Whether for the scenic roads or the countless temples peppering its land, Chiang Mai is worthy of a visit.
Despite the modern sprawl growing around it, the historic center of Chiang Mai has the looks of an authentic Thai town where life is slow and uneventful. As you stroll on its atmospheric alleys, its real charms begin to unfold in the form of eye-pleasing residences, natural beauties, and colorful markets. And, the inconsistency in the city’s character only adds to its unmistakable allure. Don’t make strict plans and set out to its inner streets free of a destination. Chiang Mai is best explored with casual walking tours browsing around for characterful temples hidden in plain sight.
The jungle cuts through the mountains of northern Thailand like a knife in Chiang Mai. Gushing waterfalls and luminous streams appear in every corner. And, strewn across them are small temples of all shapes and forms. Left by the Lanna Kingdom, the temples are the main sights in this otherwise unexceptional destination. Right at the city’s heart is Wat Chedi Luang, considered the second temple of Chiang Mai. Here, the chedis (stupa) are Lanna-style, and there is an old-world feel so captivating that it will leave you breathless. Elephant sculptures and an exquisite standing Buddha statue constitute the temple’s main scene. But, no temple in Chiang Mai can take the place of the legendary Wat Phra Singh. It is the city’s most revered sanctuary, particularly famous for its Lion Buddha statue.
Several other wats offer unique sights. But, don’t miss out on Chiang Mai’s other cultural spectacles such as the Talat Warorot Market. The Thai spirit comes to life most vigorously within the market’s chaotic maze. This is also one of the best places in Thailand to shop for original souvenirs.
Chiang Mai Gallery
Tours visiting Chiang Mai
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