1. Tha ton – 2 hours

Tha ton is a small, quiet, but picturesque town near the Burmese border. It is only 2 hours away from Chiang Mai. There is a temple on top of a mountain that offers some great views from the top, also there is this great boat ride through a river that takes people to Chiang Rai in 4 hours.

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2. Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn

About 3 hours away from Chiang Mai, over the small city of Lampang, sit these spectacular floating pagodas on the tips of jagged cliffs. The word floating is associated obviously due to the fact that these pagodas sit on the high peaks.

It is a thirty minute trek up the mountain and the view from there is just as amazing as the pagodas itself. On the way you can wander around the main temple and see the famous footsteps of Buddha.

3. Chiang Rai

About 3 hours of a trip from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a bustling city. There are a lot of interesting things to do in Chiang Rai and a lot of beautiful places to see, some of which we have covered in our blog before. A must see in Chiang rai is the White Temple.

4. Doi Pha Tang

Doi Pha Tang is a summit 1638 meters above the sea level, tucked away in the northern hills of Thailand. The view from there covers valleys, indigenous villages, the Mekong river and even parts of Laos. It is only a 3 hours to 3.5 hours drive from Chiang Mai.

5. Chiang Dao Cave

Chiang Dao is a village in Norther Thailand that is approximately a 90 minutes drive away from Chiang Mai. The village has a lot of attractions, and an interesting thing to do there is visit the Chiang Dao Cave.

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6. Huay Nam Dung National Park

Huay Nam Dung National Park is an amazing place to spend the night. It has a camping grounds open for people. The park is surrounded by stunning mountains and the night sky the stretches above is always embedded with millions of stars.

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7. Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon is a must visit for people who wants to experience raw, untouched nature. Steep roads and jagged cliffs surround a plunging canyon, and the environment there is of serenity and tranquility. It is almost a 3 hours drive from Chiang Mai and is a great place for an all day outing.

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8. Bua Thong Waterfall

Bua Thong waterfall is a limestone waterfall that is located 50 km north towards Phrao from Chiang Mai. What’s truly unique about this waterfall is that the water is rich in calcium, which makes its boulders ‘sticky’, hence allowing people to actually grab and climb up the waterfall.

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9. Mae Sa Waterfall

This is a good place to cool down and have a picnic. The waterfall itself is too dangerous to swim in, but there are food stalls and shops in the grounds to entertain people.

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10. Huay Tung Tao Lake

This lake is a short bike ride from Chiang Mai. It is surrounded by a stunning view of mountains. There are small bamboo huts dotted near the lake, where people stop to eat and relax.

All pictures by: Stefan Fussan (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

I am a Thai travel consultant with 20 years of experience in providing tips and supports for leisure and business travel to Thailand.