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Khao Soi Khun Yai is a popular restaurant famous for its Khao Soi dish. It is very popular and often busy so be prepared to wait for a seat and your meal. The Khao Soi with chicken is 30 Baht (or 35 Baht for the large portion) and cooked with an authentic recipe including coconut milk. You can also order it with pork or beef. As well as Khao Soi there are a few other noodle dishes available including rice noodles in a clear soup, Ba Mee noodles and a spicy noodle soup. There are also 15 Baht iced juice drinks with the choice of lotus root, longan or guava juice. Opening Hours: 10:00 - 14:00 (closed Sundays) Location: Sripoom Road, directly after Sripoom soi 8
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Khao Soi Khun Yai
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Khao Soi Khun Yai is a popular restaurant famous for its Khao Soi dish. It is very popular and often busy so be prepared to wait for a seat and your meal. The Khao Soi with chicken is 30 Baht (or 35 Baht for the large portion) and cooked with an authentic recipe including coconut milk. You can also order it with pork or beef. As well as Khao Soi there are a few other noodle dishes available including rice noodles in a clear soup, Ba Mee noodles and a spicy noodle soup. There are also 15 Baht iced juice drinks with the choice of lotus root, longan or guava juice. Opening Hours: 10:00 - 14:00 (closed Sundays) Location: Sripoom Road, directly after Sripoom soi 8
Akha Ama cafe is a cosy cafe down a hidden soi in the Santitham area, north of the Old City. There is an air conditioned indoor area and a leafy outdoor area, shaded by trees.Most of the staff and the founder of Akha Ama come from the hill tribe village and are very knowledgeable about coffee. The cafe as well as the founder, Lee Ayu, have become quite famous in Thailand and on weekends and public holidays the cafe is busy with visitors. Opening Hours: 8:00 - 18:00 (closed Wednesday) Location: 9/1 Mata Apartment, Hassadhisawee Road, Soi 3 Chang Phuak Tel: +66 (0)86 915 8600
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Akha Ama Coffee
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Akha Ama cafe is a cosy cafe down a hidden soi in the Santitham area, north of the Old City. There is an air conditioned indoor area and a leafy outdoor area, shaded by trees.Most of the staff and the founder of Akha Ama come from the hill tribe village and are very knowledgeable about coffee. The cafe as well as the founder, Lee Ayu, have become quite famous in Thailand and on weekends and public holidays the cafe is busy with visitors. Opening Hours: 8:00 - 18:00 (closed Wednesday) Location: 9/1 Mata Apartment, Hassadhisawee Road, Soi 3 Chang Phuak Tel: +66 (0)86 915 8600
Drinks & Nightlife
THC Rooftop bar is the original rooftop bar in Chiang Mai offering views of Chiang Mai's old city and Doi Suthep Mountain. While the THC rooftop bar is not the only rooftop bar in the city, it remains popular with backpackers and younger tourists. It’s certainly loud and boisterous all night long, with a mostly backpacker clientele who are very friendly and in the mood to dance. Opening Hours: 18:00 – 00:00 Address: 19/4-5 Kotchasarn Road, opposite Thapae Gate.
THC Rooftop bar
THC Rooftop bar is the original rooftop bar in Chiang Mai offering views of Chiang Mai's old city and Doi Suthep Mountain. While the THC rooftop bar is not the only rooftop bar in the city, it remains popular with backpackers and younger tourists. It’s certainly loud and boisterous all night long, with a mostly backpacker clientele who are very friendly and in the mood to dance. Opening Hours: 18:00 – 00:00 Address: 19/4-5 Kotchasarn Road, opposite Thapae Gate.
