Chiang Mai is where you get a taste of everything, from serene temples and hiking spots to soothing sunsets at the beach. The happening atmosphere in the city is a must-experience for every traveller planning a trip to Thailand.
GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES OF CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai, the second largest city in Thailand is home to an estimated population of around 1.19 million people. The climate in Chiang Mai is tropical with the weather being mostly hot and warm all year round. The best time to visit the city is between the months of October and April.
CULTURE IN CHIANG MAI
The happening festivals are the best example of the vibrant culture in Chiang Mai, starting from the Poy Sang Long festival, and Flower festival to the Thai festival of lights: Loi Krathong. The marvellous temples guard the rich Buddhist culture of the city. The population comprises mainly Buddhists followed by Islam and Christianity.
PLACES TO VISIT IN CHIANG MAI
The city has something for the little ones too, having a government-regulated Elephant Conservation Centre where they can enjoy watching the humongous mammals walk around with their babies. To up the adventure, they can visit the Tiger Kingdom which offers a close look at the wild cats. Places like the Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar give you a fair share of the nightlife in Chiang Mai where you can shop and munch on some delicious street food. You can visit the famous Lanna Folklife Museum to feel closer to the local culture. The trip is incomplete without a spiritual experience at the mountainous temple which goes by the name of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
THINGS TO DO IN CHIANG MAI
A hike to Doi Inthanon is something out of this world introducing you to some beautiful local tribe villages, waterfalls and the famous Doi Inthanon National Park. A walk around the Doi Inthanon National Park presents you with some breathtaking views of greenery around. You must take a day out to stroll around the Chiang Mai Gate market and enjoy some finger-licking street food which doesn't make a hole in your wallet. Once you’ve had a good look at the city life, it's time to visit the Bua Thong Sticky Waterfall where you can try walking on the sticky limestone under the flowing water. Coming to Thailand, you don't need to miss the beachy vibes as you can relax at Turtle Island any day you want to.
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