Here a selection of Chiang Mai Attractions:
Sunday Walking Street (Chiang Mai Center)
The main part of Sunday Walking Street will be held on Rachadamnoen Road which will be closed for traffic and turns into a night market. The market will open every Sunday at 4pm until late. The main entrance is at Tapae Gate. On it you will find all kinds of local handcrafts, fabrics, candles, massage oils. lamps clothes, food ,drinks and much more. It is very nice to just stroll around and lock at all the cute items. The intention of the Chiang Mai Authorities is to promote local products out of the region and not so much items that you would find in a department store.
Warorot Market (Chiang Mai Center)
Warorot Market ( Talad Warorot ตลาดวโรรส) is not as much a Tourism attraction as it is the most important fresh market in Chiang Mai. If you have to chance please visit Warorot market as early as possible in order to enjoy the colors and smells at their best.The Market open early morning and offers a wide variety of fresh and dried fruit, fresh curries, meat and seafood, flowers, spices, vegetable, rice and so much more. The market is very popular especially with locals who prefer to have a little chit chat while shopping rather than the clinical and impersonal, detached ambience of a supermarket. Take your time and look around, get yourself some fresh fruits or flowers or try the home made curry pastes. You will find the market between Night Bazaar and China Town at the Ping River. Please click here for the location.
Wat Prathat (Chiang Mai +17kms)
Wat Prathat is one of the most important and sacred temples in Northern Thailand and surely a must-do tourist attraction. The temple is located 17 kms outside the center of Chiang Mai on top of the Doi Suthep mountain. To get get there, you may book yourself on a minivan which picks you up at or close to your Hotel/Guesthouse. You may as well jump on one of the waiting Songteaw in front of the Chiang Mai Zoo at the foot of Doi Suthep which clearly is the cheapest option (฿50 per person/one way). The Sonteaw will wait until its squeezed with passengers and will than climb the mountain. Same on the way back.
If however you would like to make your visit to Wat Prathat a bit more special here some tips:
Get a scooter and climb the mountain yourself. You can stop whenever you like and you can even drive deeper into the mountain after your visit at the temple, lets say until the coffee farms. Please make sure you leave the farms around 5pm so you will have a secure return trip in daylight. Not all of the maintain road is illuminated.
Avoid the crowd: On weekends and Bank Holidays you won’t be the only visitor. Busloads of tourists form all over the world are blocking your view and you are constantly running into the path of enthusiastic photographers. Instead, visit the temple early morning or late in the afternoon when the busloads are still having their continental breakfast or dinner buffet. Viewing the sunset from the temple is priceless. Make sure you bring a jacket during cold season (November till March), it can be rather chill up there and on your way down after sunset.