Activities for a Rainy Day in Chiang Mai

THE 10 BEST Indoor Things to Do in Chiang Mai on a Rainy Day

Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Chiang Mai

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  • Austraveller1993
    Townsville19 contributions
    It is clear from the start that the staff truly care for the elephants and prioritise their safety and well being. This is an excellent organisation who offers genuine bonding experiences with elephants.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • chua0524
    Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
    Like some reviewers had mentioned, this is more of a traditional market with lots of dried goods and dried fruit for tourists to buy back home. This was probably made for locals, but as tourism took off, you can increasingly see more stall catering to tourists - which explains why almost every stall in the middle area sells the same things. For the more local experience, walk the perimeter, inside and outside the building. At one corner you'll see fresh seafood sold in pails and also fresh meat and vegetables. But these are far and beyond. What you will see the most are dried fruits, tea and snacks on level 1 and ethnic products, clothes and bags on level 2. If you are interested, there is also a small section selling dried shrimps, mushrooms, etc. There are also some fruit and food stalls littered around, Generally, prices are very cheap here!

    Do also come back during the night (seemed to be at its peak around 8, 9ish) as the roads outside the building transforms itself into a night market - mostly food stalls but lots to see and try! Similarly, prices are cheap. There's a guy selling coconut water and also jelly in a small cup. Buy that! It is really good - bought the jelly two nights in a row!

    PS. One evening when i went it poured heavily. Surprisingly, some stall holders were still out there doing business!
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • JUMA H
    Germany14 contributions
    I did the one day monk chat with Phra KK and could not have been happier with my decision. I arrived late due to some issues with extending my visa that morning and he was perfectly understanding and accommodating. He provided a detailed history and background on Buddhism followed by a very open-ended non judge mental question and answer session on Buddhism. He showed us around the beautiful royal temple, taught us how to show our respect to the buddha while in the temple, and we then spent the afternoon practicing 5 types of meditation followed by a final Q&A session. The day flew by. KK is unbelievably kind, very well-informed, animated, funny, and competent in a handful of languages. He puts these sessions on for free, paying for taxis from his temple far out of town and covering visitors lunches on site while only asking for donations in return including to the orphanage he supports. I had visited so many temples before during my time in Thailand and felt awkward not understanding the customs or what I was looking at. I now feel like a more informed and slightly more enlightened traveler.
    Written August 24, 2022
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  • Virginia P
    Toolamba, Australia29 contributions
    The elephants are treated so well. The whole experience was very special. Noy the owner collected four of us from our hotel right on time. A lovely hour or so drive to the rural area near Chang Mai. We were issued with tunics to protect our clothes, cane hats and shoulder bags to put our phones in. Lockers were allocated for other belongings. It had being raining but staff ensured we were helped over slippery parts. We fed the elephants, patted them, were taught a few commands, walked with them and watched as they played in the waterhole. The group before us were young and all swam with the elephants. The staff were excellent friendly, knowledgeable and caring. When we left we were given a framed photo of us with the elephants trunks wrapped around us. Once we left the farm we then we’re given lunch before our journey back to the hotel. An absolutely wonderful experience. Thanks to all involved.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • JellyB
    Singapore, Singapore802 contributions
    There is plenty of local food and if you aren’t crafted out by this stage (after visiting different markets in Chiangmai), there is a good selection here.

    For the food, we really really liked the freshly steamed filled rice rolls (in Singapore/Malaysian we call them chee cheong fun) and man! these were super delicious. They come in 8 different flavors and guess what? It’s 8 to a portion so if you can’t decide what to have, just have one of each!!!

    The mango sticky rice was one of the better ones we had too. The glutinous rice was cooked to a light and fluffy texture. Perfect!!!

    Besides the food, the mall was the perfect excuse to hide away from the afternoon sun. My friend got a massage, I raided the supermarket looking for local snacks and had a nosey around the mall for local Thai brands.

    Good for passing away 2-3 hours. Have fun.
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Erik
    19 contributions
    Some sort of modern temple (?) that sort of looks like a shop. "Free of charge!" the signs enthusiastically tell us.

