These are any number of excellent day tour routes out of Chiang Mai that will entertain you.
A roller coaster road to ride near Phrao.
When you first come to Chiang Mai do at least one or two of these to acclimatize yourself & get the feel of the place, before you head up-country on tour. Hang out in Chiang Mai for a bit longer & do them all to be considered a local expert… The best of those are listed below;
Consult the GT Rider North Thailand Trip Reports for more ideas on places to go.
Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in North Thailand is also only 120 kms away form Chiang Mai & can be done as a day trip, but it’s better as an over night trip.
A Royal chedi at Doi Inthanon
Other Interesting Places in & around Chiang Mai to See Dok Mai Garden – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden – attraction north of Chiang Mai Tweechol Botanical Garden – attraction north-east of Chiang Mai Huen Chaiharn Museum – attraction north-east of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Doll Museum – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai Ganesh Himal Museum & Gallery – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – overlooking Chiang Mai city. The Erotic Garden – attraction in Mae Rim, north of Chiang Mai. The Insect Museum – attraction in Mae Rim north of Chiang Mai. Ban Chang Nak the elephant wood carving musuem – attraction east of Chiang Mai. Wat Ban Den – attraction north of Chiang Mai. The Pha Chor – Mae Wang National Park is nice for some natural erosion features. The Nam Phrae – Hang Dong – Sanpathong area also has numerous attractions The Shrine for Japanese Soldiers is also another interesting site south-west of town. The Mae Taeng – Sop Kai loop is an excellent day loop with beautiful forest, elephants and the Mae Taeng river. You can check out some Civet Coffee too. The Sop Kai Loop with elephants Wat Pa Dara Phirom is a beautiful royal wat in Mae Rim. The Khuang Phra Chao Lanna Buddhist Park in Mae Rim can be combined with a visit to Wat Pa Dara Phirom
Khuang Phra Chao Lanna Buddhist Park – Mae Rim
all in and around Chiang Mai – you can’t get bored here! So take your time & linger longer.
The Doi Inthanon road near the sumit
Once you’ve done these start on some over night rides.