Chiang Mai – Knowing the most favorite city of Thailand
The Destination to visit at any time of the year!
I want to talk about one of the favorite cities of Thailand, but first we will investigate a little about this diverse and attractive country. Thailand, known as the Kingdom of Thailand, is one of the forty-nine countries that make up the Asian continent. Its capital and most populated city is Bangkok, center of political, commercial, and industrial activity. Thailand is a country with a high standard of living. Although there are regions with limited resources, in general, its inhabitants have good incomes and the infrastructure is at the level of developed countries. Thais are generally well educated and proud of their country.
Now, one of the cities of Thailand very elapsed and tourist, which you can not miss is Chiang Mai is one of the main international tourist destinations with a long tradition in receiving visitors from around the world. This has made him famous in his food, places, people and is even represented in books, movies, music and art. It is the most visited city in that part of Thailand. This city, also known as The Rose of the North, is for many the most important culturally and one of the most beautiful thanks to the nature of its surroundings, which are some of the highest mountains in the country.
Chiang Mai is a mountainous northern city of Thailand and larger. It was founded in 1296 and was the capital of the Independent Kingdom of Lanna until 1558. Chiang Mai means “new city” and is full of natural monuments, a lot of culture and historical places, each of them more spectacular than others, the area of the The old city preserves vestiges of walls and moats of the period in which it was a cultural and religious center. It also houses approximately 300 elaborate Buddhist temples, which can be found by strolling through its historic quarter (walled area). This includes Wat Phra Singh, XIV century and Wat Chedi Luang of the fifteenth century and adorned with carved serpents.
If you are not very fond of temples, do not worry because the city is also famous for its markets, massage centers and restaurants. In addition, around they have many choices of excursions to nature.
How to get there?
Chiang Mai, is located about 700 km north of Bangkok, I will explain briefly how you can get there by three ways, either by bus, train or if you want by plane.
In case of traveling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus, we will have to take it at the North Bus Station or Mo Chit. Buses leave from here every day being the most advisable to do it at night in Vip Bus 24 (buses of only 24 seats) because they are super comfortable and allows you to sleep.
Going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by train is perhaps the most preferred option for travelers. In some way, the most authentic. From the Hua Lampong train station, every night, a sleep train leaves for Chiang Mai. This option, apart from being able to sleep comfortably at night and save you a night’s lodging, allows you to have breakfast comfortably in the train’s restaurant cabin, to meet interesting people and, above all, to enjoy the scenery.
By Plain … Although this last option is the most expensive of all, thanks to the number of daily flights operated by the different Low Cost companies in Thailand, the prices are very affordable. These companies offer us connections almost every hour between both cities, with comfortable flights and little more than 2 hours long. All flights operated by the Low Cost airlines depart from the Domestic Airport of Don Mueang.
Some of the places you can visit to spend a different time in Chaing Mai with its excellent attractions are the following, believe me you will love it.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep … Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, is a temple often known simply as Doi Suthep, which is the name of the mountain on which it is located. This was one of the most striking of tourists, due to its beauty as for its pleasant environment and its magnificent views.
Being an important center of pilgrimage for Buddhists and one of the most venerated temples in the country. When you arrive, the first thing you will see is a staircase with 309 steps but do not take it because you can choose to use the stairs or take a funicular to reach the summit. The stairs are one of the most picturesque areas of the temple, so I recommend making the effort to climb on foot or at least on the descent. Once up, you will take off your shoes in the indicated areas.
Doi Inthanon National Park.. After visiting the most important temples, you cannot miss visiting and exploring the Doi Inthanon National Park. This is one of the most important parks in Thailand since there is the Mount Inthanon, which with its 2565 meters is the highest in the country.
This park has a generous dimension of 482 km2 and several roads. The top of Mount Inthanon is perfectly accessible by road, when you reach the top, you will find a sign that congratulates you for reaching the highest point in Thailand. Apart from this, there is also an astronomical observatory and a short 20-minute tour known as Ang Ka Luang. In addition to the two pagodas (or stupas) (Nobhamethanidol and Nabhapolbhumisiri) which is at km 42 (6km before the top).
Chiang Mai Night Safari. It is the first nocturnal safari in Thailand and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. On board one of the trams of the park, you will have the opportunity to closely admire hundreds of wild animals from around the world by day or night.
Such as Iguanas, alpacas, sloth bears or the unique Malaysian tapirs. So do not miss the opportunity to go to this splendid site and photograph more than two hundred species of predators such as crocodiles, lions and tigers. Hard to find species!
Wat Chedi Luang… It is another, modern and wonderful Buddhist temple located in the walled streets of the city. You do not really have much to see, but as you will be passing through, you can make an easy stop, your entrance is at a reasonable price and you can talk with the monks in English, for many tourists you breathe peace and tranquility. At present it is one of the most famous temples due to being one of the Buddhist cults.
Mae Klang Luang… This is a small and beautiful town located next to the Doi Inthanon National Park. The village includes some wooden cabins and small bungalows on the edge of the rice fields, that is, it is well known for the rice fields. All lodgings belong to the villagers and are managed alone. You can set a fabulous nature walk, which will take you along a river and even a waterfall. Without a doubt, a walk through the jungle will make you feel like you’re in a National Geographic program with the long-necked women, the elephants walking around like nothing.
Mae Kham Pong… Finally, you can not miss this magical place, a picturesque village surrounded by a very green forest, it is very cold and with many resources. Its climate is great, it is far from the city, it is also known for cultivating plants of great value for the market, tourists are very welcome by their own.Tags: Buddhist cults, Buddhist temple, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Night Safari, cities of Thailand, Doi Inthanon National Park, favorite cities of Thailand, Independent Kingdom of Lanna, Kingdom of Thailand, Mae Klang Luang, Mount Inthanon, parks in Thailand, The Rose of the North, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh