Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest mountain of Thailand in Thailand, yet the easiest and most comfortable to visit, as there is good road access. Approaching Doi Inthanon the first landmark is Mae-Ya waterfall, one of the most beautiful and … [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.
This temple is situated in Tambon Mae Hia, Amphoe Mueang. It is a beautiful temple situated on a lush mountainside near Chiang Mai Town. 'Wat Phra That' refers to the fact that this temple houses relics of the Buddha, and 'Doi Kham' means 'Golden … [Read more...]
Chiang Mai Night Safari. A government agency. Operated by the supervision of the Administration of Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism (Designated Areas) is located in Tambon Mae Hia Tambon Suthep, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai and Nong … [Read more...]
Wat Phan Tao is located on Phra Pok Klao Road beside Wat Chedi Luang. The temple was a throne hall for King Mahotara Prateth, thus the peacock shaped doors were built. It is believed that peacock is a symbol of king. The name Wat Phan Tao means … [Read more...]
Doi Luang Chiang Dao is located in the area of Chiang Dao wild life sanctuary. It is the 3rd highest limestone mountain in Thailand. Its height is about 2,225 meters from mean sea level. Doi Luang Chiang Dao is around 230-250 million years old. The … [Read more...]
Mon Cham are area on a hill ridge in a less discovered area of Mae Rim. It overlooks spectancular landscape from the two sides of the ridge. We want to provide accommodation that stay closest to the nature and preserve the views as much as possible. … [Read more...]
Ratchaphruek Garden is situated 10km southwest of Chiang Mai, in Mae Hia sub-district. Nestled in a lush mountain landscape, this 400 rai (240,000m2) of land is indeed a picturesque setting -- not only the garden itself with its many plant and flower … [Read more...]
Wiang Kum Kam ( เวียงกุมกาม ) is an ancient city that was built in the reign of King Mengrai in 1286. The city was surrounded by ditches in every corner and they were used as reservoirs. From the discoveries, there are 20 ancient remains in and … [Read more...]
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, the superb landscaped national park covers an area of 262 square kilometres of Amphoe Mae Rim, Amphoe Hang Dong, and Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai. The park consists of verdant forests and mountain ranges. Major mountains … [Read more...]
Although situated in the far north of Chiang Mai and tourists have to go up and down mountain after mountain, Doi Ang Khang still maintains its popularity among nature lovers. The highlights of this famous attraction are winter plants and flowers … [Read more...]
Chet Yot was built during the reign of King Tilokkarat, whose remains are enshrined in one of the smaller chedi. Literally the "Temple of the Seven Spires," Chet Yot is built in imitation of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha … [Read more...]
The drive to the small weaving village of Sankampaeng passes a large number of handicraft shops and the famous umbrella village of Bo Sang. Some three kilometres beyond the village, is a pleasant forty-acre park containing hot springs. The park has … [Read more...]