Whether you’re planning on visiting Chiang Mai but are on a budget or if you’ve just moved here too and are looking for things to do that won’t break the bank… here’s some things that you can do that won’t leave you broke.😉
I’ve been living here for about 5 months now… It’s different when you actually live somewhere… you can’t do all those extravagant, expensive touristy things all the time. Luckily, this city is full of cheap or completely FREE things to do and see!
- Explore the amazing street art of Chiang Mai (FREE!) – In the Old City there are many places to see some awesome street art. Just take a stroll around and you will run into a lot!
- Markets (FREE!) – There is an outdoor market of some sort every single night. The Night Bazaar is open every night and the Saturday Night Market is on Saturday evenings from about 5pm-11pm and the Sunday Night Market is… well, you guessed it… on Sundays. The Sunday Night Market is probably the biggest and most busiest markets around the city. These markets are a great place for people watching and browsing. They sell EVERYTHING from home decor to sunglasses, bags… you name it. There are even tons of street food stands as well! Have you been wanting to try some scorpions on a stick?? You can find them here!
- Temples (FREE! sometimes) – Chiang Mai has more than 300 temples all around the city! Many of them are free to visit or they just ask for a small entrance fee of about 20 baht which is about $.60. The temples are all so beautiful… a definite must to visit AT LEAST one while in Chiang Mai. (Make sure you dress appropriately when visiting the temples, otherwise they charge you another 10-20 baht for a cover up sarong.)Wat Phra Singh Temple
- Sticky Waterfalls (FREE! sort of) – It’s free to enter the waterfalls… but you’ll have to pay for transportation to get there or if you have a motorbike, you can just pay for the gas. It’s about an hour and a half drive. I suggest getting a group of people to split a red truck (songthaew) with… that way it’ll be only a few bucks each!
- Sri Lanna National Park (CHEAP) – it’s not too far from Chiang Mai and a really nice place to just get away for the day. There’s a restaurant right on the water and you can also rent some canoes and other things to play in the water with. Great place to hang out on a hot, summer day.
- Get a massage (CHEAP) – I’m from the US and a decent massage will cost you about $50… and can run up to a couple hundred bucks! Massages here are never more than $10! Yes, you read that right. You can get a good hour massage for around 250 baht… which is about $8!
- Hang out at a coffee shop (CHEAP) – I know… a coffee shop? Well, there are a ton of really cute coffee shops all around the city. A good place to grab a cup of your favorite drink and maybe catch up on some work or just sit and relax.
Hope this helps if you ever make your way to Chiang Mai and are on a budget!🙂