Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it also seems to be quite healthy. Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the diet. It has many health benefits, based on science coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases such as improved brain function.
If you visit Chiangmai you must try this cozy, casual, and cute terrarium coffee shop. Onuma Green Rabb – Terrarium Cafe located in Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s just 2 min walk from Wat Suan Dok and One Plus Condo.
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture like other Southeast Asian countries, Hanoi is Chinese and French influences.At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. It’s a typical Asian metropolis, with traffic, chaos, and noise every corner that can at times be overwhelming.
You will never be stuck for something to do in Hanoi, here is the list of things to do and get ready to see famous attractions without getting broke.
Walk alongHoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph cathedral
This green body of water is nestled in the core of urban Hanoi and is an ideal hangout spot throughout the day, but especially in the early morning and late afternoon till midnight. Around the lake, you will encounter the famous red Húc Bridge, Ngọc Sơn Temple, and iconic Turtle Tower. Walk 5 mins from the lake you can easily find St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Vietnamese Nhà thờ Lớn Hà Nội, Nhà thờ Chính tòa Thánh Giuse; in French Cathédrale. Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in Nha Chung (Church) Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi, Vietnam, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country.
Hanoi Flag Tower and Military History Museum
The Flag Tower of Hanoi is one of the symbols of the city in Hanoi, Vietnam and 5 mins walk to Hanoi Citadel, a World Heritage Site, and a 3- 5 mins walk to Ho Chi Minh building. This 33.4-meter tower built-in 1812. You need to buy an entrance fee to the Museum and also go on visiting the Flag tower. So make your trip combine with the Military History Museum with the Flag Tower. The entrance fee is 40,000vnd/person and your Camera is 30,000vnd. Open 9am – 5pm.
Explore Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum + Ho Chi Minh Museum + One Pillar Pagoda
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh is a mausoleum which serves as the resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader & President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square. Security is tight and visitors should dress with respect. (You can see in the video above) Admission is free but donations are accepted. Ho Chi Minh Museum is located in the Ho Chi Minh Complex same as One Pillar Pagoda. Rising from one pillar in the center of an elegantly square-shaped lotus pond, The One Pillar Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out of the water. The little temple is constructed from wood based on a single stone pillar crafted into the shape of a lotus blossom and has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1955 when the base was destroyed during the French evacuation. You can combine your tour with these three famous attractions.
Trấn Quốc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagodas in Hanoi. Tran Quoc Pagoda looks new with its clean orange bricks. Located on a small island near the southeastern shore West Lake Hanoi, Vietnam. Standing at 15 meters, the main pagoda is made up of eleven levels, while its surrounding buildings include an incense burning house and a museum housing historic relics. You can also see intricately carved statues dating to 1639, each of which bears unique facial features. Open daily from 8 am- 5 pm, Tran Quoc Pagoda is free admission. As it’s a place of worship, visitors are advised to dress conservatively out of respect for the monks and locals.
Explore theTemple of Literature
The Temple of Literature or Temple of Culture is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi. This ancient site offers a lake of literature, the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty. Visiting the Temple of Literature you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands of doctors graduate in what has now become a memorial to education and literature. Temple of Literature is a short stroll from Ba Dinh Square and is also close to the Presidential Palace and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. The temple is between Ton Duc Thang Street and Van Mieu Street which is about 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Experience to walk Long Bien bridge
Long Biên Bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien district of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. Long Bien Bridge is the first longest steel-made bridge retaining the splendid architectural style in Vietnam in the early 20th century, which was built by the French (1898-1902). Despite more than a hundred years of age, the bridge is nowadays still in use and becomes one of the most superb tourist attractions in Hanoi alluring numerous both domestic and international tourists to delve into. Nowadays, Long Bien Bridge is the only one of five bridges crossing the Red River, but it may be the most special bridge with its own unique historic and cultural value. Long Bien Bridge is the only bridge in Vietnam’s capital where the riders have to go on the left side, and especially tourists can stroll along the bridge and taste mouthwatering desserts offered by the vendors.
