An ancient town founded by King Mengrai is located 4 kms. on
Chiang Mai-Lamphun route in the area of Amphoe Saraphi.
The main historical remains are found in Wat Chedi Liam, Wat
Chang Kham, Wat Noi and Wat Kum Kam.
Chiang Mai-Doi Suthep Route (Road No.1004)
Tribal Research Centre
Located in the Chiang
Mai University Campus, this contains a permannent
cultural exhibition of northern hilltribes. The
centre is open, Monday through Friday, from 8.30 a.m.
until noon, and from 1.00 to 4.30 p.m.
Chiang Mai Arboretum
This is next to Chiang
Mai University. The attractively landscaped garden
contains many kinds of tropical trees and lovely
Chiang Mai Zoo
Next to the Chiang Mai
Arboretum, this artfully landscaped complex occupied the
lower forested slopes of Doi Suthep mountain, and
contains a fascinating collection of Asian and African
mammals and birds.
Huai Kaeo Falls
Located near the Chiang
Mai Zoo, the cascade provides a delightful ambiance for
relaxation and picnics.
Kruba Sriwichai Monument
This is situated at the foot
of Doi Suthep Mountain. The monument honours the man
whose followers built the first motor road to Wat Phara That
Doi Suthep in 1935
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
This temple is Chiang Mai's
most important and visible landmark, and overlooks the city
from its forested mountain backdrop. It is 15 kms from
town, 3,520 feet above sea level, and dates from 1383.
The temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep
staircase comprising 290 steps. The less energetic may
ascend by funicular. The temple's golden pagoda
contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims
from all over the world throughout the year.
Phu Phing Palace
This is located on the
same road, beyond Wat Phra Thai Doi Suthep, 22 on the
same road, beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 22 kms from
town. The royal winter palace was built in 1962.
The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to
the general public on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays and
official holidays, when the Thai royal family is not in
Doi Pui Tribal Village
This Meo tribal village is some 4 kms from the Phu Phing
Palace, and offers vignettes of modern tribal life.