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The Rose of the North

Set scenically on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai City nestles amidst such breathtaking natural beauty that its nickname “the Rose of the North” was coined. However, Chiang Mai puts more into the deal than its lovely surroundings. It is an historic city that dates back as far as 1296, when it was founded as the capital of the Lan Na realm. Today, Chaing Mai has become the economic and cultural hub of Thailand’s North. However, its independent history is still reflected in many aspects concerning everyday life and traditions. Chaing Mai’s dialect and cuisine are strikingly different from the rest of the country. Moreover, the northern Thai design style, which betrays a fervent fascination for architectural details, characterises the great majority of the buildings. For centuries, Chiang Mai has been revered as a centre for exceptional craftsmanship. The precious produce includes silk fabrics, finest timber, silver and ceramics – a Mecca for art enthusiasts, collectors and quite simply those who appreciate fine and elaborate handiwork! A fine example is the village Bo Sang located at a short distance from Chiang Mai. Bo Sang has become famous the world over for its painstakingly painted paper sun umbrellas. Another highlight is Chaing Mai’s night bazaar. As day fades to night, the vendors proffer an immeasurable selection of garments, souvenirs, ornaments and any other knick-knack. Those who prefer the day to the night may stroll the Sunday market at the Tha Pae Gate in broad sunlight. The famous temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is as opulent as the complicated name promises and, moreover, Chiang Mai’s most prominent landmark. It is located on the slopes of the Doi Suthep Mountains in the national park Doi Suthep-Pui. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is of vast importance to innumerable Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. They flock to the temple from afar to be able to set their eyes on the sacred Buddha relics, which are kept in a golden chedi. And then there is the additional perk of the magnificent view out over the city and the surrounding landscapes! In fact, as soon as you leave the city behind, you enter a fairy tale world of overwhelming beauty with some of the most breathtaking sceneries found in Thailand! Framed by mountain chains and criss-crossed by rushing rivers, the Ping Valley boasts highly fertile soil for rice plantations. Where the rice terraces end, the lush, tropical mountain vegetation starts: a wonderland for the adventurous and enthusiastic hikers. If you prefer to let more sturdy feet than your own do the trudging, hop atop a well-trained and good-natured elephant to explore the area. Of course, you may also hurtle down the rivers on a white-water rafting trip or go on trekking or Jeep excursions. Having tired yourself out, Chiang Mai’s excellent spa and wellness hotels take care of you. Allow caring hands to rub away all tension. Later, sample the exquisite northern Thai cuisine at one of the countless restaurants. Chiang Mai is a hot recommendation! Allow our experienced INTOSOL travel consultants to assemble you a personalised package including Thailand’s most fascinating destinations and most outstanding hotels!
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Best season

September until March


Car or Flight


wood art markets, cultural visits


Sightseeing, Akha and Karen tribes


Wat Rong Khun, elephant back rides

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