The largest city in mountainous northern Thailand, holidays in Chiang Mai offer an alluring combination of stunning natural scenery, charming Thai heritage and modern attractions.
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Like elsewhere across Thailand, the weather in Chiang Mai is glorious year-round, although it can be unbearably hot over the summer, which also doubles as the rainy season. This makes the city perfect for a spot of winter sun, when temperatures are more pleasant and days tend to stay dry.
Now we’ve sussed when to visit, let’s look at the wonderful things to do in Chiang Mai. As you’d expect from any Thai destination, the country’s culture and heritage reigns supreme, providing a fascinating snapshot. Temples and shrines play a huge role in Thai culture and Chiang Mai has some stunning examples. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep’s golden façade can be seen at just over 1,000 metres up the mountain from which it gets its name – Doi Suthep. Located outside the centre of the city, it’s well worth the effort of getting there, as its setting within Doi Suthep-Poi National Park is simply breath-taking.
In the historic centre of Chaing Mai, Wat Chedhi Luang is a highly regarded ancient Buddhist temple, while the restored 14th century Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan is another must-visit in the heart of the city.
Another spot to immerse yourself in the local culture is the atmospheric Night Bazaar, where the streets come alive with the hustle and bustle of haggling traders and customers.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari is another excellent after-dark experience, while the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary provides the incredible opportunity to see these majestic animals in natural surroundings, as they recuperate having previously been employed in logging and tourism industries.
The other highlight of Chiang Mai holidays is the proximity of the city to spectacular rural landscapes. Doi Inthanon is Thailand’s highest peak, towering over the surrounding tropical rainforest of Doi Inthanon National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the 362 different bird species which make the national park their home.
With pristine beaches, mouth watering food and a lively nightlife, we’re spoiling you
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