Chiang Mai

Rose of the North

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Chiang Mai is Thailand second largest city and is situated about 750 km north of Bangkok and also known as The Rose of The North.

Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai (1259 - 1317) who made it the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna. It became the religious and cultural center of the region. Chiang Mai only became a part of Thailand in 1932.

It is easy to get to Chiang Mai.
The fasted way is to go by plane. Several airlines fly from various airports to Chiang Mai. We have flown with Bangkok Air from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes.
A much slower but very nice way is to travel by train. In 2004 I took the day train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. It was a very nice trip.
Other ways of getting to Chiang Mai are by car and by bus.

There is a lot to see and to do in and around Chiang Mai City.
Below you will find picutures of the things I have visited since 1998.

 

 

Pha Chor Canyon

Not many foreign tourist visit this Canyon.
It is an attraction of the beaten path.
We loved it and think it is really worth visiting.

The Canyon was created after Ping River changed its course. First the shift created a hill and after time passed the hill eroded and changed into cliffs and soil pillars.
Today those pillars are 30 meters high around a canopy of forest and covers a large area.

Carp Cafe

For fans of the Koi Carp, the Carp Cafe is THE place to be.

As the name states: it is a cafe with carp. Lots and lots of Koi Carp. You can even see them when going to the toilet.

It is an unique experience.

Doi Inthanon

This National Park covers an area of 1,005 square kilometers is located on Doi (mountain) Inthanon. This mountain is 2,565 meters above level and Thailands highest point.

It is located in Chiang Mai Province. There is a lot to see.

Do NOT forget a jacket when going there. It can very cold.

Wat Umong

Wat Umong is not just a temple; it’s a massive complex with 4 areas – the pond with catfish and pigeons, the tunnels with Buddha figures, the Chedi upstairs, and the back garden with the historic Buddha images, which some of them got their bodies and heads damaged.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

This is the best known Wat of Chiang Mai.
It is a MUST SEE if you visit Chiang Mai.
Not only is it a very beautiful Wat, but you also have a magnificent view on the city.

Wat Phra That Doi Kham

 

Literally means "Temple of the Golden Mountain," this temple is perched on Doi Kham hill, surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes. This ancient temple has more than 1,300 years of history, believed to be built in circa 687 to enshrine Buddha's relics.

Although not visited/known as much as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, it is really worth a visit.