Doi Ang Khang is on Highway No. 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang). Turn left at an intersection around Km. 137 (at Mae Kha Market) and proceed to Doi Ang Khang for a further distance of 25 kilometres. It is a steep zigzagging asphalt road. Therefore, only … [Read more...]
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city is along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists (depending on the year).
Chiang Mai gained prominence in the political sphere in May 2006, when the Chiang Mai Initiative was concluded here between the ASEAN nations and the countries (China, Japan, and South Korea). Chiang Mai was one of three Thai cities contending for Thailand's bid to host the World Expo 2020 (the others were Chon Buri and Ayutthaya). However, Ayutthaya was the city chosen by the Thai Parliament to register for the international competition.
It has also recently positioned itself to become a Creative City, and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO. Chiang Mai is one of two tourist destinations in Thailand on TripAdvisor's list of "25 Best Destinations in the World", where it stands in place 24.
Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.
While officially the city (thesaban nakhon) of Chiang Mai only covers most parts of the Mueang Chiang Mai district with a population of 160,000, the urban sprawl of the city now extends into several neighboring districts. This Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people, more than half the total of Chiang Mai Province.
The city is subdivided into four wards (khwaeng): Nakhon Ping, Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila. The first three are on the west bank of the Ping River, and Kawila is located on the east bank. Nakhon Ping district comprises the north side of the city. Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kawila consist of the west, south, and east respectively. The city center—within the city walls—is mostly within Srivijaya ward.
Chiang Mai Walking Street which is regarded as the best and model of all walking street in Thailand and it becomes the top tourist destination in the North of Thailand.. Chiang Mai Walking Street is held every sunday a long Rachadamneon … [Read more...]
The Wachirathan Waterfall (pronounced "wah-chee-rah-TAHN"; also spelled Vachirathan) was the second major waterfall on the way up to the summit of Doi Inthanon. Of all the waterfalls we saw in Doi Inthanon National Park, we thought this one had the … [Read more...]
Wat Loi Kroh is located Loi Kroh Road, Tambol Chang Klan, Maung Chiang Mai. This temple is originally known as Wat Roi Kroh built by Prachao Kau Na in the Meng Rai Dynasty. Wat Loi Kroh is about 500 years old.. How to get there? This temple is … [Read more...]
Bhubing Royal Palace, The winter palace of Royal Family or Phu Phing Ratcha Niwet is a Royal Residence located Doi Buak Ha, Muang District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. It was built in 1961 to accommodate the royal family during state visits to the … [Read more...]
Baan Khun Chang Kian, is where Cherry Blossom or Sakura flower can be seen in Thailand, Baan Khun Chang Kian or known as Khun Chang Kian Highland Agriculture Research Center is very well-known among Thai people for where to see the Cherry Blossom … [Read more...]
Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple of Chiang Mai was built by King Mengrai in 1297 the first temple of Chiang Mai on the location of Wiang Nopburi. The temple is located in the old city area. Wat Chiang Man was built in 1297 CE as the first temple of … [Read more...]
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the must-visit temple in Chiang Mai was built in 1929 by the sixth King Phaya Kue Na of Lanna Kingdom, Meng Rai Dynasty. He respectfully engaged the Lord Buddha's relic that he kept in his shrine for 3 years to the pagoda of … [Read more...]
Chiang Mai Art in Paradise becomes one of the most interesting things to see and enjoy in Chiang Mai among Thai and foreign tourists, especially Thai people who love to take the pictures could get new experience in photography.. The art in … [Read more...]
Ganesha Himal Museum" was built by Khun Pundhorn Teerakanon ( Mike ) in 2009. Khun Mike is originally from Bangkok he came to work and live in Chiang Mai and became interesting in Ganesha over 30 years ago influenced by his father.. Khun Pundhorn … [Read more...]
The construction of the temple started in the 14th century, when King Saen Muang Ma planned to bury the ashes of his father there. After 10 years of building time it was left unfinished, later to be continued after the death of the king by his widow. … [Read more...]
Construction on Wat Phra Singh began in 1345 when King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty, had a chedi built to house the ashes of his father King Kham Fu. A wihan and several other buildings were added a few years later and the resulting … [Read more...]