CHIANG MAI - THE CITY THAT FEEL LIKE A VILLAGE
Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand, the old capital city of Lan Na Kingdom, One of the most beautiful scenery city: hills, mountains, stream, lakes, fields and waterfalls. Mysteries are in the valleys and mountains waiting for your discover.
Chiang Mai's historical centre is the walled city. Inside Chiang Mai's remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.
Modern-day Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, but particularly to the east towards the Ping River where Thanon Chang Klan, the famous Night Bazaar and the bulk of Chiang Mai's hotels and guesthouses are located.Loi Kroh Rd is the center of the city's nightlife. The locals say you've not experienced Chiang Mai until you've seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang those are important cultural icons for Chiang Mai residents. Ratchadamneon Rd hosts the main Sunday night walking street market from Thapae Gate to the popular Wat Phra Singh.
Thing to Do
If you are feeling templed-out, there are a multitude of things to do in Chiang Mai.
• Rafting - down the Maetang river is offered by several companies and can often be combined with elephant riding or mountain biking
• Rainforest Canopy Walk - Thailand is now emerging as a world-class canopy tour destination.
• Flight of the Gibbon, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Motorcycle touring or the soft and relax activities as River Cruise or Thai Massage.
Chiang Mai is rich of unique & obvious festivals such Loy
Kratong, Songkran, and Royal Flora Exposition.
Chiang Mai is a great place to shop. Sprawling markets during the
day and night carry items from cheap trinkets to skillfully made local craft.