known as the Rose of the North,
Chiang Mai is blessedwith stunning natural beauty and unique
indigenous cultural identity. Founded by King Mengrai the Great
as the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom by merging the various
city states in the region in 1296, Today Chiang Mai is the economic,
commu-nications, cultural and tourism centre of Northern Thailand.
About 700 kilometres from Bangkok,
Chiang Mai is situated on the Mae Ping River basin some 310 meters
above sea level. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it covers an
area of approximately 20,107 square kilometres. The terrain is mainly
jungles and mountains,
parts of which are within national parks which are still fertile
and verdant with plentiful flora and fauna. There are many sites
and locations where tourists prefer to visit to study the lifestyle
of the tribal people who live on high hills.
Chiang Mai Photo Gallery
Thailand's highest mountain (2,565 metres).
The lovely Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pan waterfalls share
the mountain with Meo and Karen hilltribe settlements. Forest
above 1,800 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids.
Phra That Doi Suthep
This temple is Chiang Mai's most
inportant and visible landmark, and overlooks the city from
its forested mountain backdrop
Locate at Ban Pin, 50 hot springs
occupy a 10-acre forest setting.Three boil continuously with
a strong smell of sulphur. Water temperatures at the springs
range from 90 to 100 degrees Celsius
his is located 12 kilometres from
Chom Thong market and is best visited by local mini-bus.
There are riverside enclaves north
of Chiang Mai Which feature daily show of elrphants at work
Serveral picturesque resorts, with
accommodation and dining facilities, Some occupy hillsides,
others secluded valleys.
Bo Sang Umbrella/Parasol Village