10 best and almost free things to do in Chiang Mai

10 best and almost free things to do in Chiang Mai

Laid-back and picturesque Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is known for its waterfalls, lush greenery and elephant sanctuaries.

It also provides tourists with the chance to experience the beauty of nature and wildlife in an up-close and personal manner for almost no cost at all.

According to Huffington Post, there are 10 top activities every traveller must do while in Chiang Mai which cost almost nothing.

Travellers can head up to Buddhist temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to learn about the culture and history, and marvel at the many murals and shrines.

Even if history is not your favourite subject, stepping into a holy temple and seeing the golden spire in the centre of the stunning structure is going to amaze any visitor.

Just remember to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a 300-step climb to get to the top.

For art lovers, a visit to the Art in Paradise is a must. It is the world's largest 3D art museum, according to Huffington Post.

Tourist information site Bangkok.com said the gallery features over 100 art pieces in its 10-themed sections.

Though there is an entrance fee, it takes at least two hours to tour the whole museum so it might be well worth the cost.

Other activities which cost little or no money at all include taking a dip in the Huay Tung Tao Lake or visiting the night bazaars.

Blessed with a cool climate, tourists can take a swim around or relax with a drink at the lake, which is lined with charming bamboo huts.

In the evenings, bargain hunters might end up spending hours at the night markets which operate every day, with Sundays being the busiest.

Travellers can explore the hand-made products such as clothes, jewellery and crafts through rows of stalls. When ready for a break, they can tuck into the delicious local fare and people-watch.

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