Chiang Mai is surrounded by scenic mountains and lush countryside, making it an ideal choice for those looking for a tranquil retreat.
Close to the border of Myanmar and Laos, the name Chiang Mai means ‘New Town’ and is Thailand’s second largest city and an important region for eco-tourism.
As the capital of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai serves as an excellent base for exploring the northern region and for going on excursions in the lush hinterlands. Visitors often head to Chiang Mai to sample local cuisine, see one of the many beautiful temples or go on a hill tribe trek to observe how traditional ways of life are preserved.
As one of the country’s prime tourist destinations, it is a city of outstanding natural beauty, with cool mountain climate and a rich cultural and historical heritage. Mountainous and full of beautiful scenery, its different monikers include “land of a million rice fields” or “Rose of the North” for its abundance of flowers.
Chiang Mai’s attractions include Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and the Elephant Nature Park. It is also a great place for shopping, and the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is popular for traditional handicrafts like silk, silver and wood.