Northern Thailand’s darling of Chiang Mai is known for being cheaper than the frenetic capital city of Bangkok. Whilst you can have a fabulous time in Chiang Mai on a budget, there are many options for things to do in Chiang Mai if you’re rich!
Nestled in the Thai Himalayan foothills, Chiang Mai also often enjoys cooler temperatures and a more laid back pace of life than other major tourist hot spots. Often said to be one of the most cultural cities in Thailand, it is home to an abundance of temples, beautiful scenery, and a rich ethnically diverse population.
Accommodation wise, there is something to meet all budget expectations. Of course, if you have money to spend, why not stay in somewhere a little more upmarket with a touch of Thai luxury?!
No matter how much money you have, some Chiang Mai highlights include a trip around the lively night market, climbing to the towering heights of Doi Suthep and enjoying the views from the spiritual temple, going on a jungle trek, having a street massage, walking around the ancient city walls, and taking in a variety of marvellous temples. Some popular temples in Chiang Mai include Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Umong, and Wat Suan Dok.
If you have some spare Baht, some great things to do in Chiang Mai if you’re rich include:
Pampering and Well Being
Chiang Mai is home to many exclusive and up market spas and wellness centres. Why not book a day of blissful pampering, and give you mind, body, and soul a really delightful treat? Whilst you can find regular Thai massages and foot massages all across the city, the spas go so much further, leaving you feeling really revitalised and raring to go!
There are several places where you can watch a traditional Muay Thai fight in Chiang Mai, and prices can vary. If you have the money to do so though, why not consider going further than just watching and actually having a go at some Muay Thai training? You will learn about the ancient roots of Muay Thai and the key principles, discover why the rituals and ceremonies are so important, and can practice some basic moves and improve your fitness levels. Of course, the longer you dedicate to your training, the more proficient you will become in this ancient Thai sport.
You can find some really reasonably price cooking classes in Chiang Mai. The better the course though, the more you will pay. If cooking and cuisine are right up your street, consider going for one of the pricier options. You will learn how to recreate a greater variety of dishes, get more explanations about Thai food, as well as its importance in society, see a wide range of ingredients, and you are more likely to be able to tailor classes to your tastes.
Yoga Classes and Spiritual Retreats
Thailand is known for its spirituality, and many people dream of spending quality time in a remote location, learning how to meditate and be at peace. There are several operators who can arrange spiritual retreats, meditation workshops, or yoga classes for those who want to become more in tune with themselves and the world around them.
Chiang Mai X-Centre
Thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies will be in seventh heaven at the X-Centre. Take an ATV for a spin, take a deep breath and launch yourself from great heights with only a bungee cord to save you, crash around and go wild with zorbing, race around on go karts, speed around on trail bikes, or have a blast with friends old and new at paint balling.
The Shooting Club
Professional instructors are always on hand to show you how to handle and shoot dangerous weapons in a safe environment. Select your weapon of choice, load up on bullets, and fire away!
Become an Elephant Mahout
As well as enjoying a ride on one of Thailand’s gentle giants, there are several programs that allow you greater interaction with the magnificent beasts. Learn how to be an elephant trainer, known in Thailand as a mahout, help to feed and bathe the elephants, and discover more about their important role in Thai history.
Jungle Trekking in Style
If you like to experience the great outdoors but still have some creature comforts at the end of the day, there are some amazing jungle lodges that allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. Perhaps you would love to stay in a remote tree top dwelling, with only the sounds of nature for company? Trekking in Chiang Mai is really easy to arrange, and with some extra Baht you can have a truly wonderful time. Longer treks, better facilities, and more visits to Hill Tribe areas are possible when you are a bit richer.
With some extra cash, you can also join visits to places further afield. Consider visiting the stunning white fairytale-esque Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, see where three countries meet at the Golden Triangle, and consider drifting along the Mekong River into neighbouring Laos.
There are plenty of things to do in Chiang Mai if you’re rich, but just as many terrific ways to have fun on a budget.