When we are asked what to do in Chiang Mai, we almost always recommend visiting its markets, taking a tour of the surroundings, visiting its temples.
But what if we stay in the city and enjoy a quiet day to walk or bike through its streets?
Chiang Mai is a bohemian city, inhabited by Thai artists and from different parts of the world, painters, graffiti artists, musicians, circus artists, craftsmen.
We tell you where to enjoy all this so you can take away from Chiang mai a 360º experience.
WHERE TO SEE GRAFFITI, STREET ART IN CHIANG MAI
Although you’ll find these works dotted around the city it’s true that the vast majority of them can be easily found by walking around the Chiang Mai moat area, it’s easy to walk to Kochasan Road, Wua Lai Road, New Chang Moi Road where you can find a good collection of snapshots.
But if you want to keep capturing these works of art, just head back to the old city center to get to Tha phae gate to the Three Kings Monument (you can easily walk around it by bike). Other streets of interest are Huay Kaew Road and Nimmanhaemin Road.
You can guide yourself for the tour by this small map
STOP, REFRESHMENT ON ONE OF THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED WALLS OF CHIANG MAI
Moon Mueang Road, Soi 7
Artists: Sanchai, Alex Face, Candy Bird (Taiwan), Ogay (Taiwan)
Location: Moon Mueang Road, Soi 7 (at the mouth of the street next to The House restaurant)
One of the most prolific street artists in Chiang Mai City is Sanchai, once you see the green faces of any of his works you will realize the amount of graffiti with which he has decorated the city.
You can stop to refresh yourself at the street food stand that is usually located on the same wall.
If you want to see more of this artist’s work, we leave you his instagram account so that you can follow his route. Instagram @sanimbass
STAY IN THE HEART OF THE BOHEMIAN, NIMMAN DISTRICT
This block in Ching Mai brings together a large part of the city’s “culture” movement, charming cafés, art galleries, small exclusive boutiques, live music and night markets.
The Nimmanhaemin neighborhood is located in the center of Chiang Mai so it is a good area to stay, you can make your reservation here.
ART GALLERIES AND DIFFERENT EXHIBITIONS TO VISIT
In the same area you will find two different corners where you can stop and have a good time, the Three Owls Gallery of Art, and the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders.
The Three Owls Gallery, is a painting studio where they have specialized in watercolor, besides being able to admire the works on display, if you dare, they give painting classes, in the same center or in temples in Chiang Mai. If you are passionate about painting it is a great experience that you should not miss. The entrance to the gallery is free.
How curious is the visit to the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders. A two-storey museum house where Dr. Manop Rattanaritthikun exhibits his work and collection of insects from a lifetime.
Do not expect a museum to use, although some of the specimens are really unique, visiting the museum is to admire its collection, but perhaps more invites reflection on a different life dedicated to the study of our “friends” the insects. Entrance fee 200 THb.
Most of the accommodations in Chiang Mai’s old town offer bicycles to guests, so don’t think twice and take a day to ride through the streets on your bike.
If you fall in love with any of the pieces you find in the small shops or artisan boutiques in Chiang Mai, don’t hesitate to do the shopping. Although it is true that leaving the souvenir shopping for the return trip is wise, you won’t find this again in other areas.
To continue discovering more places in Chiang Mai don’t miss our Chiang Mai Backpacker’s Guide.