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January 2022

Travel Guide

Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand


Often referred to as the 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai is the economic and cultural centre of Northern Thailand and the focus of tourism within the region. Located about 700 kilometres from Bangkok, it is one of Thailand's better known and most visited provinces. Originally the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom created by King Mengrai in 1296, the province has a played a major part in the development of the country. Situated on the Mae Ping River and around 310 metres above sea level, Chiang Mai is one of the kingdom's most beautiful provinces, featuring mountain ranges and hills amidst lush greenery and jungle. Climate conditions in the area can create swirls of mist and fog in winter - an unusual sight in a tropical country. The province's numerous national parks are extremely fertile, have an abundance of flowers, and support a broad range of wildlife (the area is particularly associated with elephants). The province is also famed as being a home to numerous tribal peoples and visits to tribal villages are a key component of the area's tourism. Some of the main attractions in the area include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Doi Intanon - Thailand's biggest mountain.

"Must see" in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is probably Chiang Mai's most important site for visitors, and certainly its... read more

Doi Ang Khang
Doi Ang Khang is located 163 kilometers from Chaing Mai's city and it takes about 3 hours by driving.... read more

Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Night Safari offers the adventurous the opportunity to head off into the animal kingdom while... read more

Doi Inthanon National Park
At 8,415 feet above sea level Doi Inthanon is Thailand's highest mountain. It is a premium site for scenery... read more

Khantoke Dinners
A very popular activity in Chiang Mai is attending Khantoke Dinners and Cultural Shows. There are a number... read more

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, or Kad Luang (Royal Market) as it is known by locals, is one of Chiang Mai's... read more

Chiang Mai Night Safari
Chiang Mai Night Safari offers the adventurous the opportunity to head off into the animal kingdom while... read more

  Top Hotels in Chiang Mai

137 Pillars House
137 Pillars House
Ban Akeela Homestay
Ban Akeela Homestay
Papae 32 Km. Coffee Hill & Resort
Papae 32 Km. Coffee Hill & Resort
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Top Restaurants in Chiang Mai

Thai-European foods and bar
Address: Anusan Markert  Night Barzaar  Muang  Chiangmai  Chiang Mai  50100
Tel: 66-053-819179

The Queen Vicoria Inn
Address: 252/13-14 Phra Pokklao Rd  Mueng  Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 (0) 53 418255

Naina Indian Food & Drink
Address: 138 Charoenrajd Rd  Chiang Mai  50000
Tel: 0-5340-4506

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"Worth seeing" in Chiang Mai

Wiang Kum Kam
Wiang Kum Kam is a recently discovered ancient lost city in Chiang Mai. It was flooded and abandoned... read more

Mae Sa Waterfall
Mae Sa Waterfall is another 'iconic' image of Chiang Mai, although it is somewhat less famous than some... read more

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is located 27 kilometers Northwest of Chiang Mai. It is approximately a... read more

San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs is an ideal destination for those interested in health and well-being. A natural... read more

Doi Pui
Doi Pui (1658 meteres above see level) is a part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Doi Pui Peak has... read more

BorSang village
Borsang Umbrella and Thai Handicraft Village are usually approached as a single trip and often on an... read more

Chiang Dao Cave
The Peak of Doi Chiang Dao Mountain is 2225 meters above sea level making it one of Thailand's highest... read more

Chiang Mai National Museum
Located in the north of the city the museum features a range of displays and exhibits providing details... read more

Hilltribe Research Institute Museum
The Hilltribe Research Institute was founded to increase awareness of the northern hilltribes that inhabit... read more

Mae Sa Elephant Camp
A trip to Mae Sa Elephant Training Centre is often combined with a trip to Mae Sa Waterfall. The centre... read more

Op Luang Gorge
Op Luang Gorge is located about 100 kilometers from Chiang Mai and offers visitors great scenery. A river... read more

Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang's main significance is that it housed the Emerald Buddha for a short time before the... read more

Wat Chiang Man
Wat Chiang Man is reportedly the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and established by the city's founder, King... read more

Wat Phra Singh
Wat Phra Singh (Full name: Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn) was built in the fourteenth century by King... read more

Chiang Mai Flower Festival
celebrates its natural beauty with a display of the area's flora. Orchids, Roses, Carnations, nestle... read more

Chiang Mai Walking Street
Organized since 2006, Chiang Mai Walking Street is a Sunday evening walking street at the Three Kings... read more

"At Your Leisure" in Chiang Mai

Dechanukrau Boxing Ring
Fights take place Saturdays and Sundays. Good range of local fighters on show, with some needle bouts... read more

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