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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Buddhist Temple
“Trademark tourist attraction, consist of more than 12 kilometres of underground passages and caverns.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“The best place to eat Thai food in our village of Bahn Tham is Chiang Dao Nest 2. A few minutes walk from the Roundhouses, Nest 2 has an extensive menu and is very popular. Ask Maggi to reserve a table for you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Trekking is possible to the summit of Doi Chiang Dao, the third highest mountain in Thailand. This is a spectacular limestone mountain rising straight up out of the valley with amazing views all around. Overnight camping is possible at the top. However, you must have a guide as this is a restricted area, and the trail is only open from November to February. Contact Maggi to book a guide for you.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“A Stupa built to commemorate King Naresuan with a small museum. Lots of little shops around the stupa on the weekends. There's a little shop selling our coffee too :)”
  • 2 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Place of Worship
“Climb up 500 steps through the jungle to reach this magical temple. Peaceful and quiet. A great place for bird watchers too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Chiang Dao Nest 1 serves delicious Western food and is famous for its Cordon Blue menu. It is about a 20 minute walk from Chiang Dao Roundhouses. Or you can ask Maggi to arrange a taxi for you.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“30 kms down a little used scenic road route 1178 from Chiang Dao, will take you to two entrances to Pha Daeng National Park. The first one you come to is Pong Arng Hot Springs, natural mineral hot springs that you can soak in. Changing rooms and showers. The park entrance ticket will also take you to the next entrance, Pang Tong Waterfall. This is a spectacular waterfall made from limestone. Known as a 'sticky' waterfall, the rocks are easy to walk on and not at all slippery, making is easy to climb up to other levels. Changing rooms provided. Please note that these are not regular tourist places, and cater to local people. If you are wearing a bikini, please cover with a T-shirt .”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Open everyday apart from Tuesday. This is a funky little bar. The owner brews his own beer. Also the largest selction of local thai craft beer in Chiang Dao. Every beer tastes good. The owner illke will know every question you ask him about each beer. Highly recommend this place if your into craft beer. They also do good sausages and burgers. Belgian fries are bomb!”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Best coffee in Chiang Dao, owner is passionate about coffee, roasts it himself and has a large collection of local coffee beans.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“ชมทะเลหมอกยามเช้า ท่ามกลางหุบเขา บนหมู่บ้านชาวเขา อยู่ใกล้ๆ เพียง 15 km. จากที่พัก ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“JAPANESE FOOD IN CHIANG DAO. DON BURI KITCHEN. They do very good Japanese food. Owner used to work in a Japanese restaurant for years. They use high quality ingredients and the price is very affordable. Katsu don, Katsu curry, yakisoba, sushi, California rolls, sashimi, Japanese beer etc. Very very good Japanese food, cannot stress enough. Open every day apart from Tuesday. 11am - 7pm ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
  • 1 local recommends
Coffee Shop
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“Located in a Thai Village with a beautiful view of the mountains and surrounded by longan plantations and rice fields. This is where we go to get a really good latte, sit on their porch and look at the mountain. They also have good desserts. very good coffee. Made by a professional barista to perfection. Highly recommend but only open on weekends.”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
“Funky + arty little space + great café. They have monthly art galleries that showcase life and culture from the surrounding area. They are surrounded by rice fields which makes for a perfect setting. Explore the area and you will find cool sculptures scattered around. They also have a nice gift shop.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“ Beautiful hidden spot up in the mountains. Perfect getaway for a romantic lunch or dinner. There is a waterfall in the vicinity with a small pool to swim.”
  • 2 locals recommend
School
“Absolutely beautiful designed art studio . Hidden in the rice fields with a beautiful view of the mountain. They specialise in Art Therapy Courses. Very Close and walking distance from Makhampom art space”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“JAPANESE FOOD IN CHIANG DAO. DON BURI KITCHEN. They do very good Japanese food. Owner used to work in a Japanese restaurant for years. They use high quality ingredients and the price is very affordable. Katsu don, Katsu curry, yakisoba, sushi, California rolls, sashimi, Japanese beer etc. Very very good Japanese food, cannot stress enough. Open every day apart from Tuesday. 11am - 7pm ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is some of the highest quality PAd Thai you will find. Organic duck and chicken eggs are used from their garden. We go here very often and bring our guests. Always amazed. Its hidden at the end of their garden. The owners used to have a pad thai shop in Bangkok that was quite famous. They decided to come back home and set up shop in their home. 35-50 baht per dish. They only serve pad thai but in different styles. Vegetarian and meat options. So happy with this addition to our village. A must visit. Open everyday from 10am to 5pm”
  • 1 local recommends
Thai Restaurant
“ A must go. Huge selection of local dishes. Very fresh fish. This is where all the locals go for food. We have been going here for more than 10 years and have never been dissapointed. English menu.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Awesome restaurant with a large selection of food everyday. No menu needed as you can just point to what you want. Easy and delicious local food. good for break fast and lunch. They are not open for dinner. open 8am until 3pm.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“very good local food. Yum woon sen, stir fried frog curry, very good fish dishes, curries, noodle dishes, vegetable dishes. everything on their menu is good. open from 10am to 8pm everyday. Very good option for dinner. Its located in a rice field and surrounded by rice fields, Very beautiful location and best to around sunset. HIGHLY RECCOMEND. No tourists. very local.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Famous tom yum noodle restaurant. Nice outdoor seating in the owners garden. Hidden in a traditional thai village. Very local. You can add extra vegetables in your noodles for free, which is a plus. Broth is fragrant and clean. Highly reccomend for lunch. Open everyday at lunch. Closes around 3pm.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“AMAZING GYOZA DUMPLINGS. People travel for miles just to come eat here. The restaurant is in Arunothai which is a Chinese village. The cuisine is a fusion of Chinese Yunnan taste and Northern Thai taste. Very unique food and taste that you will only find here. About 50-60 years ago Thailand offered Chinese refugees asylum in this area. They were fleeing oppression from the Mao era. This is how Arunothai was formed. Very special area. The restaurant also has great noodles. Actually, everything is good. Go before 2pm to make sure the dumplings have not run out.”
  • 1 local recommends

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