Chiang is a mountainous city on the northern side of Thailand, which dates back to 1200s. It has an Old City area that has retained its remnants of its walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It is home to hundreds of temples, including a 14th century Wat Phra Singh and 15th century Wat Chedi Luang, decorated with engraved serpents. The city offers both cultural and natural attractions, offering endless options to visit with your family and friends. From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, you can use either air or train, a distance of approximately 648.8 kilometers.
On a drive to Chiang Mai, you will get to see the countryside and the mountains. On offer are boundless opportunities for exploring nature for those who enjoy nature walks, camping, and hiking. On your way to the city, there is a lot to see that travelers are lost for choice. Many travelers are increasing planning hot spots for their liking while vacationing in Chiang Mai. Highlighted here are the most frequented attractions.
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi is one of the most amazing places in Chiang Mai. It was built between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saeb Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty. The site offers travelers its unique feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measures 60m across the square base and 80m tall and was once home of the Emerald Buddah, Thailand’s most sacred religious relic. On the premises are several structures of cultural significance, including the pillar of (Intakin), home to the principal Buddah image and a giant gum tree protecting the temple’s entrance. According to ancient beliefs of Lanna, the city pillar is erected at the epicenter of the town to mark the center of the universe, which in the past was the Lanna Kingdom.
Mae Sa Elephant Camp
This camp has been around since 1976, as a conservation center for domesticated elephants from across the country. It is home to more than 70 domesticated elephants and their mahouts. Want some fun things to do with your family and friends, this is the place to visit and enjoy. These magnificent, intelligent animals have been trained to paint, dance, play football; an intriguing performance highlighting a string of talent that will absolutely change your perception of the Thai elephants.
Wiang Kum Kam
For historic lovers, this is a must-see site. It is a pre-historic city dating back to the eighth century of the Haripunchai Kingdom. Located in attractive countryside above five kilometers south of Chiang Mai along the Ping Rive, here you will get to see stone tablets with Mon writing, architecture, pottery, earthenware and Buddhist sculptures. You will find a five-tired Chedi set on a square base as well as Burmese style-pavilion, which the temple features. Other significant structures include the Wat Chang Kham, containing the spirit house of King Mengrai and the Cultural and local Wisdom Learning Center, which exhibits Lanna objects and traditional Lanna style houses.
Karen Long Neck Tribe & Chiang Dao Cave
This is another one of Chiang Mai’s amazing tourist sites catering especially for the adventurous visitor type. They have some of the most incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations in the country. The cave stretches kilometers into the mountains. Locals believe that it connects with several other caves, before it eventually emerging around Shan State that is at the other end across the border. One of the amazing views is the frozen water walls (speleothems) formed by centuries of dripping water. Up high on the cave walls are several sitting Buddah images set into small niches.
The next time you are making your vacation plans I suggest you book tickets to Chiang Mai city. You can never go wrong with Chiang Mai.