Chiang Mai translated in Thai to ‘New City’ is the largest city in the north of Thailand and is the third largest after Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima. With an expansive history dating back to 1296, it became the capital of Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Despite its city status, Chiang Mai has very much a laid-back village vibe that’s surrounded by greenery and lush landscapes – so you won’t get the hustle and bustle feel of a typical city. In the oldest part of the city, you’ll discover some of the remaining original temples dating back to the 13th century.
Interestingly, the city is most famed for its arts and crafts culture and still to this day, local artisans produce and sell an array of handmade goods including wood carvings, pottery, umbrellas and so much more.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in the area include the 700-year-old temple of Phra That Doi Suthep which is one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of Thailand and is bery much a well-loved attraction by locals. If you’re a fan of wildlife, you could pencil in a trip to the Chiang Mai Night Safari to catch a glimpse of a whole host of animals hiding out – and if you’re brave enough, you could book a session to stroke and play with tiger cubs. Keeping with the wildlife theme, the elephant sanctuary is also great place to go to see and even interact with old elephants now enjoying their retirement from the tourism industry.
Regardless of where you are in Chiang Mai, you only have to venture a few miles in any direction to be surrounded by lush countryside. However, if you wish to see the very best of nature Chiang Mai, don’t pass an opportunity to visit the Doi Pui Tribal Village National Park, which is famed for its striking waterfalls – and while here, you’ll also gain a fascinating insight into the life of a tribal villager.
What is the currency in Chiang Mai?
The national currency for Chiang Mai is the Thai Baht.
How long does it take to fly to Chiang Mai?
It takes approximately 13 hours and 50 minutes to fly from London to Chiang Mai.
What is the time difference in Chiang Mai?
GMT + 7 hours.
When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai?
As Thailand is a relatively hot and humid country throughout the year, the months between October-March would be a great time to visit as it is typically much cooler with a light breeze, which should allow you to explore the sights and attractions comfortably.
What language is spoken in Chiang Mai?
The native language in Chiang Mai is Thai.