Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday, April 12 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that remain important to this day. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old pagodas and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city. Strangely, for many years tourists had mistaken Chiang Mai simply as the base from which they could plan trekking and rafting trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. 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. The phrase "a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around town" was once a common expression. Today, two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for travelers to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is probably Chiang Mai's most important site for visitors, and certainly its most visible. Wat Phra Borommathat Doi Suthep nestles into the side of Doi Suthep some 3,000 feet above sea level amongst some of the most picturesque scenery you are likely to encounter. Built by King Gue-Na in 1383, the temple houses a large copper-plate Chedi (twenty-two meters high) that is covered in gold and contains holy relics of the Lord Buddha.
As well as being a key tourism destination, the temple has considerable importance and Buddhist pilgrims visit the site all year round. The temple has four chapels and an important golden Buddha image is found at the temple. To get to there you either walk up a staircase (around 300 steps) or use a cable car.
Details: The cost of the cable car to the temple is 20 Baht. The temple opens daily and it is a very popular destination so you can expect crowds during the day.
How to get there: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai. Probably the easiest way to get there is to use one of the numerous Songtaews that regularly leave the city for the temple from the market at the corner of Chotana Road and Manneenopparat Road (outside Changpuak Gate) at a cost of 80 Baht (40 Baht up to the temple and 40 Baht back).
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Chiang Mai Night Safari (CnS) is a government nature theme park which is built to promote Chiang Mai tourism regarding to the governments policy apart from arts, cultures, traditions, and the beauty of nature which are the main fascinating tourist attractions. The government also works for the promotion of Chiang Mai Airport in order to make it an international airport which will allow Chiang Mai to be the tourist center in Indo-China and Southeast Asia. Therefore, if you are looking for a place to visit, a place to hang out at night amidst the real natural environment where you can relax and learn ecosystem, wildlife and natural resources not only in terms of quantity but also quality, Chiang Mai Night Safari is the best answer for you.
Chiang Mai Night Safari tour included : Jaguar Trail, Predator Prowl, Savanna Safari.
Opening Hours: 11.00 – 23.00
Location: Hangdong, southwest of Chiang Mai International Airport (about 12km from the city)
How to get there: It’s best to hire a red songtaeow from the city centre. Negotiate the price before getting on one.
Plan your visit ahead of time, as the three animal zones have different opening times. African Savana and Predator Prowl are evening zones and open from 18:00 to 23:00, while the day zone (Jaguar Trail) is open from 11:00 to 23:00.
Although the park is open at 11:00, its better to go after sunset, when you will see more animals in action and also watch the water laser light show at the lake.
The English-language tram starts after 19:45, so plan to arrive around this time if you don’t understand Thai.
The laser light show has two rounds: 20:00 and 21:00.
Walking Street : Chiang Mai
The Sunday Market (or Walking Street) is a large market located right in the centre of the old walled city area of Chiang Mai. Starting at the Tha Phae Gate at one end the Sunday Market extends for roughly 1km down the full length of Ratchadamnoen Road. You can go to the Market every Sunday from 4pm till midnight.
Ratchadamnoen Road is always closed to traffic while the Sunday Market is open. This allows shoppers to browse the goods on display, bargain with vendors for a good price and wander freely all around without watching over their shoulder for a motor bike zipping past.
At the Sunday Market you will find lots of tourists and Thai locals all gathered together having a good time looking for bargains. The Sunday Market is growing bigger every year and has now started to spread down many of the side streets off the main road, as well as the big open area around the Tha Phae Gate itself.
The spectacular Vachiratharn Waterfall in Chiang Mai is located in the beautiful Doi Inthanon National Park, halfway up Thailand's highest mountain, the Doi Inthanon. This waterfall is the most spectacular waterfall in the area and is often used by locals as their perfect picnic spot. You will enjoy impressive plumes of mist rising from the churning water as it pours down the 70-meter-high steep and rocky hillside. The Doi Inthanon National Park can be found at approximately 58 km from Chiang Mai.
Ban Mong DoI PUI
Doi Pui is one of the highest points of the Chiang Mai province (the highest being Doi Inthanon) and it overlooks the Mong hill tribe village of Ban Mong Doi Pui (or Ban Doi Pui) and the northern reaches of the mountain range. When you reach the viewpoint if you look hard enough into the distance, on a clear day, you can just make out the fringes of the Mae Sa Valley.
On the the way to Doi Pui and beyond it are two hill tribe villages. The first is called Ban Mong Doi Pui and it is located close-by in a valley underneath the summit of Doi Pui. The second hill tribe village is called Ban Khun ChangKaen, this is also a Mong hill tribe village but it is located much further away and the road is a rough dirt track
Khun Chang Kian
Cherry Hill or queen tiger (Prunus cerasoides D. Don) wood is a natural. In the southern regions of China, Japan and Taiwan were up in the mountains at 1000-2000 meters above sea level Doi Inthanon, Doi Chiang Dao, are deciduous trees 10-15 m tall, flowers blue. a bouquet of pink and white clusters of flowers near the end of the limb length of 0.7 to 2 cm, the lines shall not be decorated in a mess. Calyx with a cone flower has five petals on the size 1-2 cm in diameter at flowering. Flowering from December to February Discard the leaves before they bloom. The pink flowers are seen. Where is the queen tiger density. Doi, such as the ravine. At the time of flowering, it will leave together. The pink bloom throughout the mountain.
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Pang Chang Mae Sa
In the lush tropical jungle of Chiang Mai's Maesa Valley , a big family of elephants lives side by side with their mahout caretakers. "Maesa Elephant Camp" is home to one of the largest assembly of elephants in the north of Thailand .
Our philosophy is to create a natural and healthy environment for the elephants while working to conserve and breed them,due to the dwindling number of Asian elephants left in the wild.