Chiang Mai is a busy, exciting city in northern Thailand, and a popular city to visit.

There is plenty to do there, from cultural activities, to fun things, shopping, and discovering local history.

It’s the perfect destination for families to visit, as there is so much variety of things to do.

Don’t worry though, we’ve done the hard work for you and found 32 of the best tours for families in Chiang Mai.

  1. Temple Run through Chiang Mai
  2. Discover Buddhist Rituals and Beliefs
  3. Explore the Tunnels of Wat Umong
  4. Tour the City’s Top Sites by Tuk-Tuk
  5. Witness Chiang Mai’s Sunrise on Doi Suthep
  6. Fly over the City on a Hot Air Balloon
  7. Cycle Chiang Mai’s Historic Old City
  8. Boat down Mae Ping River
  9. Fill up on Cheap Street Eats
  10. Follow the Nature Trails in Doi Inthanon National Park
  11. Experience a Traditional Khantoke Dinner
  12. Kayak through Si Lanna National Park
  13. Pedal through Chiang Mai’s Countryside
  14. Ziplining and Sticky Bua Thong Waterfalls
  15. Hop on an ATV Quad Bike Adventure
  16. Zip through the Jungle of Doi Saket
  17. Walk Around Araksa Tea Plantation
  18. Unwind in Tweechol Botanic Garden
  19. Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary
  20. Meet the Padaung People
  21. Spend a Day in an Artisan Village
  22. Immerse in Village Life in Mae Kham Pong
  23. Visit the Famous Golden Triangle
  24. Cross Over to Chiang Rai
  25. Sign up for a Thai Cooking Class
  26. Join a Traditional Thai Dance Class
  27. Learn Vegetable and Fruit Carving
  28. Wander Around Chiang Mai Zoo
  29. Splash Away in Grand Canyon Water Park
  30. Trick the Eyes in Chiang Mai’s 3D Art Museum
  31. Have a Cup of Tea in Vieng Joom On Teahouse
  32. Relax with a Traditional Thai Massage

1. Temple Run through Chiang Mai

Buddhist culture and temples can be found aplenty in Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside.

With 36 temples inside the city walls, a half tour tour is the perfect way to discover the best temples in Chiang Mai.

Visit the 600 year old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which is 5300 feet high in the mountains.

Also see Wat Chedi Luang which is 196 meters tall and was built in 1411.

During your tour learn more about Buddhism and history.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local guide.
  • Air condition transport.
  • Entry to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

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2. Discover Buddhist Rituals and Beliefs

See Buddhist rituals for yourself on this in depth tour.

You can immerse yourself in culture and show your children a peaceful, humble life.

At Suthep Market you will see authentic Thai culture, and can offer monks alms before enjoying a local Thai breakfast.

Continue to the peaceful temple of Wat Umong, which is surrounded by beautiful forest.

Next visit Wat Suan Dok where you can talk to the monks.

In addition you can learn Dharma and give an offering to the Sangkha.

Finally head to the impressive temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Inclusions

  • Local English speaking guide.
  • Enterenace to Wat Suan Dok.
  • Monk offerings.
  • Local breakfast.

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3. Explore the Tunnels of Wat Umong

Wat Umong is an exceptional Buddhist temple and completely unique.

With its forest setting, the temple is extremely serene, a perfect place for meditation and reflection.

Impressively, the temple itself is a series of tunnels, adding to it’s uniqueness.

Choose to visit in the morning when you can give alms to the monks.

Alternatively enjoy a bike tour or day tour to explore the tunnels.

Or visit at sunset or night to see the temple light up in the dark.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Wat Umong
  • Choice of tours, see each for specifics.

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4. Tour the City’s Top Sites by Tuk-Tuk

This tour is great for first time visitors with their families.

Kids and parents alike will both enjoy the novelty of exploring Chiang Mai by TukTuk.

Along the way you will see many highlights of Chiang Mai including the canal and historic city walls.

Also see the temples of Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Srisuphan Aram.