Enjoy the view from Lotte Observation deck
Lotte Observation Deck Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi offers beautiful panoramic views of the city as it is located on the 65th floor of the Lotte Center. It is divided into four sections, namely: Attraction Zone, Welcome Zone, Experience Zone, and Romantic Zone. Features of these different zones include The Skywalk, Bamboo Road, Welcome Theatre, Photo zone, View Terrace, and Sky Gallery. Two high-speed elevators(360m/min) will take visitors from B1 to the 65th floor in 50 seconds. (You can see in the video). F&B(Lotteria & Angel-in-us), Multimedia, Photo Counter, and Souvenir Shop. Entrance Ticket 230,000 VND/person.
Visit the Imperial of Thang Long Citadel
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. A notable attraction in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the Hanoi Flag Tower, a renovated 40-meter-tall stone fortress offering expansive views of Ba Dinh Square and Hanoi City Centre. Located in Ba Dinh District, entrance to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is priced at VND 30,000 and it is open from 08:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. This prominent site is also within a 15-minute walk from attractions such as Quan Thanh Temple, 3-mins to Vietnam Military History Museum, and 10-mins to Cua Bac Church.
Learn the History of Hoa Lo Prison
Hỏa Lò Prison also known Maison Centrale in Hanoi, or the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American POW during the Vietnam War. The Hỏa Lò prison opened in 1886 when Vietnam was under French colonial rule as part of Indochina. Most of its prisoners at that time were political agitators. Open daily from 8 am – 5 pm. The entrance fee is 30,000 VND/person. You can buy a book or you can use the audio.
Have fun in Hanoi Train Street
Train Street in Hanoi where the train passes daily at 3 pm and 7 pm, on the rail line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. The Train Street”, which sees a twice-daily speeding train pass close to buildings, cafe, and houses on each side in Hanoi. Tourists can safely watch the train from the outdoor seating areas of the local cafes; owners will typically move their stools closer to the wall and advise patrons to do so as the train approaches. Lately, pulis are very strict, they don’t allow to get inside but coffee shop owners can help you to get in, and while having a snack, beer, or coffee in their coffee shop you have a chance to have a nice picture.
Kaohsiung is a massive port city in southern Taiwan. It’s home to many skyscrapers, such as the 85th Sky Tower, Lotus Pond, Qijin Island, Fu Guang shan museum, and is known for its diversity of parks. Its focal point is the Love River, with walking paths and cafes, restaurants and cruise boats navigating its waters. Shopping options range from high-end malls to the Liuhe and Ruifeng night markets.
Kaohsiung also offers scenic mountains, ocean views, and rivers, as well as a port, cultural, and historic attractions. Kaoshiung is the second-largest city after Taipei and Kaohsiung is the lesser-known travel destination most people overlook in favor of the capital. But beneath the cover of this sleepy seaside city lies a treasure trove of undiscovered gems.
I travel from Taipei main station – Zouying (Kaohsiung) station by using THSR (high-speed train) booked ticket by KLOOK travel and it’s only 1 half-hour. Zouying station exit 5 for taxi meter car. From zouying station 25-30 mins by meter taxi car for (T$340) but you can also use red line metro train to sanduo shopping district station if you going to 85th sky tower or nearest area. And another good thing in Kaohsiung your not going to pay any admission fee/entrance fee for your tour.
Love River The Love River scenery is enhanced by attractive city structures near the river, such as the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Kaohsiung Bridge, and the Kaohsiung Love River station. Cultural events such as concerts and the Lantern Festival are often held by the river. Love River is now used for sightseeing, and there are duck boats, love boats and gondola rides for tourists to enjoy the city view. You can rent a bike as well around the area.
