Located among green hills and mountains, Chiang Mai is a favourite Northern Thailand destination for travellers. The “Rose of the North” is well-known for extraordinary handicraft, delicious food and rich history.
It is home to more than 300 temples in Lanna and Burmese styles, some of them are just as old as the city. It’s no surprise that expats from all over the world flock to Chiang Mai for that ideal blend of rustic appeal and modern amenities.
Top 5 Must Do’s
Wat Phratat Doi Suthep
No holiday in Chiang Mai would be complete without a visit to this intricately beautiful Wat Phratat Doi Suthep temple atop a hill. If you’re daunted by the 300 plus Naga-lined steps, there’s always the cable car to get you to the top of the hill where the view is simply amazing.
Elephant Nature Park
The mission of the Elephant Nature Park is to rescue distressed elephants and let them heal in a natural environment. You can spend the day feeding and bathing these gentle giants, but this is definitely not the place you go for fancy circus elephant tricks.
On the Doi Inthanon, there are many things that you can see in Thailand’s highest mountain, including three remarkable waterfalls, the villages of Hmong and Karen-Padaung hill tribes, stupas dedicated to the royal couple and endless natural beauty along the way.
Wat Chedi Luang
It no longer houses the famous Emerald Buddha, but the 600-year old Wat Chedi Luang structure is still a sight to behold. Don’t forget to spare some time and talk to the young monks – they will be more than happy to have the chance to practice their English with you.
Want to impress your friends back home with your cooking skill? There are several schools in Chiang Mai which offer excellent day-courses on Thai cuisine. All you have to do is show up and follow the lesson because everything has been prepared for you.
Quick Facts about Chiang Mai
|Taxi to city center||15 minutes||THB120|
|Currency||Thai Baht (THB)|
|Time zone||GMT +7|
|Telephone code||+66 53|
DEC – FEB
Cool season, 15°C – 33°C
Breezy evenings and comfortable weather, perfect weather for sightseeing
MAR – JUN
Hot season, 20 °C – 36°C
Sunny and blazing hot , carry your bottle of water and sunscreen
JUL – NOV
Rainy season, 19 °C – 30°C
Very wet and humid, bring your umbrella and beware of flood-prone areas
Need a visa to visit Thailand? Check out Royal Thai Embassy in London official website.