Chiang Mai

Known locally as ‘the rose of the north’, Chiang Mai has a great deal to offer the cultural traveller. Far from the full moon parties in the south of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a busting metropolis that never really lost the laid back country-town feel. The mile square ‘old city’ which was once capital of the Lanna Kingdom, remains today at the heart of the region offering everything from ancient temples to modern street art. The city itself was constructed in 1296 and was heavily fortified to protect it from invasion from surrounding forces, particularly the Burmese Empire, and remnants of this fortification can still be seen today. The ‘old city’ is completely encircled by a moat and you can still see the remaining parts of the wall which once surrounded the entire city to protect from invading forces.

Chiang Mai is a city with a rich history which has progressed into the 21st century with all of the modern comforts available to travellers. From hip new restaurants in the centre to the university bar district in the north and even a budding art district in the west, Chiang Mai has so much to offer those willing to take the time to explore.

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Chiang Mai Walking Guide The Austin Experience

  • From the popular Thae Pae Gate to Wat Phra Singh temple, this walking guide will take you through the heart of the Old City to experience some of the Chiang Mai's most interesting sights and monuments in your own time. Complete with images, nearby detour options, food & drink recommendations and much much more!

  • The Austin Experience eGuides
  • 16 pages

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Chiang Mai Blog Posts

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Life in Chiang Mai

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