Chiang Mai Travel Guide
Chiang Mai is one of the most fascinating cities not just in Thailand, but in the whole of Southeast Asia. Bangkok has its neon nightlife and 24/7 buzz, Pattaya and Phuket are home to some of the finest beaches in the world, but Chiang Mai is the spir... itual heartland and roof of Thailand.
It is the backdoor to the Himalayas and houses all of Thailand?s tallest mountains and over 300 temples: some of which list among the most impressive in the world. You might relax at the beach but Chiang Mai is where you come to truly chill out and discover yourself.
From its walled old city, to its mountain temples, to its numerous city-wide festivals ? Chiang Mai is the best place to go to see traditional Thailand at its most glorious. But this ancient tradition and history comes together to meet the modern world in Chiang Mai.
You will discover a thriving art and music scene, some of the most delicious food to be found in the entire Kingdom, and a local population that knows how to entertain guests and celebrate life.
In recent years not only has tourism to the area grown quickly, but so has the ex pat community, with artists, pilgrims and travelers from the world over making Chiang Mai their new home. This means that local knowledge is not restricted to just being told in Thai anymore.
Unlike most Thailand travel guides where you are given huge swathes of information that you can?t possibly use, here you will get to know the city of Chiang Mai as a local does. Don?t get caught up by tourist traps or touts. Discover the best sites, tastes, beds, and entertainment and pay the right price for them.
In this Chiang Mai travel guide you will be taught how to unwind the Chiang Mai way, and see all this place has to offer by getting the most out of your time here.
Explore Chiang Mai?s historic old city dating back 800 years, seek out the underground temples, the majestic teak architecture, and find thousand-year-old images of Buddha and the home of his shoulder bone. Find the Chiang Mai palace and the never ending garden of dazzling flowers.
Search jungle and mountains on the back of an elephant or motorbike, dip your toes in a hot spring or spend the day bird watching in one of Chiang Mai?s several national parks. See the hill tribes of North Thailand and discover a lifestyle that has been thriving, hidden away for hundreds of years.
Get cultured with information on Chiang Mai?s best museums, music venues, art galleries, spas, and sporting events. Time your stay so that you take part in one of the world?s largest water fights or watch the sky and rivers light up with thousands of lanterns during Yi Peng.
Learn about Chiang Mai?s rich and varied history, how the city became part of Thailand and remained hidden until the 1920s.
Get into and out of Chiang Mai as quickly, comfortably and cheaply as possible. Get around the city even easier. Plan the best location to start your journey into Chiang Mai, and find the best accommodations to fit your price range.
You will be told where to party with the locals at the best bars, clubs, and music events in the city. Shop until you drop from midday to midnight in one of the cities thriving night markets, where you can buy anything your heart desires for as little as you can stand to haggle.
Taste authentic northern Thai cuisine, with its crunchy coconut noodle curry and its life changing deep fried pork snacks.
Whether this is your first time inChiang Mai or your fifth visit, you will be shown how to see the city as only a local can and discover the best of Thailand.
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