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Where Do I Start? The Beginner’s Travel Guide To Explore Chiang Dao

Chiang Dao a picturesque little village located in the north of Chiang Mai about 80 kilometers from the city area, surrounded by limestone mountains full of green space covered with an abundance of nature and good weather. Including the simple way of life. Therefore, Chiang Dao is one of the destinations for anyone who seeks to live a life suitable for traveling leisure and adventure.

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5 places in Chiang Dao that you must visit

1.Doi Luang Chiang Dao.

It is a set of limestone mountains with the highest peak at 2,225 meters above sea level (and the third-highest in all of Thailand after Doi Inthanon and Doi Pha Hom Pok).

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Doi Luang Chiang Dao is a top-rated destination for hikers. On the way to the top of the mountain, you can observe a variety of plants, flowers, birds, and butterflies. As a matter of fact, Doi Luang Chiang Dao is the only place in Thailand where you can find this abundant flora and fauna. 

Tip: Visiting Doi Luang Chiang Dao should take at least 3 days and 2 nights to avoid getting too tired.


2. Chiang Dao Cave 

Chiang Dao Cave is located at the foothills of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. It is the best-known attraction in the area and has Thailand’s deepest limestone caverns offering 12 km of stalactite-laden caves. In which there are five of the caverns accessible to the public.


the Chiang Dao Cave Temple is also located in front of the cave. 

Various sites throughout the region and many other archaeological relics are closely related to local myths and legends.

Tip: Bring your own flashlight!! But, if you don’t have one you can hire a guide with a lantern.

3. Baan Yang Pu To Hot springs.

It is a fantastic place to feel a better mindset, body, and spirit when you get in touch with the natural mineral here. Lay down your worries and let’s relax in the Jacuzzi of the villager’s style!

Apart from Hot springs, this village has many natural activities such as trekking through the jungle, watching birds, various flowers and plants, Traditional Thai massage and homestay.


4. Discover hidden gems at Muang Khong.

Muang Khong is a small village hiding behind Doi Luang around 30 kilometers from Chiang Dao. It is composed of many tribes including Thai Yai, Lisu, Muser, and Karen indigenous people.

Muang Khong is mostly a field with an integrated agricultural system known for its handicrafts, industrial agriculture, folk culture, and tourism based on the communities using local knowledge without affecting the environment and it is sustainable and self-reliant according to the sufficiency economy’s theory.

The simple way of life simplicity during here makes you forget the stress and fatigue from a busy society. 

5. Hostel and Homestay.

It’s time to cut off from the social world and flee to relax in the midst of nature at “Doi Luang Chiang Dao”, sleep under millions of stars wake up with the aroma of nature and beautiful fog. Let’s see some places you can stay:

1. Baan Ra-biang Dao. (The Houses of stars)

Baan Ra-biang Dao Homestay, surrounded by Doi Luang Chiang Dao can be seen the big limestone mountain with warm greetings from a sea of fog from every room. It is suitable for relaxing close to nature. Take a slow life and take a good breath here.

2. Cher-Chee-Va Homestay. (The riverside house)

Listen to the sounds of nature and river streams, Wake up by the symphony composed by birds surrounding the mountain. Get some coffee or tea and relax with the beauty of nature at the peaceful community. Which in turn adds to all the reasons that make people fall in love with this place. 

3. Baan Mae Mae Chiang Dao Treehouse.

Treehouse homestay is built from natural materials in the middle of a tree. It is a good place for people who like to stay close to nature. 

And people who want to find peaceful corners for resting, sitting and lying down. Let the greenness of the tree and the purity of nature embrace you at Mae Mae treehouse.

4. Baan wang Rim Khong at Muang Khong.                                                    

It is a house in the middle of the green fields, it is quiet and the breeze blowing around makes it perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.

Experience the local way of life, the village that never changed to tourists power.  Enjoy nature with the perfect way of relaxation. 

5. Chiang Dao Hostel.

A cozy homestay makes you feel like you’re visiting your friend. Good accommodations with nice rooms with views of Doi Luang Chiang Dao.

Because it is located in the local community area, it is close to many attractions that are within walking distance; from street food, local markets, convenience stores, to bus stations. So there really is no excuse to not book all activities in Chiang Dao here.

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