Pier 2 Art Center The Pier-2 Art Center is located in a lively downtown area next to Kaohsiung Harbor in Yancheng District. The arts center was originally an abandoned warehouse site due to Kaohsiung’s shift from an industrial city to a service city. Due to the persistence of local artists, the area was finally remade to be an arts center. In 2006, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of Kaohsiung City Government and under the management of the Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Development Association and took over the center, starting a series of exhibitions. Open Mon- Thur 10 am to 6 pm. Fri – Sun and holidays 10 am to 8 pm.
Fu Guang Shan Buddha Museum Fo Guang Shan, located in Dashu District, Kaohsiung, is the largest Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. The organization is also one of the largest charity organizations in Taiwan. How to get there? (Private car, Yellow taxi, Metro from Sanduo Station – THSR Zuoying station), follow the signed exit right. Buses to Fu Guang has a different time. Can pay by cash or tourist card. Open except Tuesday 9 am – 7 pm. Sat & Sun 9 am – 8 pm. Be ready it will take 3-4 hours to explore all around Fu Guang Shan. Toilets, Restaurants, Cafes, and souvenir shops are everywhere too.
Lotus Pond is an artificial lake and popular, scenic tourist destination on the east side of the Zuoying District in Kaohsiung. Opened in 1951, it is famous for the lotus plants on the lake and the numerous temples around the lake, including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and the Confucian Temple. Transportation to get there (Cars or Taxi, THSR, Metro, Bus). The best time to visit lotus pond is the early morning which is not much visitor and late afternoon is the most beautiful when the sun is reflected in the water.
Cijin/Quijin Island Is a tropical paradise that only 5 mins away from the pier Kaohsiung pier. Cijin is one of the best adventurous to do in Kaohsiung, first rent an electric bike that suited for your tour, but wait there’s more option if you visiting with your family. It’s time to see the Kaohsiung lighthouse, Cihou fort, Star tunnel, Mazu Temple, Shell Museum, Wind turbine park, Rainbow church and get some drinks & snacks around.
Liuhe Night Market The Liuhe Night Market is a tourist night market in Sinsing District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It is one of the most popular markets in kaoshiung were selling local foods, drinks like papaya shake, seafood, handicrafts, clothing, cameras and more. Don’t miss the chef cooking sticky rice with Taiwan sausage (His in my video). This night market is close to Formosa MRT station where you can find the dome light show, this market starting from 5 pm till midnight. Follow the sign and just a few steps from the station.
Ruifeng Night Market Ruifeng is located between the Yucheng and Nanping Road (close to the Kaohsiung Municipal Sanmin Home Economics and Commerce Vocational High School),3 mins walk from Arena Station on the Gangshan to Siaogang Line (Red Line) and ruifeng is the largest and greatest night market in the city. Open every day except Wednesday from 5 pm till midnight.
Dream Mall is the largest shopping Mall in the city, located in Cianjhen District, Kaohsiung. To get there use a yellow taxi, bus, by foot or tram to Dream mall station(C5). Shopping, Eat everywhere as long as you can. Lots of options, affordable to high end.
85th Sky Tower Formerly known as Tuntex Sky Tower or T & C Tower, 85th sky tower is a skyscraper located in Lingya District And is one of the most architecturally distinct supertall skyscrapers ever completed. The building has a prong-shaped design incorporating two elevated podiums that support a pagoda-inspired tower. Don’t miss out to experience the great 85th Sky Tower Vacation Packages when you travel to Kaohsiung – see more AGODA85 Sky Tower hotel and TRIP. com85 Sky Tower flight deals! And more deals below!
Doi Inthanon National Park (Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยอินทนนท์), nicknamed “the roof of Thailand”, is in the Thanon Thong Chai Range, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand. It includes Doi Inthanon, the country’s highest mountain. Established in 1972, The park is approximately 2 hours from Chiang Mai. It includes Karen and Hmong villages of about 4,500 people. Its elevation ranges between 800–2,565 meters (8,415 ft). Within its borders are a number of waterfalls: Mae Klang Falls, Wachiratan Falls, Sirithan Falls, and Mae Ya Falls.
