Chiang Mai: An Introduction
Put simply, any holiday in Thailand is enhanced by a visit to Chiang Mai – Thailand’s 'Rose of the North'. Often considered as Thailand’s 2nd city, and certainly a major tourist hub, it’s a world away from the bright lights of Bangkok and ensures guests a more rounded view of Thailand.
Chiang Mai is home to some of Thailand's finest restaurants and street food - the cuisine in the north is hotter than in Bangkok making for some great eating for those who can stand the heat!
The city is served by an excellent transport infrastructure, linked to Bangkok by the best part of a dozen flights each day as well as by overnight train. Chiang Rai is just two hours by car to the east and it is possible to drive or fly to a number of other points in the city.
In addition to the cultural highlights to be discovered within the city's old walls, Chiang Mai also makes an excellent base for adventure activities such as trekking and cycling in the surrounding valleys. Whether you choose to return to the comforts of your hotel each night or stay in a local village with a minority hill tribe, you can be assured of some first class trails and of meeting some fascinating cultures.