Chiang Mai

07 May, 2009

A Small but Warm City, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the largest city in the northern part of Thailand. The city has been modernized in the last years. It has a lot of attractions. You can go ride elephants, for an hour and a half, or watch an elephant show. If you are seeking something filled with more adrenaline, you can go whitewater rafting an entire day. 3 hours of riding an ATV is not bad either, especially, if you haven’t driven before. If you consider yourself a cooking god, you can try to learn the art of Thai Cuisine in 24 hours.

Chiang Mai has many temples, called “wat”. Among these are: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the most famous temple in the area and dates from 1383. Several other temples like Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ched Yot, Wiang Kum Kam, Wat U-Mong and Wat Suan Dok make this a very rich cultural zone. The city hosts many festivals, like Loi Kratong, usually held in November. Other festivals are Songkran and the Flower Festival. There are many museums like Arts and Cultural Centre, National Museum and Tribal Museum. Also, the city has many universities like Rajamangala University of Technology, Payap University, Maejo University and Chiang Mai University.

It has a warm climate with high precipitation in summer and low precipitations in winter.

Besides these, there are national parks that include Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand, Doi Suthep and Opkhan. The Dokmai Garden has over 650 plant species. The Elephant Nature Park has about 30 elephants.

You can go for shopping. There are many night bazaars, and many modern shopping centers. If you are not into shopping, you can experience a Thai massage. Massages vary from quick and simple face massages to long courses that can take up to months.

You have many choices of transport. You can travel by bus, by train and by airplane if you want to go outside the city. But, if you want something new and unique, you can try tuktuks and songthaews, local means of transport in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai

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