Chiang Mai – the Capital of the Northern Thailand
Chiang Mai, located at the hearted of the northern uplands of Thailand, is both vibrant cultural centre and a lovely historic city, with a strong tradition of festivals, arts and crafts. If you’re looking for both unwinding your mind and self-improvement courses while on vacation, Chiang Mai tours and day trips are surely one of the best ways to start your Thai adventure.
Recent rapid economic progress has brought issues such as traffic jams and pollution, but Chiang Mai has preserved the atmosphere of an ancient village. Although you can see and feel its modern urban sophistication, people here are famously easy going and friendlier than their cousins in Bangkok, the capital. Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand with a youthful population of about 400,000 people. The most interesting and famous temples are clustered conveniently close to each other: Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Sing. However, don’t expect to find pre-packaged museum pieces, even though they may be primary tourist sights of Chiag Mai, these “wats” are living community centres; monks will quite likely approach you willing to chat and practice their English. Rich cuisine, a couple of astonishing museums, lovely handcraft shops and good-value accommodation options further enhance the allure of Chiang Mai, so tourist tend to stay there longer than they planned. In fact, one could even spend their whole vacation exploring the art of the cheerful haggle at the famous Night Bazaar. In recent years, many travellers are interested in enrolling for courses in massage, cookery etc. Chiang Mai is the main centre for outdoor activities, especially hill-tribe trekking. Also, beyond the limits of this city, you can make a number of other day trips, such as visiting the ancient temples of Lamphun.
With its laid-back pace, picturesque landscape and international accoutrements, Chiang Mai is an ideal destination for sightseers, city connoisseurs and nature lovers. If you’re planning an exciting Thai trip, make sure you visit this sanctuary nestled into the northern foothills of the Kingdom of Thailand, the city that will seduce you with exciting sightseeing, outdoor activities, holiday courses and cuisine specialties.