Chiang Mai has always been grabbing the attention of most of the tourists. Its scenic mountain terrain says a lot more about its beauty and the city is full of historical monuments and cultural sites waiting to be explored. Whether your interest is in adventurous activities or you love to explore finer things, your vacation plans in Chiang Mai, Thailand is going to amaze you!

One can enjoy both cultural and natural places in Chiang Mai. Even short distance drive can give you limitless chances of exploring natural beauty along with captivating hill-tribe villages. In fact, there are numerous places to see in and around Chiang Mai that you have to plan your vacations accordingly for visiting them all. Let’s take a look at some appealing locations in the city, which you can’t miss.
Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That is a holy temple situated near the peak of Doi Suthep. This temple is also known as Doi Suthep by many people. You can enjoy a 15 km tuk-tuk mountain ride for visiting this place. Built in 1383, this place is still a loved destination for tourists.
Chiang Mai Zoo
It is true that most of us have seen a zoo in their life, but Chiang Mai zoo is amazingly impressive. Spread over an area of 200 acres this zoo is located at foothills of Doi Suthep. Apart from appealing wildlife, one can see the wonderful glimpse of the city from there. Get an illusion of living with wild animals, as many harmless animals like zebra and giraffe, have walkovers which allow visitors to interact with them more closely.
Night Safari 
Night Safari is the plan of Thai government for attracting tourists in Chiang Mai. The idea is to give a thrilling experience to visitors, similar to walking out in a forest at night. Along with visiting three major animal zones- Predator Prowl, Savanna Safari, Jaguar Trail through open-sided tram, there are multiple other activities for keeping you thoroughly entertained on the trip. Feed wild animals, play with tiger cubs, have fun with dancing fountain and laser light show.
Wat Chedi Luang
This is the most sacred relic in Chiang Mai which was built between the years 1385 to 1402, at the time of King Saen Muang Ma. This enormous chedi is 60m at the square base and is 80m tall. Because of an earthquake in 1545, this chedi’s height has been reduced to its half, but its structure is still very impressive and appealing. In 1992, naga staircase and elephant status were made by fine art departments for beautifying the base.

The list of tourist places in Chiang Mai is never going to end, as it is a city with countless places to visit. Apart from the natural elegance and cultural richness, Chiang Mai is also famous for yoga retreats. Some of the world’s best yoga teacher training retreats invite tourists to experience a higher level of openness and consciousness in the heart. These soulful activities will give you an opportunity to take a deep dive into meditation for experiencing positive aspects of your life.