The Absolute BEST Places to Catch the Sunset in Chiang Mai, Thailand - Best Sunset Spots CNX
I don't know about you, but I'm always chasing sunsets and the occasional sunrise ;). Chiang Mai offers beautiful areas to catch some of the most golden sunsets, ever! It's honestly pretty easy to see sunsets and sunrises from pretty much anywhere in Chiang Mai but here in this blog post, I share with you some of the best sunset spots I've personally found!
Chiang Mai, Thailand is my favourite city in the whole wide World for SO many reasons and the golden hour in this city is unreal. I love the sunsets and how cool the city gets after sunset too (and how alive it gets at night)! I’ve personally travelled to around 25 countries and around 160 cities/places in my lifetime (thus far) across 4 continents…so hopefully that’s saying something.
Now, if you don’t know my background or if you don’t follow me on instagram and you just landed on this Blog by searching up Chiang Mai, you may not know this, but I’ve spent around half the year in Chiang Mai or around SE Asia for the past 2 years and the other half in Western Canada (at the time of writing this blog post). So, I’ve spent a good sum of time in Chiang Mai and I’ve scouted out the best sunset spots for you.
The sun sets roughly around 7pm in Chiang Mai give or take a few minutes. Also, the most intense colours come after the sun has set, too (as with anywhere in the World). Note too, that some of these spots are phenomenal sunrise spots too if you go early in the morning and are facing the other direction, so keep that in mind if you’re an early bird :)! Sunrises are around 5:45am-6am give or take a few minutes, too.
All photos shown below are my personal photos from these areas in and around Chiang Mai city unless credited otherwise. This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own and I’m putting this here to help other travellers out who visit Chiang Mai :).
I’ve added google search links to ALL spots talked about right under my mini-scoop review for each which will take you straight to the google search landing page so you can see more photos, the location and other posts about them!
Alright, let’s get started!
These are in no particular order:
1. Parallel universe of lunar 2 on the hidden moon sky bar in one nimman
This sky bar is located within One Nimman and is an awesome spot for sunsets! It overlooks Doi Suthep mountain and is a great place for drinks, to chill and enjoy the scenery. When we went, it was on a first come first serve basis so make sure to come early to secure a table! You take the elevator up near the Ginger restaurant inside One Nimman.
2. rise rooftop bar in nimman
The rise rooftop bar in Nimman is famous for sunsets! It’s on the top floor of the Italics restaurant. Make sure to reserve a spot for sunset or else you may not get a table. We love this rooftop bar for sunsets other than the fact that people are allowed to smoke on it and if you’re sensitive to smoke it can be a hit or miss depending on if someone’s smoking or not (so keep that in mind).
3. doi suthep mountain & temple
Doi Suthep mountain is famous for Bhubing Palace, the cherry blossoms during cherry blossom season and of course, Doi Suthep Temple! The temple is an amazing spot for both sunrises and sunsets in different ways. A lot of people go for sunrise and you can even hike up! I personally haven’t seen the sunrise at Doi Suthep Temple but for sunset, it’s stunning and so golden. After sunset, the city lights of Chiang Mai look so beautiful, too! If you’re visiting Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep Temple is kind of a MUST. Locals say you haven’t seen Chiang Mai until you’ve seen Doi Suthep Temple.
4. doi inthanon mountain
Doi Inthanon is another MUST day trip when in Chiang Mai or Northern Thailand. It’s the highest mountain in Thailand and is suuuuuuch a beautiful mountain loaded with trails, waterfalls, temples, flowering areas, the largest telescope in SE Asia and the highest point that’s amongst a cloud forest and nature trail you can walk through. It’s an incredible spot for both sunrise and sunset. The sunset is breathtaking from this mountain and you can hike to some pretty extraordinary areas and viewpoints!
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Our day at Doi Inthanon (Thailand's tallest mountain and highest peak point)💫 Felt so good to be back! 💖 Gorgeous is an understatement. We started the day at 8am and ended it at 9pm! 13 hours exploring the mountain...and still, I wanna go back!! 😍 #doiinthanon #doiinthanonnationalpark #thainationalobservatory #cloudforest #northernthailand #pagodas #royalproject #maeyawaterfall #adaywellspent
6. SUNFLOWER FIELD in NIMMAN + Nimman area
This sunflower field is so pretty and is in the nimman area! We passed by it one day and had to take some photos! We happened to be there at sunset too that just added to the beauty. Great photo spot and a cute field in the middle of the busy nimman roads. It’s near the Chiang Mai University and I’ve dropped the exact location for you below. The nimman area in general is pretty golden and gorgeous for sunset just wandering around, too!
Update: this no longer exists due to construction!
I hope this blog post was helpful for you! I had to mention this one spot for an epic and gorgeous sunrise, too for those of you who actually read this post all the way through to the bottom! This is one of my absolute FAVS in the World actually. It’s the Yun Lai Viewpoint in Pai, Thailand which is in Northern Thailand as well around a 3 hour drive from Chiang Mai. Pai Canyon also makes an epic sunset spot and so does the temple in Pai (Chedi Phra That Mae Yen). The route to Pai is a pretty windy drive (762 turns to be exact) and a lot of people get motion sickness so try not to look down at your phone or ipad or anything while en route. Look outside at the beautiful scenery through the windows (that should help and I can guarantee what you’re doing on your phone or ipad isn’t as awesome as this scenic drive). Pai is an amazing place to checkout and I’ll most likely do a blog post on Pai very soon as well :). Oh, Chiang Rai also has some stunning areas for sunrise and sunset. Honestly, all of Thailand is very well known for its golden sunsets and phenomenal sunrises so regardless where you are in Thailand, you should be able to catch some gorgeous ones (and in the World, for that matter)! Okay, that’s all for me today! Enjoy your sunsets, guys!!
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