Chiang Mai enjoys a unique setting along the banks of the Ping River. Surrounded by mountains and rice fields, cycling is truly the best way to explore a place like Chiang Mai. Walking limits the range of what you can discover in any one day and anything with a motor just isn’t the same. From getting around the walled old town and visiting the temples, to exploring all that lush countryside, here are a few reasons why you won’t regret hiring a bike in Chiang Mai.
Mini Siam in Pattaya is one of those Thailand attractions that’s ever so slightly peculiar yet manages to be incredibly popular. A miniature theme park of sorts, Mini Siam is home to almost a hundred miniature models of popular sites and iconic landmarks from all over the world, from Thailand’s own Temple of the Emerald Buddha to London’s Tower Bridge.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in the far north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a smaller, quieter, less touristy town than its northern neighbor Chiang Mai. Just like Chiang Mai though, Chiang Rai has a popular (though much smaller) night bazaar. Those who are more early birds than night owls though might want to try a visit to Chiang Mai’s morning market instead.
The Phi Phi Islands lay 60 kilometers south of the more popular and accessible island of Phuket and are a popular destination for travelers to Thailand – particularly among backpackers. Phi Phi Don is the main island and this is where you’ll find the Phi Phi viewpoint.
If you’re traveling to northern Thailand you’re almost certainly planning on spending some time in the city of Chiang Mai, perhaps as a base for trekking into the wilderness and visiting some of the local hill tribes. While you’re there it’s well worth taking a drive out to Mon Cham, part of the Nong Hoi Royal Project and arguably the best place in Chiang Mai province for lunch with a (spectacular) view.