Chiang Mai is a province in northern Thailand. It is often included in tours of the country, even though it has enough things to see that it could be its own trip. In this new article, we talk about some of the best things about it.
Wat Phra Singh
Chiang Mai is the most historical city in northern Thailand. It has more than 300 temples, and some of the most beautiful ones in the whole country can be found there. Wat Phra Singh, a Buddhist complex with many buildings and chedis, is one of the most important. Every day at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, monks and novices sing their hypnotic mantras in the city’s temples.
Bo Sang is a small town that is only 10 kilometers from Chiang Mai’s Old City. It is known for making high-quality umbrellas and parasols by hand. The farmers of Bo Sang did this work in addition to growing rice. When it became one of the most popular crafts in Thailand, it became their main source of income.
Doi Angkhang Royal Farming Station
The Doi Angkhang Royal Farming Station is a project for ecotourism that started when King Rama IX went there. Since the northern hill tribes lived off of growing opium, the king gave them land and farms so they could set up this experimental station and work on growing plants, fruits, vegetables, and flowers that do well in cold weather.
Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi
There are a lot of Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, which is why the province is known as an important Buddhist center in Thailand. One of the most interesting temples is Phraphutthabat Si Roi, which is just over an hour from the city that gives the province its name. It was built right next to where a group of pilgrims found what they thought were Buddha’s footprints. Along the way, there are beautiful rice fields and small towns.
The Phra That Doi Suthep temple is at the top of a hill in the city of Chiang Mai. It is a very spiritual place for Thai people. Even though you can get there by cable car, we recommend that you take the long staircase. Along the way, you’ll see two naga snakes, which are characters from Hindu mythology. Their bodies are the railings that help us get from the ground to the sky. In the middle of the temple, there is a large golden chedi or stupa.
Buddhists think that if you ring the bells that are all over the enclosure, you will be lucky. We can take part in a meditation course at the International Buddhism Center in the temple, where monks and lay practitioners can answer our questions. For example, they can help us figure out how to understand the paintings on the temple walls that show important teachings and events from Buddha’s life.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Since it opened in 1972, Doi Inthanon National Park has become a popular place to visit in northern Thailand. Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand, is protected by the park. Its peak is 2,565 meters above sea level. This natural space is 300 meters higher than anywhere else in Thailand. It is the only one of its kind in the country.
Higher up, there is a very special montane forest where the trees are covered with mosses and lichens. The long road to the top has many places to stop and look at the changing forest as we go up. Through the lush forest, there are many trails that sometimes lead to big waterfalls. Between November and February, it can get pretty cold in the mountains, which brings people from other parts of Thailand to visit.
Chiang Mai City Markets
There are many different kinds of markets in Chiang Mai. Even if our trip takes place on the weekend, we will still have more choices. In Chiang Mai, you can spend the whole night shopping, buying things, and eating, all while taking in a unique atmosphere.
In addition to souvenirs, many of Chiang Mai’s markets sell local handicrafts, unique clothing, and lots of food from the north that you can’t find anywhere else. Most of all, the night market stands out. It is the best place to shop in the city and one of the most important in all of Thailand. The other market worth mentioning is the Tha Pae Sunday Walking Street or Sunday market, which is Chiang Mai’s most popular place to shop.
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