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Chiang Mai walking tours

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With its labyrinth of lanes, a stunning ancient temple and tempting fresh coffee shops seemingly around every corner, Chiang Mai's Old City lends itself perfectly to a walking tour. Here's how we'd do it.

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Wandering in any direction through the area between the Ping River and the moated Old City is sure to be both fun and fascinating, but we have a couple of suggested itineraries to optimise your foot work versus sites ratio. Starting reasonably early, you could cover either one in a half-day or join them together for a leisurely and varied full day tour.

Start with a Somphet smoothie. Photo taken in or around Chiang Mai walking tours, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Start with a Somphet smoothie. Photo: Mark Ord

Starting at Tha Pae Gate, as it’s central and easy to find, head a short distance along the inner moat road, Moonmuang, until reaching Somphet Market on the left. One of the Old City’s few remaining local-style markets, Somphet is well worth a peek and if you haven’t already had a coffee or juice, then this is a great opportunity to do so. Follow the red brick lane, Moonmuang Soi 6, for five minutes or so until you reach Ratchaphakhinai Road, where you’ll need to hang a left. Keep straight across the intersection with Ratchawithi Road and look out for a temple, Wat Umong Mahathera Chan, on the right just after Archers Pub.

Walk through this attractive old Buddhist temple and continue along the leafy lane which emerges shortly onto Phrapokklao Road next to the well restored old court house—now home to the Lanna Folk Museum. You’re now in Chiang Mai’s museum district. The impressive old city hall, opposite and behind the Three King’s Monument, is currently home to the Chiang Mai Arts and Culture Museum. At the rear of the building is the new, purpose-built Historical Centre. The Three Kings incidentally represent King Mengrai, founder of Chiang Mai, with his buddies and allies King Ramkamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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