5 Unique Things to Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Looking for things to do in Chiang Mai?

Look no further. We’ve put together a great list of unique activities to keep you busy while in Thailand’s second largest city. If you are all ‘templed out’ this list will get you rejuvenated to take on the more traditional sites of Thailand.

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Things to do in Chiang Mai: #1

What: Fishing for email.

Where: Best Fish Spa

Location: Chiang Mai Night Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of Operation: 09:00-11:30 daily
Phone Number +66 (086) 587 3192

That’s fishing for email, not phishing your email. Billed as the world’s first Fish Spa Internet Cafe, the Best Fish Spa is, well, the best fish spa in town.  Let dozens of little fish peck away at your skin while you peck away at your keyboard. The Best Fish Spa makes our list of things to do in Chiang Mai because it’s so unique. And because it will certainly keep you on your toes while you keep in touch.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #2

What: Rubdown in lockdown

Where: Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution

Location: 100 Rachvithi Rd. Chiang Mai,Thailand
Hours of operation: 08:30-17:00 daily
Phone number: +66 (053)210 824

There a few options if a prison visit is in your future – commit a crime (not recommended) or do some time in a prison massage parlour. Billed as a way to rehabilitate those that are incarcerated, Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution offers massages from inmates set to be released. It’s a safe and easy way to cage your rage. And you’re helping inmates prepare for a better life on the outside – all the money they receive goes towards building a better life when they flee the coup.  Now that’s a happy ending we can all be proud of. Oh, and do check out the Prison Product Shop on your way out.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #3

What: Take a Dump

Where: Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders 

Location: 72 Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 13 (midway between Suithep and Huay Kaew roads near Suan Dok Hospital). Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of operation: 09:00-17:00 (daily)
Entry: adults 300 baht, children 100 baht
Phone number: +66 (053) 211 891.

Take a dump, or at least take a look at one at with this entry in our list of Things to do in Chiang Mai. The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is not for the queasy. There were a few ‘Have the lambs stopped screaming Clarice” moments when this intrepid traveller made his way there earlier this year. Filled with moths, bats, walking stick bugs, beetles, and yes — elephant poo — this museum is a must for unique things to do in Chiang Mai. Leapin’ lizards, this is one pretty cool site! (And yes, they have leaping lizards there too.) Thankfully though, all the insects and creepy crawlies on display here are dead.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #4

What: Blindly go where no man has gone before

Where: Thai Massage Conservation Club

Location: 99 Ratchamanka Road, around the corner from Wat Chedi Luang. Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hours of operation: 08:00-20:00
Phone number: +66 (053) 904 452

If the prison massage doesn’t rub you the right way, how about adding a massage from the blind masseures at the Thai Massage Conservation Club to your list of things to do in in Chiang Mai? You are supporting a great cause by getting one here. Just remember the essential Thai phrases “Jep”, meaning “pain “and “Bao-bao” meaning “softer”.  You will certainly need them. And at prices starting from 150 Baht (about $5 USD), it’s also easy on your Thailand budget.

Things to do in Chiang Mai: #5

What: Sink Your Teeth into Fang

Where: Fang Hot Springs

Location: Fang, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. (163 km north of Chiang Mai city along the Chiang Mai Tha Ton Road (Highway No. 107). Turn left at km 153 for 11 km to Ban Pin.)
Hours of operation: 24 hours
Phone Number: N/A

While technically not located in the city of Chiang Mai, the Fang Hot Springs are located in the province of Chiang Mai. And this natural wonder is a great reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Some fifty hot springs boil continuously in this ten-acre forest setting. Water temperatures here can range from 90° C to 100°, so it’s the perfect activity if you like getting into hot water. The serene atmosphere and relatively few visitors make this an excellent choice for things to do in Chiang Mai.

What other things to do in Chiang Mai have you discovered?

2 Responses to 5 Unique Things to Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

  1. there is a lot to do in Chiang Mai, the massage by far is my favorite

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