Chiang Mai Guide

Chiang Mai is abundant in quaint old charm. Visiting here is all about taking the Asian pace down a bit.

Within the walls of the Old City are countless small lanes where you can while away an afternoon discovering small shops, lovely cafes and art galleries. And on a Sunday evening the walking market is just magical, selling many crafts from around Thailand.

Walking street market

Every Sunday in Chiang Mai this market sets up at 4pm and runs until midnight. Starting at the Thapae Gate it runs along the length of Ratchadamnoen Road. It takes you through the Old City which is just so charming! The road is closed to traffic and the whole market has a relaxed festival feel to it. There are beautiful Thai crafts, clothing, ceramics, handmade paper, food, drink and street entertainers. The crafts for sale here are genuinely lovely and not the cheap souvenirs you can sometimes find at markets.

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers; Perfect combination

Tiny Tip: As well as the street food available there are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the market road to stop and have an evening drink and dinner, perfect for tired little feet! If you find the stall selling sweet bread covered in sugar stop and buy it (it's a lovely sweet treat for the children...ok, and for the adults!). You may have to queue as it seems to be very popular with the locals - for very good reason!

Take a wander around

Chiang Mai is just such a charming place, full of quirky interesting places. There are Temples, quaint soi's (streets), lovely cafes and restaurants. Around the outskirts of the city and over the river you can wander the road that runs alongside the river. Stop at a cafe for lunch and, if the children allow it, take a look at the antique and craft stores.

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

Tiny Tip: Get out early and enjoy the coolest part of the day. A great way to see the City is in a Tuk Tuk!

Further afield:

A bit further afield there are so many things to explore. We find that hiring a car and using our Nancy Chandler map of Chiang Mai, makes for an easy way to be adventurous! Then it is a matter of deciding what suits you and family best:


Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park


Huay Tung Tao reservoir


Orchid Farms


Bo Sang Umbrella Village (lots of craft things to see).


Pop in to the Four Seasons for an afternoon tea and then take a stroll around the beautiful grounds. You may well come across a water buffalo (or two!). There are some lovely gardens and even rice paddies to explore.

Which Family Pod?  Squidgy baby ; Toddling around ; Energetic explorers

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