Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Chiang Mai

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Chiang Mai

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  • Terry N
    2 contributions
    This was an astonishingly positive experience. I was traveling alone and I have a disability so I was nervous whether I'd be able to participate in this activity. My tour guide Arm 2 was very accommodating and found ways to make sure I could participate safely with the group. I learned so much and came away feeling so grateful for the opportunity to make this connection with these marvelous animals and their caregivers.
    Written September 17, 2022
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  • MeganSamfya
    Lusaka, Zambia84 contributions
    Even though I’m not huge into visiting temples, it was pretty amazing to see this one. How well it’s been maintained over the many years, the calmness that’s within, and the detailed creation that was done so many years ago.
    Written September 16, 2022
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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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  • MeganSamfya
    Lusaka, Zambia84 contributions
    I enjoyed walking around this beautiful temple’s grounds. The flowers are beautiful and the temples are very peaceful & full of detailed art. I don’t usually visit temples but this one is worth a visit!
    Written September 16, 2022
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  • JDZatSF
    San Francisco, CA938 contributions
    Wat Pha Lat is a beautiful temple with beautiful surroundings and is very well worth visiting. One could take the tougher route up by hiking, as I did, and the easier route down by vehicle, as I also did.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • Runghen T
    Mauritius5 contributions
    Good peace of mind, if you need some place calm to set your mind to peace and get some rest please visit this temple a bit far away from the crowing centre. Also if you get to assist in the monk prayers please do so.

    Good fresh air in the morning.
    Written May 22, 2022
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  • daveinaz
    Phoenix, AZ53 contributions
    The most interesting aspect of this Wat, for me, is the cave-like tunnels built at ground level, which not only appeal to monks (apparently) but also to bats. We saw several of them clinging to the ceilings on our visit at dusk.
    Written August 23, 2022
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  • ally g
    Romania14 contributions
    Sumptuous garden(s). Well worth exploring. Used the free shuttle bus which run more or less continuously so just wait at the same place you alighted to hop on the next shuttle. There is a coffee shop near the entrance and also a restaurant within the complex. Lots of toilets available throughout the park.
    Written August 24, 2022
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  • MeganSamfya
    Lusaka, Zambia84 contributions
    So many delicious food vendors!! I was also surprised by the live music, massage area, and artist! The painting are beautiful, the souvenir shops are everywhere but the food was my main visit & it didn’t disappoint!
    Written September 16, 2022
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  • T Hufford
    Doha, Qatar27 contributions
    Family trip to the Saturday night market. Great to see the market buzzing. Grab your food at the top of the street at the multitude of stalls before heading into the market itself. Not as many food offerings as I had hoped for, but cheap and very tastey. Market stalls are okay.
    Written July 16, 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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  • worldnomad_01
    Los Angeles, CA1,076 contributions
    Originally built at the beginning of the 16th century, renovated from 2008 to 2016 and also known as the Silver Temple, Wat Sri Suphan is located just south of the old city and it is unique in its appearance and the fact that is all clad in silver. A beautiful statue of Ganesha (son of Shiva and Parvati) is placed in the front of the temple, confirms strong Hindu influences and the detailed silversmith work on every part of the temple is simply exquisite and amazing.
    Written June 5, 2022
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  • worldnomad_01
    Los Angeles, CA1,076 contributions
    Although located in a quite busy part of the city, the temple is quiet and interesting. The white chedis next to the golden pagoda contain the ashes of various members of the royal family. The temple is built on the site of a 14th century royal garden and is well worth a visit...
    Written June 5, 2022
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  • Suratrichard
    Surat Thani, Thailand1,398 contributions
    Unfortunately heavy rain curtailed our visit to this series of waterfalls. Nevertheless, even though we could only go as far as the fifth viewpoint, it was worth the admission money. The falls were very active which wasn’t surprising given the amount of rainfall so some care had to be taken on the footpath. The first few stages are wheelchair accessible.
    It’s not just the waterfall that is a very good attraction but the plants, shrubs and trees. There are many different varieties and where you have trees, there will be insects in abundance.
    There is a large car park and the inevitable food stalls nearby.
    Well worth visiting particularly in dry weather.
    Written July 14, 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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