Offering a distinct mix of cuisine, language, and culture, Chiang Mai blends these unique flavors into an East meets West, ancient meets modern cocktail delightfully consumed by travelers on luxury tours of Thailand.
The capital of Chiang Mai Province, and the economic seat of power for the Golden Triangle Region (where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet), Chiang Mai’s history dates back to the 13th century when the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was moved here by King Mengrai.
Travelers here enjoy the luxury and opulence found in Bangkok while experiencing the distinctive cultural flavors of Northern Thailand. The food and architecture, influenced by trade with China, Myanmar, and Laos, is as distinct as the Northern Thai dialect spoken in outdoor bazaars by the vendors on Walking Street.
With the lush, green mountains as a backdrop, visitors have access to a plethora of activities in Chiang Mai. Excursions like the eco-friendly trip to the jungle canopy with Flight of the Gibbon, elephant treks, and visits to the ethnic hill tribes are all popular itinerary items.
The best time to visit is November to February to enjoy the surprisingly brisk weather near the mountains. August through September rains make the jungle bloom with life.
The Songkhran festival, April 13-15, is particularly popular time to come to Chiang Mai for the Thai lunar calendar New Year. For three days the so called ‘Rose of the North’ celebrates the end of the summer heat with a city wide water fight.
Located in Northern Thailand, the best way to reach Chiang Mai is via flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai International Airport.
The unique blend of old Thai culture and modern development make Chiang Mai a must-see destination for tours in Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
Western wear is acceptable for most excursions, but if you plan to visit any of the hundreds of temples in the area, it’s best to dress conservatively covering shoulders, arms, and legs.