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3 top attractions in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has something for everyone. With a stunning city surrounded by verdant foliage and mountains, this destination will satisfy travellers who want to venture into nature and explore culture.

Doi Suthep

This holy temple of Wat Phra That is a must when you're visiting Chiang Mai. You can take a tuk-tuk up a winding mountain road for 15km to this stunning attraction.

The temple was built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383 and still stands in its ancient glory today. On your visit you will see the amazing architecture, statues, shrines and murals. Every aspect of the attraction is breathtakingly beautiful.

For something truly spectacular to top it all off, climb the Naga Serpent Staircase, with its 300 steps and see the golden spire in the centre of the temple at the top of the mountain.

Doi Inthanon National Park

With highest mountain in Thailand at 2,565 metres above sea level and many more summits, this national park is the perfect place to go if you want to venture into Thailand's lush native bush.

Not only that, but it's here you'll find Namtok Mae Ya, which is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area with the water flowing from a 280 metre cliff into a lower basin. Tham Bori Chinda is an awe-inspiring cave where you'll see incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Bor Sang Village

For all things arts and crafts, head to Bor Sang, the village just out of Chiang Mai. Approximately 9km out of Old City, they specialise in making umbrellas and are known for their unique and distinctive floral designs.

Wander through the village and see hand-painted umbrellas, cocktail umbrellas, parasols and a variety of handmade delights. Everything is made from Sa paper - which comes from the bark of the mulberry tree, and cotton. You can get a glimpse into this ancient art and see how it has evolved.