Chiang Mai and Bangkok are two of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. This makes that when we arrive to the city we discover a great offer of tours and activities to do. What tourists do not usually know is that you can also do activities at no cost, activities completely free.
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CHIANG MAI, FREE ACTIVITIES
Our Top 7 free activities or things to do in Chiang Mai would be the following:
ENJOY CHIANG MAI’S TEMPLES
Visiting the Temples of Chiang Mai is undoubtedly the main attraction that the city offers us. The best thing about these visits is that entrance to these temples is mostly free.
LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Chiang Mai is the city of culture and music. Every night, in many of the restaurants and bars in the old town area you can listen to live music. You can enjoy jazz concerts (like in the famous North Gate Jazz Bar), reggae or bands playing versions of rock or pop classics.
PRACTICE YOGA, TAI CHI AND AEROBICS AT NONG BUAK PARK
Located in the southwest area of the Wall (Chiang Mai Old Town) is the Nong Buak Park, one of the most important green areas of the city. In Nong Buak Park we will be able to run in its circuit enabled for them and to use different machines of musculation as well as to participate in classes of aerobics, Tai Chi and Yoga.
The Park is open every day from 4 am to 9 pm.
EAT (ALMOST FREE) AT THE CHIANG MAI VEGETARIAN SOCIETY
Located near the airport, the Vegetarian Society of Chiang Mai is one of the city’s leading vegetarian-vegan food organizations. For an almost free price (between 15 and 30 bth) you can enjoy the flavours of Thai and Indian cuisine. Apart from the restaurant you can buy organic and ecological products from the rural areas near Chiang Mai.
Open Monday to Friday from 6 am to 2 pm (breakfast and lunch only).
WITNESS A MUAY THAI FIGHT AT THE KALARE NIGHT BAZAAR
Every Friday at about 9 pm you can enjoy a real Muay Tai fight in this well known night market in Chiang Mai. Apart from the fight we can enjoy the rich gastronomy of the area as well as some musical entertainment.
VISIT THE ETHNIC MUSEUM OF CHIANG MAI
Visiting the ethnic groups that live in northern Chiang Mai is usually quite expensive, difficult to do on your own if you don’t have a motorcycle and ethically objectionable (the famous Karen women and their long necks). A perfect alternative option is to visit the Ethnic or Tribal Museum in the city. During the visit we can learn more about the culture of the different ethnic groups that live in the area, such as the Hmong, Akha, Lisu, Lahu, Karen.
The museum is located in the Ratchamangkla Park (Chotana Road) and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
TAKE A TOUR TO SEE THE GRAFFITI BY BIKE
Many guest houses in Chiang Mai offer or rent bicycles to their guests, taking one to tour the city and following a route to see the street art in Chiang Mai is a way to enjoy the day without rushing and meet the most alternative face of the city.
As you see there are things to do for free in Chiang Mai, you just have to encourage yourself to try them and above all to enjoy them.
Even if you are not going to do sports or aerobic classes, take advantage and visit the Nong Buak Park. The best time is at sunset.
Enjoy the markets in Chiang Mai, walk through the alleys of the old town … this is also free!
If you are still not sure what to do or see on your visit to Chiang Mai, we recommend you check the following link: What to do in Chiang Mai in 4 days of visit