The Suthep Sub-district of Chiang Mai is west of the Old City and stretches to the foothills of Doi Suthep. Suthep is home to the famous Nimmanhaemin Road dining and lifestyle venues as well as several of the city’s best known temples, a couple of museums, Chiang Mai Zoo and Chiang Mai University. The following article gives details about the main attractions in the Nimmanhaemin-Suthep area.
Last Updated: December 2018
Best Attractions in Nimmanhaemin-Suthep Area:
Ang Kaew Reservoir | Chiang Mai Zoo | Lanna House Museum | Maya Shopping Mall | Nimman Promenade | Suan Dok Temple | Ton Payom Market | Umong Temple | World Insect Museum | Cheap Car Rental | Further Reading
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Suan Dok Temple
Wat Suan Dok is a royal temple on Suthep Road which dates from the late 14th century. It is an essential stop on Chiang Mai temple tours with highlights which include a 48-metre-high round chedi, a collection of Buddha statues and naga-sneck statues. The ashes of several members of Chiang Mai’s one-time royal families are in mausoleums at Wat Suan Dok. There is also a Buddhist University on the temple’s spacious grounds.
Suan Dok Temple: #139, Suthep Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 06:00-22:00 (Daily) | Entrance: Free | Tel: +66 53 278 304
The Museum of World Insects
The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is one of the more unusual Chiang Mai visitor attractions. The flagship of the collection is 10,000 insects from all over the world. Other exhibits are multi-coloured butterflies, beetles, fossils, shells, stones and rocks. Some stones are semi-precious and some of the rocks have been carved to represent figures or images. This museum is on Nimmanhaemin Soi 13.
Museum of World Insects: #72, Nimmanhemin 13, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-16:00 (Daily) | Admission Fees: Adult 300 B; Child 100 B | Tel: +66 53 211 891 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Wat Umong is another of Chiang Mai’s historic temples and is at the bottom of Suthep Mountain. Umong translates to tunnel in English and is the origin of the temple’s name. Still existing tunnels leading under the main chedi feature artwork believed to be 700-years old. Placards dotted around with wise proverbs rendered in English are worth reading while feeding the fish and trying to spot turtles swimming in the temple pond is cathartic.
Umong Temple: #135, M. 10, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 04:00-21:00 (Daily) | Entrance Fee: Free | Tel: +66 53 811 100, +66 84 045 4819
Ang Kaew Reservoir
Ang Kaew Reservoir is on the upper levels of the campus at Chiang Mai University and is a peaceful spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Despite the fact there is no official ban, swimming is frowned on because Ang Kaew is the water source for the university.
Ang Kaew Reservoir: – Chiang Mai University, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 05:00-22:00 (Daily) | Entrance: Free
Chiang Mai Zoo
The zoo at the top end of Huay Kaew Road is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of animals in Thailand. People visiting Chiang Mai Zoo get the opportunity of seeing giant pandas, koalas, penguins and seals; walking though a glass aquarium tunnel and getting up close to the inmates in the Nakorn Ping Aviary. There are 400 different species altogether. Chiang Mai Zoo also has a snowdome feature which is always a hit with kids on hot days.
Chiang Mai Zoo: #100, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-18:00 (Daily) | Tickets: Adult 150 B; Child 70 B | Tel: +66 53 221 179 | Fax: +66 53 222 283 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Lanna Traditional House Museum
This museum boasts an assortment of reconstructed heritage houses and rice barns. The museum is operated by Chiang Mai University’s Arts and Culture Centre. The buildings plus displays and exhibits are designed to show the lifestyles of the Lanna kingdom descendants of yesteryear.
Lanna Traditional House Museum: #239, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:30-16:30 (Mon-Fri), 09:00-16:30 (Sat-Sun) | Admission Fee: 20 B | Tel: +66 53 943 625-6 | Website
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall
Maya is a modern shopping and lifestyle mall on the Huay Kaew-Nimmanhaemin crossroads. Thai and imported brand name outlets such as Panpuri, Adidas and Samsung give upscale shopping opportunities. Rimping Supermarket stocks a choice selection of imported and local delicacies. Cake, ice-cream and coffee shops; and Thai, Japanese and Indian eateries are among varied options for dining. A multi-screen cinema, an amusement arcade, rooftop pubs and the Myst Maya Cocktail Bar are other iconic features of the mall.
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall: #55, M. 5, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 52 081 030 | Facebook
Ton Payom Market
Ton Payom is a traditional Thai fresh market ar which vendors sell a range of herbs, chilli pastes, vegetables, fresh meat and fish, dried fish, sai ua and rice sausages. Seasonal fresh fruit comes straight from farms and there are also some stalls with preserved fruits. A florist sells flowers for all occasions.
Ton Payom Market: – Suthep Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 06:00-19:00 (Daily)
Nimman Promenade and Kantary Terrace
Nimman Promenade is at the Huay Kaew end of Nimmanhaemin Road and boasts a collection of boutique stores selling handicrafts, fashion accessories and clothing. Coffee shops here are air-conditioned. Kantary Terrace is a part of the Kantary Hills Hotel with more dining and retail options. Nimman Walking Street is packed with handicraft and one-of-a kind shops and chilled cafés.
Nimman Promenade: – Suthep Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily)