Well it’s February already and time to start thinking about your next holiday and what location to visit! This #FridayFunday we are looking at exploring Northern Thailand and its capital Chiang Mai – a complete contrast to the hot tropical beaches found in the South of Thailand.
The Chiang Mai Province is the focal point of Thailand’s northern region, as well as the largest and most culturally important city of the North and has an entirely different attitude and mind-set to Bangkok. Located in the valley of Ping River among the highest mountains in the country, it sees lower temperatures during the cools season in comparison to other parts of Thailand. This area is renouned for its cultural influences and its abundance of natural resources. This makes it a spectacular tourist destination. Chiang Mai offers a rich and endemic culture with architecture and temples, diverse cuisine, handicrafts and festivals. It is the capital district of the Chiang Mai province, which includes the city of Chiang Mai and neighbouring districts Mae Rim, San Sai, San Kamphaeng, Saraphi and Hang Dong which are all worthy of a traveller’s time. With the Ping River running right through, access to these areas is relatively easy.
The city centre of Chiang Mai is definitely an area not to be missed if you are travelling to the Northern territories of Thailand. In addition to its many attractions, it is indeed a vibrant and modern city. This area has a multitude of shops, restaurants and venues. The unique cuisine as well as international food will satisfy all palates, and you will often find the Thai people offering cooking lessons, which will involve a trip to the local markets to purchase fresh local produce with an expericenced cook who will then teach you some easy to remember Thai cooking techniques. The astounding Chiang Mai has something to offer all travellers from adept tourists to families with young children. You will never get bored visiting this region as there is a diverse range of things to do and see. Bhuhing Palace, Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and Zoo, Fang Hot Springs, Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, Wat Suan Dok, wondrous waterfalls and interesting caves are just a small selection of the attractions offered here. For those that are a bit more fearless there is adrenaline-pumping white water rafting, zip-lining, and bungee jumping and families can enjoy hill-tribe treks, mountain biking, elephant rides, river cruises and bird watching.
If shopping is your thing, there are numerous traditional markets selling local arts and crafts, Thai silk, handicrafts, jewellery and silverware and a wide variety of other interesting goods to purchase.
The main sight seeing for tourists is within the old forifications outside of the city’s walls and recent developement has taken place and that has encouraged a more modern feel.
Sitting as it does at the heart of the cultural north, Chiang Mai offers a complete contrast to a typical beach experience in the south.
Why not combine the two areas and have the best of both worlds? Just Love Travel will help you put together an unbelievable holiday, with our personal service and knowledge we can make your dreams a reality. Give us a call and let’s plan your next holiday together!