A Chiang Mai Temple © Michael Jenselius
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, and
an excellent starting point for excursions into the northern
territories. Its name means 'new city', even though Chiang Mai is
much older than Bangkok, having been built in 1296 under the rule
of King Mengrai. The city straddles the gap between urban and rural
Thailand, and offers the best of both worlds in terms of
attractions and activities for Thailand tourists.
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