A city with a historical and cultural significance, Chiang Mai literally means the new city referring to its founding in 1262 AD as the new capital city of Lanna Kingdom. The city is situated near the Ping river and once had a wall and a moat surrounding it. Arguably, one of the most creative cities of the world, Chiang Mai is picturesque, traditional, and yet is urban in nature.
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Must Visit in Chiang Mai
From zoo, night safari, orchid and butterfly farms, snake farms to temples, restaurants, night markets, museums, hot springs, and many more, you need at least a week to do some justice to the city. However, if you are short on time, we can help you by presenting the best place to visit while in Chiang Mai:
- Wat Suthep Temple: Towering over the city from its hilltop location, this temple is one of the most sacred in the area. Built in 1383 AD, the temple houses a shrine to Sudeva, the hermit who lived there and a statue of a white elephant which carried an important Buddha relic on the mountain. The temple is reached either by a tram, or by climbing a 306-step staircase.
- Wat Phra Singh: This temple is considered sacred due to its statue of the Phra Singh or Lion Buddha and is extremely popular given its classic Lanna architecture and art. The temple has a 3-tiered roof and carved gables and the indoors boast of gold-patterned stenciling and murals.
- Remains of the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam: The discovery in the year 1984 of ancient tablets 5 km southeast of the city led archaeologists to the site and excavations revealed evidence of settlement in the area as far back as the eighth century. Remains of city walls, ancient temples, etc. were excavated that pointed to it being the old capital of Lanna kingdom that was lost to floods.
- Chiang Dao National Park and Caves: Chiang Dao National Park is located around 70 km north of the town. The cave system within the park consists of over 100 caves out of which 5 are open to visitors. These caves are home to scores of Buddha shrines and statues as well as natural limestone and crystal formations.
- Chiang Mai Zoo and Night Safari: The zoo is set in hills and can be reached through monorail and tram. There is a new snow dome which is fast becoming popular with tourists. The Chiang Mai Night Safari also begins in the same area, the foot of Doi Sutihep National Park and is a must visit for the whole family. It has a couple of kilometer long Jaguar Trail with animal enclosures is set around a beautiful lake. In the late evening, you can take tram rides that take you on an open safari to see wild animals from all over. The place also has a big musical fountain and a restaurant.
- Other attractions: These include the elephant training center and bamboo rafting center, night bazaars, Chian Mai National Museum, etc.
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