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Chiang Mai

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Wat Phra Singh

Chiang Mai 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded in 1345 by King Pa Yo, the temple comprises a number of different buildings in the Lan Na style, which have been richly decorated by local wood carvers. — Michelin Guide

Wat Phra Singh draws pilgrims and sightseers for its resident Buddha and its classic Lanna art and architecture. — Lonely Planet

An architectural feast and the most significant royal temple of Chiang Mai. Adorned in gold and decorated with elaborate reliefs and nagas. — Afar Magazine

The beautifully decorated wat contains the Phra Singh Buddha, with a serene and benevolent expression. — Fodor's

One of the more venerated temples in the city. It is still the focus of many important religious ceremonies. — Frommer's

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Chiang Mai National Museum

Chiang Mai 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Operated by the Fine Arts Department, this museum is the primary caretaker of Lanna artefacts and northern Thai history. — Lonely Planet

Devoted to the history of the Lan Na kingdom, the art and culture of Northern Thailand, as well as the traditional activities of mountain tribes. — Michelin Guide

The three Chiang Mai museums are too much to see in one day, so they sell a ticket that can be used over 5 days. — Afar Magazine

This northern Thai–style building contains many statues of Lord Buddha, including a bust that measures 10 feet high. — Fodor's

This place does provide something of a historical overview -- and the highlights -- of the region and the city. — Frommer's

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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Chiang Mai 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although partly destroyed by an earthquake, the majestic chedi of Wat Chedi Luang still stands at a height of 60m (compared with its original 90m) and is still the tallest chedi in Chiang Mai — Michelin Guide

Now a superb ruin. The parklike grounds contain a variety of assembly halls, chapels, a 30-foot-long reclining Buddha, and the ancient citypillar. — Fodor's

Because this temple is near the Thapae Gate, most visitors begin their sightseeing here, where there are two wats of interest. — Frommer's

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Wat Chiang Man

Chiang Mai 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wat Chiang Man was built by the city's founder, King Mengrai, which makes it the oldest temple in Chiang Mai (13C). — Michelin Guide

The temple contains two famous Buddhas, which reside in the small sanctuary to the right of the main chapel. — Lonely Planet

Thought to be Chiang Mai's oldest wat, this was built during the 14th century by King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai, on the spot where he first camped. — Frommer's

Chiang Mai's oldest monastery, dating from 1296, is typical of northern Thai architecture. — Fodor's

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Wat Suan Dok

Chiang Mai 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wat Suan Dok. It's said to have been built on the site where bones of Lord Buddha were found. — Fodor's

This complex is special less for its architecture (the buildings, though monumental, are undistinguished) than for its contemplative spirit and pleasant surroundings. — Frommer's

Wat Suan Dok is, perhaps, the most bucolic of Chiang Mai's temples, as it was built in the 14C in the gardens of King Mengrai. — Michelin Guide

Built on a former flower garden in 1373, this plain-jane temple has a photogenic collection of whitewashed chedi. — Lonely Planet

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Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This expansive animal park is open day and night, but the real action happens after dark, when you can view all sorts of critters from the back of an open-sided tram. — Lonely Planet

A feast for the eyes awaits visitors to this night market selling a huge range of regional arts and crafts, in particular superb silk stoles and a whole host of items made from teak. — Michelin Guide

More than 100 species of wild animals, including tigers, leopards, jaguars, and elephants. — Fodor's

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Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre

Chiang Mai 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum houses a permanent exhibit that walks visitors through a tour of prehistory to the present. — Frommer's

The handsome city museum is housed in a colonnaded palace that was the official administrative headquarters of the last local ruler. — Fodor's

This museum offers a fine primer on Chiang Mai history. — Lonely Planet

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Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Chiang Mai's most popular attractions for locals are the pandas, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, and their cub Lin Ping, born in 2009, who are the stars of Chiang Mai's extensive zoo. — Frommer's

At the foot of Doi Suthep, the Chiang Mai Zoo occupies a lush park setting and boasts a fairly comprehensive assortment of animals plus two special attractions (pandas and an aquarium). — Lonely Planet

On the lower slopes of Doi Suthep, this zoo's cages and enclosures are spaced out along paths that wind leisurely through shady woodlands. — Fodor's

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Wat Phan On Temple

Chiang Mai 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In Wat Phan Tao, you'll be struck by the delicate wood carvings in the wihan, where local woodworkers have surpassed themselves in their use of teak, the main resource from the neighbouring forests — Michelin Guide

Fringed by gilded Buddhas, the stately chedi at this prosperous wát is visited by scores of locals after dark — Lonely Planet

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Wat Jed Yod

Chiang Mai 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dotted around the compound are more chapels and chedi, as well as lots of mature ficus trees propped up with wooden stakes by devotees seeking merit. — Lonely Planet

The chedi was built during the reign of King Tilokkarat in the late 15th century, and, in 1477, the World Sangkayana convened here to revise the doctrines of the Buddha. — Frommer's

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Wat Umong

Chiang Mai 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This forest wát is best known for its secluded sylvan setting and a series of interconnecting brick tunnels built around 1380 for the clairvoyant monk. — Lonely Planet

Wat Umong is a forest temple with tiled caves, a reflection pond and a large stupa. — Afar Magazine

The most unusual temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Umong, dating from 1296. — Fodor's

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Tribal Museum

Chiang Mai 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This octagonal museum houses a collection of handicrafts, costumes, jewellery, ornaments, household utensils, agricultural tools, musical instruments and ceremonial paraphernalia. — Lonely Planet

The varied collection at this museum,...is one of the finest in the country and includes farming implements, hunting traps, weapons, colorful embroidery, and musical instruments. — Fodor's

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Wiang Kum Kam

Chiang Mai 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Wiang Kum Kam is now being excavated, and archaeologists have been amazed to uncover a cluster of buildings almost as large as Chiang Mai's Old City. — Fodor's

Today, the excavated ruins are scattered around the winding lanes of a sleepy village 5km south of Chiang Mai. — Lonely Planet

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Elephant Nature Park

Chiang Mai 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For a truly authentic up-close experience this one is hard to beat. — Fodor's

Guests can visit for the day or overnight to participate in the feedings and bath time. — Afar Magazine

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Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders

Chiang Mai 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A branch of the quirky old-city bug museum, with more pinned and mounted specimens. — Lonely Planet

Children love its oddball display of creepy-crawlies, which include enormous centipedes, beetles, moths, gaudy butterflies, and the world's largest collection of individual mosquito species. — Fodor's

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Bhubing Palace

Chiang Mai 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

More interesting is the reservoir in the grounds, brought to life by fountains that dance to the king's own musical compositions. — Lonely Planet

The summer residence of the royal family is a serene mansion that shares an exquisitely landscaped park with the more modest mountain retreats of the crown prince and princess. — Fodor's

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Buak Hard Public Park

Chiang Mai 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The old city’s only public park is a delightful spot to unwind as the afternoon slides towards the horizon. Locals gather every evening to jog along the running tracks, play on the... — Lonely Planet

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