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Holidays to Chiang Mai
The ancient city of Chiang Mai is the top tourist destination in northern Thailand for its rich history and culture, stunning temples, superb shopping, and interesting activities. If you want to experience authentic Thai culture at its best, Chiang Mai is a must-see city break for history buffs, nature lovers, and culture hounds alike.
What to see and do on a Holiday to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai was once the capital city of the Lanna kingdom in Thailand, and evidence of this long reaching history can be seen on practically every corner in the city. It is hard to miss the old walls and moat of Chiang Mai, as they wrap around the city centre. You can also visit one of the many historic temples in the area, the most impressive of which is Wat Doi Phrathat Suthep, located on a hill high above the city. Wat Phra Singh is also interesting for its beautiful murals and gold patterned altar.
Visitors on a holiday to Chiang Mai will find plenty of ways to spend their days both in the city and outside in the natural beauty of the mountains and valleys beyond. Learn how to cook authentic Thai dishes at one of the many cooking schools in the city. Classes include trips to the local market to buy fresh ingredients, recipe books that you can take home, and lunch feasts where you get to sample the exotic dishes you make. Hill tribe trekking is another popular activity here, as there are many interesting traditional villages located in the mountains to the north of the city.
Serious shoppers will find much to delight in Chiang Mai, as there are hundreds of shops, boutiques, markets and malls. The Night Bazaar is where you will find everything from wooden furniture, Buddha statues, silver jewellery, and silks. Bargaining is key here, and a great way to interact with the local vendors. Most of the vendors speak English very well, and even those who don’t can communicate the prices with calculators.
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