Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai National Museum
Chiang Mai-Lampang Superhigway. Opens: Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The museum is devoted to the history of Northern Thailand including the ancient Kingdom of Lanna, which existed in the 13th-18th century.
Located near Wat Chet Yot, It is a small museum and descriptions are in both Thai and English. Highlights are the antiques include the bronze Head of Buddha (Phra Saen Swae), Bronze Buddha (Subduing Mara) and 14th-16th century ceramics from the San Kamphaeng district.

 
 
 
 
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Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre
Prapokklao Rd (between Rajdumnern Rd and Rajwithee Rd). Opens: Tuesday-Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This modern history and cultural education centre is housed in a beautiful building constructed in 1924. There is a video presentation
(with English subtitles) about Chiang Mai and the northern region. The centre is divided into several galleries including the Prehistory of Chiang Mai, Environment & Culture, People of the Old City, Buddhism and the People, Agricultural Society and Life on the Banks of the Ping River.

Bhuping Palace
On Route 1004 (beyond but close to Doi Suthep). Opens: daily from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A dress code is strictly applied (dress modestly) or pay 15 baht for fisherman pants to cover yourself. This winter palace opens to the public when the Thai royal family is not in residence - a
sign at the bottom of the hill (near the zoo) will indicate when it's closed. Built in 1961, the palace itself is not particularly interesting except for its extensive and picturesque gardens with some amazing plant life, carefully curated tropical flowers as well as centuries-old trees and giant bamboo plants.

Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium
100 Huay Kaew Rd (At the foot of Doi Suthep). Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.
B
etter than some zoos but the animals are nevertheless kept in small enclosures. Foreigners pay twice the entrance fee that Thais pay. Nevertheless, the 200-acre (81 hectare) zoo is extremely popular and expect long queues on weekends and public holidays. About 400 species of animals make their home here including giraffes, tigers, lions, tapirs, camels, ostriches and hippos. Additional charges apply to visit the panda exhibition and aquarium.

Chiang Mai Zoo by KayEss

Dokmai Garden
386 Moo 10, Namprae, Hangdong. Opens: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This private garden covers an area of 4 acres (10 hectares) garden. Collections include more than 1,000 plant species including edible fruits, trees, vegetables and native orchid species. Of these, 500 have presentations on aluminium signs with information written in Thai, English and Japanese. The garden also hosts natural populations of Atlas moth and the Golden Birdwing butterfly. It is also visited by over 80 wild and free bird species.

Loi Kroh Boxing Stadium
Loi Kroh Road (near the Night Bazaar). Opens:
3-4 nights per week.
Look for flyers on Muay Thai (boxing) matches at the stadium posted all over the old city. There are about eight fights each night and feature Thai as well as a few foreign fighters. This may not be the best location to see Muay Thai with the family, as it is surrounded by "girlie bars". Admission is 400 baht for normal and 600 baht for VIP seating. After about 11:00 pm the complex opens up for free. If you are on a tight budget, you may be able to see a few of the remaining fights for free after 11:00 p.m.

Kawila Boxing Stadium
Not far from Narawat Bridge (a short block south of Tha Pae Rd). Opens: every Friday at 8:00 p.m.
There are 10 bouts on fight night ranging from young debutant fighters, local champions and locals versus foreigners. Entrance fee is 400 baht and 600 baht. The stadium is nearly open-air but with tent covering and good lighting. The fights here have a more authentic feel than the frenzied beer bar atmosphere of
Loi Kroh Boxing Stadium.

 
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