Attractions and Places to Visit in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is essentially Thailand's second city - the smaller, more relaxed answer to the madness of Bangkok. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, but now is a major draw for backpackers and travelers of all kinds, not to mention retiring expats and humanitarians. There's an energy in the city that captivates those who visit, whether they seek a trekking adventure or a spiritual awakening as they travel from temple to temple.
In the heart of Northern Thailand is the city of Chiang Mai. While Chiang Mai is a big city, and has a diverse population, it still retains plenty of pristine wilderness and gorgeous scenery. That’s why Chiang Mai is often known as the Rose of the North. Though often used as a base to explore the surround region, those who visit Chiang Mai will also be able to tour incredible ancient temples, spot elephants in the wild, explore the local culinary landscape and even shop at bustling night markets.
One of Chiang Mai’s most important temples is the Wat Chedi Luang located in the ancient walled part of the city. The Wat Chedi Luang, also known as the Jedi Luang and “The temple of the Great Stupa” initially consisted of two more temples called Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin, all merged to one.