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Chiang Mai - out of city attractions - West Highway 1004

Huai Kaeo Arboretum
Beside Chiang Mai University, this attractively landscaped garden contains many kinds of tropical trees and flowers. It also serves as a fitness park for local people.

Chiang Mai Zoo

Next to Huai Kaeo Arboretum, this is a large and extremely well-managed zoo occupying the lower forested slopes of Doi Suther mountain and showcasing more than 200 species of Asian and African mammals and birds. Open daily from 08.00 to 19.00. Restaurants and a camping site are available.
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Huai Kaeo Waterfall

Close by the zoo, this 10-metre cascade provides a green and scenic picnic spot.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Situated 15 km. from town this is Chiang Mai's most famous and most visible landmark, and at 3,520 feet above sea level, it commands an exhilarating view of the city and surrounding countryside. Dating from 1383, the temple is approached by a flight of 290 Naga-flanked steps (although the less energetic may ascend by a funicular railway), and is dominated by a golden chedi which contains holy Buddha relics and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from allover the world.

The present temple, comprising two sanctuaries and cloisters, was constructed in the 16th century, although the original buildings have been either expanded or restored several times by later Chiang Mai rulers. The gables of the sanctuaries are superbly decorated, and the chedi, constructed in typical Lanna style and flanked by four ornamental umbreallas, is covered with engraved gold plates. On clear winter day, the terrace around the temple offers magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

Phu Phing Palace

Further up the road from the foot of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Phu Phing Palace is the Royal winter residence, built in 1961. The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public daily from 08.30 to 16.30., except when the Royal Family is in residence.

Doi Pui Tribal Village

This Hmong village lies some 3 km. from Phu Prong Palace. It is the most accessible of hilltribe villages and has acordingly lost some of its authenticity, although it still provides a glimpse of tribal life.

Khru Ba Siwichai Monument

Situated at the foot of Doi Suther Mountain, the monument honours the devoted Buddhist monk whose followers built the first 10 km. paved road to Wat Phra That Doi Sutheo in 1935.


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