The park has varied climatic and ecologically different sections. The climate is typically tropical and fairly cool on the summit of Doi Inthanon. In winter the average temperature is 6 °C (43 °F) in January and temperatures can sometimes drop below 0 °C (32 °F). You should be ready or check the weather temperature before visiting Doi Intanon.
Today, the summit of Doi Inthanon is a popular tourist destination for both foreign and Thai tourists, with a peak of 12,000 visitors. In addition to a range of tourist facilities on the summit, there is also a Royal Thai Air Force weather radar station at the summit and the Thai National Observatory (TNO). Chedis (monuments) dedicated to Their Royal Majesties, The King, and Queen pagoda, can be found atop the peak of the mountain.
We book a private car by KLOOK Travel for a comfortable travel tour. Approximately 1 half – 2 hours to the summit from the Chiang Mai city area. The entrance fee for adults is 300 Thai baht also 30 baht if you are using a van, normal car, or motorcycle. And if you are going to King & queen pagoda another 40 baht where you can find a restroom, small shop to buy food and drinks. Maybe it’s gonna be far for you but believe me, it was an amazing and magnificent view on top. And If you are a nature lover this tour is for you. I can say it was very cold so you must prefer yourself, bring a thick jacket or wear long pants. I was ready at that time so it was not hard for me. Or you can check the weather before you go.
(8 am – 9:30 am) – Promt Condo to Entrance Gate of National Park
My first time to spend the new year abroad. It feels different because I expect more fireworks like Manila in the Philippines but I shouldn’t also compare and I wanted to see the fireworks closer so we book a buffet dinner for 2000 Baht in Furama hotel because it’s in rooftop of the hotel, Furama Hotel has a small elevator (lol) the first time to try that small elevator, it’s cute (hmmm). The setup and theme were beautiful, girls were so polite and look pretty in their gown, dinner was great, it taste so fresh, they have a good music band, they have raffle games every 1 hour and the price is Free lunch buffet (not bad), right? Before the countdown, they distribute small stuff to make the sound for a new year. The expectation of the fireworks VS reality. There are no fireworks in Furama Hotel where I spent my new year eve. However, fireworks and lanterns in Old City and other areas were amazing even it was too short. I’m gonna share a short video of my New Year’s eve. How about your new years eve? What do you think about it? Share it with me below!
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I think the best coffee shops only you can find in Chiang Mai. The laidback nature of northern Thailand capital ensures a steady flow of customers who are quite happy to sit back and enjoy a great cup of coffee while soaking up the true nature of Chiang Mai. I love many different types of cafés in Chiang Mai; especially in the Nimman area, everywhere you go there are cute, cozy, fantastic coffee shops. The beans sourced from all over the world to local teak houses selling coffee sourced direct from the family farm – I have tried some of those and present the very best of them here. Of course, many of Chiang Mai’s best coffee shops also have brunch menus and homemade cakes, or that food so you can fill up for the day or treat yourself to something sweet while working or relaxing with a cup of coffee, free wifi is a big bonus. Also, I am not only crazy about the coffee here but also the brunch of every shop was amazing. I had try a lot of coffee shops but I have 6 the best and I am so excited to share it with you so that you can try when you visit to nimman area.
1. Ember Coffee & Eatery
American, Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion. Thai SPECIAL DIETS: Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free. Options MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks. Seating, Free wifi, Table Service, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Street Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Family style, Relaxing Ambiance and valuable price. If You looking a strong coffee I do reccomend Ember hot Coffee.
Address: 14/1-2, Soi 4, Nimmana haeminda Rd, Su Thep, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Open: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
2. Rustic and Blue
Café Promoting Simple, Happy, Sustainable Lifestyle, Serving Homemade Artisan Food (Breakfast & Lunch, Dinner) , Desserts. Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Small Space inside Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service. You get what you pay!
