Chiang Mai

About Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was the capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. The Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents. Outside the central Old City, Nimmanhaemin Road is lined with sophisticated galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants cooking the signature local dish, khao soi. Also offered around town are traditional khantoke dinners served on low tables in teak pavilions accompanied by classical Thai music and dance shows. Handicrafts such as silk, silverware, and lacquerware can be found at open-air markets like the Night Bazaar. Chiang Mai also acts as a base for treks into the nearby mountains for visits to temples, elephant training, and rehabilitation camps, or isolated hill-tribe villages.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain where it's located. It is a sacred site for many Thai people. The original gold-plated chedi is the holiest area of the temple grounds. Within the site are pagodas, statues, bells, a museum, and shrines.
Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang is a Buddhist temple in the historic center of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham, and Wat Sukmin.
Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari is the world's third nocturnal zoo in the world. During Chiang Mai Night Safari animals are able to roam freely where tourists are able to get up close and personal to the animals. The Chiang Mai Night Safari offers other activities to tourists from all over the world, such as light and sound spectacular Musical Fountain offering beautiful and great nightly performances with Safari Dancing where you can feed animals close in points.
Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. King Ananda Mahidol, the older brother of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, bestowed on it the status of Royal temple of the first grade in 1935. The main entrance is guarded by Singhs or lions and the temple houses an important Buddha statue the Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. The origins of this statue are unknown but, according to legend, it was based on the lion of Shakya, a statue since lost which used to be housed in the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya situated in India.
Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants in Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand, approximately 60 kilometres from Chiang Mai City. The parks provide sanctuary for rescued elephants and operate under a business model in which tourists pay to visit and help care for the animals, and can stay for extended periods.
Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man is a Buddhist temple inside the old city of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. The temple holds several very old and important Buddha images. The most popular and visited places inside the temple are the sacred marble Phra Sila and the crystal Phra Satang Man Buddha statues in the smaller meditation halls.
Wat Umong

Wat Umong is a 700-year-old Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The temple was built in 1297 by King Mangrai of the Lan Na dynasty. The temple features a replica of the Ashok Pillar similar to the one at Vaishali with four lions and a wheel at the base and an additional larger wheel on top that acts as an umbrella for the lions.
Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok, also known as Wat Buppharam is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. It is a Royal Temple of the Third Class. The temple is on Suthep Road, approximately one kilometer west of Suan Dok gate on the west side of the moat. The large 48-meter-high bell-shaped chedi was built in a Sri Lankan style that can be seen from afar.
Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is a mountain west of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is 1,676 metres in elevation and is one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain. The temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is on top of a hill around 3,478 feet forming Doi Suthep. This Buddhist place of worship dates back to the 13th century and is an important venue for the devout and a legend featuring a white elephant is connected to this revered site.
Doi Suthep–Pui National Park

Doi Suthep–Pui National Park is a national park in Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. It includes Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Buddhist temple, and Bhubing Palace, the winter residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and family. The park is a protected area for flora, fauna, and habitat.
Best Time To Visit Chiang Mai

The best time to visit Chiang Mai is from October to April when the weather is pleasant with a light breeze.

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