Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand that dates back to the 1200s. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. It’s also home to hundreds of elaborate temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang, adorned with carved serpents.
Whereas Bangkok as Thailand’s capital can appear very hectic and vibrant, Chiang Mai as Thailand’s second largest city is the total opposite: Calming, relaxing and refreshing.
Chiang Mai has a lot to offer: A vibrant city core with lots of fresh markets, temples cafe’s, restaurants and hundreds of guesthouses, a Saturday and Sunday walking street market, lush green nature all around the city, mountains, hill tribes, and much more.
Before you plan your visit here are some useful information:
Seasons: Hot (March to June), Wet (July till October) and Cool (November to February). Please dive into this a bit yourself and choose the the season that suits you best.
Burning Season: Burning season is the period of time when the Thai Government allows farmers to burn their fields. This would be during the month of March till May. I mention this because air quality in Chiang Mai can be as bad as hazardous. Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains and there is very little air movement during that time and citizens as well as visitors might experience health problems. It will certainly not as bad as hazardous every day but you will notice the pollution. Please click here for the real time Air Pollution index.
Songkran: Songkran is the Thai New Year (Water) Festival. It starts April 13 and would last 4 to 5 days. This festival is the highlight of the year and Thais love to celebrate it extensively. I mention it because during the festival everybody will be showered with water, sometimes just a few sprinkles ( as it should be) but most likely buckets of sometimes ice cold water will be emptied over your head. In addition, chalk will be spread on everyone’s’ face which acts as a blessing. What I am trying to say is, experience that water festival for one or two days might be good fun but for some 4 to 5 days being wet and dirty may turn into the opposite.
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If you take all above into consideration you surely will have a great time here in Chiang Mai.
Later in my blog I will write about the things to do and visit. There is a lot.