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Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northern gateway the some of the most remote, wildest jungle terrain in Southeast Asia. There is much to do and see here that you might not be able to take it all in in a day or two. The number of days you have to spend in Chiang Mai should be taken into consideration. The tighter schedule you’re on, the fewer things you’ll be able to see.
A one-day excursion in Chiang Mai doesn’t give you much time to explore. A must-see place is the Patara Elephant Camp. At night, a popular spot for tourists to visit is the Chiang Mai Night Market as well as the Freedom Rasta Bar. Another option for those seeking some of the ancient Buddhist cultures of the area is Old Town, where you can visit temples and even talk to the monks.
If you have two days to spend in Chiang Mai and environs, you can see everything from the first day (including Old Town) as well as the Tiger Kingdom. Here, you can play with baby tiger cubs. There is also the option of taking a trip to 5 Hill Tribes Exhibition Village. In this village, you can see what lives are like for the indigenous peoples of the area such as Hmong, Akha and the famous Long Necks (Karen), as well as other tribes.
Three days gives you plenty of flexibility with regards to traveling around Chiang Mai and seeing everything you want to see. You could conceivably plan an itinerary where you do everything already listed in the first two days but expand your horizons, so to speak, and visit the greater area that borders Laos and Myanmar known as the Golden Triangle. Yes, there is a lot to see here, including villages such as Wat Doi Suthep and the sacred White Temple.
If you have four or five days to spend
If you’re lucky, you’ll have a week to spend to explore this amazing region of Thailand. You’ll most likely fall in love with this place so much, you’ll never want to leave it.
If you wake up early each morning, you’ll be able to give alms to the monks in the nearby temples. On the fourth or fifth extra day, you have to spend in the region, it’s worth taking a day to Doi Inthanon National Park. This vast area features lots of mountainous rainforest and some of the most beautiful waterfalls you will find in Thailand. Children and adults alike enjoy going on the nearby Flight of the Gibbon Zip Line as well as frolicking in the cool waters of the waterfalls to get relief from the relentless humidity.
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