Chiang Mai is in the heart of an area once known as the Lanna Kingdom, meaning “the land of a million rice fields.” While its vibrant blend of cultures gives the area a distinctive charm, the landscape is still covered with vivid green rice fields. Chiang Mai is often fondly called the Rose of the North for its beauty and spirit.
Meeting local people in Chiang Mai’s handicraft centres and centuries-old temples, one finds it easy to feel their sense of sanuk – which means “fun” in Thai – as they welcome visitors with an attitude that is both warm and captivating.
Things to Do in Chiang Mai
Concierge Recommends: Chiang Mai
The Chef Concierge at Four Seasons share these tips and other suggestions to make your stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a memorable one – from where to shop for art and crafts to the best time of day to visit the Doi Suthep Temple.
Things to Do With Kids in Chiang Mai
Follow our guide to a family vacation filled with delicious Thai food, beautiful views and wildlife adventures.
Attractions and Activities
Known as the "Handicraft Highway," here you'll find everything from silk, silver, celadon, gems, antiques, "Sa" paper, umbrella painting, lacquerware and pottery to handmade furniture.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Thailand's highest peak is bursting with natural beauty with four waterfalls, terraced rice fields and tribal villages.
Doi Suthep Temple
You have not really seen Chiang Mai until you have scaled the more than 300 steps to the summit and enjoyed the breathtaking view.
Watch the sun rise and enjoy breathtaking views of mountains and terraced rice paddies on a balloon rides.
SUNDAY WALKING STREET
Located right in the center of the old walled city, the Sunday Walking Street is a real showcase of the art and craftsmanship of Northern Thailand.