Chiang Mai, popularly known as “rose of the north” is a prominent city in Thailand which is located about 700 kilometers north of capital Bangkok. This picturesque metropolitan is positioned on a plain at an elevation of 314meters from the sea level. It has a brilliant mixture blending amicable natural splendor with exuberant ultra modern city culture.
Chiang Mai is otherwise the cultural capital of Thailand with a rich 700 year old historical heritage that has all sorts of avenues to attract tourists from every walk of life. This place is not only famous for its scenic beauty, cultural heritage and uber cool city life but also for its gentle, & friendly people.
Where To Go in Chiang Mai
Wat Prathat Doi Suithep
This is one of holiest temple dedicated to Lord Buddha in entire Thailand. It is in the outskirt of the Chiang Mai city (about 15 km. away).This famous temple was built 600 yrs back, is a true masterpiece of art . One needs to climb 300 stairs to reach the holy temple. It has a giant gold plated chedi surrounded by 4 golden umbrellas. One can have a spectacular view of the entire Chiang Mai city from the temple platform.
Phuping Palace and National Park
The Phuping Palace is the winter residence of the Thai Royal Family, which now serves as a royal guest house for prominent visitors. The most fascinating thing in the palace is its celestial musical fountain and surrounding garden area. This beautiful palace is prettily situated beside Doi Suthep National Park (at a height of 1,658 meters above sea level) that has lush green pine forest in its ridges. It accommodates around 200 species of bird and many mammal species.
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On the footstep of Doi Suthep National Park there is a night safari called Chiang Mai Night Safari. It has a two-kilometer long Jaguar Trail around a pretty lake. Visitors can go for open safari to see African, Asian and South American predators and wild animals roaming nearby.
Chiang Mai Zoo and aquarium
This zoo is spread over a sprawling 210 acres of area. It has about 7,500 animal species and 200 species of freshwater and salt water fishes. It is situated on Huai Kaew road at the foot of Doi Pui National Park. One can see all animals and birds in their natural habitat.
Chiang Mai Night bazaar
It is one of the Chiang Mai’s major tourist attractions. Night bazaar is located on the heart of the main town. It has huge arcades that hold multitude shops and stalls selling Thai handicrafts, souvenirs, antiques, clothes, silverwares, lacquerware, ceramic, paintings, Thai silk and cotton, and many high-tech items under one roof with a reasonable price tag. Besides this one can take advantage of mouthwatering street food in this night market that opens in the evening and closes after midnight.
Adventure in Chiang Mai
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For adventure lovers there are a number of astounding opportunities in Chiang Mai such as trekking, mountain biking, jungle walking, elephant riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking. Other than this Chiang Mai provide a great number of soft adventure activities like tenpin bowling, tennis, golf, walking and swimming, kick boxing and drift karting etc. The best part is that one can avail these activities at a very reasonable cost which gives an exclusive opportunity to experience the courageous side of one’s self amid the mountainous wilderness of Northern Thailand.