The Old City of Chiang Mai is known for its cafes, restaurants and historic sights. Read on for our list of things to see and do inside the city walls.
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If you haven’t had a Thai massage yet, it’s well worth a try and a great way to relax travel-weary muscles. The art of Thai massage has been passed down through generations over 2,000 years. It’s a little different to a traditional oil massage, so be prepared to be contorted into various positions. In the Old City spas you’ll find plenty of other treatments, including oil and foot massages. And for some proper pampering, head to Fah Lanna Spa just down from Wat Phra Singh.
Is there a better way to explore the Old City than by bicycle? On the Bike Historic Old City tour, you can learn about the history and culture of Chiang Mai while visiting some of the city’s ancient temples. You’ll visit Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple, the famous Wat Chedi Luang and stop at Thae Pae Gate and Sompet Market – a hive of local activity. This tour is perfect for the whole family and will take you through the quiet backstreets at a leisurely pace.
Keen to learn how to make those delicious Thai dishes? Chiang Mai is the perfect place to do it – it even has local specialities like khao soi. There are numerous cooking schools to choose from, with the Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School one of the most reputable . Offering full- and half-day courses, it also includes a trip to a local market where you hand-pick your fresh ingredients.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Lena Blos.
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