Chiang Mai

Historic city with hidden residential areas, alleys and temples in a district full of mountains and rainforest

Dane Low

Chiang Mai

Historic city with hidden residential areas, alleys and temples in a district full of mountains and rainforest

Dane Low

Chiang Mai

District full of mountains and rainforests

In the province of the same name in the mountainous north lies Thailand's second largest city: Chiang Mai. The district consists mainly of pristine rainforests dotted with waterfalls, mystical villages where mountain peoples still live in traditional ways and elephant sanctuaries. The city of Chiang Mai is the hub of the north, where people came from far and wide to sell their wares in the markets. At the lively night bazaars, people trade until midnight, and here are also fantastic stalls selling street food. Here you are surrounded by rich aromas, calling merchants, there are many people walking the narrow paths between the stalls.

Historic city with hidden residential areas, alleys and temples

The city of Chiang Mai has an old center surrounded by modern neighborhoods. While exploring the historic center, you will encounter hidden residential areas, narrow alleys and temples. It is wonderful to stroll around here among the many food stalls, restaurants and markets against a décor of wats (temples) and monks. Early in the morning, monks go around asking for their daily alms, creating unusual and quieting scenes. Of the city's more than a hundred temples, be sure to visit the photogenic Wat Duang Dok, the ancient Wat Chiang Man, the pagoda at Wat Chedi Luang and the gigantic Phra Buddha Sihing . For a magnificent view of the city, visit mountain temple Doi Suthep just outside the city.

Outside the old city walls has emerged a sprawling modern city surrounded by a tangle of highways. It is crowded, all the senses are constantly stimulated just like in the vast markets. What a contrast to the serene calm that surrounds the temples, which in the end still captures the essence of Chiang Mai: emotionally, this has remained a sleepy city.

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