Huay Kaew Road is a long stretch which connects the Old Town with Doi Suthep and is one of Chiang Mai’s main roads. Not only can you find numerous apartment complexes here but also a variety of markets, shops, cafés and an array of other attractions. Let’s take closer look at what expects you there:
Huay Kaew Waterfall
At the foot of Doi Suthep, just a few meters after the entrance of Chiang Mai Zoo, comes a small park with a waterfall as its centrepiece. This little park is especially popular among local families that come around in the afternoon or on the weekend to relax or to have a picnic. This wonderful waterfall consists of several tiers with many smaller pools, just big enough to sit around and dip your feet inside. There are many eateries around the park’s parking place.
Location: a few metres after Chiang Mai Zoo entrance. Open: always.
Although this market seems to solely target young fashion oriented Thais, it’s also an interesting yet not well-known market for foreigners. You can find dozens of vendors selling everything from T-Shirts, sunglasses, slippers, bags over shoes and pants to undergarments and beachwear. A large dining complex with various food stalls offering Thai and western cuisine can be also found here.
Location: Huay Kaew Rd, opposite entrance of Chiang Mai University Open: 18:00- midnight
Kad Suan Kaew Mall
One of Chiang Mai’s largest shopping malls. It’s by far not the most modern one and the selection of shops is more okay than satisfying. Nevertheless, if you’re in need of a mobile phone, tablet or any electronic gadget / accessories, go to the third floor where dozens of shops and vendors can be found with reasonable prices and room for haggling. The mall’s front square is often used for markets and shows.
Location: 99/4 Huay Kaew Road Open: Mon-Fri, 09:30-22:00, weekends 10:00-22:00
Parks & Nature
Chiang Mai Zoo
The zoo is one of the largest in Thailand, taking several hectares around the slopes of the Doi Suthep hill, just a few metres after the entrance of Chiang Mai University. Chiang Mai Zoo reminds one more of a safari park than a traditional zoo not only because of its size, but also due to the lush forest terrain. It is divided into several areas and is home to animals such as zebras, elephants, penguins, giraffes, flamingos, orang-utans, elephants, koalas and even a panda. An aquarium can be also found here.
Location: 100 Huaykaew Road Open: daily, 08:00-17:00 Entry: 100 THB per adult, 50 THB per child.
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
Covering an area of 265 square kilometres, this park is mainly famous for Wat Doi Stuthep, a magnificent temple on the top of Doi Suthep. There are two further peaks, Doi Buak Ha and Doi Pui, whereat the latter one is the highest at 1685m. The park features several waterfalls, trails for trekking, lush forests and great viewpoints.
Location: from Huay Kaew Waterfall onwards, up the mountain.
Huay Kaew Arboretum
Located between the entrance of Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Zoo comes this lush garden with a wide array of trees and flowers. The Huay Kaew Arboretum is a nice place for walking and relaxing.
Ang Kaew Reservoir
This beautiful lake is situated on the grounds of Chiang Mai University but open for visitors as well. The surroundings are great for walking, relaxing and to simply watch the world pass by. A popular café, Coffee Man, is located right by the lake and serves various coffee hot and cold specialities.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Also widely known as just Wat Doi Suthep, this magical place is Chiang Mai’s most popular temple and offers fantastic views over the city. You can reach it easily from Huay Kaew, just continue driving the road straight on and up the hill for about 15 minutes, you can’t miss it. Otherwise, park your bike around Huay Kaew Waterfall and take a red Songthaew for 50 THB.
Location: top of Doi Suthep. Open: 06:00-18:00 Entry: 30 THB or 50 THB if you opt for the cable car.
Bhubing Palace serves as the winter residence for the Thai Royal Family and is located on Doi Buak Ha, not far from Wat Doi Suthep. The palace consists of several buildings and beautiful gardens.
Location: near Wat Doi Suthep Open: daily, 08:30-16:30 Entry: 50 THB
Doi Pui Tribal Village
This Hmong village can be found just a few kilometres after Wat Doi Suthep and should be part of your itinerary when visiting the temple. The village offers a glimpse of the day-to-day life of this ethnic hill tribe and how rural life in Thailand is. The villagers live from selling handmade souvenirs to visitors and various types of agriculture. If you’re not certain how to get there, take a red Songthaew from Wat Doi Suthep.
Location: few kilometres after Wat Doi Suthep.
Phra Kruba Srivichai Shrine
This shrine was built in honour of Phra Kruba Srivichai who was famous for his humility among the residents of Chiang Mai.
Location: the road towards Wat Doi Suthep.
Very popular Mexican restaurant with big portions. Tacos, flautas, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, fajitas, ….
Location: 26/4 Huay Kaew Road Open: daily, 11:00-23:00
Sukonta Moo Kata
Looking for the biggest restaurant in Chiang Mai? Welcome to Sukonta Moo Kata. Well known among locals, yet only a small number of tourists actually know about it. Sukonta Moo Kata has a sitting capacity for 2000 people. Yes, 2000! It offers a large variety of food, while some dishes are prepared and others ready to be grilled on your table, Shabu-Shabu style. There is live entertainment throughout the evening.
Location: 46/1 Huay Kaew Road, behind Hillside Condo, near Maya Mall. Open: daily, 17:00-00:00.
This quirky coffee is a paradise for cat lovers and coffee enthusiasts. The entire café is space themed, from the décor to the names of the cats like Luna, Apollo or Obi Wan. Bring enough time to play with the cats and of course, to try their coffee and sweets like cakes and crepes.
Location: 233/5 Huaykaew Road Open: daily, 10:00-20:00
Located within the Ang Kaew Reservoir at Chiang Mai University (CMU). Great place to chill and relax and sip hot and cold coffees.
Location: enter CMU and turn right towards a small parking lot. Open: daily, 09:00-17:00
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