About CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai, meaning “new city” in Thai, was the capital of the former Lanna kingdom. The city is located 700 kilometers north of Bangkok and is the gateway to northern Thailand. Although the city of 700 000 inhabitants in its metropolitan area is Thailand’s second largest, it doesn’t feel that big. In its heart Chiang Mai is still a small town, a tenth the size of Bangkok. Tall buildings are few, and one is never far from the countryside in Chiang Mai. Travelers will get easily familiar with Chiang Mai’s neighborhoods and its folks.
Popular pastime for travelers in Chiang Mai is to partake Thai food cooking classes, studying the basics of Thai massage or trying out Thai boxing. Chiang Mai has excellent hiking trails, top-class hotels, restaurants and good shopping opportunities.
Most travelers come to the city to go hiking in the exotic hilltribe villages on the surrounding mountains, but many fall in love with Chiang Mai and linger longer than they intended.
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