|The city and province is rich in culture, scenery, shopping bargains and
is the adventure capital of the region. From here you can go trekking
in the nearby mountains which form the foothills the mighty Himalayan range. The
sub-tropical jungle-clad headlands have long been the home of an ancient advanced
civilisation which reached it's zenith in the 13th century.
visitors on their Chiang Mai hoidays can enjoy
the wonderful mountain terrain in a variety of activities from trekking
to remote hill
tribal villages, gushing waterfalls, to hiking in verdant rain-forests. Trips can be
arranged from half day up to fully equipped expeditions of over a week experiencing the
wonders of the area. The tribal settlements living in the jungles and
mountains offer an insight into lifestyles, so different than their
urban counterparts and village home-stays are the highlight of many a
visitors Thailand vacation.
|Conservation minded visitors will not want to miss out on a trip to
the award winning Elephant conservation project at
Elephant Nature Park which cares for
neglected, disabled and orphaned elephants. Elephant are given a
haven and rare space to live naturally with their own kind. A range
of options from one day "learning elephant' to two weeks volunteer
placements are available.
Exotic glittering mountain temples offer stunning visual panorama's of the
valleys and cities of the province and offer a glimpse into the calm and tranquil culture
that has evolved in the spirit of this mountainous region.
Lastly there is the shopping which is unrivalled in the country. The
city's night bazaar hosts thousands of stalls with fantastic bargains from home-ware to
the latest fashions at a fraction of the overseas cost. Convenient, bright and lively the
shopping is a pure delight that keeps exporters and visitors from around the world
returning again and again.
For the latest info. on adventure opportunities visit our tour
and Thailand trekking sections.
||Spelling: As with most place names in Thailand you will find a
variety of transliteration. Chiang Mai is the correct spelling but
you will also see variations such as chiangmai, chainmai,
chiengmei, changmai or chang mai. BTW:- "Chiang" means city and
"Mai" means new. Chiang Mai was called the new city by it's
founder King Mengrai.