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Tourism in Chiang Mai

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  • Religious Tour

About Chiang Mai Attractions

Chiang Mai used to be the province of the Lanna kingdom. In the present time, it is a blissful and laid-back city ideally chosen by travelers to relax and recharge. You can either take part in a host of activities performed here to simply discover the vastness of the city. The atmosphere and ambience of the city will never disappoint you.

Chiang Mai is located 700 km (435 miles) from the north of Bangkok and outlooks a lush valley running through the banks of the Ping River. It was in the year 1296 that Chiang Mai was founded and named as the capital of the ruling Lanna Kingdom. At present, it is an example of that city where the past and present seamlessly merges into a wonderful city with modern buildings, heritage and green landscape. You might feel that Chiang Mai is a quiet city amidst the bustling capital but still be surprised by its rich tourism. The city of Chiang Mai is flecked by virgin rainforests and gurgling waterfalls along with peaceful, little villages. Chiang Mai, Thailand is also famous for its markets and distinguished elephant sanctuaries.

Chiang Mai etymologically refers to “new city”, and has been doing justice to its name since 1996. History has it that King Meng Rai founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom during this year. It was also that time when the Sukhothai Kingdom was established. As King Meng Rai himself was a religious person by nature, he supervised the construction of the city’s famous temples that still find a place here. One can experience the wonders of two worlds simultaneously in Chiang Mai - the historical and the modern. You will find pagodas and temples which are centuries-old. Chiang Mai also offers some of the best adventure activities such as trekking and rafting. You can also locate some modern convenience stores and custom-made hotels. The people of Chiang Mai are true to their culture and thus one can find a number of elephant camps around the place. Chiang Mai remains one of the most beautiful destinations in Asia. For a traveler, Chiang Mai simply has a host of experiences to offer. For a resident here, Chiang Mai is the home one returns to!

Chiang Mai is bordered by Myanmar in its north. The Shan state of Myanmar is actually the border state of Chiang Mai in Thailand. The interesting thing is cross-border trade takes place here between the Kew Pha Wok checkpoint and the Ban Lak Taeng checkpoint. These places are also major tourist sites. On its South, Chiang Mai is engulfed by Amphoe Sam Ngao, Amphoe Tha Song Yang of Tak Province and Amphoe Mae Ramad. Some of the major attractions here are - Sam Ngao Cliff, Bhumibol Dam, Mae Kasa Waterfall, and Thee Mo Bo Waterfall. On its east, lie the provinces of Amphoe Mae Suai, Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai and Amphoe Wiang Pa Pao of Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai borders its west with Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong Son, Amphoe Pai, Amphoe Mae La Noi, Amphoe Mae Sariang, Amphoe Khun Yuam, and Amphoe Sob Moei of Mae Hong Son Province.

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Travel To Chiang Mai

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By Air

Chiang Mai Airport is the only international airport in Chiang Mai which operates both domestic as well as international flights. There are several flights to Chiang Mai from India that can be easily booked through the internet. On reaching the airport, you will have to cover a distance of 3kms to reach the main area of the city. There are several taxis and other local transport systems running between the city and the airport.

By Train

The major station in the province is Chiang Mai station. It is located at a distance of 3 kms from the east of the city. There are no direct trains running from India to Chiang Mai. But there are daily trains that operate from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The train journey is extremely comfortable for families and backpackers who plan to hop from one city to the other. It is advisable to reserve your train tickets much before the boarding day in order to avoid any last-minute hassle.

By Road

There are no direct buses from India to Chiang Mai. However, on reaching Chiang Mai, you will easily find local buses and cabs plying on the road. You can cover the major attractions of the city by taking the buses here. Local buses are available at the Chang Pauk Terminal which offers easy access to other cities and places in the province of Chiang Mai. If you want to travel to cities outside the province, there are buses available at the Chiang Mai Arcade terminal. You can also reach Chiang Mai from Bangkok by road. There are tourist buses that take you to other exotic destinations like Phuket, Pattaya, and Hua Hin.

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    Kolkata

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    Is it possible to cover Chiang Mai during Bangkok tour?

    A well-planned tour of Thailand may include Chiang Mai tour. However, if one wishes to cover only Chiang Mai then it is advisable to book a separate tour for the same.

    How safe is Chiang Mai for solo travelers?

    Chiang Mai is definitely one of the safest travel destinations in Asia. Nevertheless, it is suggested to look after one’s own safety during travels and tours.

    Is it safe to board the local transport in Chiang Mai?

    Local transport system is very efficient in Chiang Mai. The LRT and MRT are secure and cheaper modes of transportation.

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