About Chiang Mai
A fascinating city
Chiang Mai city has seven hundred years of fascinating history. It is a city surrounded by a ring of mountains in Northern Thailand. In the centre of Chiang Mai city is the old city surrounded by the moat with parts of the original city wall still remaining. Chiang Mai has its own distinctive history, culture, traditions, festivals and arts. It also has an exciting mix of local, ethnic and expatriate communities from all around the world. It has retained its traditional and cultural charm while advancing to become a modern city which has become a top destination for both foreigners and locals to live in Thailand.
Chiang Mai city is home to over 300 temples dating as far back as the 13th century. There are also national parks, mountain trails, waterfalls, museums, ancient ruins, and many other unique attractions all within half an hour’s drive. You will never tire of its multitude of delights as Chiang Mai offers something for everyone from luxury accommodation and pampering spas to trekking and adventure sports, cultural experience tours, get up close and cuddle a tiger or visit the pandas at the Chiang Mai zoo. Every visitor to Chiang Mai will take home experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Chiang Mai has something for every discerning shopper from cheap goods and fake brand names to beautiful handmade products and art. The Night Bazaar is the best place to go for souvenirs, textiles, handicrafts and fake brand names. The stall owners constantly change their products so it is an exciting shopping experience for tourists and locals alike.
There are several shopping centers in Chiang Mai which have a variety of traditional Thai and international food venues as well as clothing, shoes, books, supermarkets and many, many more. These are a great idea for a quiet day to wander in air conditioned luxury and find some of those “must have” items as mementos of your stay in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is the place to party with entertainment venues, clubs, pubs and bars throughout the city. There are great outdoor pubs and beer gardens, expat style pubs and classy lounges and wine bars with live music to be found on every corner of the city. Many of the International Hotels also offer live entertainment nightly along with a fantastic variety of food and beverages available in their restaurants. Traditional Thai style dinner and dancing venues are also prevalent in Chiang Mai and are certainly worth a visit during your stay.
Dining in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai has an amazing number of restaurants from street stalls and food courts to International Hotel restaurants, the choices are endless. Chiang Mai offers food lovers a tantalizing feast including traditional Thai, Chinese, Japanese, French and even McDonalds and KFC if that is your desire.
Dining out in Chiang Mai can range from the very expensive to the incredibly cheap but all tastes are certainly catered for and you will never go hungry.