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7, Tambon Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Thailand
Unique atmosphere and Interior design, Skilled barista and kind staff, they can speak English and reccomend your taste of coffee, plenty of pastries choices, very un usual taste of coffee. Such a great experience and great Ice coffee ever!
Address: One Nimman, Nimmanhaemin Rd, T.Suthep, Muang Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bright, Clean Atmosphere, Spacious and Contemporary design. Great taste and Very refreshing coffee, and a lots of choices. The Combination of coffee and fresh coconut is one the best that i ever had in chiangmai. Serving and size in reasonable price.
Address: 2 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 9, T. SuThep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Thailand
Open: 8am- 9:30 pm
5. CottonTree Coffee Roaster
Brunch, Pastries is available. Indoor and outdoor seating. Cozy and relaxing ambiance. I love the woody design. Definitely one of the best coffee and one of my favorite.
Address: Green Hill Place, 45/38 M.5 Chang Phuak Subdistrict, Chiang Mai Thailand
Open: (Everyday) 8am – 4pm
6. Ristr8to Lab
Inspired by the specialty coffee culture around the world especially in Australia, Ristr8to serve a unique cups and arts like satan. Be ready of crowded costumer every single hour and day when you visit. They are busy all the time, so if you are looking for a quick zip of coffee to wake you up Ristr8to is ready to serve you.
Address: 14 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 3, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Rai is a port city in northern Thailand, in the mountainous province of the same name. Chiang Rai City remains a sleepy provincial town with a pleasant atmosphere. Compared to its sister town Chiang Mai, it has a more relaxed and down-to-earth feel but is never short on historical and cultural attractions of its own. From Chiang Mai City I travel to Chiang Rai for 3 half – 4 hours by Car. I booked KLOOK Travel for private but they have also available tours for group and more good deals that suit for you. My first stop is to White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), Singha Park, Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten), lastly the Black Temple or Black House ( Baan Dam Museum).
WHITE TEMPLE ( WAT RONG KHUN) is a privately owned art exhibit style of a Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. They have Light show its called “The Illumination of White Temple” during the Light Festival. Wat Rong Khun is extremely beautiful when you see it outside. Unique Architecture and Structure. However, Wat Rong Khun is very touristic and it was crowded when the time I visit. It’s not really pleasant to go there when the other group tourists are shouting and very loud. The bridge of “the cycle of rebirth”: the main building at the white temple, the ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. After crossing the bridge, the visitor arrives at the “gate of heaven”, when the visitors are not allowed to take pictures. Same in the gallery building(Golden Building) visitors are only allowed to take pictures outside. Admission for Thai nationals is free, foreigners are required to pay 100 baht and a different way to go inside.
BLUE TEMPLE ( WAT RONG SUEA TEN) Is the newest and modern Buddhist temple distinguished by its vivid blue coloring & elaborate carvings. Above all its magnificent blue interior with a large white Buddha that marks the spirits. The paintings are reminiscent of the style of what you can see inside the Blue Temple. It is a very small temple but very attractive, quiet and relaxing, unlike the white temple that is more crowded. You’ll also be expected to take off your shoes outside before entering the Blue Temple and wear proper clothes which is knees and shoulder should be cover. Wat Rong Suea Ten – Blue Temple is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow which is good to give some respect to the Buddhist. The good thing when you visit the blue temple you’re allowed to take photos inside so I’m able to share it with you. Admission is free.
SINGHA PARK Singha Park is a scenic refreshing park in a farm-like setting with tea & organic plantations, orchards & different flowers, trails, a tram & a petting zoo and more. You can find restaurants, Coffee shops, Souvenirs shop, and Clean toilet. I had my lunch here in Singha park after an almost 1-hour tour around Singha park. (See the video below) Admission Fee is 100 baht and you’ll experience by electric car they called around Singha park. Farm Tour is Open every day from 9 am – 5 pm.
