Visiting Route  
   
   
Legend has it that the site was chosen in 1371 by an elephant carrying a piece of a holy relic that had split from the original at Wat Suan Dok in the city. It took three days to climb the mountain, after which the pachyderm circled the spot three times before it knelt down and died. The central gold-leaf chedi, now 16
meters tall covers the hole where the relic was buried. Pilgrims continued to traverse the mountain path on foot until a road was built in 1935. Now, there is even a cable car to take visitors to the monastery grounds, though many choose to climb the more than 200-step naga stairway. Before or after climbing to the inner sanctuary, one should enjoy the spectacular view of Chiang Mai city
that appears to fan out from the foot of this revered temple and peak.
Located on Doi Suthep, northwest of the city on Huay Kaew Road that merges into Route 1004.
   
 
 
   
This forest temple’s setting is just outside the city center and still offers a tranquil setting. Built in 1296 by King Mengrai, it takes its name from its catacombs (u-mong) where monks would meditate. The temple was later abandoned and not restored until the 1940s by a local Thai prince. In the 1960s, the abbot from the well-known southern monastery, Suan Moke, sent monks to reestablish the temple. Resident foreign monks provide daily sermons and there is a library that includes many English texts. Wat U-Mong is a perfect location for taking memorable photographs and enjoying beautiful scenic landscapes.

Located on Cherng Doi Road, Soi Wat U-Mong, Suthep Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
   
   
   
The temple, a perfect example of northern Lanna
design, was started in 1345 by King Pha Yu who
built the large chedi to enshrine the ashes of his
father, King Kam Fu. It was later completed in
1400 to house the revered Phra Singh Buddha
image brought from Chiang Rai at that time. Like
other images associated with royal intrigues, the
image traveled widely from Luang Prabang in
Laos, Sukhothai, and Ayutthaya before arriving
here.

Located at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road
close to Suan Dok Gate.
     
 
 
Founded by the great Lanna King Mengrai, this is the oldest historical settlement in Chiang Mai. As water was the principal mode of travel in the mountainous north until the early twentieth century, Wiang Kum Kam, strategically located on the bank of the Ping River, served as an important trading center between today’s Chiang Mai and Lamphun. Because the city was prone to heavy looding each rainy season, King Mengrai moved his capital to the base of Doi Suthep and
named the site Nopphaburi Srinakhon Ping Chiang Mai. Wiang Kum Kam remained an important satellite city for many years to come, and remnants can still be seen at this site just outside the city district including Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Chang Kham, Wat Noi and Wat Kum Kam.

Located at Kilometer 4, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Highway, Saraphi District, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
   
     
 
This 400 rai, or 160-acre complex was the site of the Royal Flora Expo 2006 organized
to commemorate the 60th anniversary of H.M King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne and takes its name from the Royal Flora. Given an A1 rating by the International Horticultural Producers, the garden has retained its living splendor as it serves as an important research center and eco-tourism attraction. The facility is divided into zones beginning with the Royal Pavilion, which is the symbol of Ratchaphruek Garden. Based on Lanna architecture, it has multi-tiered roofs gilded in the ancient Style. Inside is a showcase of paintings depicting His Majesty’s efforts to improve the quality of life for Thai people. The Pavilion also houses the Tree of the Ten Kingly Virtues, composed of layered orbs of gold Bhodi leaves representing the shade of protection H.M. the King provides. After this you will come to the Corporate Gardens exhibiting environmentally friendly agro practices and International Gardens with
horticultural displays from as many as 33 countries, including Japan, South Africa and Bhutan. An Indoor Exhibitions highlights advancements in hydroponics as well as tropical and desert lora. The Outdoor Exhibition includes a lotus garden, water plants
as well as native species from all 76 of the kingdom’s provinces. The Rare Plants exhibition is just what its name implies with such unique trees as the Royal Palm that can rise over 20 meters and the Coco de Mer. The garden is free of charge. Tram service available: Adult 20 Baht, Children 10 Baht

Royal Agricultural Research Center, Mae Hia Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5311 4110-5
Fax: +66 (0) 5311 4116
Open: Tuesday–Sunday 10.00-18.00
hrs. (Closed Monday)
 
