Chiang Mai

The experience from the merger of the past into the present in Chiang Mai, where the inhabitants are proud of the city 700 years history. Their traditional heritage and unique culture is a perfect base for the development of the city. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand, where can you in the heart of the city, centuries old and modern temple Chedi besides shops and boutique hotels. The home town, there is still a neat layout of the place, surrounded by a ditch with the remains of the ramparts and four main access doors to the main entrance of the Old Town.

Years, the tourists are wrong from Chiang Mai in the north, that the connection and the base from which they referred to other provinces. The expression "a day in Chiang Mai is enough of the stuff" was. Today, tourists are surprised by the fact that there is always something new to discover Chiang Mai. Intriguing diversity of ethnic tribes with a stunning make Chiang Mai one of Asia's most attractive destinations. Two weeks in Chiang May May not long enough to carry passengers.

The old city of Chiang Mai with its fascinating indigenous cultural identity, as the variety of dialects, cuisine, architecture, traditional values, festivals, handicrafts and classical dances is a first choice in its own right. Also, the presence of tribes and their wealth of unique cultures enhance Chiang Mai distinctive diversity.

Chiang Mai is also available with natural resources of mountains blank documents (must be), waterfalls and others on the nature of the sights. At the same time, Chiang Mai, the people are warm, friendly and sympathetic with a genuine hospitality and memorable visits significantly. Moreover, visitors from all over the world the possibility of the craft of silk, silver and wood products such as the time of remembrance. Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can be up to.

The past

Chiang Mai literally new city and has the name, even though they celebrated their 700th Birthday in 1996. King Meng Rai, the city as the capital of the Lanna (a million rice fields) Kingdom on Thursday, 12 April 1296 in the same time that the creation of the Kingdom of Sukhothai. King Meng Rai comperes Britain with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before you place the capital of the Lanna kingdom, was much more.

Therefore, Chiang Mai is not only the capital and cultural foundations of Lanna UK, was also the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was very religious and founded the city of temples, which are still important.

At the height of his power, the Lanna Kingdom has its territory in the situation in Burma and Laos and southern Kam Phet a province above Sukhothai.

Burmese conquered the Lanna Kingdom in 1556 the end of the dynasty of King Meng Rai that has more than 250 years. Chiang Mai in Burma had for nearly 200 years, Burmese architectural influences are found in many temples. At the end of the 18th Century, the King of Great Britain Thai Taksin summarized in the south and finally with the help of Burmese king of Lampang Kawila Thai and recovery of the independence of Burma. Chiang Mai is a series of princes ruled the north, as a Siamese protectorate under the Chakri dynasty. At the end of the 19th Century, King Rama V has a high commissioner in Chiang Mai, and until 1939 in Chiang Mai was under the direct control of the central government in Bangkok the same time the country was renamed Thailand.

In the past, Chiang Mai is only by the river and elephants. Easy access was only when the railway was extended until the end of the 1920s. In addition, the first vehicle directly from Bangkok in Chiang May 1932. The isolation was better in Chiang Mai, how they care for and preserve the unique Lanna culture.
If we are in Chiang Mai is the economic, cultural and commercial center of the North of Thailand, with an excellent infrastructure, good roads, by passes and road tunnels, and reliable infrastructure for communication.

The context

Chiang Mai, with a height of approximately 310 meters above sea level, lies about 700 kilometers from Bangkok in the catchment of the Mae Ping River. Surrounded by high mountains, the city has an area of approximately 20,107 square kilometers and is the second largest province. Chiang Mai borders Myanmar to the north, Lamphun and Tak provinces south of Chiang Rai, Lamphun and Lampang provinces in the east and Mae Hong Son province in the west. The soil consists mainly of mountains and jungle, where the hill tribes. Moreover, the exotic flora and fauna of May are in the national parks.

Most mountains of Chiang Mai in the north to the south. Together, they have a multitude of streams and tributaries including Mae Chaem, Mae Klang and Mae NGATS. Chiang Mai, one of the characteristic features of the Doi Inthanon, Thailand's higher peaks, the 2575 meters above sea level, the province has flat, fertile valleys, which are along the shores of the largest and most important river of Chiang Mai, Mae Nam Ping ( Ping River), from the mountains of Chiang Dao.

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