Introducing Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is one of the cities which has a long history of more than 700 years. Chiang Mai means “New City”. Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the new capital of the Lanna Kingdom by King Meng Rai succeeding in the former capital, Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, but it was also to be the centre of Buddhism in northern Thailand and 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 cultures 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 centre as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city.
Things to do in Chiang Mai
Explore the historical and cultures.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. There are many places to explore and learn about Chiang Mai’s history and cultures, for example, taking a boat trip along Mae Ping River, Chiang Mai historical center, Doi Suthep and more.
Explore the Nature and hill tribes
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. As the Northern part of Thailand has a large number of elephants, there are many elephant hospital institutions taking care and preserve Asia elephant species in Thailand.
Shopping at Flea Market and Handicraft village.
Chiang Mai flea market has a special and unique style market compared to other places in Thailand. Chiang Mai is well known for its handmade products. It is no surprise to see handicrafts and portrait paintings at reasonable prices. Furthermore Bor Sang & San Kamphaeng Home industries village, It’s well known for Handicraft products (Cotton Umbrella and paper parasols hand-painted, Thai Silk, Silver, Jewellery, Teak-wood Carving). And it is worth visiting and learning the Thai traditional handcraft knowledge from the home industry village.