5 Great Days: A Suggested Chiang Mai Itinerary

This is a recommended itinerary for Chiang Mai If you less than a week to visit us. We have included the most popular highlights of Chiang Mai city and surrounds. Of course, this is just a sample itinerary and we are happy to help you design a multi-day program with your preferred inclusions.

Day 1 – Doi Suthep & City Tour

Start off with a relaxed day & recover from your flight. Check off the ‘must see’ attractions of Doi Suthep temple & the historic sights of the Old City.

Doi Suthep Temple

Visit the most beautiful and famous temple in Chiang Mai.

Doi Pui Hmong Village

Bhubing Palace

Wat Pha Lat

Chiang Mai Old City

Explore the historical heart of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra Singh

Visit the most culturally significant temple within the city of Chiang Mai.

Wat Chedi Luang

Visit Chiang Mai’s most physically imposing temple.

Mae Ping River Cruise

Chiang Mai Street Food

Leave some time for shopping, a river cruise or explore the night Bazaar.

Day 2 – Elephant Sanctuary

Spend a day with a small herd of elephants. Feed, exercise and bathe with them. We strongly recommend a ‘no-riding’ elephant sanctuary for the happiest elephants.

Elephant Rescue Park Chiang Mai

In the evening, try one of our famous Khantoke Dinner shows.

Khum Khantoke Chiang Mai - Performers

Day 3 – Doi Inthanon

Visit Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak. Take a short Trek through the forest with a Karen guide to her village and taste some local coffee.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Spend a full day exploring Thailand’s highest peak and other attractions within the national park.

Pha Dok Siew Trail

Kew Mae Pan Trail

Royal Pagodas

Mae Klang Luang Village

Day 4 – Cooking School

Start your day with a tour of a local market and purchase herbs for cooking.

Travel out of the city to the cooking school and learn to cook (and eat) some of the Thai classics.

Thai Farm Cooking School

Leave some free time in the late afternoon to explore the city by foot.

Day 5 – Farewell to Chiang Mai

Check out from your hotel and ask your guide to take you last-minute shopping and back to your favorite lunch location. If you have a bit more time before your flight, squeeze in some light sightseeing.

Want to book, discuss details or request a custom itinerary? Let us know your interests, dietary needs, time constraints, etc. The more we know, the better we can serve your needs.

Recommended Itinerary for Chiang Mai (5D4N)