The Roof offers panoramic views of the Ping River, Chiang Mai and even Doi Suthep temple on the mountain. Being located at the edge of the river gives The Roof a fresh breeze and the rooftop tends to be cooler than the street level. The Roof bar has a variety of seating, from long benches with low tables, to stools at the bar as well as pool loungers if you want to really relax. The vista is also impressive because the bar has 360 degree views. Opening Hours: Fri - Sun 18:00 - 23:00 Address: Sala Lanna Chiang Mai, 49 Charoenrat Road Tel: +66 (0)53 242 588
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai Resort
The Roof offers panoramic views of the Ping River, Chiang Mai and even Doi Suthep temple on the mountain. Being located at the edge of the river gives The Roof a fresh breeze and the rooftop tends to be cooler than the street level. The Roof bar has a variety of seating, from long benches with low tables, to stools at the bar as well as pool loungers if you want to really relax. The vista is also impressive because the bar has 360 degree views. Opening Hours: Fri - Sun 18:00 - 23:00 Address: Sala Lanna Chiang Mai, 49 Charoenrat Road Tel: +66 (0)53 242 588
Sightseeing
Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, "If you haven't tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven't been to Chiang Mai." This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views from its summit. Aside from its dominating presence on the horizon, Doi Suthep is the home of some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom. Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00 Location: Th Huay Kaew, Doi Suthep
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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
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Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. A Thai saying goes, "If you haven't tasted Khao Soi or seen the view from Doi Suthep, you haven't been to Chiang Mai." This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views from its summit. Aside from its dominating presence on the horizon, Doi Suthep is the home of some of the most deeply loved symbols in the Kingdom. Opening Hours: 06:00 - 18:00 Location: Th Huay Kaew, Doi Suthep
Parks & Nature
Spend a day at Doi Inthanon National Park, "the roof of Thailand." Visit the sacred and tranquil Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong, beautiful Wachirathan Falls, jungle trekking at Aang-Ka (Michael's Trail), and see the pagodas of Phra Mahathat Chedi Nophamethanidol and Phra Mahathat Noppholbhumisiri.
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Doi Inthanon National Park
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Spend a day at Doi Inthanon National Park, "the roof of Thailand." Visit the sacred and tranquil Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong, beautiful Wachirathan Falls, jungle trekking at Aang-Ka (Michael's Trail), and see the pagodas of Phra Mahathat Chedi Nophamethanidol and Phra Mahathat Noppholbhumisiri.
This is a great spot located inside the grounds of Chiang Mai University to cool off and maybe take a nap in the shade of a hot afternoon. Chiang Mai city centre is a little bit short in the way of public parks and open green spaces (although you don’t have to travel far outside to become completely lost in greenery). Ang Kaew Reservoir attracts plenty of the university’s students as well as tourists, and was originally constructed as a water supply for the university in the 1960s. Do note there is a 50 baht charge to enter the grounds. Location: Ang Kaew Reservoir Chiang Mai University 239, Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai
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Ang Kaew reservoir
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This is a great spot located inside the grounds of Chiang Mai University to cool off and maybe take a nap in the shade of a hot afternoon. Chiang Mai city centre is a little bit short in the way of public parks and open green spaces (although you don’t have to travel far outside to become completely lost in greenery). Ang Kaew Reservoir attracts plenty of the university’s students as well as tourists, and was originally constructed as a water supply for the university in the 1960s. Do note there is a 50 baht charge to enter the grounds. Location: Ang Kaew Reservoir Chiang Mai University 239, Huay Kaew Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai
Arts & Culture
Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic. Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00 Location: Phrapokklao Road Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
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Wat Chedi Luang
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Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) was built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty and is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic. Opening Hours: 06:00 - 17:00 Location: Phrapokklao Road Tel: +66 (0) 53 24 8604
