1. Chiang Mai Zoo

One of the wonderful aspects of Thailand is the fact that it’s brimming with beautiful, wild, exotic animals. The best place to visit as many species in one day as possible and be safe is the Chiang Mai Zoo. Open since 1977, it was one of the first zoos in Thailand, and it’s so big that one could spend their whole day there. Of the many sights in Chiang Mai, this is not one to miss.

  1. The Elephant Nature Park

This world-class sanctuary is known for helping nature by preserving elephants. For a long time, elephants have been hunted down for their ivory. In a progressive way, this park does the opposite. The workers here rescue elephants and give them acres of safe land to roam in. Furthermore, the elephants are not used as transportation methods; they’re treated with love, care, and respect. Guests who come get to enjoy the company of the elephants, and take home a unique experience unlike any other. Riding elephants is out, caring for them is in. For anyone who agrees, this park is the place to be.

  1. The Wat Phra Singh Temple

This temple is a wonderful place to learn more about Buddhism and Thailand in general. It has amazing surroundings and includes peaceful gardens. It is also not just a monumental place, but it is active in the sense that there are monks around. Tourists may hear them chanting in the afternoon, and witness their peaceful way of life. There are also a variety of temples, old and new, which are fun to look at and compare. Finally, it is topped with a gorgeous golden pagoda. The place brings an experience of culture and entertainment all at once. It’s great!

  1. The Chiang Mai Night Safari

This beautiful night safari is the home of a variety of animals that each guest gets to meet! It is also bound to be spectacular since the government itself funded the project in order to boost tourism in Chiang Mai. And what an amazing job they did! It is a place to visit, especially for families and animal-lovers.

  1. The Wat Chedi Luang

This Buddhist temple is a breathtaking architectural adventure. Located in the city’s very own historical center, is its second most visited place. This sacred ground was initially built in the 14th century by King Saen Muang Ma. He wanted it to be the place in which he’d bury his father’s ashes. Today, the temple is so ancient, parts of it are in almost ruin-like conditions. This makes it all the more interesting since tourists get transported back to a different time.

  1. The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple, or “wat” belonging to the Theravada Buddhists. The temple gets its name from “Doi Suthep,” which is the mountain where the temple is atop of. This sacred site is not only known for its spiritual importance, but also for its physical beauty, which is why it’s the most visited place in Chiang Mai. The carved decorations, the gold-leaf finish and the beautiful, green and dense surroundings make Wat Phra That Doi Suthep a definite must-see.