Welcome to the old city in the north of Thailand named Chiang Mai which is the largest and most culturally significant city. A former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. Chiang Mai means “new city” and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (1262) as the capital of the Lanna kingdom.The city is along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.
Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. The king was a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that remain important to this day. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture. There are so many things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples. Such as a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia’s most attractive tourist destinations. The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity, distinctive architecture, traditional values, numerous handicrafts workshops. Thus, it’s easily to see the old stuff in downtown and also other nearby areas named Lampang and Lampun are offer different styles of the old cultures.
There are many ancient temples (UNESCO) in the old city which is surrounded by a beautiful renovated old wall and moat. For traveling around the old town, walking is easy to get around as well as public transportation, either renting a scooter yourself.