If you are of the opinion that glamour of Bangkok and nightlife of Phuket is everything, you need to think again. Scratch the shiny surface and you will be amazed to see that true colours of Thailand are skilfully preserved in the lanes of Chiang Mai. And you feel the difference right from the moment you arrive in this small idyllic city. With lush hills all around and Thai Wats in every corner Chiang Mai has potentials to turn even an atheist a firm believer.
Team Carlton Leisure catches up with charming Chiang Mai and digs out its hidden secrets.
What a Wat?
Temples and historic sites impart Chiang Mai an ancient appeal. With century old temples and stupas, the former capital of Lanna kingdom spells a magic on visitors. Wat Chiang Man and Wat Chedi Luang are major attractions.
Say hello to holy mountains
Doi Suthep considered holy by local’s offers a commanding view of the city. A morning hike to the mountains is recommended.
No trip to Chiang Mai is said to be complete without having an elephant ride. If you have interest and time you can take lesson on how to ride an elephant at the nearby Thai Elephant Conservation Canter.
Gut testing adventure options
If adventure is your cup of tea Chiang Mai has a kettle full of it. Trekking, biking and rafting, the choices are umpteenth.
Chiang Mai offers an experience that is exclusively ethnic. Are you still missing Bangkok? No.