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Chiang Mai - Gateway to the North

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Chiang Mai - Wat Chedi Luang

Several hundred kilometers northwest of Bangkok and serviced by air, road and rail, Chiang Mai is the gateway to the northern provinces of Thailand. Would-be explorers to the region are delighted with the prospects of visiting hill tribe villages and hunting for handicrafts among the vast selection on offer in Chiang Mai province.

There is just so much going on in this area, it would take years to explore and experience it all. Maybe that's why so many visitors take up residence in Chiang Mai. Whether you plan on a long visit or short, you will be touched by the friendliness of the people and the beauty of the Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai City

The city Chiang Mai itself is a bustling center with a vast array of accommodation and tantalizing menus to choose from. At the heart of it all, surrounded by a moat with numerous bridges leading through gates, is the ancient walled city. Historical temples abound within these walls. Night markets teeming with people from every corner of the globe display the plethora of foods, handicrafts and goods available in Thailand. This is also the venue for a variety of free dance and musical performances showcasing cultural aspects of Thai life past and present.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai hugs the base of Doi Suthep, the summit of which is at 1,600 meters. A steep and winding road leads to the temple, Wat Phra That, constructed in 1383. Aside from the spectacular views of Chiang Mai, the Wat contains a number of interesting surprises for the keen observer. The Royal Family's winter palace is located a little further up the road and the gardens are open to the general public.

Chiang Mai hotels and guest houses

Chiang Mai offers accommodation to suit every pocket. Five star hotels, and resorts to simple bungalows, there's something for everyone. Entertainment is varied and the nightlife exciting.

Most of the action in Chiang Mai, with most of the backpacker restaurants and the guest houses, concentrates in an imaginary square: North western tip of the square is Chang Phuak Gate (Northern city gate), South Western tip is Chiang Mai Gate (Southern city gate), then South Eastern tip is the intersection of Sridonchai Road and Kamphaeng Din (so just short of the Night Bazar) and the North Easter tip of the imaginary square the corner of Kamphaeng Din and Thapae Road. That's a big area, and pretty much all the sois inside that square have guesthouses in them.

Last Updated: 06 Jan 2008

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