Chiang Mai is an amazing family destination. Here are 10 things to do with kids in Chiang Mai to keep everyone entertained and have a great time while you’re there.
Every evening, the city of Chiang Mai comes alive when the Night Bazaar opens. It is situated along a three-block stretch of Chan Klan Road in the middle of the city. The Night Bazaar has food carts, lots of bars, plenty of souvenirs and live entertainment. Chiang Mai Night Market is one of the cities’ amazing places to take your family. It is a colorful and bustling market. Keep an eye on your kids because it does get crowded in the high season and the lanes are narrow. Take your time, be patient and learn how to bargain. However, be mindful and respect that these vendors earn a very modest income and these goods are already pretty cheap.
As always, have FUN and eat something different than you normally would.
2. ELEPHANT POOPOO PAPER PARK
We all know you and your kids are going to be giggling like 5 year old boys when you hear “PooPoo Park”. But, seriously how fun would it be to play with poop and make paper?!?
Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park is an eco-friendly, naturally built, outdoor museum park that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibers!
The Elephant POOPOOPAPER Park journey is typically 45-60 minutes. The Park is appropriate for all age groups and is extremely kid-friendly!
What I particularly love about this place (other than saying PooPoo Park) is that they seriously strive to be sustainable. On their website they say, “We strive to offer a genuinely innovative, entertaining, informative, eco-friendly experience to visitors – one that is uniquely Thai. A commitment to both the planet and the people is at our core. We believe in pursuing the middle way – where we can balance care for the natural environment and the people and communities we work with, together, with our commercial pursuits.
Tickets can be purchased at our front gate on arrival and cost THB100 per person. No advanced ticket purchase is required.
Now, go get poopy!
3. MONK CHAT
A Monk Chat is what now? Well, in areas frequented by tourists, there are sitting areas set aside where monks who can speak some English make themselves available for informal chats with tourists. Here is where the mom’s get all excited and yell “a educational opportunity – woohoo!” Seriously though, what a fun and interactive way to teach your kids about religions and cultures that might not be your own. The kids can come up with questions and participate in their own learning. A couple things to remember, please dress respectfully, also maybe leave a donation in the box afterwards.
4. CATMOSPHERE CAFÉ
At Catmosphere you simply pop in, place your order and wait for the cats to stroll by. They recommend you come in the morning or evening when the cats are most active.
Then, when you get done playing with the cats, head into the shop because you have to get the t-shirt that says “May the Meow Be With You”.
Your older kids are going to love this one! Founded in 2007, Flight of the Gibbon provides action packed adventure experiences to people of all ages. Ziplining is suitable and safe for all ages ranging from children to senior citizens. No special training is required and guests are looked after by their highly trained Sky Rangers. Participants must be a minimum height of 1 metre (3ft 3in) to ensure the harness can be fitted securely. The maximum permissible weight of individuals is 125kg (275lbs) although our equipment is actually designed to take much greater weights.
Now, go swing from some trees!
6. BOAT TRIP DOWN THE MAE PING RIVER
If you have a couple of hours to spare and want to get out of the hectic city for a while then take a Mae Ping River Cruise. Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along the cool waters of the River Ping. Enjoy the ever changing scene: resplendent teak houses, rural greenery and sunny faced kids scrambling into the water with shouts of glee. Stop at a local farmer’s house and see for yourself the cultivation of jasmine rice and a variety of herbs for use in both medicine and cookery. Enjoy a snack of seasonal fresh fruit and savour the refreshing taste of lemon-grass and other herb juices.
7. CHIANG MAI ZOO
I love the zoo and the Chiang Mai Zoo does not disappoint! There are 400 animal species represented in the zoo including koalas, Humboldt penguins, Cape fur seals, the only rhino in Thailand, hippos, flamingos, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, camels, lions, tigers, Barbary sheep, Malayan tapir, and many types of reptiles. The zoo is also home to two elephants and three giant pandas. 🐼 🐼 🐼
8. WHITEWATER RAFTING
8Adventures is the premier whitewater rafting Chiang Mai outfitter. Serving up the highest quality Whitewater Rafting and kayaking adventure trips on the Mae Taeng River. 8Adventures also operates international trips on some of the best rivers in the world. They also say to let them know if you can’t swim or have very young children and they will have a fun solution
for you. They also offer a child price.
9. TAKE A COOKING CLASS
At Thai Farm Cooking School, you can escape from the bustling city for a day. Learn how to prepare and cook a Thai meal while enjoying the relaxing non-touristy countryside. On the way to the farm you will stop at a local market for a brief tour. The school is approximately 17 kms from Chiang Mai city.
10. VISIT A TEMPLE
Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples (“wat” in Thai). These include: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the city’s most famous temple, stands on Doi Suthep, a hill to the north-west of the city. The temple dates from 1383.
Wat Chiang Man is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple; and Wat Phra Singh is a blaze of light and colour.