Found at the heart of an area once known as the Lanna Kingdom (‘the land of a million fields’) and surrounded by rolling hills and vivid green rice fields, Chiang Mai makes for a sublime destination for soft adventures and for landlubbers. Beyond the city limits, you will enjoy elephant trekking, scenic hikes through the Doi Inthanon National Park or in and around the Chiang Dao area, exciting white-water rafting adventures down the Mae Tang River, and cycling down leisurely biking routes.
Although it has expanded rapidly to become an urban destination, the ‘Rose of the North’ still preserves the essence of an ancient village, slower paced and more easy-going. Chiang Mai Old City teems with impressive temples, such as Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Sing, and Wat Chiang Man (the city’s oldest temple), which are more like living community centres clustered conveniently close to each other.
Chiang Mai is also one of the most popular places in Thailand to experience the Thai New Year – Songkhran in mid-April, and celebrate Loy Krathong when thousands of candles float down the Ping River in lotus-leaf boats. In a city where handicrafts reign supreme, it is no surprise to find markets and shopping opportunities in abundance, with Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Warorot Market, Sankamphaeng Road, and the modern Central Festival shopping centre to name a few.
After a busy day of sightseeing, exploring the valleys surrounding the city or enjoying the unique culture of the ‘Rose of the North’, the boutiquey Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.
137 Moo 5, Nongpaklang, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000
Tel: +66 (0) 5341 5555
Fax: +66 (0) 5341 5599