There are many many fun and adventurous things to do in and around Chiang Mai. To enjoy the full beauty and the calm charm of Chiang Mai, stay for a few days so there's a chance to visit the elephants and ride on one as well. You could even visit with tigers as well as an orchid farm and possibly a Thai cooking class. However, if you only have two days, here is a guide one can use to explore on a low budget.
Be sure to try a Khao Soi noodles (northern curry noodle dish) while you are in Chiang Mai.
At either the night bazaar, the Saturday or the Sunday night market. a taste of Roti and fruit juices or smoothies are a must during your trip to Chiang Mai.
After a long day at Doi Inthanon, you could enjoy full-body Thai massage at around 180-200B (at a guest house). Thai massages can be as low as 120B if you know where to look. :-) Foot Massages are heavenly too.
Any questions about Chiang Mai, don't hesitate to ask. :-)
Chiang Mai Local Expert
Day 1 - Chiang Mai, Chang Mai, Phra Singh
50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
tel: +66 53 24 8604
Chang Klan Rd
between Tha Pae and Loi Kroa roads
50100 Chang Mai, Thailand
tel: +66 53 27 0066
Phra Singh, Thailand
tel: 66 053208921
Day 2 - Chiang Mai
119 Ban-Luang Chomtong
50160 Chiang Mai, Thailand
tel: +66 53 28 6728
fax: +66 53 28 6728
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Near the Moat (Start at Tha Phae Gate