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Things to see and do with kids in Chiang Mai

Generally more family friendly than Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a great place to take the kids while on holiday in Thailand. The national way of life of sanuk (fun) is enough to keep the kids on their toes. Couple that with the friendly, child-loving qualities of the Thais, and you've got a recipe for a fun-filled holiday with the family in Chiang Mai.

Take the kids to watch the animal shows in the Mae Sa Valley, where monkeys ride tricycles and play basketball, you can hold a cobra at the Mae Se Snake Farm, enjoy the views from an elephant's back at the Elephant Conservation Centre on the Chiang Mai-Lampang road, swim and play under a waterfalls in the Doi Suithep-Pui National Park, go fishing in a local pond, or visit Chiang Mai Zoo's two giant pandas from China, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui.

Be sure to make sure the kids have plenty of sunscreen on and kit them out with a sunhat as the temperatures can be searing. With all these attractions and more, children on holiday in Chiang Mai will be entertained from dawn to dusk.

Mae Sa Waterfall

Mae Sa Waterfall

Set in the lush Doi Suithep-Pui National Park, only 10 miles (15km) out of town, the Mae Sa Waterfall is definitely worth visiting on any Thailand holiday. Follow the winding pathway to the waterfall's plummeting 10-tiered cascades. There are various little secluded areas along...  see full details

Giant Panda

Chiang Mai Zoo

Boasting two giant pandas from China, Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui, Chiang Mai Zoo has earned itself quite a reputation with travellers as one of the top attractions in the region. The perfect destination for a day trip with the kids, the Chiang Mai...  see full details

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

A beautiful Chiang Mai attraction, the first genuine botanical garden in Thailand was the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden in the Mae Sa Valley. It now also serves as a centre of botanical research and studies. The main feature of this attraction is the...  see full details

Elephant painting

Maesa Elephant Camp

Maesa Elephant Camp is a popular attraction located up in the Muang hills, about a half hour's drive north of Chiang Mai. The camp is home to dozens of Asian elephants, and is dedicated to conservation and breeding. Visitors to the camp will...  see full details


Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders

Little boys will love this wonderland of interesting creepy crawlies. Founded in 2002 by Manop Rattanarithikul (nicknamed 'The Mosquito Man') and his wife, Dr Rampa Rattanarithikul, a distinguished academic with 44 papers in her name. The couple both have a keen interest in insects...  see full details