Stepping into Chiang Mai is to to step outside the beach culture of Thailand and enter an almost magical landscape that is rich in natural beauty and culture. Up in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a pretty low-rise city surrounded by national parks and set in a mountainous region. The old part of town is dotted with temples, giving Chiang Mai an attractive and quaint feel; a wonderful destination to wander round and enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.
Once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Ma is steeped in culture and history and is one of the most culturally diverse places in Thailand. Chiang Mai is close to the River Ping and its trading routes as well as being on the way to the borders with Myanmar and Laos. There is also a distinctly Chinese heritage in Chiang Mai due to the proximity to China and its trading history. It is a mesmerizing and intriguing destination to explore and really soak up the ‘real’ Thailand.
Many ethnic minority hill tribes live in the foothills of Chiang Mai and retain their own distinct dialect, culture, and way of dress; a rare and special glimpse into fascinating communities where life has remained the same for generations and to purchase some incredible handicrafts for which this region is renowned.
The space, tranquility, and gentle nature of Chiang Mai flows wonderfully into some of the most incredibly retreat-style hotels, resorts, and vacation villas. The almost mystical beauty of Dhara Dhevi with its paddy fields and traditional style villas and secluded residences is simply divine.
Rice fields, misty mountain tops, and ethical, eco-tourism elephant camps, Chiang Mai promises a relaxed vacation like nowhere else in Thailand; one where the genuine beauty of Thailand shines through and resonates in the heart of everyone.