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.
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.
Well known Markets
· Night Bazaar, Chang Khlan Rd (between Tha Phae Rd and Si Donchai Rd). 5PM-11PM. A huge outdoor market stretching along both sides of the road. It can take a concerted effort to find something interesting among the near identical stalls selling tourist orientated trinkets, t-shirts and pirated gear.
· Sunday Walking Market, Rajdumnern Rd (From the inner-east side of Tapae Gate). Su 4PM-11PM. The street is blocked off to traffic for local craft vendors to layout their handmade wares.
· Saturday Walking Market, Wualai Rd. Sa 5PM-11PM. In the old silver working district, it’s a smaller version of the Sunday market with most of the same vendors.
· Warorot Market (Kad Luang), Thapae Rd and Chang Moi Rd. 7AM-5PM. This sprawling indoor market is where the locals shop and is worth a visit to look over the plethora of fabrics, spices, tea and dried fruit piled up along the aisles. Across the road is a flower and fruit market and out-of-this-world fireworks stand. At night the street is packed with snack stalls.
Chiang Mai’s nightlife scene is the most happening in the North, although still a far cry from Bangkok’s hot spots. There are discos, karaoke bars, and live music everywhere. The busiest nightlife zones are near Tapae Gate, Loi Kroh Road and along Charoenrat Road on the eastern bank of the Ping River.