    Uhm okay, sure, been here, done this, worth the detour. :D
    Written February 12, 2020
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  • Julie
    Copenhagen, Denmark37 contributions
    Good way to get to know more about Chiang Mai's history in an entertaining manner which is easy to understand and follow along with. In the beginning we were worried that it was going to be mostly reading, but it was actually very smartly made with videos, sounds and settings.
    Written September 21, 2021
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  • Ingeborg56
    Oslo, Norway2,314 contributions
    The building itself is great. There is lots of information about Buddhism. If one is interested in textiles, there are so much about textiles in the exhibits on the 1st floor. One can also learn about farming tools.
    Written August 14, 2020
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  • Vicki M
    Perth, Australia1 contribution
    Had the most amazing time at Elephant Parade Chiang Mai. Painted my own elephant and purchased a few more for my collection.
    They were so pleased to show me around. I saw how the elephants were decorated and learnt all about their efforts towards elephant conservation.
    Much thanks to Jeanette, Aof and the rest of the crew for making me feel so welcome.
    Written September 29, 2022
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  • Phi Somchai
    Bangkok, Thailand3,590 contributions
    This is built as an event space for different kinds of activities/celebrations and there are lots of open spaces. The architecture of the building is very European and lots of nice spots for photo taking.

    There are also quaint cafes, restaurants and little shops here.

    It is an ideal place to spend a couple hours to relax and unwind.
    Written April 16, 2022
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  • JDZatSF
    San Francisco, CA944 contributions
    If you are into bugs/entomology or science and the natural world generally, this is a great place to visit and they have an amazing collection of little beasts.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • Benjamin T
    13 contributions
    I’ve been to a few kickboxing stadiums and I can say this one is one of the better ones. It’s in a more interesting location. There’s no match fixing because money is made from tourists buying entry tickets. Even the quality of fighting is better, but understand that how hard the fighters fight depends on their circumstances. Farang fights are cool to watch but there may not always be one. There was also only one kid fight, the fewer the better. They’re not appropriate for tourist venues.
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • Laura
    3 contributions
    This sanctuary is run by a family and the intentionally limit the visits to small groups so that neither the elephants nor the visitors are overwhelmed. They explained the ethical treatment of the animals and let us bathe, feed, and play with the elephants for over 3 hours. They also fed us and picked us up and dropped us off. We had a wonderful time meeting them, the elephants, and the other couple that was visiting at the same time as my husband and I. They also used our phones to take pictures of the whole experience so that we have keepsakes we’ll treasure forever! I highly recommend to anyone that will be in the Chiang Mai area - it will be a wonderful experience and you can feel confident that your money is going to a good cause.
    Written September 29, 2022
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  • Ducktalk
    Cowes, Australia234 contributions
    Oh my goodness, the staff are absolutely delightful. I'd have loved to have bought a delicious blue blouse made by a tribeswoman, but there was no room in my wee suitcase for anything more.

    We walked here from Nimman, thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Free entry but a tip very welcome. Museum info good, 15 min video when you arrive was very informative (quality not great but you get the gist).

    Rest of the displays good, we've seen a lot of similar info in Chiang Rai and the cultural museum in Chiang Mai. Many of the individual videos weren't working and some seating wouldn't go astray.

    The village house examples outside would've been great when first built, but are no longer maintained. Unfortunately. Would've been good otherwise, particularly for children. Now they're just rundown and sad.

    Wouldn't recommend museum for small children - wouldn't be a good outcome! Lovely little gift shop. If you buy that blue blouse, I'm smitten with envy.
    Written October 31, 2019
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  • melf_the_elf
    Chiang Mai, Thailand41 contributions
    This mall is still functional, if below capacity. At the moment, the movie theatre is open, the "Tops" supermarket is open, the bank of ATMs works fine (dispenses 100-baht notes even), and the couple dozen stores that are still open have moved to the first few floors. (The upper floors and back wings are dead and only a very few restaurants are left -- mainly the food court and fast food franchises like KFC and Mister Donut.)

    The post office is open, too, though not easy to find. You have to go out the back entrance. Luckily, there are usually workers you can ask at the mall entrances (ostensibly checking your temperature or having you sign in; though that is not strongly enforced at the moment.)

    On the whole, I find little reason to visit here. It feels old. The clothing, electronics, and miscellaneous stores don't appeal to me. I have gone to a movie once and the supermarket a couple times, but it's primary function for me is a place to tell songthaew drivers to drop me off since it's easy to pronounce. ("Cod Swan Cow" is always understood, though I'm sure I'm mangling the Thai.)
    Written January 22, 2022
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