Finally visit the bustling Warorot Market and peruse the stalls, selling flowers, food, clothes and handcrafted goods.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off by TukTuk
  • English speaking guide.
  • Bottled water and seasonal fruits.

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5. Witness Chiang Mai’s Sunrise on Doi Suthep

If you want an impressive way to start your day then try watching the sunrise at Doi Suthep temple.

Doi Suthep temple sits above Chiang Mai, so you will have great morning views over the city.

In addition you can immerse yourself in Buddhist culture by offering the monks alms.

Afterwards receive a blessing for good luck, health, happiness and prosperity.

Also listen to monks during their morning chants.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • English speaking guide with TAT license.
  • VIP air conditioned transportation.
  • Bottled water.

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6. Fly over the City on a Hot Air Balloon

Start your family day with a serene balloon flight with amazing views of Chinag Mai city.

Also enjoy views of rice paddies, mountains, temples and forests.

Afterwards head to Fah Lanna Spa for a relaxing 2 hours of spa treatments.

It’s a fantastic way to escape the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai for a while.

Also included is a local breakfast and lunch.

Please note you must be age 10 or older to go on this tour.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, snacks, bottled water and hot drinks.
  • Siam Massage” Spa Treatment.
  • Balloon flight and flight certificate.

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7. Cycle Chiang Mai’s Historic Old City

Immerse your family in the culture and history of old town Chiang Mai.

During your tour you will cycle alleys and see how modern Chiang Mai blends with ancient temples.

The slow pace is great for families, including those with young children.

Along the way you will learn about the history and culture of Chiang Mai.

Included stops are Wat Chiang Mun, the oldest temple in the city, City Navel and Three Kings Monument.

Also see Wat Chedi Luang and Tha Phae Gate, as well as stopping at a local market for refreshments.

Inclusions

  • Bike hire and helmets.
  • Entry to temples.
  • Guide.
  • Refreshments.

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8. Boat down Mae Ping River

Gain a different perspective of Chiang Mai by seeing the city from the Mae Ping river.

During your 45 minute river cruise you will see traditional wooden houses, modern residences and colorful scenery.

Afterwards you will visit a local farmhouse with herb, fruit and vegetable gardens.

Observe how jasmine rice and herbs are grown using traditional methods.

Also enjoy seasonal fruits, herb infused teas and traditional Khao Soy, a noodle soup dish.

Included in your tour is a transfer back to Chiang Mai.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Boat ride on Mae Ping river,
  • Khao Soy at the farmhouse.

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9. Fill up on Cheap Street Eats

Discover authentic Thai food and everyday culture on a fun family friendly food tour.

Following your hotel pickup you will visit 2 local street food markets.

During your tour you will try at least 8 different dishes including popular Thai delicacies such as Chinese noodles.

In addition you could try stewed pork leg and coconut dumplings.

Also practice ordering street food in Thai.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local guide.
  • Bottled water and food tastings.

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10. Follow the Nature Trails in Doi Inthanon National Park

Escape the busy streets of Chiang Mai and head to Doi Inthanon National Park.

Spend the day with your family exploring natural forest along nature trails where you can see plenty of flora and fauna.

Included is a visit to Wachirathan Falls, the biggest waterfalls in the park.

Also visit the Twin pagodas which is the highest point in Thailand.

Continue to Ban Mae Klang Luang where you can visit the tribe and try their coffee.

Finally enjoy a 2 hour nature trek to the dramatic Pha Dok Seaw Waterfall.

Inclusions

  • Round trip transfers.
  • Local guide.
  • Entry to all areas of the park.
  • Lunch and bottled water.

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11. Experience a Traditional Khantoke Dinner

Spend an evening with your family to enjoy a traditional Khantoke Dinner.

This traditional dinner is served on large sharing platters.

While guests sit at the low tables on mats on the floor.

During the meal you can enjoy authentic Thai cultural performances such as a sword dance and candle dance.

Finally end the evening with a special hilltribe performance.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local Guide.
  • Khantoke Dinner.

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12. Kayak through Si Lanna National Park

Spend a day surrounded by the natural beauty at Si Lanna National Park.

