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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Chiang Mai

Doi Inthanon National Park

The huge park combines hilltribe villages, dramatic waterfalls and fine vistas. Near the 8,400 foot mountain summit, the only red rhododendrons in Thailand bloom in winter. Bring warm clothing.

38 miles southwest of Chiang Mai,
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | day trip | wildlife

Elephant Conservation Centre

Guaranteed to be the highlight of your trip, get close to gentle elephants at Lampang’s conservation center. Don’t leave until you’ve gone on a jungle trek aboard the pachyderms.

60 miles south of Chiang Mai,
Tags: family | hiking | smart splurge | outdoors | day trip

Golden Triangle

This multi-million dollar museum provides an in-depth look at the Golden Triangle's former role in the world opium trade. Combine the trip with a stay at Anantara Golden Triangle (

85 miles from Chiang Mai,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip | museum

Hilltribe Trekking

Meet the region’s true inhabitants (the hilltribe people who have been living here for a millennium) and spend 2-6 days trekking through Thailand’s jungles with a knowledgeable guide.

Tags: hiking | outdoors | culture | day trip


Often considered Chiang Mai’s poorer sister, this tranquil town sees only a few visitors, so this is the place to come for Lanna temples and vibrant local markets without the crowds.

16 miles south of Chiang Mai,
Tags: culture | day trip | market

Wiang Khum Kam

Amidst this ancient capital’s ruins, find temples and a learning center demonstrating traditional silk textile weaving. Tour rural fields by open-air tram and shop local souvenirs at a reconstructed Lanna market.

20 miles south of Chiang Mai,
Tags: family | culture | architecture | history | day trip

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