Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand’s hospitality is legendary, along with an intriguing diversity of exotic landscapes and a thriving heritage of intricate artistry and handicrafts, vibrant festivals, holistic wellness traditions and unique cuisine that is popular the world over.
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, yet belies this impressive title with an authentic village feel and laid back way of life. Revered as the cultural and spiritual heartland of the country, the traditional moated old city is a quaint haven of countless temples, ancient Lanna Kingdom ruins, energetic markets and Thai eateries. Outside the city diversifies, from the sprawling Night Bazaar, Wororot China town and flower market, to scenic riverside dining, the trendy galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and nightlife of cosmopolitan Nim Man He Min Road, along with designer malls adding an international appeal to the outskirts.
Much more than a charming city to explore, Chiang Mai offers breathtaking natural escapes, surrounded by rice paddies, spectacular national parks and mountains, with opportunities to meet colourful hill tribes, enjoy jungle hikes, elephant experiences and river rafting trips.