The complete guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is a destination equal parts intriguing, enlightening, and rejuvenating. Here's what you need to know about a trip to Chiang Mai.
While Thailand’s beaches draw interest in the south, Chiang Mai is enchanting enough to attract travellers away from the country’s sun-drenched shores such as Koh Samui. This is thanks to Chiang Mai’s fascinating history, breathtaking temples, lush natural wonders, and appetising cuisine.
Meaning ‘new city’, Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the new capital of Lan Na, the former kingdom of northern Thailand. The city’s favourable position on the Ping River ensured ample trade travelled through the region, including wares from neighbouring countries. This allowed Chiang Mai to blossom into the alluring destination it is today.
The ancient moat and city wall remains of Chiang Mai’s Old City make a great base for explorations. The city’s quintessential heart, this historic area is home to over 100 temples, stunning shrines, plus lively cafes and restaurants, and Chiang Mai’s famous night markets.