Being called the “Northern Rose” of Thailand, Chiang Mai lies perfectly among immense mountains with ancient, peaceful and rustic city. This is the fifth largest city of Thailand, which used to be former capital of the country of Lanna, also considered as a historic witness for decades. Hence, Chiang Mai holds itself a very specific beauty, standing out amid this land of Golden Pagodas. Chiang Mai is also a capital of culture, where gathers every quintessence of various cultures of Thai people. If you get used to travelling in a bustling Bangkok, you will be hooked with a very tender city of Chiang Mai. Coming to this delightful city, you can have great chances to explore pagodas and towers by bike, melt into natural wildlife, enjoy Thailand cuisines or go shopping around flea markets.
Phratthat Doi Suthep pagoda is an outstanding attraction that you should not miss. This is the most holy pagoda in Chiang Mai, built in the 13th century, a very significant symbol of the city. Phratthat Doi Suthep presents very well the unique virtues of Chiang Mai: Ancientness, solemnity, yet peacefulness and coziness.
In Chiang Mai, there are so many little monks that you can come across along the way. As Buddhism has been playing an important role in Thai people’s life, they go into monasteries and become monks very soon. And no matter what life goes on, this custom has become a part of Thai people, especially Chiang Mai’s. Therefore, the hospitability, friendliness and humbleness of Thai people contribute a huge advantage for the city to be one out of ten “must-visit” cities in Thailand, voted by Lonely Planet magazine.
Night Bazas is also a place worth paying a visit, selling many handicrafts and handmade goods of Chiang Mai and Thailand northern provinces. You can find strange-looking stuffs with reasonable prices and are free to buy souvenirs.
Moreover, one of interesting experiences in the city is a walking tour through forests to fall for the natural wildlife and get valuable information of the local’s life. Remember to spend some time at Elephant Nature Park to watch lively elephants
To every Thai people, the passion of food is such an inspiration for them to create their own style in dishes which hold a very precise flavor that you should ever try once in a lifetime. And Chiang Mai still always does its good job to present Thai’s food to the world. Let come to this enjoyable city and experience every little thing about it!