Chiangmai is 700 Km north of Bangkok and is nestled in a valley 310 meters (1,027 feet) above sea level. The province has a total land area of 10.107 square meters. There are mountains all around the valley rising to the heights of more than 2,500 meters. Doi Inthanon, at 2,565 meters is the highest mountain peak in Chiangmai.
"Sawatdi Jao" is what you will hear when coming to Chiangmai, the old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom. Dating back more than 700 years, Chiangmai, the second largest metropolitan, next to Bangkok was originally name "Nopburi Srinakornping Chiangmai" meaning the new city. Chiangmai is not one stop town. Once experience its charm, many will definitely want to have a second stay or perhaps even settle down here. Chiangmai is a city of distinct beauty that has its own cultural heritage. Known also as the "ROSE OF THE NORTH" Its alone draw much tourist attention. Along with its numerous ancient temples and building, Chiang Mai is also famous for its handicrafts. Nature has made it stand out, thanks to the majestic mountains and valleys and its beautiful scenery: hills, mountain streams, lakes, field, waterfalls, caves, hill tribe villages, orchid, butterfly farms, elephant camps & trekking tours and river rafting expeditions. Chiangmai also offers a good base to visit Chiangrai, which like Chiangmai derives its beauty from its majestic mountains and hill tribe culture. There is also a National museum in Chiangmai. Mysteries are here waiting for your discovery. No Wonder tourists keep coming...
As one of the premier tourist destinations in Thailand, Chiang Mai has innumerable attractions, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Chiang Mai holiday. The following are some of the most popular attractions on Chiang Mai
There are three main season here in Chiangmai : Cool (late October to Mid February), average temperature is 21 C) : summer ( February to May, average temperature is 30 C); and rainy (June to October, average temperature is 25C).
People Custom & Religion:
Of the total population, 80% of the people were born here. Their dialect is slightly different from the central Thai language. Majority of the people are Buddhist. There are more than 1,200 temples, 3,500 monks and 6,000 novices. Among these temples, 300 reflect the influences of various cultures - Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon.