Chiang Mai, the capital of northern Thailand, is one of the must-see destinations on any trip to the land of smiles. Northern Thailand has many beautiful places to visit and activities to enjoy. You can travel through the north by sleeping in various destinations, or staying in Chiang Mai as a base camp from which to take excursions. This last option is cheaper, and ideal for those who travel for between 10 and 15 days and are want to discover both the capital, the north and the southern beaches. So today we’ll share with you our pick of the 10 best day trips from Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai offers a wide range of activities to do. There are many interesting temples and a historic center, surrounded by the old moat, which is a pleasure to stroll around. There are also several markets, such as Warorot, the main central market, or the Night Bazar, the tourist night market, which is open every evening. On weekends you will find two even more interesting night markets: the Saturday Night Market and, best of all, the Sunday Night Market. However, it is highly recommended to save some time (ideally a few days) to explore the surrounding area and enjoy some of the best day trips from Chiang Mai.
Getting to Chiang Mai is very easy, as there are more than 50 daily flights (Air Asia, Nok Air, Lion Air, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, etc.). For those who want to arrive in a more romantic and adventurous way, you have the option of traveling on the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Many daily buses bound for Chiang Mai depart from Bangkok’s North Station, Mo Chit Bus Station, although the bus ride takes 10-12h.
The 10 Best Day Trips from Chiang Mai
Day trips in Chiang Mai can be booked online in advance, or at any tour agency once you get in the city. Yo can do many of these best day trips from Chiang Mai on your own (basically those that are not adventure sports like quads or rafting), but you will need to rent a vehicle.