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Three days in Chiang Mai

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A three-day Chiang Mai programme will allow you enough time to take in a cross section of the city’s sites, nearby Doi Suthep plus perhaps a day out in the surrounding area to Mae Sa, Samoeng or Hang Dong.

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Start with our Chiang Mai walking tour, which will take you through the Old City and Worarot, to make a full day tour of the downtown’s main sights. This will cover a range of areas from the sedate Old City with a museum or two and a couple of historic temples to the bustling Chinatown and Worarot Market section of town, and a return along the scenic riverside.

The reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Singh. Photo taken in or around Three days in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Singh. Photo: Mark Ord

Distances aren’t too great—it shouldn’t wear you out too much—and ought to provide time for some distractions such as a massage as well as some quality lounging around time in one of the myriad coffee shops. The walking tour is of course equally suited to a bicycle should you prefer. Have a look at some of our eat and drink suggestions too, so you can check out some of the local cafes and regional specialities on your way from sight to sight.

On the second day, start as early as possible to avoid the crowds and head up Doi Suthep by bike, car or either a public or rented songthaew. Wat Jet Yot and Wat Umong in particular are recommended stops on the way if your means of transport allows, and after a look at the famous mountaintop temple itself we’d skip the Palace and push on to Doi Pui, where you can visit the Hmong village and or do a short and very pleasant ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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