1. Overview

Chiang Mai is a very popular tourist destination because of its cool year-round air, impressive ancient architecture, hundreds of year-old temples, and unique museums. Chiang Mai is the most culturally diverse city in the Northern region of Thailand.

Chiang Mai is attracting more and more tourists with its famous tourist destinations and irresistible, delicious dishes. Especially when coming to the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, visitors will experience the most new and wonderful feelings. Please experience the top 15 best things to do on a Chiang Mai private tour below.

2. Top 15 best things to do for Chiang Mai private tours

2.1. Visiting Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai

When traveling to Chiang Mai, you cannot ignore visiting the great temples.

2.1.1. Visiting Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is a Thai royal Buddhist temple located in the ancient city of Chiang Mai. It was also considered the administrative center of the ancient Lana Kingdom. When visiting this temple, visitors will feel the ancient, old cover.

  • Address: 103 Phra Pok Klao Road, Phra Singh Sub area, Mueang district, Chiang Mai city, Thailand.
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 18:00 p.m

2.1.2. Visiting Wat Phra Singh

Phra Singh’s ancient temple was built 700 years ago, so it has a spiritual beauty that is both mysterious and ancient. Coming to Phra Singh temple, visitors will not be surprised when the main hall has an extremely unique architecture. Inside is a statue of Phrachaotongtip Buddha, large paintings imbued with Lana culture, all inlaid with gold.

  • Address: 2 Samlarn Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 9 a.m -18:00 p.m

2.1.3. Visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

This temple dates back to the 14th century and is considered the most visited temple in the city of Chiang Mai. Besides attracting visitors with its natural beauty and tranquil surroundings, the temple is also a sacred Buddhist site that is extremely revered. Stop by Wat Phra That Doi Suthep; visitors will be impressed with a 24-meter-high stupa gilded from top to bottom.

  • Address: Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 20:00 p.m 

2.2. Strolling through some of Chiang Mai’s markets

During the day, you should go through the alleys of Talat Warorot Market, the largest market in the city. It has everything from food stalls to clothing. Located on the east side of the old town and next to Chinatown, this market is very popular with the locals. You can also visit the nearby flower market on the waterfront. Florists make beautiful arrangements for offerings and wreaths to hang in cars.

In the evening, head to the Night Bazaar, open daily from 18:00, located on Chang Klan Road. There, you will find crafts made by indigenous mountain tribes. It’s also a great place to enjoy delicious food at one of the many street food stalls. 

On weekends, don’t forget to visit the Saturday or Sunday Night Market. There is a wide selection of handicrafts, souvenirs, clothing, and figurines at reasonable prices.

2.3. Visiting traditional tribes

Visiting the Karen Ao Dai Tribe: Found near the Myanmar border is the Karen Ao Dai tribe, and they are famous worldwide for their custom in which women wear copper coils that are too old to create an antique look. The more glasses a woman wears, the more beautiful she is considered. They also wear these coils on their hands and feet.

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Visiting the Hmong Tribal Village and Doi Pui National Park. Doi Pui is the highest peak in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and is set amidst beautiful terrain. The Hmong Tribal Village is one of the most sought-after attractions in the area. A tour of this village will give you an idea of the way of life of the hill tribe. An interesting part of their history is that they used to grow poppies for a living until they turned into agricultural farms.

2.4. Conquering Phoenix Adventure Park

At Phoenix Adventure Park, you can participate in overcoming more than 48 obstacles, from difficult to easy. From high rope swings or rope swings to see the scenery below to adventure games to explore the deep forest.

Phoenix Adventure Park is the largest adventure park in the Chiang Mai area. Here, with safety as the top priority. Everyone will be equipped with the necessary protective equipment. Don’t be afraid of danger.

  • Address: 6 Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 08:30 a.m –17:30 p.m
  • Tel: (+66) 94 753 5551
  • Reference ticket price: from 24.83 USD

2.5. Visiting Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari is the third night zoo in the world, and with more than 14,000 animals, you have a lot to explore at night. The zoo is surrounded by three separate areas that you can explore on foot or by tram. 

First, the Jaguar Trail area is where you can spot white tigers, camels, and wildcats. Next, you will pass through the hunting grounds and see vultures, lions, and bears. Finally, visit the Savannah Safari, where you can spot cheetahs and giraffes.

  • Address: 33, Nong Kwai, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 11:00 a.m – 22:00 p.m
  • Ticket Price: 11.41 USD – 22.81 USD

2.6. Exploring the Grand Canyon

Although only discovered a few years ago, the Grand Canyon has quickly become a place that attracts many young people. Grand Canyon Chiang Mai is considered a miniature of the famous Grand Canyon in the US. 

The Grand Canyon has a poetic, wild beauty that leaves an impression on first-time visitors. In particular, inside the Grand Canyon, there is also a Grand Canyon Water Park with many interesting water sports games.

  • Address: 202 Moo 3, Nam Phrae, Hang Dong Read, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 9:00 a.m – 19:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 12.83 USD/adult.

