Located in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, as well as the main base of activities for most travelers. Founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom, it has become a place where past and present influences seamlessly merge with modern buildings standing next to venerable temples.
It’s become something of the new “it” spot for expats and digital nomads in the last few years by full of culture, friendly locals, incredible food markets, dozens of beautiful temples, a relaxed vibe, beautiful landscapes. The top things to do in Chiang Mai is visiting some of the city’s incredible temples and unique sites and the old kingdom’s historical. You can find that Chiang Mai is ringed with outstanding, one-of-a-kind places, things to do and see. There is Thailand’s tallest mountain nearby, as well as two different tribal villages and various national parks.
On a trip to Chiang Mai, the curious travelers can expand their horizons with Thai massage and cooking courses. Others will be bowled over by the variety of handicrafts and antiques, while the wild child will find plenty of lively nightlife and, finally, the hedonists can indulge in wonderful cuisine. Chiang Mai can be as a cheap or expensive as you want. You can have your budget trip by sticking to the local markets, avoiding the fancy organic, health restaurants, and staying in the old city to save money. The most common way to get around Chiang Mai is by songthaew, regular fare should be around 20 – 30 THB for trips around town. Tuk-tuks are also an option and rides should range around 50-100 THB. There is also a local bus that goes to the main places in town. Trips start at 15 THB.