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One day in Chiang Mai

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We sincerely hope you are considering spending more than just one day in Thailand’s northern capital to explore its wealth of sights and fine accommodation and eating options. But as an introductory one-day programme is what you need, here are our suggestions.





To begin, head into the walled and moated square of the Old City, where we’d recommend doing something along the lines of our half-day Old City walking tour. Begin with either a local-style breakfast in or around Somphet Market or Blue Diamond, and finish up with a classic Chiang Mai-style lunch at Inthawarorot Road.

Wat Chedi Luang is a highlight for many visitors to Chiang Mai. Photo taken in or around One day in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Wat Chedi Luang is a highlight for many visitors to Chiang Mai. Photo: Mark Ord

The morning walking tour should give you a good feel for the city, allowing you to take in a few of the key sites such as Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, and enjoying a quick introduction to the region’s history and culture at the Chiang Mai Historical Centre. Allow time to get side-tracked at an additional museum or temple, or go off piste with an hour’s massage, ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Chiang Mai.
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