Elaborate temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Vacations: City of Temples

Chiang Mai blends ancient traditions with modern design and cuisine. Those with an interest in Buddhist practice can join the locals as they give alms to the temple monks or visit the International Buddhist Center at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep with its chanting and meditation services. For a more rustic temple experience, journey to the forest temple of Wat Umong. Then, browse the colorful Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Take a walk on the wild side at the Elephant Nature Park. Go on a pilgrimage to Buddhist temples and enjoy Thai cuisine on a Chiang Mai vacation package with Liberty Travel.

Chiang Mai vacations map

Chiang Mai at a Glance

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Tipping Customs: Tipping is not expected, but appreciated

Power Up: Type G (3-Pronged), 230V

Popular Drink: Cha Yen-Thai iced tea

Must Eat: Khao soi

Language: Thai


Weather: March through June is quite hot; August and September bring monsoon rains; and November through February bring mild dry weather.

Best Time to Visit: Visit between November and February for best weather.

Chiang Mai Deals

Asian elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Top Things to Do in Chiang Mai

Browse the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Search for the perfect souvenir at this bustling night bazaar that runs from sundown until late into the night.

Go on a Retreat at the International Buddhist Centre
Visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and marvel at the temple’s golden spires, or delve more deeply into Buddhist ways with a retreat that includes lunch with the monks, meditation, chanting, and discussions.

Visit the Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
Support the work at the Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center.

Choose Your Temple
There are over 300 temples across the city. Wat Chedi Luang is home to the revered Emerald Buddha, and Wat Phra Singh is resplendent with its lavish mosaics.

Check out the Art Scene
Chiang Mai boasts a bustling creative scene with modern day galleries and cosmopolitan restaurants.

Khao soi, a common dish in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Vacation Packages: Best of Thailand the Liberty Travel Way

Whether you’re looking for an exotic temple-hopping adventure or want to spend your family vacation volunteering with the elephants, Liberty Travel’s consultants can create a Chiang Mai vacation package crafted just for you.

When you book with us, you get:

  • Real People. More than a travel agent, your Chiang Mai consultant is a fellow traveler with a passion to help you see the world.
  • Perfect Match. We’ll pair you with a destination expert who has insider knowledge of Chiang Mai for a truly personalized booking experience.
  • Crafted Vacations. Stay in hand-selected hotels. Get connected with local guides and enriching experiences. Choose from among our exclusive Chiang Mai vacation packages, including our Journeys.
  • Support. With 24/7 support, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

We know Chiang Mai. Leave the planning to us.