• Temples

              One of the main attractions of Chiang Mai is its many temples. Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in the city, dating from 1296, and was created using typical Northern Thai temple architecture. It houses two key Buddha images: Phra Sila, which reputedly came from Sri Lanka or India 2,500 years ago, and Phra Satang Man, a crystal seated Buddha that dates from about 1,800 years ago.

  • Old City & Musuem

               The old city is one of Chiang Mai's biggest attractions. Built over 700 years ago, the city was once an entirely walled square surrounded by a moat. One can imagine what an exotic place it would have been centuries ago - a thriving centre for Buddhism, artisans and merchants thronging with monks swathed in orange, soldiers and elephants. It was a sight that no westerner was to see until Chiang Mai was visited by an Englishmen, Ralph Fitch around 1586.

              Today of course Chiang Mai's Old City is more developed but there are still many tantalizing glimpses of its exotic past. Some of the original city walls still remain particularly the great brick bastions at the four corners replete with their walkways and arrow slits to protect against invading armies.

  • Handicraft Villages in Chiang Mai

               Chiang Mai is Thailand's major centre for quality handicrafts. Hundreds of shops all over Chiang Mai sell hilltribe and Northern Thai handicrafts. Besides, the town is surrounded by small cottage factories and workshops where visitors can watch artisans at work. Made with skilful workmanship, Chiang Mai handicraft can either serve as a valuable gift or be kept as a beautiful tangible memento of your visit.

  • National Park

    The most popular of Chiang Mai's National Parks