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Chiang Mai

Ancient and Very Modern, Too

For all the conveniences of Bangkok without a great deal of the noise and traffic, take a close look at Chiang Mai. Some 430 miles north of the capital, this ancient city occupies a beautifully woodsy spot in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. It is home to more than 300 Buddhist temples, and Thai art and culture abounds. But so do modern-day shopping centers and a renowned nightly bazaar. Restaurants offer a complete range of eastern and western eating experiences, and many double as nightlife spots. And you can hone your Thai culinary skills at any one of a dozen cooking schools. For the adventurous, Chiang Mai serves as a center for motorcycle, scooter, and bicycle tours of northern Thailand. You can also try bungee jumping, rafting, and game fishing. More conventionally, the city mounts a gigantic flower festival in early February, a profusion of color and celebration. The Loy Krathong festival, a three-day event in November, features lighted candles in paper lanterns, a parade of pretty girls in traditional dress, fireworks, and the launching of thousands of hot air balloons.

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  • great here
    about a year ago report abuse
  • Chiang Mai si visita in genere in coppia con Chiang Rai nel tour del nord. Sono due cittadine molto carine e tranquille dove lavorano la giada, il legno e i rubini provenienti dalla vicina Birmania; regno inoltre della coltivazione delle fragole. Molto vicine al triangolo d'oro confine con Birmania ora Myanmar, il Laos e il Vietnam. Totalmente differenti dal caos e dall'animazione di Bangkok ma ugualmente piacevoli.
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  • A bigger city in the north of Thailand, in what was once the "Lanna Kingdom". It is a bit higher and cooler and has much architectual inflience from Burma. Accomodation in and around the city ranges from cheap guesthouses upto expensive boutique resorts. Gateway to the mountains around Chiang Mai and to visit elephant camps, Mae Hong Son and Pai.
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