Situated 700 kilometers north of Bangkok is the ancient mystical Lanna capital of Chiang Mai. This beloved, strikingly intriguing northern city, idealized by its historic moats and walls, is enveloped with legendary and mystical attributes and remains the cultural and spiritual hub of the north with a phenomenal 300 plus temples.
Within a short distance of Chiang Mai City is the visually mind-blowing Doi Suthep, which reminds visitors to just how near they are to the misty majestic mountain ranges of northern Thailand.
With its international airport, Chiang Mai has evolved as a hub for medical tourists who have chosen the city, not only for its cultural and natural entities, but also for the highest standard healthcare services, specialists and medical equipment available. US based Joint Commission International has awarded Chiang Mai Ram Hospital with the most recognized medical and safety care accreditation in the world. Meanwhile, medical tourists have increasingly sought out Chiang Mai as a healthy holiday destination for quality dental work, major surgeries and exotic spa treatments, including holistic, massage and ayurvedic therapies. Only the best service possible at very affordable rates awaits medical visitors to Chiang Mai, the arresting Rose of the North.
As the transportation hub for the north, Chiang Mai can be reached via car, bus, train, or plane. In fact, there are numerous international and domestic flights that service Chiang Mai airport from dozens of airports inside and outside the kingdom. Once there, it is possible to rent a car or motorbike, or get around via local transportation, including bus, songtaew, samlor or tuk tuk, Thailand’s iconic three-wheeled vehicles.
In Chiang Mai, travelers can find historical temples from the 1300s, including Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. In addition to centuries old temples and some outstanding shopping opportunities, Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Another place that most visitors enjoy is the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, where you can pick up antique products and handicrafts at bargain prices.
When one travels to Chiang Mai for medical treatment or a post-treatment holiday, there are numerous activities to take in. Intriguing ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking & massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicraft workshops, various cultural performances and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive and entertaining tourist destinations.
Shopping is one of the premier activities in Chiang Mai, where nearly every souvenir product found elsewhere in Thailand is available for sale. The advantage of shopping in Chiang Mai is that visitors may learn about handicrafts production by watching artisans making the products firsthand. Both in the city itself and in several outlying villages, particularly along the Bo Sang-San Kamphaeng Road, there are establishments where visitors can purchase handicrafts and works of art directly from the people who produced them. Chiang Mai is best known for its parasols, silk and cotton textiles, jewelry, woodcarvings, silverware, celadon and lacquerware.
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