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Chiang Mai, Thailand. City #3 in 2017’s Top 12 Must-Visit Cities

Chiang Mai, Thailand. Its beauty is one to see for yourself.

Voted one of the Top 25 Destinations in the World in 2014 by TripAdvisor, Chiang Mai has attracted travelers from all over the world in the past decade.

Quickly gaining popularity, this Thailand destination is well-known for their temples and beautiful scenery. Dry season is from February to April. Rainy season thereafter, which makes it a perfect winter/early season destination among your future trips.

Chaing Mai is situated 435 miles north of Bangkok amongst the highest mountains in the country.

Let’s dive into the “new city” and see what Chiang Mai has to offer with all its beauty and splendor abound.

Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep

Imagine a place with temples and a mountaintop serenely sitting in the background, adoring the scenery and contributing nothing but what nature truly offers for those willing to explore.

Doi Suthep, is a temple located 9 miles from Chiang Mai. Some of the best views can be seen from here, and a nice little road leads straight to it. Built in 1383, the temple has undergone some expansions, with additional shrines and modifications added to the temple itself to make it seem much more grandiose.

An amazing legend of a white elephant adorns this temple, which you can learn about in this short YouTube video.

Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Zoo

As the first zoo and aquarium in Thailand, the Chiang Mai Zoo covers and astounding 200 acres. Housing two aquariums and a variety of animals (over 400 species), Chiang Mai Zoo is definitely the place to be if you would like to see some rare wildlife that you may not see in the Western world.

Chiang Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari

If you like safaris, imagine a night safari.

As the second night safari in the world (second to Singapore), the Chiang Mai Night Safari is a sight to see.

Various resorts adorn the night safari path, including Kum Payaa, Piroon Pana, Safari Doii, and more. All consist of several facilities and complete necessities.

Complete with a Digital Zoo. The options are plenty to keep you entertained at this incredible wildlife experience.

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

Located right in the middle of Chiang Mai, this Buddhist Temple is a must-see destination.

Construction of this temple started in the 14th century by King Saen Muang Ma, who wanted to bury his father here.

The city pillar of Chiang Mai is located on the grounds of Wat Chedi Luang, called the Sao Inthakin. Moved to this location in 1800 by King Chao Kawila, this symbol of the “new city” is celebrated every May for 6–8 days.

Wiang Kum Kam the Underground Ancient City

Wiang Kum Kam

Located in the northern region of Thailand (Saraphi District) and believed to have been built by King Mangrai in the 13th century, this temple is located was established as the new capital after the King won his victory over the Mon people’s kingdom of Hariphunchai.

Located along the Ping River, Wat Chedi Liam is the main temple of the town, and is currently occupied by monks.

To learn more, click here.

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Home to the largest population of domesticated elephants in Northern Thailand, you can find elephants bathing in the river, working with their trainers, and even painting landscapes.

Previously, elephants were used in battle. Now they are adored, representing the strongest of beasts.

Equipped with a nursery, a certification program to work alongside the trainers and gain knowledge in the ways they have working with these beautiful creatures, the Maesa Elephant Camp is truly an experience uniquely its own.

To learn more, check out their website here.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon

You can find yourself in the highest mountain in Thailand at Doi Inthanon.

Located in the Chim Thong District, it’s translated as the “crow’s pond top”, where many crows gather along the mountains base.

The best times to visit are from March to June, where the temperatures are tropical to cool.

Learn more by checking out their website.

Want to know more about Chiang Mai, including their currency, must-know facts, tips/tricks from a traveler, and more?

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