During your tour you will kayak through lush rain forest and natural scenery.

Also expect to see waterfalls, caves and local wildlife.

In addition you will see rural villages and get a glimpse at rural life in northern Thailand.

With professional certified guides, you will be in safe hands making this perfect for novices and families.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip transportation.
  • Professional and certified local tour guides.
  • Kayaks, paddles and safety equipment.
  • Lunch and bottled water.

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13. Pedal through Chiang Mai’s Countryside

Jump on a bike and pedal your way around Chiang Mai’s countryside.

Begin your full day tour with a train ride to Lamphun.

There you will visit historical temples before cycling back to Chiang Mai.

Along the way you will see Wat Phra That Hariphunchai with an impressive golden chedi.

Continue through fruit orchards and along canals to Baan Tawai Village Khun Khong for lunch.

Next cycle through rice paddies to Ban Tawai, a village famous for wood carvings.

Finally you can explore the forested temple of Wat Umong before returning to the city.

Inclusions

  • Bicycle and Helmet.
  • Train ride.
  • Entry to all temples.
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks.

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14. Ziplining and Sticky Bua Thong Waterfalls

Your family day out will begin at a local market where you can get a taste of the real Thailand culture.

Afterwards enjoy a thrilling 1 hour zip line adventure through the trees.

Continue to Karen Hilltribe Long Neck Village to see the women who extend their necks with brass rings.

During your visit learn about the traditions that surround their lives.

Following lunch at a local restaurant head to Bau Thong Waterfalls.

As well as being impressive you can climb the 5 levels of the waterfall.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local guide and transport.
  • Local market tour.
  • 1 hour zip lining tour
  • Entry to Bau Thong Waterfalls and Karen Long Neck Village.
  • Lunch and bottled water.

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15. Hop on an ATV Quad Bike Adventure

With beginners and intermediate drivers in mind, this is a great tour for families.

Enjoy a 3 hour ATV excursion on both roads and off road jungle tracks.

Its a great way to see more of the local countryside while having a thrilling adventure.

Along the way there are plenty of rest stops for water and photo opportunities.

Afterwards you can enjoy a lunch of fried chicken, rice and salad.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned van.
  • ATV tour with helmet and safety briefing and gear.
  • professional guide.
  • Lunch, bottled water and hot drinks.

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16. Zip through the Jungle of Doi Saket

Experience the thrill of zip lining in Thai jungle.

With 22 zip lines, 40 platforms, 3 abseils and 3 sky walks this is great for adventurous people.

Furthermore children as young as 4 can enjoy the thrills.

During your tour you will experience great forest views and hopefully see local wildlife.

Afterwards enjoy a delicious Thai lunch before returning to your hotel.

Inclusions

  • Hotel Pick up and drop off.
  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Safety trailing and safety equipment.
  • Souvenir T-shirt.
  • Lunch and drinks.

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17. Walk Around Araksa Tea Plantation

Delve into a full tea experience at the tea plantation.

Araksa tea garden is one of Thailand’s oldest tea plantations.

Discover the process of growing and making tea.

During the tour you can join tea pluckers in the gardens.

Afterwards watch how the tea leaves are processed.

Finally enjoy a well earned freshly brewed cup of tea and snacks at Araksa tea house.

Inclusions

  • Entry Araksa tea garden.
  • Tea experience with local English speaking guide.
  • Thai lunch/snacks and cup of organic Araksa tea.

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18. Unwind in Tweechol Botanic Garden

Tweechol Botanical gardens is a great place to visit to escape bustling Chiang Mai and enjoy some peace with your family.

Within the manicured gardens you will find quiet swimming pools, impressive fountains, and paddle boats.

Or walk along topiary’s, orchid displays and palm trees.

In addition you can learn about the culture of the Lanna people.

Also, there is a small zoo which children will love.

Inclusions

  • Choice of tours available including cycling and balloon trips.
  • See specific tour for details.

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19. Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary

Visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary is the best way to have a close encounter with elephants.

