For me, much of Chiang Mai's charm comes from the lush mountains surrounding it. Driving up Doi Suthep is a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, and of course there are plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the view. Near the summit of the mountain lies a temple, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep and a little further up, the King's Winter Palace (Phu Ping Palace). This is also well worth a visit, especially during the the cooler months of December - February when the roses are blooming. A perfect outing!