Chiang Mai: A Guide to Traveling in Thailand

Chiang Mai lies on the Ping River, nestled among high mountains in the north
of Thailand, around 700 kilometers north of Bangkok. It is the largest and most culturally significant
city in northern Thailand. There are hundreds of Buddhist temples in
Chiang Mai, and the city is regarded with reverence by
many Thais, because of its spiritual heritage and retention
of many of its traditions. To the untrained eye, it is a modern city
with all the trimmings and the frantic pace of a major Asian center
for trade, but there is a gentler, more spiritual soul
to this city. The nightlife is quieter than other Thai cities, although there are plenty of places to eat
and drink, and there are bargains to be found everywhere. Be sure to visit the fresh food markets, where you’ll find food of all kinds, many
you will have never seen before, and some you will not recognise as food. At the night markets, you can pick up a great
bargain and delicious food, as well as experience Thai culture. High in the hills is the famous Doi Suthep
Temple, which overlooks the sprawling city. The site is one of the most important Buddhist
temples in the country, and exudes a powerful and moving spirit, and
offers incredible views of Chiang Mai below. The elephant hospital in the hills of Chiang
Mai treats sick and injured elephants that were once used as beasts of burden. The animals are now treated with love and
respect. Chiang Mai is a wonderfully friendly city, full of contradictions, surprises, and culture, where modern Thailand embraces ancient traditions to create a unique experience you’ll never

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