BLACK TEMPLE (BAAN DAM MUSEUM) This Black Museum is a collection of woods, arts, and creation by Thawan Duchanee and other thai artists. Thawan devoted his life and spent his energy almost 3 decades building Folk Art Museum and Exhibit and the architecture are very unique in terms of arts. Each building has a display of works of art to admire and clearly demonstrate the identity of A. Thawan such as buffalo horns artwork, animal bones, tiger and snakeskin, crocodile skin, beautiful woodwork carving, ornate stucco artwork that conceals a philosophy and beliefs. It created a lot of excitement and also gets new concepts through these artworks. It’s a little bit creepy for me but it was fun and surprising as you can walk with the trees around you and take a seat while resting you can grab a black or white ice cream. Sounds good right?
1. WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP Is located at Doi Suthep Mountain. (9 หมู่ที่ 9 Mueang, Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200) This regal mountain overlooks the city from the northwest, providing commanding views from its summit. The Wat can be reached by road from Chiang Mai. From the car park at the temple’s base, visitors can climb 309 steps to reach the pagodas or take a tram. If the climb sounds like no fun, then simply ride to the top in one of the newly rebuilt cable cars (admission: 50 baht). Once inside the temple grounds, visitors must be appropriately dressed and must remove footwear. Like all other Buddhist temples, attire should be respectful. This means shoulders and legs (at least to the knee) covered, nothing skimpy. Men and women wearing tank tops should bring something to cover up with, same with short shorts, dresses, or skirts. (I still don’t understand that some foreign tourist cant follow this simple rules) The original gold plated Chedi is the holiest area of the temple grounds. Within the site are pagodas, statues, bells, a museum, and shrines. Aspects of the Wat draw from both Buddhism and Hinduism. Views of Chiang Mai can be seen on the far side of the temple. The temple is open from 06:00 to 20:00 every day, but weekends and holidays are usually very crowded. Entrance Fee is 30 baht. You can also continue your journey to BhuBing Palace and Wat Umong after visiting Wat Phratat Doi Suthep. For your easy tour simple book KLOOK travel.
2. WAT U-MONG Wat Umong is a 700-year-old Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Among the hundreds of Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, the Wat Umong or “Tunnel temple” is unique because of its location in the forest and its system of tunnels. A temple located within the old city walls of Chiang Mai. The monk named Thera Chan used a tunnel to meditate in peace and quiet. The tunnels are rarely used for meditation anymore due to the number of visitors that come each day. When entering you should take your shoes off and remain silent as this is a place of worship. I also enjoy reading the Buddhist quotes outside the trees! To the left of the tunnels are a large lake and a small island that is connected by a bridge. Just before the bridge, there is a small stall selling fish food for 10 Baht. The lake is full of large catfish and by feeding them you gain good merit. There are also a few turtles and it is considered lucky if you spot one of them. While the food is meant for the fish, and I end up feeding the pigeons that live on the island as well. Wat Umong is located in Suthep Road, Soi Wat Umong Chiang Mai. The admission fee is free. Open from 6am- 6pm.
3. WAT PHRA SINGH Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Located inside the old city wall and moat, at the western end of Ratchadamnoen Road, the temple’s signature Lanna-style roofs and glittering viharn (assembly hall) invite visitors. Wat Phra Singh was built in 1345 by King Phayu. Lai Kham is the main attraction of the complex. Besides Lai Kam, the larger main assembly hall (Viharn Luang) houses a 15th-Century Buddha image cast from copper and gold. Open from 6am- 5pm. Admission Fee is 50 baht.
4. WAT CHEDI LUANG is a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham, and Wat Skin. Including the city pillar (Intake), main wiharn housing the principal Buddha image and a giant gum tree guarding the temple’s entrance. Only males are allowed to enter the city pillar shrine and not women. It is said that a woman on menstruation is deemed to be dirty and may anger Indra, (See in images in the video for full information). Continue your walk to the main attraction on the premise. Walk towards the back of the main hall that a Giant Buddha statue is located in and you will find Chedi Luang. At Chedi Luang monk hosts chats every day, tourists are invited to speak with monks and ask them anything about Buddhism or Thailand. Wat Chedi Luang is located on Phra Pokklao Road. The admission fee is 40 baht. Open from 8am – 5pm.
