Excursions from Chiang Mai

In addition to the many sights of Chiang Mai itself, the city makes an excellent base for exploring the far north. Most of the other major attractions of the north can be visited as a day trip from Chiang Mai, making the city a great base for exploring the unique culture of the old "Lanna" kingdom.

Wat Tat Khao
One of the ruined temples at Wiang Kum Kam, outside of Chiang Mai.

Some of the most common day trips include visits to other provincial capitals such as Lamphun, Lampang and Chiang Rai. More unusual destinations include Thailand's highest mountain, Doi Intanon, and the ruins of the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam.

While it is possible to get to some destinations using public transportation, this can often be hot and slow. To be sure you get to where you want to go, and see what you want to see, we strongly suggest that you book a day trip from an agency. These don't have to be group tours. Most of the trips offered by Viator are individual tours.