“Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is a cultural and natural sanctuary nestled into the foothills of northern Thailand with picturesque mountain backdrop and culturally rich way of life.
A one-hour flights from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is literally and spiritually a long way from the capital to the south. Here in the green and mountainous north, the air is noticeably cooler, the orange-robed monks far more numerous, the pace of life and even the spoken language are slower.
Enclosed by ancient walls and a moat, the 700-year-old city of Chiang Mai reflects tranquilities of thoughts and spirit. Established in the 13th century, Chiang Mai was the capital and the cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom. Wandering around the old city, you will find distinctive art, architecture, and rich historical enchantment of the many peaked-roof temples that fill the city. Beyond the historic center is a dynamic and modern place with artistic yet down-to-earth charm. Scores of ubiquitous galleries and contemporary shop-houses line the city’s streets offering creative alternatives alongside the centuries-old reminiscence.