Visitors wishing to enjoy one of Chiang Mai's elephant shows should arrive early in the morning or the afternoon. Many establishments also offer elephant rides after their shows. Baanchang Elephant Park ranks among one of the area's cheapest and most reputable elephant camps. Eddy Elephant Care visitors will not only enjoy private tours of this property, but also learn how to bathe and train these mighty beasts.
Restaurants and Bars
Chiang Mai ranks only second to Bangkok on the list of Thai cities with amazing food options. Mild curries, noodles and rice are some of the traditional northern Thai dishes served in many Chiang Mai guesthouse and hotels. The city is also filled with food carts and noodle shops which serve these same dishes at rock bottom prices.
Chiang Mai's nightlife may not be as notorious as many other Thai cities, but Loi Kroh Road, Tha Phae Gate, Moon Muang Road, and the Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex are the city's liveliest areas after dark.
Shopping in Chiang Mai
The legendary Night Bazaar is undoubtedly Chiang Mai's most famous shopping spot, but the entire city contains some of Thailand's best bargains on Buddhist ornaments, jewellery, antiques, and silk goods. The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar alone includes not only crowds of street vendors, but also a building filled with a permanent selection of clothing boutiques and craft shops. The Saturday Walking Street market is also great for souvenir shopping. Many more Chiang Mai non-profit shopping outlets sell high quality handicrafts created by neighbouring hill tribes.