History and heritage, a distinct cuisine, mountainous countryside and an aura of nonchalance; Chiang Mai may be Thailand's second city but it could not be more different from the overwhelming adrenalin rush that is Bangkok.
Centred around the old city square which is surrounded by a moat, the area within contains enough interesting alleys and remarkable temples ... More>to entertain you for a whole holiday! Tha Phae Gate on the eastern side of the square is where bars, restaurants, markets, bookshops and so much more congregate for a fascinating hub of activity. On nearby Chan Klan Road, the renowned night market sets up and you can eat a spicy som tam, get a foot massage or buy some trinkets. From your Chiang Mai hotel we recommend venturing out to experience all the city can offer.
On the western side of town is Chiang Mai Zoo which houses the idolised Panda, Ling Ping. Probably the only panda in the world with its own cable TV channel! Not too far away is Wat Doi Suthep. This temple sits atop a lush green mountain and overlooks the city from a great vantage point. Buses to the top can be found at the base of the mountain. Chiang Mai is also well known as the start point for a number of excellent motorcycle routes including the legendary Mae Hong Son Loop which passes villages, waterfalls and so much more. Have a look at our Chiang Mai hotels and discover this interesting city.