Chiang Mai walking tours

Chiang Mai walking tours

Take a stroll through the lanes of the Old City

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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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Start with a Somphet smoothie. Photo 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 (Full text is around 1,200 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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