Venturing to Chiang Mai from Bangkok was something like going from hell to paradise. Not that I would certainly course Bangkok as heck, or perhaps course Chiang Mai as paradise, however the distinction in between both is simply impressive!
The old resources of the Lanna Kingdom in Thailand, Chiang Mai is a historical walled city with a lot of its old wall surfaces and also moat still undamaged, if a little worn out. It’s actually 2 cities in one– a peaceful, lovely and also character-filled central city within the old wall surfaces, and also a dynamic, industrial and also chaotic external city past the wall surfaces. In overall, the city is the home of over 170,000 individuals. It’s additionally an excellent launching pad for discovering north Thailand, consisting of the gold triangular and also the Mekong River port communities. The relaxeded north city of Chiang Rai is simply 3 hrs away by automobile or 4 hrs by bus.
Chiang Mai– the basics
Chiang Mai remains in north Thailand, regarding 700 kilometres north (NNE) of Bangkok. Driving time has to do with 12 hrs. Traveling time has to do with 2 hrs.
Chiang Mai has to do with 350 metres over water level, bordered by several of the greatest hills in Thailand, so the environment is frequently a little colder as well as even more enjoyable compared to Bangkok.
Doi Suthep (north-west of the city regarding 10km) and also Doi Inthanon (south-east of the city regarding 40km) are 2 of the greatest close-by hills.
The “old city” of Chiang Mai lies inside the remains of a city wall surface, bordered by a moat. There is a whole lot even more of Chiang Mai outside the wall surfaces.
The Sunday flea market lies inside the wall surfaces of the “old city”, yet the Saturday Market as well as the Evening Marketplace are both outside the wall surfaces.
The Sound River go through the city, north of the “old city”, and also is the place for most of the city’s leading resorts as well as bed and breakfast.
Chiang Mai is modern-day city yet has a great deal of background and also society– the city was started in 1296 as well as was as soon as the funding of the Lanna Kingdom.
Chiang Mai remains on an old profession path, so it still has a solid custom of hand crafts consisting of hardwood items, timber sculpting, jewelry as well as umbrella-making.
Chiang Mai is a fantastic location for setting enthusiasts– nearly 70% of the district is covered in hills and also woodlands. Doi Inthanon, near Chiang Mai, is the greatest hill in Thailand.
The areas bordering Chiang Mai have numerous (over 1000) hillside people towns– the biggest going to Omkoi, Mae Jam, Chiang Dao as well as Mae Ai. Capital people consist of the Karen, Lahu, Hmong (Meo), Lisu, Lua, Akha, Port (Yao) as well as Palong people.
Reaching Chiang Mai
If you’re getting here in Chiang Mai by airplane (straight inner links to Bangkok, Phuket as well as Mae Hong Child, plus straight global trips to Kuala Lumpur, Luang Prabang, Myanmar, Taipei, Seoul and also Singapore), the flight terminal has to do with 3 kilometres south-west of the city centre as well as well serviced by flat-fee airport terminal hire automobiles that bill you 120B to go nearly throughout Chiang Mai with approximately 5 travelers. You would certainly be insane not to utilize them. A few of the most affordable trips right into Chiang Mai are with Thai Air Asia from KL, Bangkok or Phuket. Air Asia bills around 1100B for a one-way trip from Bangkok and also it just takes a hr approximately to obtain there!
An additional preferred means right into Chiang Mai is by train from Bangkok’s Hualamphong train terminal. The train flight from Bangkok takes around 12-15 hrs as well as expenses you 150-200B for a seat or 500-600B for a sleeper berth, relying on which train you capture. Several of the trains also have cool sleeper berths.The train terminal is additionally around 3km from the city centre, in Charoenmuang Roadway, and also a songthaew to the city need to cost you about.