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Exploring Chiang Mai: Top Things to Do

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In a previous article, we discussed how to best plan your backpacking trip to Bangkok. The city has a lot to offer, so make sure you have your camera ready for some incredible shots. Bangkok, however, is not the only interesting place to explore in Thailand. From Bangkok, you can also continue your journey to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is the second-biggest city in Thailand and one of the most visited cities in Thailand. The place – and the area that surrounds it – is incredibly beautiful and filled with attractions and activities you don’t want to miss.

Old City Temples

The Old City in Chiang Mai is a magical place. It is a place filled with ancient temples and old structures that really expose the long history of this country. The Old City shows how older cities used to have narrow lanes and a unique arrangement of buildings and structures.

You will find the Old City temples to be equally charming. The place is not too big, so you can easily spend half a day exploring the area.

In reality, half a day is far from enough. The Wat Chedi Luang is too good to miss. The pagoda is almost 200 feet tall. The surrounding landscape certainly makes this Chedi even more majestic. And then there is the Wat Phan Tao, which is next to the Chedi, and so many other captivating places to visit.

The Night Safari

The Chiang Mai Night Safari is another interesting experience to try in Chiang Mai. It is modeled after a similar attraction in Singapore, but you get that Thai ambiance and a more beautiful landscape enhancing the experience to a whole new level.

There are three zones in the Night Safari. The Predator Prowl is certainly the most interesting because this is where you will find the tigers and other predators. You can take a guided tour on a tram or explore all three zones on foot.

Mamanoi Cooking Class

Cooking may not be something you have in mind when thinking about Thailand, but the Mamanoi Cooking Class is definitely a must-try. The place itself is gorgeous, with Mamanoi’s organic gardens and beautiful landscape greeting you when you arrive.

There are reasons why Mamanoi is regarded as the best cooking class in Chiang Mai. This is where you can learn how to make delicious Thai dishes, plus you can learn so much about Thai tea and how it is prepared.

The full-day course is particularly interesting because you learn how to make dishes like the sticky rice with mango – a Thai signature dessert – and Pad Thai. There are also courses on appetizers and curry, including the Khao Soy Curry and Green Curry.

There are many other places to visit in Chiang Mai. The Wat Phra Doi Suthep is equally fascinating with its golden ornaments. The village of Hmong, an authentic village on the hill, lets you go back in time and explore the cultural roots of the area. A trip to Chiang Mai will be a fruitful and fascinating trip.