The Arts and Cultural Centre was created as part of the city hall’s initiative to create a source of learning about the heritage and culture of Chiang Mai. They wanted the past to be accessible and interactive for both visitors and residents of Chiang Mai, and the Arts and Cultural Centre has been successful so far in doing that. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 – 17:00 Location: Prapokklao Road, Old city, Chiang Mai Tel: +66 (0) 53217793
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Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center
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The Arts and Cultural Centre was created as part of the city hall’s initiative to create a source of learning about the heritage and culture of Chiang Mai. They wanted the past to be accessible and interactive for both visitors and residents of Chiang Mai, and the Arts and Cultural Centre has been successful so far in doing that. Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 – 17:00 Location: Prapokklao Road, Old city, Chiang Mai Tel: +66 (0) 53217793
Shopping
The Sunday Weekend Walking Street is easily the most popular shopping experience in Chiang Mai. A vibrant spectrum of art, crafts, music and food – with handmade quality goods and souvenirs that echo the spirit of Northern Thailand. Opening Hours: Best time to go is after 17:00 Location: Tha Pae to Ratchadamneon Road
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Walking Street Residence
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The Sunday Weekend Walking Street is easily the most popular shopping experience in Chiang Mai. A vibrant spectrum of art, crafts, music and food – with handmade quality goods and souvenirs that echo the spirit of Northern Thailand. Opening Hours: Best time to go is after 17:00 Location: Tha Pae to Ratchadamneon Road
The main venue for shopping in Chiang Mai, indeed all of Thailand, the night bazaar is a can't-miss part of the Chiang Mai experience. Ground zero of this nightly commerce bomb is located at the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road but the whole thing spreads out for two blocks in either direction. Set up time is around sunset (usually about 18:00) and shopping goes on unabated until about 22:30 with a few vendors remaining open even later. Opening Hours: Best time to go: After 19:00 Location: Intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang Roads
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Night Bazaar Place Chiang Mai
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The main venue for shopping in Chiang Mai, indeed all of Thailand, the night bazaar is a can't-miss part of the Chiang Mai experience. Ground zero of this nightly commerce bomb is located at the intersection of Chang Khlan Road and Loi Khro Road but the whole thing spreads out for two blocks in either direction. Set up time is around sunset (usually about 18:00) and shopping goes on unabated until about 22:30 with a few vendors remaining open even later. Opening Hours: Best time to go: After 19:00 Location: Intersection of Tha Pae and Chang Klang Roads
Entertainment & Activities
Prepare delicious Thai fare and ride a riverboat to explore Chiang Mai’s main market with a local professional chef. With a choice of 3 lessons offering different menus, make dishes like mango and sticky rice, curries, Pad Thai or green papaya salad. Siam Delights featured on Wednesday and Thursday Activity Location:Aroy Aroy Thai Cooking School 33-12 Charoen Prathet Road Chang Klan Muang Chang Chiang Mai.
Aroy Aroy Thai Cooking School
33-12 Charoen Prathet Rd
Prepare delicious Thai fare and ride a riverboat to explore Chiang Mai’s main market with a local professional chef. With a choice of 3 lessons offering different menus, make dishes like mango and sticky rice, curries, Pad Thai or green papaya salad. Siam Delights featured on Wednesday and Thursday Activity Location:Aroy Aroy Thai Cooking School 33-12 Charoen Prathet Road Chang Klan Muang Chang Chiang Mai.
Nearly 400 different species of animal are kept at the Chiang Mai Zoo, including elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, hippopotami and rhinoceroses. The zoo also features some outstanding special attractions such as the walk through aviary, a fascinating freshwater aquarium and the zoo's stars - Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, two young pandas who were sent as goodwill ambassadors from China in 2003. Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Address: 100 Huay Kaew Road Tel: +66 53 210 374
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Chiang Mai Zoo
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Nearly 400 different species of animal are kept at the Chiang Mai Zoo, including elephants, tigers, chimpanzees, hippopotami and rhinoceroses. The zoo also features some outstanding special attractions such as the walk through aviary, a fascinating freshwater aquarium and the zoo's stars - Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, two young pandas who were sent as goodwill ambassadors from China in 2003. Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Address: 100 Huay Kaew Road Tel: +66 53 210 374