Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of northern Thailand and is enveloped by a ring of mountains. Established by King Mengrai in the 13th century as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and located on the banks of Ping River, Chiang Mai literally translates as the new city. Today, it is the largest cosmopolitan city north of Bangkok and, with its lively nightlife, ancient monasteries and surrounding countryside, boasts a distinct mix of ethnic and modern culture. The city has entered into Asia’s modern era gracefully, and is still relatively laidback and gentle. Meditative practice is common among the locals. Chiang Mai is known for its unique array of artisan craft makers, who produce everything from umbrellas and detailed wood carvings to stunning silver jewelry.

Highlights

  • Cultural Capital
  • Vibrant Nightlife
  • Ethnic and Modern Cultures

 Places to stay

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa

Hotel Style: Resort

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa, Chiang Mai is a great choice for business and leisure guests.  See Hotel

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Banthai Village

Hotel Style: Boutique

Located in the heart of old Chiang Mai, just ten minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport, Banthai Village is a small hotel blending traditional and contemporary influences.  See Hotel

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De Naga Hotel

Hotel Style: International

De Naga Chiang Mai, a new boutique hotel featuring Northern Thai styles - contemporary Lanna designs, sacred Naga decorations and teak wood interiors, is conveniently located in the Old City (20min drive fm the Intl Apt) across Tha Phae Gate and Wat Chedi Luang, boasting city and Doi Suthep Mountain views.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Chiang Rai City Highlights

A cultural day tripper’s delight! Travel by road through mountains, valleys and scenic landscapes of the Chiang Rai province to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading border between Thailand and Myanmar. Enjoy a local lunch before venturing onwards to Sop Ruak, otherwise known as the Golden Triangle. Renowned for its illicit opium production since the 1950s, the mountains of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge and their borders meet. Enjoy simple exchanges with local hill tribe people and visit Chiang Saen, a glorious ancient kingdom of ruins and temples.

City Highlights with Rickshaw ride

Just a thirty minute drive north of Chiang Mai lies Mae Rim, the ideal spot to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds of a local farmhouse. You will then embark on a long-tail boat cruise on the Mae Ping river where you can witness the daily rural life on the river banks that boast both traditional wooden houses and luxury modern residences. Disembark and venture onto the bustling fresh food markets that epitomise the Northern Thai culture. From there, travel in a traditional trishaw along the infamous Thapae Road as you swiftly pass the crumbling city walls. Reach the old city

Sights And Sounds Of Cm (Cycle)-City

On this half day cycling trip discover southern Chiang Mai and its culturally and historically significant ‘Lost City’ of Wiang Kam, vanished due to frequent floods. Explore all of the temple ruins – Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Phra Meng Rai, Wat Kan Thom and Wat Koo Paa Dom – before cycling onwards to the oldest temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Mun, with its array of artifacts. Pass by the Three Kings monument before finishing your energizing morning tour at the Chiang Mai Arts & Culture Hall where a chronicled collection of the city

Full Day Trip to Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle

Embark on a day trip to the Golden Triangle. Drive 3.5hrs via lovely scenery, stopping at Mekajan’s Hot Springs – soak in the healing waters. At the viewpoint high on the hillside, admire scenic views over the Mekong and Ruak Rivers; see where the borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet; learn why its called ‘the Golden Triangle’ – once notorious for being the heart of the opium trade. After lunch, visit Chiang Mai’s border town of Mae Sai and Akha and Yao hill tribe villages en route.

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