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“New City” aka Chiang Mai

Posted on November 11, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Chiang Mai, which is also written as “Chiengmai” or “Chiangmai”, is the largest and the most culturally important and significant city in northern Thailand, and is the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is located some 700 km towards north of Bangkok, and stand along some of the highest mountain ranges in the country. The city stands on the Ping River, which is the major tributary of the Chao Phraya River in Malaysia. King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai which means the new city in 1296, and it succeeded Chiang Rai as capital of the Lanna kingdom. The monarch was called Chao. To protect itself against raids from Burma, the city was then surrounded by a moat and a defensive wall. Chiang Mai developed its cultural, trading and economic importance and gained its current status as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, second city that’s really important in national after Bangkok.

chiang mai thailand
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern next generation developed city. It has several attractions severed for the approximately 1.5 millions of national and International tourist visiting the city each year. Chiang Mia has an exotic blend of urban sophistication and its ancient atmosphere. Although Chiang Mai is considered to be Thailand‘s second largest and important city, the lifestyle and atmosphere here is quite different from that of Bangkok, particularly in the old quarter, you will still notice traditional wooden houses and the garden spaces.

Officially the city of Chiang Mai covers maximum parts of the Mueang Chiang Mai district with a population of 150,000 residents, the urban mass of the city have now extended to several neighboring districts. The Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people, more than half the total of Chiang Mai Province. The city itself is subdivided into four wards (khwaeng): Vakhon Ping, Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kavila. The people of Chiang Mia generally speak Kham Muang which is locally known as Northern Thai or Lanna, but Central Thai of Bangkok is used in education and is understood by most of the people. English is generally used in hotel- and travel-related businesses. Also many locals speak English.

Once gained the importance of being the capital for the trade in silk, timber and opium, Chiang Mai is now became a centre for cross-border trade with Myanmar and Laos. It is also northern Thailand’s primary tourist destination. The city’s temples are its major tourist attractions, but interestingly they still function as community centers. A excellent craft industry, and also an increasing number of cultural and spiritual learning opportunities, exotic and variety of Chiang mai night marketcuisine, lively nightspots and worth a shot accommodation add to the city’s appeal.

On your tour to Chiang Mai you will definitely find Warm hospitality from the people of chiang mai whether you choose a five star hotel or just a relaxing guest house. It’s Thailand’s cheapest major travel destination where you have plenty to do; from wandering timeless Old Town lanes, to trekking to remote hill tribe villages, or unique Thai spa treatments. Don’t forget to visit the famous night market, also ride elephants and do plan a road trip to the Golden Triangle or Pai.

Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples which are called “wat” in Thai. Few of the must see are Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ched Yot, Wiang Kum Kam, Wat Umong, Wat RamPoeng, Wat Suan Dok. There are nearly around 20 churches, 13 mosques, two gurdwaras and one Hindu temple in the city. 7 out of 13 mosques belong to Chinese or Chin Haw. One of the biggest mosques in Chiang Mai is the Baan Haw Mosque. The two gurdwaras are Siri Guru Singh Sabha and Namdhari Silk Temple and the one Hindu temple is the Devi Mandir.

Chiangmai temple

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