This beautiful and historic city in Thailand rests along the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded by incredible natural scenery. It is a perfect holiday location because of its rich culture and distinct charm. Golden temples, elaborate gardens, and decorated elephants make Chiang Mai seem like a fantasy world and you won’t want to miss out on this lovely city.
Chiang Mai is an interesting city with a lot to offer. Weather you are after a cultural, historical or outdoor vacation, there’s a lot of things to do in Chiang mai to satisfy your desires.
Chiang Mai has hundreds of temples ranging from the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a huge bright-gold temple sitting upon a hill, to smaller and less decorated temples throughout the city. Walking through and visiting these temples will make you appreciate the elegance and detail in each of their construction and design.
Spend the day at the Chiang Mai Zoo which houses interesting animals and colorful plants. Every summer during Visaka Bucha, locals make a huge pilgrimage from the zoo to the mountaintop temple, which takes 4 to 5 hours of walking. This is a wonderful event to participate in or simply observe.
The Chiang Mai Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo where one will see animals like tigers, giraffes, kangaroos and other animals in the dark. The theme park was opened in 2005 and is the third of its kinds in the world.
The nightlife in Chiang Mai is vibrant with an “anything goes” ambiance. There are numerous bars, pubs, clubs, and other venues where you can buy a drink and socialize with locals and tourists. A wonderful experience is visiting the night bazaar where you can walk through an open outdoor marketplace on Sunday nights and purchase local trinkets and bites.
You can also book trekking tours through almost any hotel and these excursions provide another great way to explore Chiang Mai.
The climate in Chiang Mai generally has distinct cool, hot, and wet seasons. Simply make sure to bring the right gear and clothing for your visit and you won’t have trouble seeing everything the city has to offer. Chiang Mai is home to many annual festivals and traditions.
One of the most popular is the Flower Festival which takes place in the first weekend of February and includes bright colors flowers strewn along the city streets.
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