Looking for a fun and family-friendly vacation destination in Southeast Asia? Chiang Mai is a charming city that’s known for its ancient temples, vibrant markets, and amazing cuisine!

With so much to see and do, it can be overwhelming to plan a trip, especially when you’re traveling with little ones. This 7-day itinerary is filled with family-friendly activities and attractions to guide you through Chiang Mai. Get ready to create unforgettable memories with your family in this enchanting city.

Chiang Mai 7 Day Itinerary With Kids

Day 1: Arrival in Chiang Mai

Once you arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport, take your chosen transportation and check into your rental or hotel room.

Take a little time to look around with a leisurely stroll around the Old City. Admire the ancient temples, including Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Don’t forget to try some street food along the way!

Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel. We recommend green curry, but definitely try a classic dish like Pad Thai or Mango Sticky Rice.

Day 2: Elephant Encounter

Start the day with a once-in-a-lifetime experience at an ethical elephant sanctuary, like Elephant Nature Park, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, or the Elephant Freedom Project (we went to this one and it was absolutely perfect!). 

Book your Elephant Sanctuary Experience HERE

Spend the afternoon at the pool at your hotel or try a cooking class (we visited Zabb E Lee Cooking School and had a wonderful experience!). Then visit the vibrant Night Bazaar for shopping and street food. Be sure to pick up some souvenirs!

Book your favorite Thai Cooking School Adventure HERE

Day 3: Outdoor Adventure

Head out for an adventurous hike in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park to see waterfalls. The Doi Suthep Temple is also a must-visit attraction in this area.

Book your Waterfall and Trekking Adventures HERE

Visit the Chiang Mai Zoo. This is a great activity for kids. Then have dinner at one of the riverside restaurants and enjoy a traditional Thai dance performance at the Cultural Center.

Get your Chiang Mai Zoo Admission Tickets with Transfer HERE

Day 4: Cultural Exploration

Join in on a spiritual exchange at a local temple, where you can gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism while engaging in meaningful dialogue with a monk.

Book your Full or Half Day Cultural Exploration HERE

Explore the Art in Paradise 3D Art Museum, and then checkout a traditional Kantoke Dinner with a cultural performance.

Avoid the lines with your Pre-Booked Art in Paradise tickets HERE

Day 5: Adventure Day

Spend the day at a the Grand Canyon water park and enjoy the inflatable obstacle course with the kids!

Get you Grand Canyon Tickets and Transfers HERE

Wrap up the day with a family-friendly restaurant like The Riverside, Dash Restaurant & Bar or the Carp Cafe pictured below. There are many to choose from, but these were certainly our favorites!

Day 6: Chiang Mai Countryside

Take a bike ride to explore the countryside as you ride through rice fields and small villages. You can rent bikes alone or join a guided tour. Chose from e-bikes and cruisers and whatever level you please.

Book your Bikes and Guided Tours HERE

Visit the Monkey Center and enjoy an up close encounter with the cool primates. This is an experience the kids will love!

Spend your last evening in Chiang Mai enjoying a relaxing Thai massage or spa treatment to unwind.

Book your Traditional Thai Massage HERE

Day 7: Departure

If you have time, take a final walk through the Old City to pick up any last-minute souvenirs and have a nice brunch before you leave at the Bird’s Nest, Dada Cafe, or Bistro Terrace.

Check out of your hotel and head to the airport for your departure.

Major Takeaways from our Chiang Mai Trip With Kids

The natural beauty of Chiang Mai is hard to top! The rich culture and variety of activities that the whole family will love make this the perfect destination to spend a week exploring! Plus, it’s budget friendly which means you can enjoy it even more.

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