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Chiang Mai’s Top 5 Sanctuaries for Travelers in Need of Refreshment

① Chiang Mai Weekend Market


Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s popular tourist destinations. It exudes a charm quite different from Bangkok. Thanks to its unique atmosphere, it’s a popular destination among many enthusiasts. In Chiang Mai, it’s recommended that you spend some leisure time observing the locals’ daily lives. The markets are great places to soak in the local vibes.

The Ba Pao Flea Market is a rising hot spot in Chiang Mai.

A weekend market known as the Coconut Market is held at a coconut farm. The place is filled with palm trees, giving off an exotic atmosphere.

Although it’s not large in scale, it’s a great place to enjoy local food and unique shopping experiences.

Food purchased from the flea market can be enjoyed on the bungalows or platforms scattered around the farm.
As it’s a coconut market, you can taste various desserts made with coconuts.

There are also busking performances at the market, adding to the great atmosphere.

It’s a great place to take photos while exploring the market and become a word-of-mouth favorite among tourists.

  • Address: 94 Soi Ban Tong 2 Mu 3, Fa Ham, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: Saturday, Sunday 8:00 – 14:00

The Jingjai Market is a lively weekend market that starts at 6 am.

It’s great to visit early to enjoy Chiang Mai’s morning. You can enjoy a variety of local foods, delicious coffee, and desserts all in one place.

Live performances are held inside the market, making it a great place to enjoy an even more exciting atmosphere.

In particular, Jingjai Market is a great place to shop, with unique handmade crafts and vintage dishes compared to other markets.

  • Address: 46, อาคารโซน C, Atsadathon Rd, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand
  • Operating Hours: Saturday, Sunday 6:00 – 14:00

② Cafe Where You Can See Elephants


Chiang Mai’s Elefin Farm & Cafe is famous for being an elephant cafe.

It is located in the suburbs, away from the city, and boasts excellent natural scenery. It’s known for being able to see elephants living freely.

You can feed the elephants and take pictures with them.

The cafe also operates various activities. You can spend leisure time enjoying the open nature and time with elephants. It offers coffee, beverages, and meal menus.

Elefin Farm is located about 40 minutes by car from downtown Chiang Mai. Although it’s not easily accessible, it’s considered a place worth visiting at least once. Most tourists visit using taxi tours.

  • Address: 128 บ้านแม่ฮะ 6, Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 10:00 – 17:00

③ Local Vibe Hotels

Tamarind Village Chiang Mai, located in downtown Chiang Mai, is a popular hotel among tourists.

The two-story hotel has 45 rooms. In the spacious garden, there is an over 200-year-old tamarind tree. The well-landscaped garden and the traditional atmosphere of the hotel exterior blend well together.

Some rooms have balconies, and you can enjoy the green scenery from the rooms.

Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and spa.

The hotel’s restaurant ‘Ruen Tamarind’ in front of the swimming pool creates a more emotional atmosphere with lighting at night.

  • Address: 50 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 1, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
  • Room Rate: Approximately 180 USD~ per night

Vanilla Hill (Hill Lodge) is a nature-friendly hotel.

It’s a great place to enjoy a vacation because it’s away from the city. Villa-style rooms, reminiscent of treehouses, are located throughout the forest. Some rooms have spacious terraces that blend with the natural scenery.

You can enjoy an atmosphere you can’t experience in downtown Chiang Mai.

It’s a place where birds can be heard amidst the greenery. The hotel is about a 5-minute drive from Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.

  • Address: Ban Pong, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand
  • Room Rate: Approximately 70 USD~ per night
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