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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Chiang Mai is the largest city in North-West Thailand in the mountainous area of the country. This is a very old city dating back to the 1200s.  This city contains the most cultural diversity of any other city in Thailand. Many of the places to see originate from its days as a capital city.  The cultural and religious influences are seen all over the city. The historic temples and beautiful views of the mountains add to the unique things to see while in Chiang Mai.  Its northern location and higher altitude invites the cooler weather and prevents the city from getting as hot as its southern Bangkok locations.

There are noticeable differences in the food, people, and attitude in this part of Thailand.  A favorite tourist destination for both Thai people and foreigners, the city has responded with offering more attractions and modern facilities attracting more than 1 million tourists a year.  The highest mountain in Thailand is nearby and is located on the Ping river.

The city is subdivided into four wards: 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 with Srivijaya ward.

The Thai language is spoken with English scattered around the city.  Many foreigners live here which encourages the locals to learn English to facilitate communication.  The main religion is Buddhism.

There is an international airport which makes it easy to travel to from any major city in Thailand.  There are also buses and VIP Vans to choose from.  You can even take a train, which is a slow trip, but very picturesque.

Chiang Mai Map
Map of Chiang Mai

Location: North West Thailand; 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok

Population: 961,000

Area: 315 sq km (1,122 sq mi)

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The best things to see and do while in Chiang Mai

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