Chiang Mai, the largest city in northern Thailand and the third largest city in the nation after metropolitan Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima. Northern Thailand’s largest city has struck a fine balance between the traditional and the contemporary and offers unique cuisine, affordable stays and must do treks. It is located on the Ping River, a major tribute to the Chao Phraya River, near the centre of a fertile intermontane basin at an elevation of 1,100 feet (335 m). It serves as the religious, economic, cultural, educational, and transportation centre for both northern Thailand and part of neighbouring Myanmar (Burma). Once the capital of an independent kingdom, the city also has strong cultural ties with Laos.

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The city is renowned as a centre of Thai handicrafts. Small villages nearby specialize in crafts such as silverwork, wood carving, and making pottery, umbrellas, and lacquerware. Traditional Thai silk is woven at San Kamphaeng to the east.

In addition, nature and mountain tours are another activity that should not be missed when visiting Chiang Mai, whether stepping on the highest point of Thailand at the top of Doi Inthanon. Absorb the beauty of the rice fields, feel the Cool breeze while watching the giant tiger flower at Doi Ang Khang. Experience Ecotourism HomeStay in Mae Kampong and visit Hmong villages in Doi Pui and many more.

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  • Q: What is the best time of year to visit Chiang Mai?


    The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between November and February when the weather is cooler and drier, making it perfect for outdoor activities.

  • Q: How do I get to Chiang Mai?


    You can get to Chiang Mai by flying into Chiang Mai International Airport or taking a bus or train from Bangkok. There are also flights from other major cities in Thailand and some international destinations.

  • Q: What are the top tourist attractions in Chiang Mai?


    Some of the top tourist attractions in Chiang Mai include Doi Suthep Temple, the Night Bazaar, the Sunday Walking Street Market, and the Elephant Nature Park.

  • Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Chiang Mai?


    Some popular outdoor activities in Chiang Mai include hiking, biking, zip-lining, white water rafting, and visiting the Doi Inthanon National Park.

  • Q: What are some cultural customs and traditions in Chiang Mai?


    In Chiang Mai, it's important to dress modestly when visiting temples, remove your shoes before entering a home or temple, and show respect for the local culture and traditions.

  • Q: What is the local cuisine in Chiang Mai?


    The local cuisine in Chiang Mai includes dishes such as khao soi (curry noodle soup), sai oua (northern Thai sausage), and nam prik ong (spicy tomato dip).

  • Q: What is the language spoken in Chiang Mai?


    The primary language spoken in Chiang Mai is Thai, but many people also speak English, especially in tourist areas.

  • Q: What are some popular festivals and events in Chiang Mai?


    Some popular festivals and events in Chiang Mai include the Songkran Water Festival, the Loy Krathong Festival, and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival.