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Chiang Mai (Thailand)

Introduction

Nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a city with a rich cultural heritage. Former capital of the Lanna kingdom, it is home to many remarkable temples dating back to the 13th century, including Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. In addition to these architectural gems, the city is renowned for its refined crafts, from silk weaving to wood carving and ceramics. Today, Chiang Mai cultivates a harmonious blend of ancestral traditions and dynamic modernity, making it the unmissable cultural capital of Northern Thailand.

What to do dans see in Chiang Mai

The city harmoniously combines a variety of activities - meditation, hiking, handicrafts - with the authentic charm of its traditional alleyways. It's a timeless experience, conducive to the quest for balance and reconnection with oneself.

Old Chiang Mai

The historic center, surrounded by an impressive wall, offers a journey back in time through its centuries-old temples and traditional homes.

Talat Warorot

A veritable local institution, the Talat Warorot market is one of Chiang Mai's highlights. Located in the heart of the old city center, this lively market is a treasure trove for lovers of handicrafts, fresh produce and street food.
To stroll through the shady alleys of Talat Warorot is to immerse yourself in the bustle of everyday Thai life. You'll find an abundance of stalls offering shimmering textiles, delicate wood carvings, spices and aromatic herbs. Not forgetting stalls selling tasty local dishes, such as the famous Khao Soi noodles.
Good to know: Opening hours: 6.00-17.00

Wat Phra Singh

An architectural gem dating from the 14th century, this temple features splendid wall paintings and a remarkable Buddha statue.

Wat Phan Tao

Built in the 14th century, Wat Phan Tao is a remarkable Buddhist temple known for its unique teak wood architecture. Its slender, finely crafted roofs lend it an incomparable grace and elegance.

Wat Chedi Luang

Dating back to the 15th century, Wat Chedi Luang majestically dominates Chiang Mai's city center. This Buddhist temple is distinguished by its remarkable ruined chedi (stupa), once one of the tallest structures in Thailand.
Inside the complex, visitors can admire splendid Buddha statues, as well as fascinating stone inscriptions recounting the history of the Lanna kingdom. The serenity of the setting invites meditation and contemplation.
Good to know: Opening hours: 5h00-22h30

Doi Suthep

Perched high above the city, this sacred site offers a breathtaking panorama of the city and surrounding mountains. A fine example of northern Thai architecture, it is reached by a 306-step staircase flanked by naga trees.
Good to know: Opening hours: 5h00-21h00
 
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