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Chiang Mai is a city rich in history (Chiang Mai's 700th Anniversary was celebrated in 1996) with a distinct beauty and heritage of its own. Blending Burmese, Laotian and Indian culture, the Lanna culture is unique. In addition to special dishes found only in the North, the people of Chiang Mai have their own dialect, their own customs and their own Lanna architecture, immediately recognizable on the ancient temples that can be seen everywhere in the city.


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1) Wat Suan Dok and Wat Chet Yot

The most photographed and most inspiring temples of Chiang Mai: Wat Suan Dok: built in a 14th century pleasure garden -- and Wat Chet Yot: built in 1447 by Lanna architects recently returned from Buddhagaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment in northern India over 2,500 years ago.

2) Chiang Mai National Museum

Chiang Mai National Museum (open Wednesday through Sunday) provides a superb overview of Lanna Thai Culture including works of art, war weapons and ancient Buddha images.

3) Kruba Srivichai Monument and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

A steep road meandering for 12 km (7.5 miles) up the flanks of the mountain ('Doi') leads to Doi Suthep - the beautiful and cool location of Wat Prathat and the Royal Winter palace west of Chiang Mai. On the way, Kruba Srivichai Monument (which honours the "Engineer Monk" whose followers built the first motor road up the mountain in 1935) is a popular halting-place where you can pay your respects and perhaps say a prayer.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, perched high on the flank of the hill, 1,022 m (3,000ft) above sea level, is Chiang Mai most famous temple. The pagoda in its centre contains some of the relics of the Lord Buddha. The temple is visited thoughout the year by thousands of tourists and Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world.

4) Phuping palace

After Doi Suthep, the road continues to climb through pine forest to Phuping Palace on Doi Buak Ha, 22 kms from town. Phuping Palace, built in 1962, is a summer residence of the royal family, used as headquarters for overseeing development projects in northern Thai and hilltribe villages.


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Wat Ku-Tao, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Sing

Wat Ku-Tao: the most tranquil temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man: the oldest, dating from 1296, Wat Chedi Luang: the most impressive, and Wat Phra Sing: the most lovely.

With an abundance of mountains, forests, valleys, waterfalls, caves, lakes and National parks in the area, Chiang Mai abounds in natural attractions that are popular tourist destinations. In addition, you can take part in in elephant treks through the jungle or river rafting....



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9.40 - Pong Yang Elephant Camp

The Pong Yang Elephant Training Camp - where elephants demonstrate their formidable and highly valued forestry skills - is the main destination of a 30 km tour along the Mae Rim-Samoeng route, inside the Mae Sa Valley.

Mae Sa Waterfalls

Along the road are many tourist attractions like the Mae Sa Waterfalls, the Mae Sa Butterfly Farm - a eight level waterfall which occupies a tranquil setting amid gigantic trees - and the Chiang Mai Snake Farm.

Mae Sa Butterfly Farm and Orchid Farm

A large variety of beautiful butterflies are raised in a spacious garden at the Mae Sa Butterfly Farm. The farm gift shop sells framed butterfly specimens, a wide variety continuously blooming orchids and jewelry made from fresh flowers electroplated in gold.

(Chiang Mai Snake farm)

You have the option of stopping at the Chiang Mai Snake Farm to safely observe these dangerous reptiles.

Lunch at Huay Thung Thao (lake)


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10.00 - Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

Chiang Dao is a town situated north of Chiang Mai, famous for its Elephant Camp and Elephant show. You arrive at the camp after a drive along picturesque routes - winding around the bends of the road high above the Mae (River) Ping.

(Elephant-Back Amble Around)

After the show, you have the option of taking a one hour elephant ride.

Rafting down the Mae Ping River

Next on your programme at the Camp is an exciting bamboo raft ride down the Mae Ping to Tha Rua.

Chiang Dao Caves

Returning to the highway you can continue your tour to Chiang Dao and its famous caves. These sacred caves are filled with Buddha images and deep recesses that must be explored with the aid of oil lanterns carried by the local guides.

The many handicrafts that are part of Chiang Mai's history are famous with shoppers and importers around the world. Sah paper umbrellas, delicate ceramics and celadons, dazzling gems and jewellery, silverware of all sorts, lacquerware with intricate design, thai silk, woodcarvings, antiques and semi-antiques, furniture,...



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1) Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road

The largest and most popular of the local handicraft factories are situated along a 13 km stretch of the Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Road. Both sides of the road are lined with factories and showrooms where you have the opportunity to observe the craftsmen and women at work and purchase their fine products.

2) Bor Sang Village

Farther along the road is Bor Sang - the world-famous village which sells cotton umbrellas and paper parasols handpainted in wide varieties of floral and animals designs. Generations of Bor Sang families have been engaged in umbrella and parasol making for over 200 years.

3) Lunch at Baan Suan Restaurant

For lunch, you can head for delicious Thai food or just a cool drink in the beautiful garden at Baan Suan Restaurant.

If you want to keep up an exercise programme or continue in a sport while abroad, you won't be at a loss in Chiang Mai. Only a few kms out of town, you'll find sports clubs offering everything when it comes to physical fitness: tennis courts, swimming pool, saunas, weight rooms, aerobics room. In addition, many sports clubs have good restaurants with panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

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