Chiang Mai has gained a world reputation as Thailand’s capital of art and culture. Here you’ll find some of Thailand’s finest hotels and resorts. Hotels found here are known for their quality service and hospitability. Founded over seven centuries ago, Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, home to great Thai temples. The ancient city is brimming with botanical gardens, and surrounded by mountains.
Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the northern part of Thailand in the ancient city of Chiang Mai. Featuring diverse landscapes, exotic cuisine, an iconic landmark, rich cultural heritage, vibrant events and festivals, colorful artworks and classical dances, Chiang Mai is a paradise for all.
Visit on weekends to see how busy this ancient city gets. In every corner, you’ll find at least one food vendor. On the streets, you’ll find both locals and visitors hopping from one street food vendor to another. If you’re one of those who would just like to explore the streets, odds are you may likely get full even before finding a good spot for some fine dining.
No matter your food preferences, Chiang Mai has it all. Top on the list of local dishes is the ‘sai ua’, a favorite amongst locals. That’s not all. Strawberry plantations and tea plantations are plentiful here.
The city boasts a wide range of activities and colorful events both within and beyond its borders. Gain more knowledge and enhance your creative skills by taking classes on how to make silk and silver. Go back home with locally made souvenirs and cherish the moments. Combining an exotic range of attractions with a wide selection of dining and accommodation options for all budgets, Chiang Mai offers top-notch vacation experience for visitors.
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Country Bike Tour
Pedaling around the beautiful countryside of Chiang Mai is a thrilling experience in itself. While in the company of a local, knowledgeable guide, you’ll pedal past villages, farmlands and a diverse landscape. On your way, you’ll find local wooden buildings and rice fields. Your tour guide knows just the perfect route to take, so rest assured that you’re in safe hands. A country bike tour in Chiang Mai is a must-do for everyone, irrespective of age. After a great time biking around the countryside, fill your taste buds with great local Thai food in a restaurant that sits right in one of the rice fields.
Doi Inthanon Trekking
One of the most special attractions around Chiang Mai is the Doi Inthanon National Park. Standing at over 2500 meters above sea level, Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. Hiking the mountains will take you to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, where you can take a dip, relax and cool off. Admire the stunning scenery as you walk your way through the park. Also, this trek will bring you closer to a few endangered bird species.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, and its founding legend is learned by every schoolkid in Chiang Mai. The wát is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture, reached via a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (mythical sea serpents). The climb is intended to help devotees accrue Buddhist merit.
The monastery was established in 1383 by King Keu Naone to enshrine a piece of bone said to be from the shoulder of the historical Buddha. The bone shard was brought to Lanna by a wandering monk from Sukhothai and it broke into two pieces at the base of the mountain, with one piece being enshrined at Wat Suan Dok. The second fragment was mounted onto a sacred white elephant that wandered the jungle until it died, in the process selecting the spot where the monastery was later founded.