9.98 USD/child under 120 cm.

2.7. Discovering nature at the Botanic Garden’s cactus nursery

Due to the special climate in Chiang Mai, the succulents here are also very different. The Botanic Garden cactus garden is full of sizes, from small to large, from long to round—all of them have a very lush green color. Coming to the Botanic Garden, visitors will admire the fancy succulents, which have certainly never been seen anywhere. The Botanic Garden’s cactus nursery is incubated with transparent glass, making you feel like you are lost in a miniature botanical world.

  • Address: 100 Moo 9, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open:  8:30 a.m – 17:30 p.m
  • Ticket price: 1.43 USD

2.8. Watching a Muay Thai match

This activity is becoming more popular in Chiang Mai. Muay Thai matches are really impressive when you see them with your own eyes. This fighting technique originated as a military training method used by Thai soldiers and is now the national sport in Thailand.

This is a very worthwhile experience, with the Atmosphere of the Matches being amazing with the musicians and simulated combat performances during the warm-up. There are three locations to watch a Muay Thai match in Chiang Mai: Kalare Stadium, Thapae Boxing Stadium, and Loi Kroh Stadium. The entrance fee ranges from 11.41 USD to 17.11 USD.

2.9. Experiencing 3D art at the museum

Art in Paradise is more than just a traditional art gallery; it’s a fun interactive 3D experience. You’ll feel like part of the scene with these cool display effects. There are over 130 different paintings in six different zones themed on underwater, wildlife, and ancient art! What’s more, the classic art section displays famous paintings like the Mona Lisa.

  • Address: 199/9 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 9:00 a.m – 21:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 8.55 USD/adult.

5.70 USD/child.

2.10. Taking care of elephants at Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park

The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai is one of the most memorable experiences when visiting Chiang Mai. In the reserve, discover 114 elephants, 670 dogs, and 2000 cats, as well as cows, buffalo, rabbits, and more. It is truly a paradise for wildlife, with elephants and buffalo walking together. You can visit for the day, overnight, or even volunteer for seven days. You can join the staff who care for the elephants here and experience feeding, bathing, climbing, or swimming with these lovely “big babies”.

  • Address: 209/2 Sridom Chai Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Open: 9:00 a.m – 17:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 71.29 USD

2.11. Visiting Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park is home to the highest mountain in Thailand, an extension of the Shan Hills and made mostly of granite. Doi Inthanon is home to more bird species than anywhere else in Thailand. You’ll also be able to admire the Nam Tok Mae Klang and Nam Tok Wachirathan waterfalls in the park or the twin stupas, built in honor of the king and queen, with terraces offering great views.

  • Address: Chom Thong district, Chiang Mai province.
  • Open: 5:30 a.m – 18:30 p.m
Khám phá công viên quốc gia Doi Inthanon nơi được mệnh danh là “Mái nhà của Thái Lan”

2.12. Admiring the beauty of orchids at Orchid Farm Chiang Mai

Orchids are the symbol of Thailand and Thai Airways, so it is no surprise that orchids are very popular with the people. Here, you are not only overwhelmed by the colors of orchids; you will also be surprised when there are many butterflies. You should also take some time to visit the souvenir stalls here and buy them back if you like. The products are mainly about orchids and butterflies (decoration).

  • Address: 61 Moo 6, Old Mae Rim – Samoeng Rd, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 9:00 a.m – 17:00 p.m

2.13. Experiencing at Sankampaeng Hot Spring

Sankampaeng Hot Spring is located about 36 kilometers from Chiang Mai city. This is a natural hot spring that attracts the attention of many visitors. Bathing in the hot water here not only helps the body relax and dispel fatigue but also helps relax muscles and is a good solution for the skin. Guests can also choose to swim in the mineral pool or rent a private room for a hot bath. The bathing areas are separated for women and men.

  • Address: 1 Ban Sa Ha Khon, Mae On District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Tel: (+66) 87 659 1791
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 18:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 2.85 USD.

2.14. Relaxing with traditional Thai massage

You’ll find massage parlors all over the city, around temples, and on the streets of the old town. Most hotels also offer massages, and some have very nice spas. Most massage parlors are very reputable and have fully qualified staff. It costs about 7.13 USD for an hour-long foot massage and 14.26 USD for a full-body massage.

2.15. Khantoke Dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center

Chiang Mai is famous for its rich traditional Lanna culture, so when visiting Chiang Mai, make the most of a Khantoke dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. When it’s time for dinner, you’ll be seated on the floor at a large round table (called a toke), and traditional Northern Thai dishes will be served.

Khantoke Dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is a wonderful blend of the typical flavors of Thai cuisine, folk music and dance, and the warm, beautiful setting here.

  • Address: 185/3 Wualai Rd, Hai Ya Sub District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Tel: (+66) 53 202 993
  • Open: 10:00 a.m – 21:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: from 14.52 USD.

3. Conclusion

Above are the top 15 most interesting things for a Chiang Mai private tour that you should experience when coming here. I hope you have a great trip here. If you have any questions about the itinerary, you can contact us right away.

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