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Top 5 things to do in Chiang Mai

Top 5 things to do, Published on 20 August 2015, Thursday

Tourists who visit Thailand never miss the historically famous Chiang Mai. The city and its surrounding areas have a long enriching history, which dates back to 1200A.D. With the historical moats and temples spread all over the area, the city has remained a favorite destination for tourists coming to visit Thailand. On the other hand, the city has pristine natural resources and modern lifestyle mixed with age old traditions, which also interest the tourists.

There is no dearth of attractions in Chiang Mai. The city with its enriched traditional, cultural and natural resources has been able to seize attractions of millions of tourists from different parts of the world. Here are 5 best Chiang Mai sightseeing places worth mentioning:

  1. Doi Suthep: The majestic mountain standing like a huge wall in North West provides the splendid views of the surrounding areas. Local people say that if somebody has not seen the city of Chiang Mai from the summit of Doi Suthep, he has not actually seen anything. This mountain range is also the land of dense forests and has been declared as the 24th national park in Thailand. Apart from the summit and National park, the area is also famous for the historical Wat Phra temple, whose history dates back to 14th century and still attracts thousands of pilgrims during Buddhist festivals.
  2. Wat Chedi Chuang: This massive pagoda was built in between 1385 to 1402 by Saen Mung Ma, the 7th ruler of Mengrai Dynasty and one the most famous monument in the skyline of Chiang Mai. The pagoda is actually constituted of several premises, city pillars, the famous Buddha image and giant gum tree. Each premise has its own cultural and historical significance. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists throng here to visit the world-famous pagoda, and it’s enriching Buddhist tradition.
  3. Wiang Kum Kam: About 5 kms from the main city along the famous Ping River, the ancient and ruined Wiang Kum Kam city is situated. Its history dates back to 8th century when Haripunchai Dynasty was ruling the area. Interesting Buddhist scriptures, sculptures, Mon Inscriptions, earthen ware, and potteries, etc. are preserved for public view. Unlike other ruined ancient cities, Wiang Kum Kam was destroyed due to sudden change in the course of Ping River. The ruined city again surfaced in early 1980s when archeologists discovered and restored this once famous city in greater Chiang Mai area. Wing Kum Kang is indeed worth visiting.
  4. Bo Sang handicraft village: The famous paper umbrella, which symbolizes the Chiang Mai city, is handcrafted in Bo Sang village, which is about 9 kms away from the heart of the city. Bo Sang village is famous for its paper handicrafts, including the symbolic paper umbrella.
  5. Chiang Mai Zoo: Although this doesn’t come in the itinerary of tourists coming in Chiang Mai, the Zoo can be included as one of the best Chiang Mai places of interest. Covering almost 200 acres in the foothills of Doi Suthep, the wildlife exhibits of the zoo are extremely fabulous. Almost 400 different species are preserved in the Zoo, including the two famous Pandas- Ling Hui and Chuang Chuang sent as goodwill ambassadors from China.

There are many other attractions in Chiang Mai, but when the itinerary is short and precise, these five Chiang Mai sightseeing places can be touched to get the historical, cultural and natural view of Chiang Mai.