Chiangmai Travel Guide

Known as Thailand’s 5th biggest city, Chiangmai is charmingly called the “Rose of the North”, and is considerably more quiet and peaceful than most parts of the country. It was once the capital of the legendary Lanna Kingdom, and is a place famous for its natural beauty and fascinating culture. Because it is situated at an elevated location, the view here is breathtaking and the climate is considerably cooler. The walled city is known to be the historical site of Chiangmai and has been attracting tourists for a number of years.

Getting Here

Like in most places, getting here by plane is the most convenient way there is. Chiang Mai International Airport is the gateway to Chiangmai and holds both domestic and international flights. From Bangkok, Chiangmai is accessible using all kinds of public transport. Guests can travel by private vehicles, cabs, buses, motorcycles, and by train. For those who love to experience the city to the fullest, they can also travel by foot.

Temples

Chiangmai is a city filled with artistically built temples. There are 300 known temples within the city and it would be a pleasant experience historically and culturally to see most of them. There’s Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Jet Yod, among others. Visiting the temples will give a tourist a very good glimpse of Thai culture, as religion plays an important role in all aspects of life.

Museums and Gardens

Other landmarks worth visiting in Chiangmai are its museums. These house the city and the country’s most important relics from the past. They also showcase some notable native crafts and arts that are unlike any other one have ever seen. For a touch of history, tourists can visit the Chiang Mai National Museum. There’s also the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, which gives a background on some fascinating small creatures that can be found locally.

Chiangmai is also gifted in terms of natural resources. The plant life in the city is worth exploring as well. There are plenty of gardens to visit if one wants to know about local plants and some local wild life. A highly recommended place is the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. This is the country’s oldest garden and is often visited by those who want to get to know more about the Thai flora.

Festivals

One of the great things about Chiangmai is that there are loads of festivities tourists can take part in and experience. There’s the Umbrella and Handicrafts Festival that happens during January. There’s also the very colorful Flower Festival in February. The Flower Festival is of particular interest as it is so full of life and vibrancy. All the beautiful local flowers in rich colors fill the streets, which is just lovely.

Where to Stay

Chiangmai offers accommodations in all sorts of prices. Tourists will love it here as there are loads of cheap places to stay. There’s Manathai Village Hotel, De Chai The Colonial Hotel, At Chiang Mai, and Chiangmai Plaza Hotel Convention & Spa among others.