Travel Information and Attractions in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai has become one of the largest and most famous tourist destinations in Thailand. The city and the surrounding areas have become the economic hub for Northern Thailand, yet the city carefully preserves traditional culture and maintains a healthy traditional handicrafts industry despite the automated modern world.
the city is geographically located at the base of Doi Suthep, one of the mountains forming the southern extent of the Himalayas range. Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, is located just 1.5 hours south of city. The city itself is situated on the plain that has been formed as part of the Mae Ping River basin.
Approximately 70% of the province is in a forest area including 13 National Parks and other forested parks. This abundance of natural resource has blessed Chiang city with a broad range of attractions and activities such as Chiang Mai adventure tours.
Because of its highland location, the weather in the city throughout the year is marginally cooler than southern parts of Thailand. The average daytime temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius and lowers in the winter season. In winter, natural vegetation flourishes along with beautiful winter flowers, which come into bloom mostly in the winter months.
For both local and foreign visitors, it is famous for its fascinating natural attractions. For example, the national park at Doi Inthanon is known as the best place in Thailand for viewing waterfalls such as Mae Ya waterfall, Mae Klang waterfall, and Vashiratarn waterfall.
The Inthanon Royal Project Research Station is another must-visit place for those who love to wander among fields of winter flowers especially colorful Chrysanthemum. Equally exciting scenes await you at Ob Luang National Park where there is a great chance to be on the top of a 500m cliff with a birds-eye view of the gorge. Visitors may also find relaxation traveling amidst dense forest of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park.
The city was founded as the capital of Lanna Kingdom, and its renown has not faded. Innumerable temples have been built and designed in Lanna style; suitable for the city that was the religious center of Northern Thailand.
It is believed that those who come to the city without paying a visit to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep have not been to city Northern people are also paying high respect to Wat Phrathat Sri Chom Thong Worawiharn, another important temple in Chom Thong.
Wat Chedi Luang, located in the city center, is home to the city’s pillar where an annual festival of Inthakhin held. City Art and Cultural Center holds important and interactive exhibitions of Chiang history and traditional cultures for visitors to the city
Moreover, there are many royal project research stations which have become hot spots for tourism, including the winter flower field in Inthanon Royal Research Station and winter fruit orchards in Ang Khang Royal Research Station. Visitors to these Royal Research Station can walk around the area and possibly try some plums, peaches, carrots, and other seasonable produce.
Chiang Mai is recognized as the tourism hub for Northern Thailand. Mai also offers a warm welcome to guests from all over the world, a wide selection of accommodations, a new international airport, convenient transportation, a wide variety of entertainment and tourist services, and a warm-hearted hospitality that will catch a visitor’s heart.