   
       
   
Registered in 1981 as Thailand’s 24th national park, Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park covers approximately 261 square kilometers, comprising a number of ridge systems that serve as the watersheds for Ping River tributaries. The highest peaks are Doi Suthep, Doi Buagha and Doi Pui, the atter the tallest, rising 1,658 meters above sea level. Because of the high elevation, the park is cool year round with an average temperature of 16 C. Here, amidst the evergreen and pine forests, you can see deer, monkeys, macaques and over 200 different bird species. The park is home to the Royal family’s northern residence, Phu Ping Ratchanivej Palace as well as the revered Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. It also features a number of wa-terfalls, Huay Kaew, Mon Thon Than and Mae Sa. Lodging within the park is available.

Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park, P.O. Box 99, Mae Ping, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Park Ofice is located off Huay Kaew Road
on the right just after Doi Suthep Temple.
 
   
   
   
The region’s third night safari, following those in Singapore and Guangzho, China, was oficially opened on February 6, 2006 and offers visitors a rare adventure into the animal kingdom. The entire facility encompasses 324 acres of mixed deciduous and dry dipterocarp forest, divided into three zones. The 1,200-meter Jaguar Trail, open day and night, meanders through many interesting exhibits. The Savanna Safari and Predator Prowl areas are explored aboard a rail system under the cloak of darkness.

33 Moo 12, Nong Kway Sub-district, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5399 9000, Fax: +66 (0) 5399 9099
www.chiangmainightsafari.com
   
   
   
Located in the district of Sankamphaeng, known as one of Chiang Mai’s most important handicraft centers, Ban Changnuk preserves ancient Lanna woodcarvings. Here, you will ind the revered elephant meticulously carved in all sizes and postures in golden teak and other native woods. Ban Changnuk is very easy to ind. Just follow the Chiang Mai-Sankam-
phaeng Road until you reach the bridge crossing the river. After crossing the
bridge turn right and continue straight, passing Wat Chae Chang and Wat Dornpin. Continue along and Ban Changnuk is adjacent to Wat Buakkhang.

56/1 Moo 2, Buakkhang Sub-district,
Samkamphaeng District, Chiang Mai,
Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5344 6891
   
         
     
Now a national park, Op Luang is best known
for its steep and tapered crevice crossed by a
bridge spanning the narrow gap where the river
rushes through. From here, you are also afforded
spectacular views of the teak forested mountains
sloping down to the river valley below. Explore
pre-historic archaeological sites and marvel at
this particularly sensitive ecosystem, which is
home to a wide variety of exotic fauna. Make
sure to bring a camera, as this park is one of the
most photogenic in the world.

105 kilometers from Chiang Mai in Chomthong
district on Highway 108 between district of Hod
and Mae Sariang.
 
   
This interesting hill-tribe village is home to many Hmong people and relatively easy to reach. The Hmong people have a long and turbulent history that deserves in depth study from potential visitors in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of
their fascinating and storied culture. Villagers do earn much of their income from the tourist trade, but you still can gain insight into hill-tribe traditions while enjoying the panoramic views and mountain air.

Locally produced handicrafts are also available.
Located a little past Phu Ping Ratchanivej Palace on a crest of Pui Mountain.
 
       
   


Further along Route 108, you’ll come to
the Hmong Market, where you will ind
sparkling fresh vegetables and juicy fruit
as well as handicrafts made by the local
hill-tribes. Gain a unique perspective
on traditional hill-tribe culture and enjoy
a wide selection of interesting market
products. Take home a unique gift and
remember your marvelous adventure for
years to come.
 
   
     
Established over 50 years ago,
this village is home to both Hmong
(Maew) and Yang (Karen). Ap-
proximately 30 years ago, a de-
velopment project was initiated on
a 10 rai (4 acres) site under the
supervision of the Chiang Mai Ag-
riculture Department, who trained
the villagers to plant crops in order
to provide both sustenance and
livelihood. Today, you can visit
and see the flourishing gardens
and traditional hill-tribe cultures. A
great time to visit is between Janu-
ary 3-5 when they celebrate the
Hmong New Year.
Mae Suek Sub-District, Mae Jam
District, Chiang Mai, Thailand