Always something new in Chiang Mai
Welcome to Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand. It’s set in the mountains, and therefore brings a different experience from the rest of the country, famous for its stunning beaches.
Some will tell you that the capital of the north is nothing special, but the majority finds it to be the perfect escape from the loud noises of brimming Bangkok and a place to cool down after sunny and hot islands weather.
In the end, almost every traveler stops here, and if you look closer it’s easy to understand why so.
This second largest city in Thailand used to be the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and carries the title of the cultural capital of the country. Its modern vibes can easily hide the fact that the city is in fact very old. Even the name translates as the “new city”. But this old new city has its attributes that are impossible to resist. For starters, it’s very easy going and has a strong local feel. Its diversity has caught the attention of the digital nomads and thousands of expats who now call it home.
If you add the stunning lush rainforests, sleepy villages, inviting markets, magnificent waterfalls, placid forest wat, elephant sanctuaries,… that are only a short motorcycle or red truck drive away, it is no surprise so many consider this place to be a perfect haven. Read more about why visit and what to see and do below in this short and helpful guide.