Whilst I’m back in Chiang Mai for a while with no travel plans it gives me the great opportunity to explore the town I live in! Chiang Mai has hidden corners all over the place and I can’t wait to find more! But for now I have a bucketlist of places I’ve found that I want to visit!
Spoiler alert – a lot of them are temples and cafes!
(I’ve linked everyones Instagram accounts that I found these stunning pictures! Make sure you go and give them all a look!)
Built in the 15th Century was this beautiful temple. I’m not sure what it is about this temple but it just looks different to me than others of this style. Apparently there is also a big Buddha statue in the area which would be cool to check out. Also this temple is a North facing temple which is unusual for Thailand.
Wat Suan Dok
Built in the late 14th century are several structures of historical significance. There’s a principal pagoda that enshrines the Buddha’s relics and a garden of white washed mausoleums housing the ashes of Chiang Mai rulers. I love the contrast between the white and bright gold and can’t wait to visit.
Wat Chedi Luang
This temple of built somewhere between 1385 – 1402 and has several structures of great cultural significance including a city pillar. I’ve always loved the look of this temple and can’t wait to check it out for myself.
Wat Sri Suphan (Silver Temple)
Was originally built in 1500 as a main temple for the silver workers village. Over time parts of the temple were repaired with silver. In 2008 it was decided to cover the whole ubosot with silver. I can’t wait to visit although unfortunately due to Buddhist rules, girls aren’t allowed inside the ubosot.
You can come here to see how they make and paint all of the gorgeous umbrellas that you see everywhere in Chiang Mai. They’re all handmade products made from sa paper which is made from the bark of the mulberry tree. You can also go to the umbrella factory to see how they’re made.
Huay Kaew Waterfall
Finally another waterfall for me! This is the closest waterfall to Chiang Mai city and you can climb on parts of the waterfall apparently. There’s also pools to relax and swim in on the way up.
Free Bird Cafe
I’ve been wanting to go here for so long. They do really good food with good vegetarian and vegan options. They also sell lots of sustainability products and have a shop too. 100% of their profits go to support their NGO Thai Freedom House.
Rustic and Blue
Apparently a great for brunch and the food looks amazing. The aesthetics also look very pleasing too!
Jungle De Cafe
Apparently this cafe is right next to a giant waterfall and you can sit with your feet in the water! Unreal! Also it looks beautiful!
This cafe looks like something straight out of mystical fairytale. Just looking at the pictures of this cafe makes me want to go!
Wow that’s a lot of places on my bucketlist! Even if I get through half of these I’ll be happy. I can’t wait to visit all these places but I’m also excited to explore and find undiscovered places!
If you know any places off the beaten track in Chiang Mai, let me know in the comments!