Places of Interest
Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It is also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.
A cultural center in Thailand for crafts and folk art, Chiang Mai is part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
The local artisans are known for their famous Sa Paper umbrellas and parasols that would be treasured gifts for everyone. Watch the whole process as artisans delicately handcraft paper lamps, fans, umbrellas, and parasols from start to finish. From making the bamboo struts and covering them with paper to hand painting each umbrella, be enchanted by the beauty of the craftsmanship.
Satisfy your Thai cuisine cravings in the neighborhood of Shangri-La with the best street food in town! Sink your teeth into everything, from the popular Khao Soi (a Northern Thai coconut-based curry ladled over fresh egg noodles, topped with deep-fried egg noodles), to their unique Kanom Kroke (a small, gooey, pillow-like Thai sweet dessert, topped with corn, sweet potato or chives).
Operating hours: 05:00 to 12:00hrs, 17:00 to 00:00hrs
The highest peak in Thailand, the national park is filled with many natural wonders. Hike up the mountain or stroll the leisure route around the park, and be drawn into the amazing experience of waterfalls, a hill tribe village, and the two famous pagodas built to honor King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit.
Admission is THB 200 /adult
Built in the 13th Century during the reign of the 6th King of Chiang Mai, King Kuena, to house the Buddha’s relics brought from Si Satchanalai. The temple is a second-class royal temple of the Ratcha Wora Viharn type. It is believed that Doi Suthep was the residence of a hermit named Sudheva, which is Pali for “benevolent god” or Suthep in Thai, thus named after the hermit. After journeying up the staircase decorated with the seven-headed Naga, visitors can admire the panoramic view of the city from the temple.