Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a popular tourist city, located in the North of Thailand. The city can trace its history back to 1296 A.D when it was the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna. If you want to experience the old Thai culture and way of living, away from the hustle bustle of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is an excellent place for it.Chiang Mai was chosen by TripAdvisor as of the 25 Best Destinations in the World, in 2014. Chiang Mai has over 300 temples, indicating the extent of the culture and ancient legacy of the city.

Exploring Chiang Mai

Small shelter

Chiang Mai is certainly more family-friendly compared to Bangkok. It may be a bit off the beaten path but if you want to glimpse the real Thailand, you must go to Chiang Mai. It is easy to travel in Chiang Mai. The city has a very relaxed pace of life so it is quite idyllic.

Chiang Mai’s Cuisine

Thai food : Khao Soi

Chiang Mai is considered the cultural capital of Thailand and that influence has also spread to the food served here. Being in the North, the food is heavily influenced by Burmese and Chinese cuisine. It is also quite distinct from the food served in the rest of Thailand. Here, the curries are milder and there is a heavier use of turmeric and ginger.

Activities in Chiang Mai

Young elephant in elephant camp, Thailand

Shopping is quite affordable in Chiang Mai. There are umpteen shops outside the historic city center, where you can find a large variety of items. The goods sold here are also of a very good quality. The Sunday Market is a good place for sightseeing and shopping. On Sunday, the place becomes packed with clothes sellers, art and souvenir sellers, jewelery sellers, food counters and more.