Chiang Mai, the largest city is northern Thailand, is a different tourist destination for someone who remembers Thailand by the typical beach resorts of Pattaya and Phuket or the by the crowds and shopping malls of Bangkok. Chiang Mai is a quiet town, on most days anyway, except when parts of it come alive with activity when it hosts its weekly bazaars which are visited both by locals and tourists. The Chiang Mai Sunday Market is one example. The nights are quiet too except for the area in and around the daily Night Bazaar outside the old city near the famous Tha Phae gate. The Night Bazaar has typical Thai style street shopping, entertainment, massage, and food. Nearby there is a red light area too, called Loi Kroh Road.
For a tourist, there are two main attractions in the city – the Night Bazaar and the old city. The old city has some of Thailand’s oldest temples like Wat Chiang Man and Wat Chedi Luang. Then there are museums and other monuments too.
Chiang Mai is easy to visit. All you need to get a hold of is a tourist road map and you are good to go. Stay inside the old city or anywhere near Night Bazaar and you can see most of the local attractions by foot. There are some orgainsed tours too that you can take like the half day tour of Doi Suthep. Travel agents are everywhere selling tours at competitive prices. In this page I have given links to all my articles on Chiang Mai that cover much of the essential information that you need to visit Chiang Mai. I periodically update this information on a best effort basis. Date of the post says when each post was written or last updated. Please write a comment for any additional info and I will be happy to respond.
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