Many people asked, "Is it worth going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai?" --- Yes it is!
To make you made decision easier, HotelThailand gathers 8 reasons Chiang Mai is the destination you should visit. There many things to see and do in this beautiful province of Northern Thailand - from pristine nature, gorgeous buildings and temples, to welcoming mood café in town.
Attractions to Fits All Needs
This is one of the most popular destinations of Thailand. You can expect for loads of tourist spots, and there definitely one that perfectly fits your need (though not the need for ocean as Chiang Mai is nowhere near the sea).
From north to south of, you will find all sort of attractions. There are border villages to catch the life of local minority, beautiful natural spots, orchards and gardens to visit, elephant shows, handicraft villages, hot springs, rivers, adventures, trekking, or even the highest summit of Thailand!
Back to town, there are beautiful spots for photo lover, as well as sacred temples to visit like Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Umong. If you love energetic nightlife, Chiang Mai will never let you back to bed so early. Visit to Nimman Haemin Road to join in famous nightclubs and dance through the night.
The charm of Chiang Mai also shifts as the calendar flips. You will see dry crisp blue sky in summer, green and refreshing atmosphere in rainy season, cool comfortable climate plus beautiful flower in winter.
Easy to Reach and Explore
If you are looking for an alternative from Chiang Mai, but can conveniently travel around, Chiang Mai is the recommend city for you. Although it is in the beaten path
, you can still catch the province's virginity and visit to beautiful places --- some of them are not even heard of among foreign travelers.
Though Chiang Mai does not have sky train, there is Songthaew Daeng
or "Red Baht Bus
" at your service. It will take you zigzag through streets of old city and all around. Stand on the side of the road and wave you hand to one of the bus passing by; they will take you to your destination in a jiffy (make sure asking for the price first). When you want to go off town, head for "Chiang Mai Arcade
" bus station and the area in front of Chiang Mai Gate
. This is where you will find route buses that run to every part within Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces.
Laid Back Atmosphere
The city center of Chiang Mai may be a bit of busy but when you get outside the town, you will find plenty of space and blissfully calm and laid-back atmosphere.
It is recommend going along the road 1096 and 1269 that circled around Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. Here is home to many natural attractions which are known for its tranquility and refreshing climate. Go further south to Jom Thong and Mae Jam on the foot of Doi Inthanon, where you can see the terraced rice fields and peaceful life of Paka Kayo minority.
Chiang Mai also has plenty of resorts set amid some of the most stunning surrounding. Book a night here and enjoy your vacation as the time snails by…
Chiang Mai was the capital of Lanna Kingdom, the expansive sovereign state in the north of Thailand, and even today, you can see the glorious past reflected through beautiful buildings (especially temples) around the province.
The famous Wat Phra Singh Temple
is the best place to start. Here you will find the teakwood ordinate hall lavishly decorated both outside and inside with distinguished art of Lanna. Wat Chiang Man
the oldest temple of Chiang Mai, offers far more tranquility with highlights on the golden "Chedi Chang Lom
" and beautiful "Viraha
". This is yet to include the most sacred "Phrathat Doi Suthep" and other temple around the town. If you love beautiful building, Chiang Mai is not to be missed at all cost!
Chic and Chill Vibe at Café
Did you know Chiang Mai is home to the biggest and best coffee plantation in Thailand?
Well… It is. And, there are beyond counts coffee shops in Thailand now, but they said that if you want the trendiest and freshest brew coffee, Chiang Mai is the place to go.
Around the city, especially at Nimman Haemin Road
is the gather place for coffee lovers in town. There are hundreds chic and chill mood café to visit. Each has different style of decoration and technique but one thing in common is the invigorating aroma and welcoming ambient. Visit to one of the most popular, order a signature cup and sit and sip in some awesome setting --- a great kick start for the day or energizing shot in the afternoon.
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Colorful Cultural Events
Want to see Thailand event but don't know where to begin, Chiang Mai can help. There are 2 major events yearly for you to take part – Songkran and Loy Krathong Yi Peng Festivals.
Songkran and Loy Krathong may sound a bit … cliché. However, don't think it will celebrate like anywhere else in Thailand. Songkran Festival
that take place every mid April features unique Lanna culture celebrations
including building sand pagoda, offering "Tung" flag, and bathing elder to bring good luck to your life. Also, this is where you will find the widest splashing scenes of Thailand.
Loy Krathong Yi Peng Festivals
in November draws millions visitor each year, know for it charismatic unique Yi Peng Lantern floating event. Although it is strictly fix about place and time to release the float (as it may cause air traffic problem), you still catch the very best each year.
Charm of Northern People
Thais usually say that people in Chiang Mai are "slow life" -- very kind and live peacefully. The "Ton Yon" (do thing gently and not hurry) behavior is the charm that you will feel at very first pace here. When you talk women of the north, you will always hear they say sweet sounding "Jao". This Jao word means "Kha" (ค่ะ) that is sentence-ending word in Thai language or "yes" in some situation.
When you need any help, try asking the local, they will help when they can. And if you visit minority villages, you will see their peaceful life and big smile on their face.
Scrumptious Lanna Dishes
What's best about Thailand is food --- so as in Chiang Mai. It is where you will find "Lanna Food" signature dishes of Northern Thailand that has unique flavor and been loved by Thai people.
Among all the menus, Nam Prik Noom + Kab Moo
is the menu to try. Pork skin crispy fried eat with refreshing Nam Prik make it a great treat. Laab Khoa Moo, Kaeng Om
, and Jor Pakkard
are also fits perfectly with warm sticky rice. Make sure you have a bite and see if you like or not.
Lanna food also has one dish meal. You can opt for Khao Soi
coconut curry with noodle that has slightly spicy taste or Kanom Jeen Nam Ngiao
fermented rice noodle with northern style soup. Khao Jee (grilled sticky rice with egg) is a great quick meal or if you dare enough, Khao Kan Jin (rice mixed with pork blood and herbs in banana leave) is for you.
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