Chiang Mai Province
Chiang Mai is an important old city in the North. It is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both traditional and modern Thai cultures coexisting side by side. The city features centuries-old pagodas and temples next to modern department stores and boutique hotels. While many old cities all over Thailand once had walls and moats, Chiang Mai is the only city where the old walls are still mostly intact.
Once in Chiang Mai, however, tourists are surprised by the fact that there are so many things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations.
This is the most famous and important temple in Chiang Mai that every visitor must visit. The temple is situated on top of Doi Suthep Hill, at 3,520 feet above sea level.
This is one of the most beautiful temples situated within the walled old city of Chiang Mai. The Wat Phra Sing dates back to the 14th century when Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and is one of the finest examples of classic Lanna style temple architecture in Northern Thailand.
Wat Suan Dok is a very old temple known for its large number of white chedis or pagodas. The temple was built during the second half of the 14th century to house a sacred Buddha relic. The tallest golden chedi of 48 meters high in Sri Lankan style contains the relic of the Buddha.
This temple, located northwest of the city moat, was built during the reign of King Tilokarat in the late 15th century. The main chedi or pagoda is patterned after the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha found enlightenment.
Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city located in Saraphi District, around 3 km. from the southeastern corner of Chiang Mai's city centre. According to history, King Mangrai relocated the capital of the Lanna Kingdom from Chiang Rai to the old city of Wiang Kum Kam on the banks of the Ping River in 1288. The area was low-lying and was frequently affected by floods. By 1296, King Mangrai had chosen a new site for his capital on
San Kamphaeng Road, about 10 km to the south-east of Chiang Mai, is the most famous handicraft center. All along San Kamphaeng Road you will find pottery, stoneware, silverware, lacquerware, paperware, sculptures, jewellery, wood carvings and silk products. Bo Sang Umbrella Village is also situated on this road. Here the local artisans make the
Only 36 kilometres from Chiang Mai town, San Kamphaeng hot springs are located amid natural surroundings of lush trees and verdant hills. The springs contain sulphur and minerals which help treat skin disorders and arthritis. Some springs are really hot you can
Chiang Mai is a shopper’s paradise, and the most famous shopping place is Night Bazaar. It is located on Chang Khlan Road on the east side of the old walled city. At Night Bazaar you will find a huge variety of brand name designer goods, clothing, T-shirts, belts, bags, shoes, jewellery, watches, and local goods at really low prices.