Chiang Mai is jam-packed with temples, you will find one around practically every corner as there are over 200 temples of various sizes within the city! Here is a list of some of the more notable ones that are worth a visit.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
This one is located outside the city itself, around 9 miles west of the city centre in the national park. It is a bit of a climb up the 309 steps until you reach the tram which will take you all the way to the temple, from which you can see a fantastic panoramic view of Chiang Mai. The temple itself is a magnificent glimmering golden spire and is well worth the climb up to se it.
Wat Chedi Luang
This temple is towering at 60m tall, although it used to be 90m but was damaged in an earthquake in the 16th century. There is large buddha statue at the top of the temple, it is great to visit during sunset as the light hits the golden statue and lights it up in the evening. There are also many other surrounding temples and paths to walk around amongst the beautiful statues and ornaments.
Wat Phra Singh
There is an important statue called Phra Buddha Sihing which is where the temple get its name from. Every year there is a festival in Chiang Mai known as the Songkran Festival in which the statue is removed from the temple and carried around the streets of the city and on lookers throw splashes of water onto it as a mark of honour.
Wat Chiang Man
This one is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and was even used by the king to live while the city of Chiang Mai was being built. There are a two notable Buddha images held inside the temple, which are said to be 1800 and 2500 years old.
Wat Buppharam lies on the road leading from the Thapae Gate to the east, in fact its name means the east temple appropriately so.