John Borthwick and Philip Engelberts of The Australian have produced a "best of" list for Chinag Mai.  Included on the list was:

Best temples:
Doi Suthep
Wat Phan Tao
Wat Chedi Luang

Best places for shopping:
The Night Bazaar
The Lane One art gallery
The Shinawatra Thai Silk factory
Pantip Plaza

Best restaurants:
Good View

Best nightlife:
The House tapas and wine bar
THC Rooftop Bar
Warm Up music cafe

Best excursions:
Hill tribe day trips
The national park at Doi Inathanon

Best for kids:
Maeteang Elephant Park
The Chiang Mai Night Safari

Best massage:
The Ban Sabai Spa
The Chetawan and Seenuan schools (massage courses)

Best cooking school:
The Lanna Cooking School

The Australian