These are any number of excellent day tour routes out of Chiang Mai that will entertain you.
When you first come to Chiang Mai do at least one or two of these to acclimatise yourself & get the feel of the place, before you head up-country on tour.
Hang out in Chiang Mai for a bit longer & do them all to be considered a local expert…
The best of those are listed below;
Consult the GT Rider North Thailand Trip Reports for more ideas on places to go.
Other Interesting Places in & around Chiang Mai to See
Dok Mai Garden – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden – attraction north of Chiang Mai
Tweechol Botanical Garden – attraction north-east of Chiang Mai
Huen Chaiharn Museum – attraction north-east of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Doll Museum – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai
Ganesh Himal Museum & Gallery – attraction south-west of Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – overlooking Chiang Mai city.
The Erotic Garden – attraction in Mae Rim, north of Chiang Mai.
The Insect Museum – attraction in Mae Rim north of Chiang Mai.
Ban Chang Nak the elephant wood carving musuem – attraction east of Chiang Mai.
Wat Ban Den – attraction north of Chiang Mai.
all in and around Chiang Mai – you can’t get bored here! So take your time & linger longer.
Once you’ve done these start on some over night rides.