Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s largest cities and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Called the “Rose of the North”, it’s the place of choice of many expats because of its mix of natural beauty, a rich culture and history, and its friendly people.
Visitors can find a lot of things to do in Chiang Mai. There are activities for adventure seekers as well as those who are only after some rest and relaxation. Festival hunters flock to Chiang Mai, too, especially during the Yi Peng (the night of a thousand sky lanterns) or the Songkran (the Water Festival).
The city certainly has a lot to offer no matter what your interest or budget is. Here are just some of the things you can do in Chiang Mai.
Enroll in Yoga Teacher Training in Chiang Mai
Patanjali Institute holds a unique combination of yoga teacher training & clinical hypnotherapy training program in Chiang Rai near Chiang Mai. In its 200-hour course, which is accredited by the Yoga Alliance International, you will not only learn how to teach yoga, you will also learn hypnotherapy skills. You can use these skills for your own benefit as well as others.
If you’re interested in enrolling in the yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai, check out our schedule for upcoming classes and availability.
Get in Touch with Your Spiritual Side
Chiang Mai is the perfect place to get in touch with your spirituality, with its age-old temples, scenic views, and quaint countryside tempo. There are a lot of religious sites that you can go to, like the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Thailand’s most sacred temple perched atop Doi Suthep’s summit. It takes 309 steps to reach the pagodas but the views at the top are so stunning the effort to reach it is very much worth it.
There are also a lot of yoga teacher training classes in Chiang Mai and nearby Chiang Rai, for those who want to take their yoga practice to the next level.
Reconnect with History
A stroll through to Wiang Kum Kam is a trip down memory lane. It is Chiang Mai’s oldest known historical settlement established by Mon as a satellite town for his vast kingdom. There are over 1,300 stone slabs, bells, bricks, and chedi that would remind you of its glorious past.
Go on an Adventure
True to its credo of offering something for everybody, there is a place in Chiang Mai where adventure seekers would love to go. The city’s X Center is definitely not for the faint hearted! It offers adrenaline pumping activities like bungee jumping, paintball, ATV, indoor drift kart, and Xorb balls. You can also go out of the city to climb mountains and visit nature parks, among others.
Chiang Mai is a shopper’s and a bargain hunter’s idea of heaven. There are so many places to shop here with a good selection of items that it can be difficult to decide where to go first.
Talat Wororot, for example, is known as the “Great Market.” There are two multi-storey buildings that make up the entire development but because of so much activity in the area, selling extends towards the neighborhoods around it. There are exotic fruit and vegetable vendors on the fringes of the market from Thailand’s highlands.
Find cheap clothes, fabrics and inexpensive cosmetics and handicrafts that Thailand is known for, as you go inside. The Sunday Market is a must, too. After all, it’s called the mother of all markets for a reason. Be warned though that it’s very touristy and crowded.
And Of Course, Eat Thai Food!
A visit to Chiang Mai would not be complete without having of a taste of authentic Thai food. Try Khao Soy a mouth-watering noodle soup that has coconut milk curry based soup with egg noodles. The broth itself is oozing with flavors. Its toppings and spices are so yummy – picked mustard, lime wedges, chili paste, and sliced shallots!
With these activities in store for you, visiting Chiang Mai won’t be enough once. You will surely go back again and again to Thailand’s Rose of the North!