Chiang Mai is situated among the highest mountains of the country, the modern city with ancient roots is a calm and laid back contrast to the southern cities of Thailand. Chiang Mai is one of leisurely wandering, memorable food and exploring magnificent sites. Within the city, there are over thirty temples to visit, take cooking classes from the locals or travel outside of the city to tour the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
Chiang Mei succeeded Chiang Rai, founded in 1296 the city spans a history of multiple kingdoms along the Silk Road. Chinese and Burmese cultural influences are present in the primarily buddhist city. Trade and economic growth occurred in the late 18th century to what it is today.
What It Is Known For
A vast array of activities and ancient temples bring visitors from all over the globe.
Many different peoples still retain their unique languages, traditional dress, and customs in this varied community. Lanna heritage takes shape all over the city in the forms of language, clothing, art, architecture, music, food, and more.
Tour the 15th century buddhist temple, Wat Chedi Luang.
See the 17 meter tall buddha statue atop the peaceful “Temple of the Golden Mountain”, Wat Phra That Doi Kham built in the 7th century.
Get up close with the giant elephants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
For a closer look check out this amazing time-lapse of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai