Chiang Mai, also known as “the Rose of the North,” offers an enchanting cultural experience. The heart of the city is surrounded by a moat and ancient brick gates. Discover centuries-old temples and Lanna architecture enriched with fascinating indigenous cultural identity and traditional heritage.
Doi Suthep Temple
Overlooking the city atop its mountain throne, Doi Suthep temple is one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred shrines. Believed to have been founded in 1383 when the first pagoda was built. The temple has expanded over time making the site more extravagant with many more holy shrines added. You have not really seen Chiang Mai until you have climbed the 309 steps to the summit and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the sprawling city.
Phra Sigh Temple
Located inside the old city wall, Phra Singh temple dates back to the 14th century when the city was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The temple houses a venerated Buddha image, the Phra Buddha Sihing, which gives the temple its name. One of the finest examples of classic Lanna style architecture, Wat Phra Singh welcomes pilgrims and visitors all year round.
An inspirational opportunity to learn about the Buddhist way of life, the monk chat is set up to allow local and international visitors to converse with young monks on diverse subjects such as Buddhism and religion while helping young novices improve their linguistic skills by chatting with foreigners. Monk chats operate at various temples throughout the Chiang Mai.
Indigenous Hill Tribes
Chiang Mai is home to six major tribes: the Karen (Kariang Yang), the Hmong (Meo), the Yao (Mien), the Akha (Ekaw), the Lisu (Lisaw), and the Lahu (Mussur). Through the beautiful mountain scenery off-the-beaten-path, experience the local lives of hill tribe villagers, visit local markets, and try traditional food.
Umbrella Painting Village
The colorful hand-painted umbrellas have been crafted in Chiang Mai for the last two centuries. The production process you see today is just as it was 200 years ago with all stages crafted by hand with the aid of some basic rural tools. Discover how these unique and colorful creations are made from Bamboo and Sa Paper, and see the craftsmen at work.