Situated in the picturesque foothills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is an enticing mix of natural beauty, modern city and historic architecture. Fancy boutique hotels rub shoulders with centuries-old pagodas and temples, remnants of the city’s legacy as an ancient capital.
The forest-clad peak of Doi Suthep looms over the city with Wat Phrathat temple perched on top, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in Thailand, whilst outside the city limits the region’s verdant landscape holds ethnic minority tribes ripe for discovery. And if that doesn’t tickle your fancy then there’s elephant camps, handicraft workshops, massage treatments and cooking schools to choose from.
With so much to offer the intrepid traveller, it makes perfect sense to include Chiang Mai on all our Thailand group tours. Join us for a visit to the colourful night market where you can sample local delicacies and tasty Thai snacks or shop for beautifully made handicrafts from exquisite puppets to pretty paper lanterns. Ride an elephant in the lush forests outside of Chiang Mai and watch as playful calves frolic in the water during their daily bath at the Thailand Elephant Conservation Centre.
And for those who like their own time to enjoy a city at leisure, we incorporate that too! Sample the array of dishes available on street stalls and in local restaurants, sit with a good book at a hip cafe, spend your afternoon at one of the main temples for some ‘Monk chat’ helping local monks practice their English whilst learning about the Buddhist philosophy, or harness your wild streak and get involved with some river rafting, canopy zip lines or mountain climbing.
Or why not leave Thailand with some useful skills that are bound to impress family and friends back home? Sign up for a cooking class and perfect your Pad Thai or Green Curry or learn the art of ancient Thai massage. And if all that sounds too appealing to miss then why not consider a private tour to Thailand, spending as long as you like in this city of plenty.
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