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Chiang Mai Travel Guide

Everything you Need to Know about Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a land of misty mountains and colourful hill tribes, a playground for seasoned travellers, a paradise for shoppers and a delight for adventurers. Here the curious can expand their horizons with Thai massage and cooking courses. The aesthete will be bowled over by the variety of handicrafts. The wild child will find plenty of lively nightlife, and the epicure can indulge in wonderful cuisine. Chiang Mai truly has it all.

Located 700km (435 miles) north of Bangkok in a verdant valley on the banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Today it is a place where past and the present seamlessly merge with modern buildings standing side by side with venerable temples. Not convinced yet? See our 10 Must See and Do list.

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    10 Best Things to Do Chiang Mai

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    10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai

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10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai

10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai

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10 Best Luxury Hotels in Chiang Mai

10 Best Luxury Hotels

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10 Best Budget Hotels in Chiang Mai

10 Best Budget Hotels

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10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai Old City

10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai Old City

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10 Best Chiang Mai Riverside Hotels

10 Best Chiang Mai Riverside Hotels

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10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

10 Best Hotels in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

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10 Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai

10 Best Things to Do Chiang Mai

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10 Must-See Temples in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Zoo

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Chiang Mai Walking Street

10 Best Shopping Experiences

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Central Festival Chiang Mai

Central Festival Chiang Mai

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Sunday Walking Street Market

Sunday Walking Street Market

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All Tours in Chiang Mai

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10 Best Tours in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Day Trips & Excursions

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Most Popular Tours in Chiang Mai

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Sankampaeng Countryside Cycling Tour with Hot Springs

2-Day Golf Tour with Zipline Excursion

Private Thai Cooking Class in Traditional Home

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10 Best Night Spots in Chiang Mai Old City

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5 Best Rooftop Bars in Chiang Mai

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10 Best Nightlife Experiences

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10 Best Chiang Mai Food

10 Best Chiang Mai Food

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10 Best Restaurants in Chiang Mai

10 Best Restaurants in Chiang Mai

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10 Best Resaurants in Chiang Mai Riverside

10 Best Restaurants in Chiang Mai Riverside

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Chiang Mai Maps

Chiang Mai Maps

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Chiang Mai Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals

Chiang Mai’s festivals and events largely celebrate its wealth of cultural, artistic and natural heritage. Yee Peng is Read More...

Chiang Mai Weather

Chiang Mai Weather

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Chiang Mai Old City

Chiang Mai Old City

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Night Bazaar

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Chiang Mai Riverside

Riverside

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Nimmanhaemin (Nimman) Road

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Tha Pae Gate

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