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Chiang Dao

Chiang Dao (Thailand)

Practical information on Chiang Dao

  • Encounters with locals
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Countryside
  • Mountain
  • Caves
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
An hour and a quarter by car from Chiang Mai
When to go
From November to February
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Chiang Dao

Clémentine Camara Seasoned Traveller
7 written opinions

A magical, mystical trip down into the bowels of the earth.

My suggestion:
Not recommended for claustrophobics!
My review

After descending a series of steps, you arrive at the cave of Chiang Dao, a kind of underground gallery in the mountain. As you proceed on the walk, there are numerous statues and mini-temples to discover. I wouldn't have been able to understood much about them without a guide, though they're still interesting to see anyway.

The further you descend into the cave, the heavier and damper the air becomes. This continues right up to the part you can only visit with a guide and a lantern. I'll leave you to explore the rest for yourself; I didn't venture any further!

The area around the cave, cool and fresh beneath the trees, is nice to visit. Chiang Dao Cave isdefinitely a place to go and see in this region of Thailand. Plan to take half a day for the tour, then go for an elephant-back ride at one of the numerous centers located nearby.

Leslie Romiti Seasoned Traveller
20 written opinions

The cave and mountains of Chiang Dao, located 80 kilometers north of Chiang Mai in the middle of the Golden Triangle, make it a wonderful off-the-beaten-track place to visit and explore!

My suggestion:
If staying over locally, go for a guest house or a farm in the forest close to the cave, rather than somewhere in town. And dress warmly: it gets cold in this part of the country.
My review

I went on a three-day scooter tour of the Golden Triangle region, departing from Chiang Mai. I hadn't planned to stop at Chiang Dao, and visiting there was a nicely surprising experience. I had trouble finding accommodation in town, but the locals came to my aid.

The big surprise was the morning market, where people from the different ethnic groups of the area north of Chiang Dao (the Hmong, Lahu and Akha) all come together. It's colorful and very interesting, even if the people don't smile much! You mustn't miss visiting the cave, which is located amid temples and mountains permanently shrouded in mist. It was wonderful! And the tour, despite the guide's broken English, is very instructive. You need to be a bit of an acrobat to get down into the cave's depths and properly keep up with the guide's lamp!

The little added bonus: the very natural, countryside character of the region, which stands in contrast to the tourism and hustle and bustle of Thailand's south.

The minor drawback: you have to pay for everything at the cave, i.e. the parking, the entrance, the tour, and even an electricity tax!

Tours and travel ideas Chiang Dao

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Northern Adventure For Families
Length 9 days Approx. $1,860
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