Located 700km (435 miles) north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Today it is a place where the past and the present seamlessly merge together, with modern buildings standing side by side with the venerable temples. Discover the best things to do in Chiang Mai with us!
With long, leafy boulevards, Chiang Mai presents itself as an alluring alternative to the capital, Bangkok. Instead of traffic filled urban sprawl, travellers find a picturesque downtown, easily navigated on foot, where the air is clean and the climate is mercifully cool. Ride a scooter out of the town, and it will lead you to a rainforest countryside interspersed with waterfalls.
Unlike many modern Asian cities, Chiang Mai’s younger generation continues to embrace its older establishments. The old town, inside its moat, is an extraordinary example of this. Here, in the middle of the 30-odd temple spires, barefoot monks in flame-colored robes collect alms in the morning, while street vendors sell their wares by night.
There are incredible things to do in Chiang Mai at any given time. Expand your knowledge with a Thai massage or a cooking class. Spend the day feeding the elephants, swimming with them and walking alongside incredible waterfalls. Rent a motorbike and ride your way towards misty mountains and colourful hill tribes, visit the night markets, a riot of sounds and smells. And much much more!