Nestled amongst the wispy clouds and tranquil backdrop of mountains, Chiang-Mai is well-known for its relaxed, laid-back pace as compared to Bangkok and the other cities of Thailand. And although Chiang-Mai frequently witnesses travellers from around the world who are eager to discover its off-beaten beauty, it manages to retain its calm amidst the chaos and the crowd. A leisurely walk around the former-capital of the Kingdom Lan Na will acquaint you to many-a-quaint temples, verdant rainforests, cultural treasures and aromatic foods that are hidden beneath the sleepy frontage of Chiang Mai. While the name ‘Chiang Mai’ roughly translates to ‘New City’, Chiang Mai’s medieval history hides its rich fables within its ancient monasteries and stupas. Your stay in this blissful Thai city will have you wandering amidst contemporary architecture, despite an edgy, traditional vibe. If you’re someone who’s an avid explorer, Chiang Mai will surprise you with its lush landscapes, gurgling waterfalls and peaceful, countryside sceneries. Hikers and motorcyclists are in for a treat, as this city not only holds some of the most daunting roadways, but is also connected with a neat network of superhighways.
The alluring Thai city is also home to a bountiful produce all year round, which means you’re bound to discover sumptuous and authentic delicacies around its rustic vicinity. Unlike several Asian cities that have pushed behind hawker culture, Chiang-Mai proudly displays a variety of street-side food that you can relish along with swish cafes that dot the streets. You can enjoy the old-town charm amidst the city or choose a short scooter ride that takes you to densely forested outskirts, there’s a lot to explore in this city. Here, you can take a leisurely walk down the spiralling roads to be greeted by ruby-robed monks and friendly street vendors. Here’s a list of the best things to do in Chiang-Mai during your stay.