Located in a lush green valley on the banks of Ping River, Chiang Mai is one of the largest cities in Thailand as well as the capital of Chiang Mai province. The name of this beautiful city translates as 'new city'. It was founded in the year 1296, replacing the former capital of Lan Na kingdom, Chiang Rai. For people seeking enchanting natural surroundings and a laid-back atmosphere, this city would be a perfect choice.
Food in Chiang Mai
For a starter, you can order Sai Oua, which is a northern-style grilled herb sausage made using ground pork and a range of spices and herbs. One of the delectable Thai dishes you would love to savour in this city is Khao Soi or the egg-noodle curry. The Gaeng Hang Lay is a Burmese-style sweet curry made with shrimp paste, pork chunks, and shallots. You can enjoy some mouth-watering Thai delicacies during your Chiang Mai holidays at the Le Grand Lanna restaurant located at Sankampaeng Road.
Tourist attractions in Chiang Mai
A mountaintop temple called Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is one of the most popular attractions of Chiang Mai, comprising of a central shrine that has an enormous idol of seated Buddha. The highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon is filled with several natural wonders that include a national park and waterfalls. If you wish to enjoy a beach-like atmosphere, visit the Huay Tung Tao lake that gives visitors the chance to rent huts on its shores.
Fun things to do in Chiang Mai
With its green mountainous landscapes, you can go trekking on the short trails with the help of a local guide. An exciting way to explore the jungles in this part of Thailand is to indulge in some zip lining adventures. The Mae Taeng River flowing through forests and remote villages give you excellent opportunities to try white water rafting. You would enjoy a fabulous shopping experience at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre.
Nightlife in Chiang Mai
You can have a variety of options in Chiang Mai to enjoy an exciting time after dark. While live music venues dominate the nightlife scene in the city, you can find many places where drinks and dance go hand in hand. Among such places is the Infinity Club, a European-style club that has impressive green laser beams, excellent lighting, and some thrilling music spun by local or international DJs.
Stay in Chiang Mai
There are different types of accommodations available in Chiang Mai depending upon the size of your budget. If you can afford luxurious stays, there are several international five-star hotels to choose from. Some hotels provide stays for mid-range budgets and have all the required basic facilities. Guest houses and serviced apartments are available for those who are looking out for cheaper accommodations. You can get around in this Thai city using tuk-tuks, Songthaews, rented cars or motorcycles.
Festivals in Chiang Mai
Christmas and New Year's Eve are not quite eventful in this city and are mostly restricted to popular restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels. The Thai new year called Songkran celebrated in mid-April is a major event and it gets truly exciting with everyone on the streets getting drenched in water. Loy Krathong or Yi Peng is another important festival held in the 12th month of traditional Thai calendar. A three-day festival called Chiang Mai Flower Festival is celebrated every year during the first weekend of February.
Best time to visit Chiang Mai
From the month of November until February, Chiang Mai experiences its winter season with pleasant daytime temperatures. This is an ideal time to visit this city, as the prevailing climate is best suited for outdoor activities. You can enjoy some of the delightful offerings of the city along with greater savings with cheap holidays to Chiang Mai offered by Lowest2.
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