There are buses six times daily from Chiang Mai to Tha Ton, which stop at Chiang Dao along the way. 90 minutes, 29 baht.
Chiang Dao Cave (Tham Chiang Dao). The best-known attraction here, offering 12 kilometers of stalactite-laden caves — although only five of the caverns are accessible to the public. Entry 10B.
Chiang Dao is right next to Chiang Dao National Park, which covers over 1000 sq.km. of the stunning craggy mountains in the area, including Doi Chiang Dao itself (2225m). The area is popular for trekking, as in addition to the mountain views there are many Lisu and Karen hill tribe villages scattered in the park.
Chiang Dao Nest Tours and Trekking. . Offers a wide variety of 2-3 day treks in the national park. Small, private groups led by local hill tribe guides, priced at roughly 1000B/person/day all-inclusive.
Every Tuesday the town has a market with many hilltribe people coming down to trade.
Chiang Dao Nest. Tel. 0601 71985, . This self-proclaimed Mini-Resort run by English/Thai couple Stuart and Wicha offers 11 bungalows from 495B/night, with views of the mountains around and surprisingly gourmet food. Offers a wide variety of activities.