During your trip to the ethical Lanna elephant sanctuary you can help make elephant food and herbal vitamin balls.

Watch the rescued elephants enjoy a mud spa to keep them cool and parasite free.

Also learn about these amazing mammals and what the sanctuary does to keep rescued elephants happy and healthy.

Afterwards enjoy a delicious Thai lunch with your family.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Entry to Lanna Ethical elephant sanctuary.
  • English speaking local guide during your tour.
  • Vegetarian Thai lunch and bottled water.
  • Uniform, soaps and towel.

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20. Meet the Padaung People

Combine seeing rural life of the long neck tribe and natural scenery.

Visit the peaceful longneck village and learn about rural life and culture there.

Afterwards hike to Bua Thong Waterfalls which you can also climb up.

Then visit Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm to see the beautiful flowers and learn how they are cultivated.

Lunch is also included so your family can have some relaxing down time after experiencing a variety of Chiang Mai’s attractions.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local english speaking guide.
  • Entry to Bua Thong Waterfalls.
  • Entry to Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm.
  • Lunch and bottled water.

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21. Spend a Day in an Artisan Village

The markets in Chiang Mai are busy and bustling places.

Using a guide will give you insights on the best handicraft stalls and and where to find traditional crafts.

First, you will experience a ride on a Songthaew, a traditional mode of public transport in Thailand.

At Baan Ontai Village you will visit Fahmai‚Äč Handloom and learn the basics of bamboo weaving and cotton weaving.

Continue to Wat Chiang Saen which is a Chinese pottery workshop.

Following a visit to natural hot springs, where locals believe heal the sick, you will visit an organic farm.

Dine on a tasty Thai lunch at the farm before returning to Chiang Mai.

Inclusions

  • Transportation.
  • Local English speaking guide,
  • bamboo weaving and clay work workshops.
  • Entry to the markets and craft workshops.
  • Lunch.

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22. Immerse in Village Life in Mae Kham Pong

Mae Kham Pong village is an ideal village to discover more about authentic village life.

Located an hour from Chiang Mai the village is surrounded by lush forest and pretty scenery.

Along the way you will stop at a market for some ingredients for a Thai cookery class.

Also stop at Mae Kham Pong Waterfall.

Continue to the village where you will have time to explore and absorb local culture.

Inclusions

  • Round trip transportation from and to hotels.
  • Guided tour of Mae Kham Pong village.
  • Picnic lunch, self cooked dinner and snacks.
  • Thai Massage.
  • Thai cookery class.

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23. Visit the Famous Golden Triangle

Head to the famous golden trianglewith your family where Laos, Burma and Thailand meet.

Begin your day with an early morning drive through stunning scenery of northern Thailand.

Along the way enjoy a stop off at Maekajan hot springs.

Continue to explore the famous spot, notorious for its opium trade!

This tour is great for first time visitors who want to visit a famous location and see rural Thailand.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up, drop off and round trip air conditioned transportation.
  • Local guide.
  • Lunch.

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24. Cross Over to Chiang Rai

This tour is the best way to see the most interesting temples in Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai.

Beginning at Wat Rong Khun you will continue to Wat Sang Kaew Phothiyan.

Next visit Wat Rong Seur Ten, also known as the blue temple.

Finally head to the Chinese style temple of Wat Huay Pla Kang.

During the tour your private guide will tell you more about Buddhism and Chiang Mai.

This is a great tour for first time visitors and families.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local guide.
  • Entry to all temples.
  • Lunch and bottled water.

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25. Sign up for a Thai Cooking Class

Enjoy and afternoon with your family, tantalising your taste buds as you learn how to make tasty Thai dishes.

After your hotel pick up visit a local market to buy fresh ingredients for you cookery day.

Continue to a lovely home where you can also gather fresh ingredients from their garden.

In addition there are rice paddies nearby and mango trees.

Inside the kitchen everyone has their own cooking station to make tasty dishes.

Dishes you will make include Chicken Satay, Tom Yung soup, curry pastes, Pad Thai, and mango sticky rice.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Local market food tour and tasting.
  • All ingredients and recipe book.
  • Professional instructor.
  • Tea, coffee and bottled water.

