Visit Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai


Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, Chiang Mai surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "Rose of the North".
Chiang Mai is laid-back, creative and reverential. It's a city with heart – most NGOs working with Burmese refugees have their headquarters here. In reality, the city is dynamic and modern without having lost its down-to-earth charm. Chiang Mai, a city surrounded by a ring of mountains, has weathered seven hundred years of fascinating history. Chiang Mai has its own very distinctive culture, arts, festivals, and traditions as well as an exciting mix of local, ethnic as well as expatriate communities from all over the world. It has been voted one of the top destinations to live in Asia and is a modern and cosmopolitan city, while not having lost its traditional old charm.

The quieter neighbor of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes.
Chiang Rai in northern Thailand is a pretty small town but is surprisingly popular with tourists, both Thai and Western. The character is distinctly Northern and is distinct to Chiang Mai to the south in various ways. The food is definitely spicier and the ethnic composition includes a good percentage of hill tribes and Myanmar exiles such as various varieties of Karen tribespeople.






 
 
 

TOP 10 THINGS TO SEE AND DO

01  Catch panoramic views of the city from atop Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most famous temple
02 See a Khantoke Dinner and enjoy the most charming aspects of Lanna culture while enjoying delicious Northern cuisine
03 Visit an Elephant Camp for a day, or even do a multi-day mahout course and bond with your own personal elephant
04  Go trekking and visit hill tribes as you tour Chiang Mai’s mountain forests up-close
05 Enjoy the city’s unique nightlife with live music at The Riverside, or dance the night away to DJ’s spinning tunes at Zoe in Yellow
06 Visit the House of Opium - The House of Opium is at the Golden Triangle, about an hour from Chiang Rai
07 Visit Mae Sot and Cross the Border into Burma (Myanmar)
08 Shop at Chiang Rai's Night Market - Although much smaller than Chiang Mai's famous night market, the Chiang Rai night market is actually more interesting
09 Catch a live Thai Boxing Match and thrill to Thailand’s national sport
10 Take a Thai Cooking Class and enjoy a leisurely day making your favorite Thai treats
 

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