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Every Beginner’s Guide To Sustainable Tourism In Chiang Mai

Sustainable Tourism In Chiang Mai by Kym Ellis via Unsplash

Recommendations On Where To Go And What To Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

With its lush greeneries, cool weather, rich traditions, and vibrant communities, Chiang Mai is a dream destination for everyone who wants to indulge in nature’s glory. Set in the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is on the rise as a hub for sustainable tourism, giving visitors a perfect backdrop full of natural and cultural wonders.

Monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Victor Deweerdt via Unsplash
Monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Victor Deweerdt via Unsplash

To visit Chiang Mai is to fully experience Thailand’s concept of the 7Greens, which represents Green Heart, Green Logistics, Green Attraction, Green Activity, Green Community, Green Service, and Green Plus.

Through the 7Greens, which the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) introduced, Thailand brings together different sectors in addressing climate-change related challenges and creating a pattern for sustainable tourism. For the eco-oriented traveler, this means having a more immersive experience basking in nature, learning about heritage, while helping preserve them.

So if you’re planning to visit Chiang Mai and you’re not sure where to start, here are a few ideas to help you fill out that itinerary you’re planning:

Interact With Elephants

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary 3 - Chiang Mai LQ
Elephant Jungle Sanctuary 3 – Chiang Mai LQ

Travelers who wish to feed, bathe, and pamper the gentle giants can make their goals come true in Chiang Mai. At the Patara Elephant Farm, you can spend a day taking care of mother elephants and babies. Chiang Mai is also home to the Elephant Nature Park, where you can spend up to two days with an elephant herd. You can also learn about elephants’ personal behavior and history at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.

Visit A National Park

Wildlife in Chiang Mai
Wildlife in Chiang Mai

If you’re after nature’s raw visual spectacle, Chiang Mai’s national parks would be a feast for your senses. Doi Inthanon National Park, nicknamed “The Roof of Thailand,” is a must-visit as it is home to a number of waterfalls, trails, villages. The crowning glory of this place is no other than a perfect spot for a sunrise selfie: Doi Inthanon Summit, which is Thailand’s highest peak at 2,565 meters above sea level.

Get Immersed In Local Communities

Thai Way of Life in Chiang Mai - Doi Ang Khang
Thai Way of Life in Chiang Mai – Doi Ang Khang

Community-based tourism in Thailand lets you participate in hands-on activities like traditional fishing, preparing local cuisine, and local crafts. A plantation called Akha Ama Coffee, for example, lets you interact with a local Akha hill tribe as you learn about a coffee bean’s journey from farm to cup. Another unique destination you can try is the Jim Thompson Farm where you can witness the nitty-gritty of the silk-making process.

Go On A Volunteer Vacation

Sparing some time to volunteer can make your experiences more meaningful, something that you can achieve with the help of grassroots organizations. Trash Hero Chiang Mai, for instance, lets you join group clean-ups by local and Thai joggers, walkers, and bikers. You can also join their education program, where you can help teach zero-waste, sustainable lifestyle in schools.

Sustainable Tourism In Chiang Mai by Kym Ellis via Unsplash
Sustainable Tourism In Chiang Mai by Kym Ellis via Unsplash

By visiting these sustainable tourism hotspots and participating in these activties, lifting people and protecting the planet become a part of your #THAImazing story. It becomes your heartwarming way of discovering your very own Thailand.

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels and Resorts in Chiang Mai, Thailand via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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