The Cultural Capital of Thailand Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of Thailand, the second largest city and the hiking center. It is a resort for those, who are tired of lying on a beach and admiring a surf. Chiang Mai is not a beach resort. Nevertheless, there is a surplus in cultural, natural and other sights. This city is famous for its ancient temples, grandiose mountain landscapes and folk holidays. Chiang Mai is located in the fertile valley of the river Ping in surroundings of mountain peaks and very hospitable people inhabit it.

An infrastructure of the city is well developed: great choice of hotels, inexpensive transport, touristic agencies are ready to help organizing your holidays.

An old city has been perfectly saved and represents a walled square. There are more than 100 ancient temples and monasteries. However, not only the monuments of old times but also luxurious shops and restaurants of higher category attract tourists.

In the first Saturday of February the festival of flowers is conducted in the city. The boats swim down the river, decorated by floral garlands, and colorful noisy processions march on the streets.

Chiang Mai organically combines the comfort of modern city and rich cultural and architectural traditions; in a neighborhood of that the most modern autobahnen neighbor with numerous tribes and nationalities, having the original culture ignoring an influence of civilization up to a 20th century.

Another moment Chiang Mai is famous for is national parks. There are some of them:

  • Doi Inthanon is a national park where the highest point and highest waterfall in Thailand are. It is obligatory to visit.
    Entrance fee: adults – 200 baht, children – 100 baht.
  • Doi Suthep – Pui – beautiful, charming national park not far from Chiang May. A journey to the top of the Doi Suthep Mountain is not so hard. There are sakura flowers in the beginning of January on Doi Pui. Indeed, reaching sakura is not so easy.
    Entrance free of charge.
  • Pha Daeng: waterfalls, caves, thermal springs.
    Entrance fee: adults – 100 baht, children – 50 baht.
  • Op Luang – in this national park you find enigmatic landscape, thermal springs, caves and Mae Cham river, that flows a zigzag.
    Entrance fee: adults – 200 baht, children – 100 baht.
  • Mae Tho is a national park with the area in 990 square kilometers. There are breathtaking waterfalls and rafting viewpoints down the Mae Cham River.
    Entrance free of charge.
  • Mae Ping- a national park, which is located on left of the Mae Ping River. A park is rich with its forest and picturesque wild nature.
    Entrance fee: adults – 200 baht, children – 100 baht.

There are approximately twelve more national parks in this area.
If you become bored in Chiang Mai, you are able to go to the Sukhothai. The bus departs from the Arcade Bus Station. Why should you go there? There is a great Historical Park, but we will talk about it later.

Another one place you can go to is Ayutthaya, where you can get by train (trip takes nearly 12 hours) or by bus (9 hours, but not so comfortable). May be you have heard about Buddah statues decollation. It happened in this city too. Some of them are still there, among the great number of the destroyed palaces and ruins. Therefore, you can be sure – interesting holidays are waiting for you. Have a nice vacation!

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