Chiang Mai or “Nop Buri Nakorn Pink”, the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, is considered an area of nature, cold weather, and diverse culture. Being a hub of several ancient realms, Chiang Mai has been a center of exchanging knowledge, religions, architecture, and commerce for centuries. This facet has created the unique Lanna characteristics. Read more
The name was changed from Fha Hom Pok National Park because of the name of a high hill at Dan Lao Moutain Range. The highest hill in the park is about 2285 meters above sea level. On the top of the hill, there is granite and a shallow layer of soil. It is quite windy all the year. and the ridge road being parallel with the border of Thailand-Myanmar. Read more
Doi Ang Khang is a part of Dan Lao mountain range along the border of Myanmar and maintains year round cool temperatures. Mountain mists can be always seen here and the place is perfect for winter plants. Apart from the first Royal Project of Winter Plant Research Station, which was founded in 1969, you can also see and learn about the interesting cultures of hill tribe people. Read more
Doi Thung is a high peak of the Nang Non Mountains in Amphur Mae Fah Luang. Doi Thung has 93,515 rai of forest area and is 1,630 meters above sea level. At this height, the weather is cool and chilly all year round. Doi Thung is now a preservation area after restoration work commissioned by the Royal Grandmother. Read more
Purchase handmade products and admire Lanna art when the whole street is turned over to pedestrians. It is truly a heaven on earth when Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai is transformed into a walking street on Sunday evenings. This allows you wonderful opportunities to shop, enjoy cultural performances and try tasty local food. Read more
Wat Chiangmun is one of the most respected temples of the Lanna people who believe that long life and good fortune will be brought upon those faithful who pay the temple a visit. This place of worship is believed have been built by Phya Mungrai and the name signifies the security and stability of the town. Wat Chiangmun is situated on Rachapakinai Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Built outside the city wall by Phya Mungrai, Wat Chiang Yuen represents long life and the endurance as the name suggests. All of the ancient kings of Chiang Mai visited and paid respects to the Omniscient Buddha here before entering the city through Chang Puek Gate. Originally the temple was named “Wat Teekacheewitsaram” which means the temple of long life. Held sacred by every local; the rite of prolonging life was generally performed here. The temple is on Maneenopparat Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Sri Lanna National Park was announced as the 60th national park in 1989. The national park is about 53 kilometers from Chiang Mai Province. It encompasses 1,406 square meters covering Prao District, Mae Taeng District, and Chiang Dao District. The office of Sri Lanna National Park is near Mae Ngad Somboonchon Dam a great spot to take a boat trip. There are numerous attractions in the park such as forests, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and caves. Read more
Excited about the hot spring at Pong Dueat Pa Pae (Huai Nam Dang National Park), you will experience the highest temperature of hot spring at 99 degrees. It is like watching a spectacular natural show for humans as same as the biggest Geyser Hot spring of Thailand. Pong Dueat Pa Pae is one of the natural therapy destinations for healthy people. Read more
Chiang Mai or “Nop Buri Nakorn Pink”, the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, is considered an area of nature, cold weather, and diverse culture. Being a hub of several ancient realms, Chiang Mai has been a center of exchanging knowledge, religions, architecture, and commerce for centuries. This facet has created the unique Lanna characteristics.
People who came to settle in Chiang Mai brought with them handicrafts such as umbrella making, silverware, and woodcraft. Cultural traditions like the traditional New Year celebration the Lanna Songkran festival, and the ceremony of worshiping the Inthakin Pillar were also imported.
Tan Guay Salak is a communal festival that takes place every October in Chiang Mai and some other provinces. Men make bamboo baskets into which women place fruit, candies, and other delicacies. The container is then topped with money and presented to Buddhist monks in memory of the dead. It is given as an offering of thanks, remembrance, and to increase the chance for the living to merit a better reincarnation.
Many Chiang Mai rituals express the belief of religions and spirits. Such ceremonies are, for example, releasing hot-air balloons representing letting go all of one’s bad luck, the Great Sermon, lighting pot candles to pay respect to Buddhism and Pra Tat Toong, which is a long-pole flag made to accompany these religious ceremonies from birth to death. A defensive moat around the old town was created long ago. Along the watercourse are old fortresses called “jaeng” meaning corner in the local language. Within the square was the location of a palace of Chiang Mai’s old rulers (now a government service office), and many important ancient temples such as Wat Pra Singha with its delicate Buddha image hall or Wat Chedi Luang which has the biggest Chedi in Chiang Mai.