Chiang Mai is the largest city and most culturally important city in northern Thailand. The name Chiang Mai is Thai for New City and was so named because it succeeded Chiang Rai in 1292 as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

5 things you need to know about Chiang Mai
5 things you need to know about Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the largest city and most culturally important city in northern Thailand. The name Chiang Mai is Thai for New City and was so named because it succeeded Chiang Rai in 1292 as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

The city is nestled on one of the highest mountains in Thailand along Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. The city happens to be the capital of the Chiang Mai Province.

Below are some of the things you may need to know about the city.

1. Learning how to be a Mahout (Elephant Whisperer)

There is no better tourist experience than learning how to train and direct an elephant. A mahout is a person who trains and takes care of the elephant. Trust me; it will be an eye opening experience.

2. You are better off renting a house than staying in a hotel

For just US$200, you can stay in an apartment that has internet and cable TV. Living in your own apartment as you explore the city and entertain friends is a great way to have a holiday. In fact, I would recommend this for those travelling with families.

3. The city is more culturally diverse than Bangkok

Oh yeah...you read that right. From cooking lessons to trekking in the idyllic mountain villages to attending Songkran and Yee Ping lantern festivals; you will realize that it is better to visit Chiang Mai than Bangkok. Remember you will be experiencing all this at a lower rate than in Bangkok.

4. The things you won’t like about Chiang Mai

It is far from the beaches, it is isolated and thus to travel anywhere else you will have to fly via Bangkok, and some old western men take advantage of younger girls...however in these bad things lays another interesting story...the old men are happier again, the isolation is good for 'alone time', and the beaches are not for everybody.

5. The weather

Due to the surrounding mountains and vegetation, the temperature here is tempered and is not as unbearable during the hot days as in Bangkok.

Chiang Mai gets a lot of positive blogging for a reason. If I were you, I would head there and see for myself.


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