Chiang Mai is one of the historical cities located in the north of Thailand, also referred to as “Rose of the North”. It is famous for its historical temples, picturesque mountains, cool weather, and scenic views. Founded in 1296 with rich history and culture. You will get a chance to visit indigenous tribes here who are still following their ancient customs and traditions. Below 10 reasons to visit will make you fall in love with Chiang Mai.
- Cool and Pleasant Weather
Because of the mountain peaks around Chiang Mai’s weather is cool and pleasant, unlike Bangkok. Especially if you get a chance to visit in Oct, Nov it is cool and amusing with light breeze. The temperature during daytime is a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius and after sunset, it may fall to around 10 degrees Celsius, and it is a popular time to visit.
- Yi Peng Lantern Festival November
If you are planning your visit to Chiang Mai, plan in November. Yi Peng Lantern Festival takes place in November every year and attracts a large number of tourists and also the weather is cool in November. People release thousands of lighted lanterns in the sky while making a wish and it is a magical time to be in this city.
- Rich History and Culture (300+ Temples and Museum)
If you are a historian or love visiting historical places, Chiang Mai is your city. It is over 7 centuries old and has temples that date back to the 13th Century. Most popular among them is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It is one of the best tourist attractions, can be approached by hiking up the mountain or renting a motorbike. Lanna Folklife Museum is also worth visiting where you can historical artifacts of Lanna tribe on display.
- Animals Sanctuary (Elephant Sanctuary and Night Safari)
Chiang Mai happens to be paradise for animal lovers, it has an elephant sanctuary for retired Elephants where you can spend your day playing, feeding and bathing with them. Not to be missed is Chiang Mai Night Safari; which you can visit open-sided tram. You will get a chance to hand-feed wild animals.
- Indigenous tribal villages
One of the best tourist attractions in Chiang Mai are visiting local ancient tribes, who are following old customs and traditions. Hmong tribal village is a must-visit place and it is an eye-opener for tourists into real tribal life. Karen Long Neck tribe is also a worth visiting tribe located in Chiang Mai.
- Scrumptious Traditional Food
You can enjoy the best traditional Thai goods in Chiang Ma i.e. “Khantoke Dinner”. Visitors are served with traditional northern Thai food by sitting around a round table on the floor; you also get a chance to amuse yourself with traditional Lanna entertainment. Khao Soi is one another traditional dish, coconut and curry-flavored soup filled with yellow egg noodles and chicken.
- Hot Spring Baths and Natural Water Falls
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs located around 1-hour ride from Chiang Mai is the best place to relax. It is an open-air spa with hot springs, pools lodging in a lush setting with gardens and picnic areas. You can rent a motorbike from town and approach San Kamphaeng easily after an hour’s ride
- Prisoner Massage
There is a unique chance to get a massage from women prisoners in Chiang Mai. Yes, from prisoners, it sounds very different; but actually it is part of Women Prison’s various programs that provide the women with an opportunity to find their way of living after their captivity.
- Cheap Shopping and Night Life
Chiang Mai offers cheap shopping and nightlife as compared to Bangkok. It has night markets where you can roam around and buy local products at cheap rates. You can visit Gate Market for cheap traditional food.
- Mountain Biking
If you are an adventurous biker or having biking a hobby, rent out a bike from town and enjoy mountain biking in the outskirts of Chiang Mai from dirt roads to steep hills.