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Old Chiangmai

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

185 Wua Lai Rd Soi 3, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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5.00/5 - (1 Votes)
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Nong
Local tour guide
"Skip the crowded main entrance and head to the back of Old Chiangmai for a more peaceful and authentic experience. Don't forget to visit the hidden temple tucked away behind the market stalls - it's a hidden gem that many tourists miss!"

What is Old Chiangmai?

Old Chiangmai is a historical area located in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a cultural and architectural treasure that showcases the city's rich history and traditions. The area is known for its well-preserved temples, ancient city walls, and traditional wooden houses, providing visitors with a glimpse into the past.

History of Old Chiangmai

The history of Old Chiangmai dates back to the 13th century when it was founded as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. The city flourished as a center of trade and culture, influenced by both the Thai and Burmese civilizations. Over the centuries, Chiang Mai went through various dynasties and witnessed the rise and fall of different kingdoms. Many of the temples and structures in Old Chiangmai were built during this time, reflecting the architectural styles and religious beliefs of the era.

When planning your tours in Chiang Mai don't forget to visit Old Chiangmai.

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Why is Old Chiangmai Important?

Old Chiangmai holds great significance in Thai history and culture. It is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists, as it houses several revered temples, including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Chiang Man. The area's preservation efforts also showcase the city's commitment to honoring its heritage and traditions, attracting tourists from around the world.

Things to do & see in Old Chiangmai

  • Temples: Visit the awe-inspiring temples, each with its unique architectural features and religious artifacts. Explore the grand Wat Chedi Luang, home to the famous Emerald Buddha, or marvel at the intricate carvings of Wat Phra Singh.

  • City Walls: Take a stroll along the ancient city walls that once fortified Chiang Mai. These walls provide a picturesque backdrop for photographs and offer a glimpse into the city's history.

  • Traditional Houses: Wander through the narrow streets of Old Chiangmai and admire the traditional wooden houses that still stand today. These well-preserved structures offer a glimpse into the local way of life during ancient times.

  • Night Bazaar: Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Night Bazaar, where you can shop for local handicrafts, clothing, and delicious street food. This bustling market is a must-visit for any visitor to Chiang Mai.

  • Cultural Performances: Immerse yourself in the local culture by attending traditional dance and music performances. These shows showcase the region's unique artistic heritage and are a captivating experience.

Old Chiangmai is a captivating destination that offers a blend of history, spirituality, and cultural experiences. 

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Whether you are a history enthusiast, a spiritual seeker, or simply a traveler looking to immerse yourself in the local culture, Old Chiangmai will leave you with lasting memories of this enchanting city.

Frequently asked questions

What is Old Chiangmai?

Old Chiangmai is a cultural and historical attraction located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a recreated village that reflects the traditional Lanna architecture and way of life.

What are the main attractions in Old Chiangmai?

The main attractions in Old Chiangmai include ancient temples, traditional houses, local markets, cultural performances, and craft workshops where visitors can learn traditional crafts like weaving and pottery.

How much does it cost to visit Old Chiangmai?

The entrance fee to Old Chiangmai is typically around 200 Thai Baht per person. Additional charges may apply for specific activities or workshops within the attraction.

What are the operating hours of Old Chiangmai?

Old Chiangmai is usually open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day. However, it is recommended to check the official website or contact the attraction directly for the most up-to-date information.

Is there a dress code to visit Old Chiangmai?

There is no specific dress code to visit Old Chiangmai, but it is advisable to dress respectfully, covering shoulders and knees, as it is a cultural attraction with religious sites.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

185 Wua Lai Rd Soi 3, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Opening Hours

9:00 AM - 8:30 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Free

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