Visiting Thailand: Best things to do in Chiang Mai

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With more than 300 temples, the handicraft highway, the village of Umbrella, and so many historical and architectural beauty, Chiang Mai is known as the Rose of the North. This amazing place in Thailand contains the legacy of over 700 years of culture and pride. It was the capital city of Lanna Kingdom from Seven centuries back in history. 



The temperature of this place is cooler than other than the southern regions of Thailand because of its position. You can spend weeks in Chiang Mai and San Kamphaeng without having fatigue like the other side of Thailand. There are tons of things you can do in these places. Here are some of the most attractive once: 

Visit the Doi Suthep mountain

Doi Suthep is one of the stunning places in Chiang Mai that you should never miss out in all Thailand. Once you reach Chiang Mai, all the drivers will start to ask you if you want to go there. It's a mountain with an amazing view of the whole city. You will find the whole town painted in a floral pattern with an amazing landscape. In the 5400 meters above on the mountain, there is a temple from the 13th century, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. There is a replica of Buddha made with emerald and it's a white elephant shrine as well. Don't miss the visit to this amazing place with an amazing view and a symbol of Thai history.

Have Fun At The Night Bazaar

The Chang Klan Road in Chiang Mai is like just like another road if you wald here during the day. But, if you go to the road at night, you'll get a jaw drop surprise for sure. The entire road becomes a market where you can find hundreds of stalls, selling local items. You can find almost anything here with so many designer items included; most of them are fake showpiece. The interesting thing about the market is bartering; you can go there and come back with a huge experience. Buy some lanterns; hand made things, artifacts, and many more from the Night-only market. 

Take a Visit To the Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh is a Monastery and Buddhist temple; it was founded about 600 years ago and still shining. It's well-known as the Lion Buddha Temple, and it holds on two Buddha Statues in it. There are over 700 Monks live here, and they are very friendly to the tourists. The largest building in the facility is serving as the assembly hall, rebuilt in 1925. There is a large seated Buddha that is copper and gold cast. There are so many other things, including the buildings that are symbols of the rich culture and history of Thailand.

Enjoy the Songkran festival

Songkran festival is the world's largest water festival that takes place in Thailand between 13th to 15th April. Songkran festival is the Thai traditional new year celebration and the citizens of Chiang Mai take the celebration to another level. They usually celebrate the festival for an extended time of 5 to 6 days. The basic idea of celebrating Songkran is to throw water to another person and soak them with it. Songkran has religious meaning to it; it's their belief that the water will wash the sins away. If you're going to Thailand at the festival time, you can celebrate it with joy. Wait for any passer-by with a bucket of water, and you can soak them with the bucket of water once they pass by. 

Meet the Long Neck Karen Tribe

The Karen Tribe is a special tribal group in Thailand who are actually originated from Myanmar. They came here during the Political Unrest, and they live here in small villages right outside of the city of Chiang Mai. They have something really interesting that you don't want to miss while visiting Chiang Mai. They come to the city to sell their hand made items for a living. They wear long neck rings made with brass, and they consider it as a pride to wear the rings.

Go to the Doi Inthanon National Park

You can only imagine how beautiful the Doi Inthanon National Park is, it’s the highest mountain in all Thailand with tons of historical vibe to it. The National Park covers the area of 48,240 hectares, and the whole area is full of beautiful landscapes. Doi Inthanon National Park is also the home of the most species of birds in all Thailand. You will see thousands of birds in Doi Inthanon all around. However, be sure to bring warm cloth here as the temperature drops down to -8° centigrade in this place. 

Visit the Umbrella Village - Bo Sang

The umbrella village in Bo Sang is one of the examples of the Thai people's most beautiful craftsmanship skills. The town Bo Sang is known worldwide for this amazing skill of making awesome colorful Umbrellas. There are other areas with charting skills too, but the name of the town Bo Sang has its legacy. Bo Sang is known as the land of rice and paddy, yet the town has developed the amazing skill of making unique paper umbrellas. 

Know the history of Umbrella making

Whenever you visit Chiang Mai, don't forget to take a visit to the village of colorful umbrellas. This skill of making colorful resistant umbrellas started its journey in Burma. A Thai monk whos hometown was in Bo Sang brought it home and started making these umbrellas. The local people made it craftsmanship and do it after their work on their field in the autumn. Visit Bo Sang on January 17th to 19th to join the umbrella festival and enjoy the beauty of fine craftsmanship.

Bottom line

If you need one side of Thailand to explore to the fullest, Chiang Mai is the town you want to visit. Chiang Mai is the one city that you cannot miss if you love handicrafts and art. Besides, you can hail a Songthaew in the city, visit the Bai Orchid And Butterfly Farm. 

One more thing, 

participate in The Loi Krathong Festival and don't forget to visit the Hot Springs in San Kamphaeng. Don't forget to Have a Traditional Khantoke Dinner with the locals while enjoying local music and traditional greetings.