5. WAT PHANTAO Wat Phan Tao is a beautiful wooden/bamboo temple with a decorated garden area just next and few steps from the famous Wat Chedi Luang this temple is often overlooked but worth a visit. The main prayer hall is to your right and a walkway on your left leads you to the stupa at the back. The prayer hall was built back when the teak trade was at its peak and the wood was an offering to the Buddha. Opening hours are sunrise to late evening.
6. WAT SUAN DOK is also known as Wat Buppharam. The temple is on Suthep Road, approximately one kilometer west of Suan Dok gate at the west side of the moat. Built by a King of Chiang Mai on the grounds of his pleasure garden, this temple was originally intended to serve as a retreat for a revered monk from Sukothai. It is a Royal Temple of the Third Class. Wat Suan Dok is a wonderful place for photography and has spectacular vistas of Doi Suthep at sunset. At Wat Suan Dok you can find also the fascinating Royal Cemetery. Please give some respect when you enter in Cemetery. Free Admission. Open from 6am- 9pm.
7. WAT LOK MOLEE Wat Lok Molee is an older temple in Chiang Mai which features a 14th-century chedi, manicured garden area, and an impressive prayer hall. Located outside of the Old City moat, Manee Nopparat Road area just opposite of fascinating Wat Rajamontean/Wat Sripoom. Wat Lok Molee is not visited as often as other temples and therefore sometimes visitors can be alone in the whole temple grounds. There are lots to see at Wat Lok Molee, including interesting statues, Buddha images, elephants and it is a good place for photos. Look out for the intricate mosaics on the walls of the main hall and for different images from Hinduism or Chinese Buddhism. All the design and the color scheme in silver and brown is different from the other temples which gleaming in gold elements. Admission is free. Open from sunrise to 5 pm.
8. WAT SRI SUPHAN Wat Sri Suphan is also known as the Silver Temple because of its impressive handcrafted silver decoration. The temple is completely covered in silver, from the walls to the roof and displays some detailed silver carvings of Buddhism legends. Even the statues of Buddha are covered in silver. However, due to old Buddhist rules, women are not allowed to enter the inside of the temple and must remain outside. By the way, I paid 50 baht for the admission fee without knowing that women are not allowed. According to the temple was built for 12 years. Silver Temple is located in Wua Lai Rd, Haiya Sub-district next to Wualai Saturday walking night market. Open from 6am- 9pm.
9. WAT CHIANG MAN Wat Chiang Man is located outside of the old city moat, corner of Ratchaphakhinai Road and Phra Poklao Road. Wat Chiang Man is highly popular with tourists. The larger, standing Buddha is worshipped every April before the Songkran festival as it is said to bring the rain needed for rice growing. The smaller Buddha is carved from crystal and is also believed to have special healing powers. Despite being in the middle of Chiang Mai’s old city Wat Chiang Man is rarely busy. It has a nice, well-kept garden area to sit and reflect in. Admission is Free. Open from 8am – 5pm.
10. WAT BUPPHARAM Founded in 1497 by King Mueang Kaeo, the temple was where Kawila began a ritual circumambulation of Chiang Mai to reoccupy it after two centuries of Burmese rule. Wat Buppharam is located at Old city town, a 10-minute walk from the Phae Gate, but a worthwhile pit stop on the way to the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and near Wat Saen Fang above. And it is only a few steps from the thapae gate Sunday market. I visited the evening so I didn’t pay any amount. (NOTE: If you want good pictures during your visit to the temple Don’t go after 5 pm it is not a good time for extraordinary photograph).