Chiang Mai Hotels

R.C.N. Court & Inn

R.C.N. Court & Inn
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510 THB
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BP Chiang Mai City Hotel

BP Chiang Mai City Hotel
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646 THB
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Sunny Hostel Chiang Mai

Sunny Hostel Chiang Mai
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680 THB
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Cozy Inn Chiang Mai

Cozy Inn Chiang Mai
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646 THB
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Buaraya Hotel

Buaraya Hotel
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963 THB
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Le Pure Hotel Chiangmai

Le Pure Hotel Chiangmai
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994 THB
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Roseate Hotel

Roseate Hotel
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1,529 THB
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Little Bear's Home

Little Bear's Home
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1,189 THB
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Parasol Inn Old Town Hotel by Compass Hospitality

Parasol Inn Old Town Hotel by Compass Hospitality
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1,334 THB
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Estia Chiangmai Boutique Hotel

Estia Chiangmai Boutique Hotel
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1,529 THB
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Temples in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai temples are one of the main attractions in Chiang Mai that you should not miss to visit while on holiday here. There are about 300 Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, among them, Wat Chedi Luang, built about 600 years ago; Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai; Wat Jet Yot, with its seven spires; Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai’s most visited Buddhist Temple; Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous temple in Chiang Mai; Wat Suan Dok, built in 1373 and Wat U-Mong with its unique tunnel-like construction.

A visit to one of Chiang Mai's temples is the best way to learn about the history of Chiang Mai and also a great opportunity to experience the city's everyday life.

Wat Chedi Luang Temple

Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang, built about 600 years ago is one of the most impressive temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang’s massive Lanna-style chedi (pagoda) is visible from any part of the city. The chedi was damaged in an earthquake in 1545 and now only two-thirds of it remains. Wat Chedi Luang was the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred cultural treasure. The original Emerald Buddha is now in Bangkok, and a jade replica is sitting in its place. The temple is located on Phrapokklao Road.

Wat Chiang Man Temple

Wat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. It was constructed in 1296 by King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai. The temple features typical Northern Thai temple architecture and contains several old artifacts. Wat Chiang Man houses two very important and venerated Buddha figures - Phra Sila (a marble bas-relief Buddha supposed to have come from Sri Lanka 2,000 years ago) and Phra Satang Man (a crystal Buddha from Lopburi, thought to be about 1,800 years old).

Wat Jet Yot Temple

Wat Jet Yot in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Jet Yot was built in the 15th century to host the eighth World Buddhist Council in 1477. The design is based on the Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, India, site of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The name Jet Yot (seven spires) refers to the design of the temple’s chedi with seven towers. The temple is located just north of the city next to the National Museum.

Wat Phra Singh Temple

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra Singh located at the end of Ratcha­damnoen Road is Chiang Mai’s most visited Buddhist Temple. Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century by King Pha Yu to enshrine the ashes of his father King Kam Fu. The temple houses the Phra Singh Buddha image, Chiang Mai’s most revered Buddha image, which was brought to Thailand from Sri Lanka. The main hall of the temple dates back to 1512.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most famous temples of Chiang Mai and is located on the peaks of Doi Suthep 15 km from the city of Chiang Mai. The temple is said to be founded in 1383 when the first chedi was built. Over time the temple has expanded, and been made to look more extravagant with many more holy shrines added. A road to the temple was first built in 1935. The temple and the temple ground are considered sacred and is an important pilgrimage destination during Buddhist holidays. The temple’s location also affords superb views over the city on a clear day.

Wat Suan Dok Temple

Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Suan Dok was built by Phaya Keu Na, the sixth Lanna king, in 1373 to serve as a retreat for a revered monk from Sukothai. The name Suan Dok means field of flowers. The large prayer hall is unusual due to the fact that it is open on the sides instead of enclosed. There are a large number of chedis housing the ashes of the rulers of Chiang Mai. Wat Suan Dok is located on Suthep Road just outside the city walls.

Wat U-Mong Temple

Wat U-Mong in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat U-Mong is built in the foothills of the heavily forested Suthep Mountain in the west of the city, near Chiang Mai University. This famous meditation temple is unique in its large tunnel-like construction. The temple and its tunnels were built in the late 14th century. Wat U-Mong is known for its concrete Buddha who is shown to be seated and fasting, and the hundreds of Buddhist proverbs posted on trees throughout its grounds.