The legendary Chiang Mai, northern Thailand's largest city (and indeed the capital of the state) is known for its many tourist attractions, including temples, of course, as well as its many lively little side streets and extraordinary night market. Nicknamed the 'Rose of the North', Chiang Mai has a unique tribal cultural identity and its inhabitants still speak their own dialect and wear age-old traditional dress. The rich decoration of its temples and the diversity of its traditional handicrafts, which include fine silver, wooden and ceramic decorative items, are fascinating.
The historical significance of Chiang Mai stems from its geographic location on a former trade route. Beyond the boundaries of the city, the fertile valley of the Ping is home to some breathtaking scenery, from forest-covered mountains (including Thailand's highest peak) to jungles and rivers. This is also where you'll find traditional tribes still living in the various villages dotted around the valley, far removed from the modern world, and choosing instead to live by their own traditions.
Luxuriant vegetation, fine sand beaches and faultless hospitality, Thailand is a first class destination. Each one of the country's islands offers something different and beach tourism in Thailand at present is a must, especially considering the favourable exchange rate. Each year this country of smiles ...
Empress Hotel Chiang Mai© Easyvoyage
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