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Expat Explore: What to do in Chiang Mai

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Expat Explore: What to do in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand. Complete with lively town centre, temples and a sprawling mountainous terrain boasting a wealth of attractions to explore and enjoy. Best discovered by picking up a car rental the moment you land by plane in the heart of the city.

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Dan about Thailand Vlog Reviews of Chiang Mai:

  • Chiang Mai Zoo

Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens & Canopy Walkway

Mae Sa Waterfall 

Things to do:

1. Chiang Mai Zoo

Although perhaps best known for its pandas the zoo offers far more than this, and is easily the best zoo in Thailand. Located in the city centre it is explored best in your car given its vast size. It is home to hippos, monkeys, lions, kangaroos and much more. Well worth a visit. 

You can visit their website here

2. Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens & Canopy Walkway

There are three hiking trails, a canopy walkway, greenhouses, and a natural science museum. It is a huge gardens and you will need a good half day to discover all that it has to offer. 

You can visit their website here

3. Pongyang Jungle Coaster & Zipline

Located up in the mountains this park is lots of fun for the whole family, with the signature ride being the super fun jungle coaster. Be aware there is two-tier pricing but stand your ground with your Thai driving licence and/or work permit and you will get the Thai rates. Don’t let that put you off though, as the park is worth a visit. You can visit their website here:

4. Pick your own Strawberries!

Because Chiang Mai can get quite chilly it makes for the ideal place in Thailand to grow strawberries. The strawberry season starts around the middle of November until late February. 

5. Night Markets

There are lots of opportunities to shop in Chiang Mai with a lots of diverse and intriguing markets. 

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is one of the biggest. Chiangmai by describe it as “An epicentre of shopping in Chiang Mai. The huge Night Bazaar runs every evening from 18:00 to 22:30. Defining where this market begins and ends is not easy, as the collection of stalls and shops does vary; head to intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road and you’ll be roughly in the middle, with the bazaar spreading out for about two blocks in every direction.” suggests 8 markets you must visit in Chiang Mai:

6. Waterfalls

Because much of Chiang Mai is up in the mountains it means there are lots of waterfalls to discover. For most you need to pay a small entrance fee as they are set within National Park.

Here are five waterfalls in Chiang Mai you should visit:

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