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Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep - Buddhist temple, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Known as the "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and it’s the capital of the Chiang Mai Province. The city is located about 435 miles / 700 kilometers north of Bangkok on the Ping River among some of the highest mountains in the country. Chiang Mai, also sometimes written as "Chiengmai", is a top adventure destination with its lush forested-mountain landscape, fascinating high-altitude flora and fauna, and various ethnic hill tribes.

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Highlights
Many Thais regard Chiang Mai city and province as being something of a national Shangri-la, thanks to its beautiful women, distinctive festivals, historic temples, arresting scenic beauty and invigorating cool season climate.
Geography/Environment
Northern Thailand is characterized largely by forested mountains, where working elephants are still used in forest management. This mountainous region is home to Thailand's many colorful hill tribe people, trekking and river rafting enable adventurous exploration of this beautiful area. Chiang Mai is the principal northern city and is a good base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. Doi Inthanon National Park covers Thailand's highest mountain (2,565 meters). The lovely Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pan waterfalls share the mountain with Meo and Karen hill tribe settlements. Forest above 1,800 meters is covered with lichens and wild orchids. Mae Klang Waterfall : Chiang Mai's most photographed waterfall lies some 58 kilometers west of the city at the foot of Doi Inthanon Mountain, and provides a picturesque setting for picnics and relaxation.
Activities
Bird watching, Mountain Biking, 4WD Trek, Elephant Rides, Bamboo rafting, Whitewater rafting, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, and Hill tribe Treks are just some of the activities to keep you busy in Chiang Mai.
Climate and Weather
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