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26. Join a Traditional Thai Dance Class

Put on your dancing shoes and have plenty of fun learning traditional Thai dancing.

Firstly, you will be greeted with light refreshments.

Then, you will change into a traditional Thai dancing costume.

Once you’re fitted with the right outfit, you will be introduced to Thai dancing, and the way they express feelings through dance postures.

During the class, you will learn 2 dances, a folk dance called “Ram Wong” and “Fon Leb” fingernail dance.

Photos and video clips will be taken for your own family memorabilia.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Drinks, snacks and bottled water.
  • English speaking instructors.
  • Thai costume to wear.
  • Photos and videos of your class.

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27. Learn Vegetable and Fruit Carving

Are you impressed by the beautiful carved vegetables and fruit that are often served with Thai cuisine?

Would you love to try your hand at creating some vegetable masterpieces yourself?

If so, this will be a fun experience for you and your family.

During your class, learn about traditional carving techniques.

With these newly learnt techniques you will carve various fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and carrots.

After the class, you can take them with you or donate the fruits and vegetables to their studio for offerings to the local temple.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • English speaking instructors.
  • Snacks and refreshments.
  • Studio snapshots of your work.

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28. Wander Around Chiang Mai Zoo

Visiting the zoo is a guaranteed fun day for the family.

Chiang Mai Zoo is home to over 400 animals, including native wildlife.

Highlights include encounters with rhinos, hippos, elephants and tigers.

In addition you can see rare species such as the Giant panda and Humboldt penguin.

A tram also operates around the zoo to make it easier for visitors.

One of the main highlights is the worlds longest marine tunnel at the aquarium.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • English speaking guide.

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29. Splash Away in Grand Canyon Water Park

Get wet and wild at Chiang Mai’s Grand Canyon water park.

With giant inflatables, including sliders over 10 meters in length, you’re sure to have plenty of fun.

As well as the inflatables, you can also try other water activities.

This includes kayaking, canoeing and wake boarding.

Alternatively, you can zip line above the park for great views.

With life jackets for swimmers and life guards on site, it’s perfect for families.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Grand Canyon Water Park.
  • Life jacket for swimmers.
  • Lifeguards and accident insurance.

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30. Trick the Eyes in Chiang Mai’s 3D Art Museum

Art in paradise is an amazing 3D museum.

Discover amazing 3D artwork in a museum like no other.

During your visit, have fun posing in various scenarios.

Included in the 130 works of art are scenes such as a gondola in Venice and running away from a hungry crocodile.

Allow your creativity to have free reign as you explore each scene.

The 3D Art Museum is a perfect opportunity to snap fun photos of your whole family.

Inclusions

  • Entry to art in paradise 3D museum.
  • Skip the line queues.

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31. Have a Cup of Tea in Vieng Joom On Teahouse

Vieng Joom On tea house is a must visit for tea lovers.

Within its walls you can choose from over 50 types of premium tea.

Couple your tea with some tasty treats, as Vieng Joom On is also known for its sweets and cakes.

In addition, the tea room is recognizable from its pink hues as its name means ‘pink city’.

Relax and enjoy an afternoon tea Thai style.

Inclusions

  • Skip the line entry.
  • Pot of tea.
  • Sweets including Rooibos moose, Blueberry cheesecake and fruit preserves.

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32. Relax with a Traditional Thai Massage

Every visit to Thailand should include a traditional Thai massage.

Head to Chiang Mai’s award winning day spa for an authentic message.

Using acupressure along the meridian lines of the body, your masseuse will stretch and apply deep massage techniques to your body.

During the massage you are provided with comfortable clothes as this is an oil free massage.

Afterwards, relax with a herbal drink and a snack.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Coupon for Thai food and drinks at the on site restaurant.

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This list of 32 amazing family friendly tours in Chiang Mai should give you plenty of inspiration to fill your days.

Whichever options you choose, you are bound to have a memorable family holiday.

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