Today we talk about one of the Thai cities that are stealing the hearts of thousands tourists, as Chian Mai has many different things to offer. Do you want to know them?
Chiang Mai is located north of Thailand, about 700km from Bangkok. It has become the second largest city in the country, second only to the capital Bangkok. Currently Chiang Mai is the commercial, cultural and historical centre in the northern part of China and one of the most beautiful cities in the surrounding nature. For many reasons this charming city has much to offer:
The route of the temples. More than 300 Buddhist temples fill the city of Chiang Mai. But we’ll mention just one of the most important ones: The temple of Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in the city. Built in 1306 it was inhabited by King Mengrai, founder of the city. The ancient temple is a marvel of architecture of the 12th century. It houses an impressive stupa, or Buddhist worshiping building with circular shape and generally domed, with elephants surrounded by a huge, gleaming gold dome. You can stroll through parks full of beautiful and quiet ponds in which to observe the lotus flower on the calm waters, a typical picture of the place.
Night bazaars. The city nightlife has nothing to envy what we can find during the day. When the sun sets, Chian Mai becomes a great night bazaar full of colour and light. Some of the most famous markets are: Night Bazaar, the largest and busiest. Located in the area of the old wall just outside the city. There you can buy beautiful traditional crafts and enjoy peculiar Thai food stalls where you can taste its spicy food. Anusarn Market, next to the Night Bazaar and more focused on traditional oriental food. You'll find restaurants not only with Thai food but also with that of China and India.
Located in the vicinity of Night Bazaar, Night Bazaar Kalare is a set of shops more focused on jewelry, traditional crafts and paintings. Apart from their stores the best thing about the Kalare Night Bazaar is its centre where you can enjoy food at very affordable prices, the best of Thai street kitchen.
Spas. Another must for a relaxed return of our trip is to visit some of the different and ancient spa centres. One of the most visited by tourists is the Cheeva Spa. Located in a unique setting you will enjoy personalized service, a very characteristic feature of Thai business, and taste Thai tea. As it couldn’t be otherwise, you can hire a massage to relax yourself or correct any muscle problem. A good option if you're traveling with your mate and want to spend a day dedicated to recover from the long journey.