Thailand’s second largest city is really attracting crowds of people, drawn to the idea of escaping the chaotic hustle and bustle of Bangkok and seeing more of this wonderful country than just beautiful beaches. Chiang Mai is incredibly relaxed and chilled out when compared to other frenetic destinations, meaning that those who want a slower pace of life during their vacation and a chance to really soak up the way of Thai life will adore being here.
It is also slightly cheaper than other popular tourist destinations in Thailand, meaning that visitors get more for their money here.
Situated in the foothills of the southern Himalayan Mountain Range, Chiang Mai’s excellent location makes it easy for visitors to access some of Thailand’s most breath-taking natural scenery. Spend some time trekking through the rugged jungle. There are some fantastic national parks and mountains right on the doorstep, complete with amazing waterfalls. There is no better way to cool down on a trek than a dip in some of the inviting waterfall pools. Thrill seekers can opt to go high into the tree tops, walking at dizzying heights along jungle canopy walks or whizzing along zip lines. Spend some time on the river, enjoying a pleasant boat ride or some adventurous rafting.
In Chiang Mai people can learn about, and spend time with, Thailand’s iconic great animal, the elephant. Chiang Mai zoo also provides for a nice day.
Take time to visit hill tribes to experience an altogether different way of life and be intrigued by the different traditions.
Culture vultures will be right at home, and with a choice of over 300 temples to choose from there is plenty on offer. One of the most famous, Wat Phathat Doi Suthep, is perched majestically in the mountains. Enjoy the sweeping vistas whilst marvelling at this cultural gem. Several other fine temples are within easy walking distance of each other within the city walls, including one that is home to a very life-like wax work figure of a famous monk. The old city walls make for a nice walk, as you meander around, lost in a different world. There are many interesting museums to learn more about this wonderful city and country.
For a city full of culture, Chiang Mai has managed to blend old with new, with many modern facilities and services, ensuring a most comfortable visit.
Chiang Mai is well known for its great selection of activities. Take a Thai cookery course to impress friends back at home with your new culinary skills. Take some yoga classes to learn the art of being focused and controlled whilst improving core strength, balance and flexibility, or try a spot of meditation to clear the cobwebs from your mind and experience a deep inner peace. Those seeking a bit more action can take lessons in traditional Thai boxing and learn some Muay Thai strategies and moves.
There are many places to choose from for eating and drinking. Whether you wish to sample some local fare or are hankering after some good home comfort food, you will find it all in Chiang Mai. Enjoy some Thai beers, or even the local whisky, to round off your fun days.
Public transport around Chiang Mai is good, and it is an easy city to navigate. It is also well linked to other parts of Thailand, by bus, train, mini-van and air. There are also numerous day-trips available to nearby surrounding areas. For the cheapest flights to Chiang Mai look online but be sure to search for flights to Bangkok as well as sometimes it can be a lot cheaper to fly there and then travel North with a separate flight.