Chiang Mai in itself is a pretty big place but the most interesting part of it is the old city. If you look at maps, you will notice that there is a central, inner layered, “walled” city, within Chiang Mai. This where all of the history is. In the days of old, this walled city was a capital city of Lanna Kingdom. Today, it is dotted with many interesting temples, ruins of old cultural and religious centres.
Most of these landmarks are easy to get to. In fact, we got around with just bicycles, completing the top half of the walled city in just under four hours. If you are staying in the old city like us, you can visit Tawan bikes. They offer great rates with quality bicycles at only THB50 for an entire day! If you aren’t looking for a little workout then you can always still catch a ride with the local ride hailing app, Grab. Alternatively, there are also the tuktuks or songhthaews, which are readily available anywhere. My advise for you is to compare prices first before you hop onto any. As a benchmark, we relied on the Grab app to give us an indicative pricing for transport to anywhere within Chiang Mai.