’s oldest and most famous tea gardens. It is located in Mae Taeng district and gives you a picturesque view of the evergreen hills while sipping a cup of Oolong tea – Araksa Tea Garden’s most popular tea. This Chiang Mai attraction isn’t only great for a day trip but it’s also a nice addition to your itinerary since it offers a homestay for tourists as well.
For lunch, head back to the city and choose among the local restaurants in the streets of Chiang Mai where they offer a great variety of food and drinks.
Now that you’re recharged, make your way to one of the places to visit in Chiang Mai –Tunnel Temple or Wat Umong – a sacred sanctuary near Chiang Mai University. Situated in a forested area with a surrounding natural lake makes this temple a great place for meditation. Different Buddha images can be seen in the tunnels and the place is filled with the monks’ chanting.
As the evening draws, there’s no other place to go to but Nimmanhaemin Road, the trendiest part of Chiang Mai. This place is often regarded as a different part of the city as it is alive with cafes, bars, restaurants and boutique hotels.
For your last day in Chiang Mai, load up on your breakfast and have delicious rice porridge, egg pan, custard and coffee in Chuang Phuak, to get you ready for a day of more explorations in the city!
Before leaving the city, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take photos at the Tha Phae Gate, a historic gate in Chiang Mai.
The streets of Chiang Mai is dotted with coffee shops but one café which should definitely be included on your Chiang Mai travel itinerary is Ristr8to. Inspired by some of the world’s greatest cities, Ristr8to strives to serve the best coffee in every single cup they serve. One of their head baristas represented Thailand in the World Art Latte Championship in the Netherlands, in which he won 6th place at the final round.
If you haven’t completed shopping for souvenirs, you can stop by the Kad Luang Market located near the River Ping in Chiang Mai. A haven for food lovers, Kad Luang Market also known as Warorot Market is a huge Chiang Mai shopping area offering a variety of local snacks, ready-to-eat-meals, fresh produce and some cheap, locally made accessories, clothes and personal care products.
A 3-day, 2-night stay in Chiang Mai is a Thailand travel experience that will give you a one of a kind adventure to one of the famous Thailand tourist places. If you’re wondering where else to go, we have our Thailand travel guides to give you an idea of other places to visit in the country!