Chiang Mais famous DoiSuthep temple high in the hills is one of the citys most popular attractions.
Thailands Old Capital in TheNorthen Hills Unlike the other destinations listed here, the ancient capital city of Chiang Mai is located far away from the sea in the hills of northern Thailand. Its mix of beautiful scenery and the architectural reminders of its rich history particularly appeals to people looking for a more cultural experience on their holiday. However, there is still plenty of fun to be had once the sight seeing is done with a wide range of daytime activities available as well as a good number of night time venues.
Chiang Mais Main Tourist Areas : Within Chiang Mai city is "The Old City" which is deliniated by a rectangular moat and the ruins of an ancient wall. The eastern side surrounding ThaPae Gate is the main tourist area being home to many hotels and a centre of night life. The well-known Night Bazaar shopping area is within walking distance and is also a popular area to stay.
Not far away is the winding Mae Ping River that offers a quieter alternative with several very nice hotels and restaurants that have riverside views. Chiang Mai is quite a large city and hotels are spread throughout but visitors who stay in the areas mentioned should have few problems communicating, finding international cusine or nightlife fun.
There are also some fabulous Chiang Mai resorts outside the main city such as Four Seasons in Mae Rim that appeal to people who want to enjoy the peaceful Chiang Mai countryside far from the crowds in absolute luxury.
Things to Do in Chiang Mai : Sight-Seeing Tours - Elephant treks, hill tribe visits, temple and city tours, river cruises
Adventure activities - off-road buggy and motorcycle tours, white water rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, mountain biking, trekking
Golf - A choice of six golf courses are in the Chiang Mai area in some very scenic settings.
Chiang Mai Dining &Nightlife : Restaurants and bars aimed at foreigners line the eastern side of the moat with the busiest road of rowdy bars being Loy Kroh Road near ThaPae Gate. There are also quite a few riverside restaurants with nice ambience as well as evening dining cruises. Of course, for Thai food lovers, the whole town is a paradise of northern Thai cuisine.
Additional Notes : Chiang Mai offers a chance to really experience Thai culture in a pleasantly laid back atmosphere. The residents are used to foreign visitors and are friendly without so much of the hard-sell tactics that can be experienced in the other tourist hot spots.