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Chiang Mai In and Around

Chiang Mai is split into the three main areas of Tapae Gate, the Night Bazaar which is the heart of Chiang Mai city and the riverside banks alongside the Mae Ping River; each area offering a variety of accommodations, entertainment, nightlife and restaurants.

The surrounding areas of Chiang Mai province that are most visited are Sukhothai and Chiang Rai. Sukhothai was Thailand’s first capital city and this historic area is a popular travel destination for visitors that would like to learn more about the culture and history of Thailand. Chiang Rai province’s main tourist pull is the natural unspoilt environment and the tours and treks provided in the area allowing tourists to visit Hilltribe villages; elephant treks and rafting are also popular activities in Chiang Rai and tours are offered at competitive rates. Chiang Rai is also a short stay town for many foreigners that need to travel up to Burma for a visa run.

In Chiang Mai - Thapae Gate

Thapae Gate is a major area of Chiang Mai even to this day despite its former use as an entrance to the old walled city is diminished. It did use to be a gate for traders and diplomats that came to Chiang Mai for business, their main route being from the Mae Ping River, along Thapae Road and through the Thapae Gate where they could trade freely in the walled confines of early Chiang Mai. Over the years as Chiang Mai expanded outside of the walls, the Thapae Gate become essentially useless in...
 

About Chiang Mai

Often described as the rose of the North, Chiang Mai is the second largest city in the Kingdom of Thailand, located 700 miles North of Bangkok. Chiang Mai also known as the 'land of the million rice fields' an old reference to the Lanna Thai Kingdom which ruled Northern Thailand during the 13th-16th centuries and who founded Chiang Mai in 1296 and flourished until invasion by the Burmese drove the Thai people South.

Over recent years Chiang Mai had had a more recent invasion, albeit a more...
 

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