Come See the Temples and Tigers of Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is a large city perched high in the mountains of Northern Thailand, and is best known for its wild jungles and beautiful temples. The city was built in 1296, surrounded by a wall and moat. You can catch a tuk-tuk to see these relics as parts of the wall can still be seen today and the moat is still used.
Chiang Mai is a tropical city that has western comforts like malls and hotels, while also retaining many of its ancient structures. Venture out to see over 300 Buddhist temples, including the city’s most famous temple, the beautiful Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, and the oldest temple Wat Chiang Man, that dates back to the 13th Century. Jungle trekking is a popular activity for adventurers and can include bamboo rafting, elephant rides, swimming in waterfalls and visiting a traditional Lahu village where indigenous tribespeople live.
If modern culture is more your style, then visit Chiang Mai’s famous night bazaar that stretches across multiple city blocks and offers up local crafts and street food. Then try two quintessential Thai experiences – a good Thai massage and flavourful Thai curries!
A great time to visit Chiang Mai is in November, when the traditional lantern festival is usually held. The sky lights up with thousands of hot-air balloon lanterns and the waterways shine with banana-leaf boats holding candles and flowers. Chiang Mai is also famous for its Elephant Nature Park, home to rescued elephants, and the Tiger Kingdom where you can get up close and personal with some friendly tigers.
You’ll find the holiday you’ve always dreamed of in Thailand, the land of smiles.