CHIANG MAI – Eco friendly home stay
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’s also home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.
Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand, the old capital city of Lanna Kingdom, One of the most beautiful scenery cities: hills, mountains, stream, lakes, fields and waterfalls. Mysteries are in the valleys and mountains waiting for your discover.
Chiang Mai‘s historical centre is the walled city. Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.
Modern-day Chiang Mai has expanded in all directions, but particularly to the east towards the Ping River where Thanon Chang Klan, the famous Night Bazaar and the bulk of Chiang Mai’s hotels and guesthouses are located. Loi Kroh Rd is the center of the city’s nightlife. The locals say you’ve not experienced Chiang Mai until you’ve seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of khao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang those are important cultural icons for Chiang Mai residents. Ratchadamnoen Rd hosts the main Sunday night walking street market from Thapae Gate to the popular Wat Phra Singh.
Thing to Do
If you are feeling temple-out, there are a multitude of things to do in Chiang Mai.
- Rafting – down the Mae Tang river is offered by several companies and can often be combined with elephant riding or mountain biking
- Rainforest Canopy Walk – Thailand is now emerging as a world-class canopy tour destination.
- Flight of the Gibbon, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Motorcycle touring or the soft and relax activities as River Cruise or Thai Massage.
Chiang Mai is rich of unique & obvious festivals such Loy Krathong, Songkran, and Royal Flora Exposition.
Chiang Mai is a great place to shop. Sprawling markets during the day and night carry items from cheap trinkets to skillfully made local craft.
How to get there
You can go to Chiang Mai by plane, car and train.
November – February.
During the winter in Thailand, the temperature is between 5 – 12 degrees Celsius / 41 – 54 degrees Fahrenheit. You should come prepared with appropriate clothing. This is the best time for traveling in Thailand, due to the nice and cool weather. The landscape is covered with blooming flowers and lush vegetation which makes the biodiversity of birds and wildlife plentiful.
March – May.
This is summer time, the temperature is between 28 – 33 degree Celsius / 82 – 91 degrees Fahrenheit. The hottest time of the year is April, when temperatures can reach as high as 43 degree Celsius / 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring something light and thin to wear. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended.
June – October.
This is the rainy season, the temperature is between 18 – 25 degree Celsius / 64 -77 degrees Fahrenheit. An umbrella or raincoat are recommended. Flip flops or thongs are the best shoes to wear during these months.