Chiang Mai is a land of misty mountains and colourful hill tribes, a playground for seasoned travellers and a delight for adventurers. On a trip to this tranquil city, curious travellers can expand their horizons with Thai massage and cooking courses. Others will be bowled over by the variety of handicrafts and antiques. There are plenty of lively nightlife spots and excellent eateries specialising in local cuisine.

    Chiang Mai is 700 km north of Bangkok, set in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River. The city was founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and it still proudly wears its distinctive culture and long history for all to see. However, it's now a place where the past and the present seamlessly merge with modern buildings standing side by side with venerable temples. Despite its relatively small size, Chiang Mai truly has it all.

    What to see & do in Chiang Mai

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    Things to Do in Chiang Mai range from visiting ancient ruins and elaborate Buddhist temples to exploring traditional markets and a massive zoo. This mountainous city in Thailand offers stunning art such as the serpent carvings at Wat Chedi Luang, as well as national parks like Doi Suthep-Pui, where you'll find waterfalls and utopian forest surroundings. At the Warorot Market, you can shop for local handmade arts and crafts... Read more

    Where & what to eat in Chiang Mai

    Food and dining in Chiang Mai offers a unique world of experience, largely devoid of the curries you find in Thai restaurants, but full of hearty, savoury meats and vegetables. The food here tends to be fattier than it is in southern Thai cooking and the soups have a clear broth instead of using coconut milk. Chicken, pork, fish, eggplant, bamboo shoots and cabbage are common. The flavour palate is... Read more

    Where to shop & what to buy in Chiang Mai

    Shopping in Chiang Mai covers everything from vibrant cultural night markets with locally handmade crafts to farmers' markets with fresh and prepared food and drink, to ultra-modern shopping centres. One of the best experiences is to explore the Sunday Walking Street on Ratchadamnoen filled with energetic food and crafts markets. The Saturday Walking Street occurs on Wualai and offers a similar experience. Baan Kang Wat is a bit further... Read more

    Where to go & what to do at night in Chiang Mai

    Nightlife in Chiang Mai offers a balanced and refined experience that's nevertheless active and vibrant, less wild than Bangkok, but with plenty of good drinks and live music. In the Old City, head to Zoe in Yellow, among the most popular nightclubs in the city, or visit some of the laid-back neighbourhood bars and live music spots. At Riverside, you'll find high-end bars and elegant restaurants with stunning... Read more

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    • Getting Around Chiang Mai

      Getting around Chiang Mai is fairly easy as many attractions are within easy walking distance of the main hotels and each other. Walking is a great way to appreciate the city's ancient charm. An afternoon spent wandering the twisting sois (alleyways) of the old city is a pleasant way to lose yourself amid genuine Thai life. If you don't wish...

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