If there is a city in northern Thailand that you can’t miss, it is the spiritual city of Chiang Mai. Deemed the cultural capital of northern Thailand, the city receives tourists from all over the world. The town is well known for its wealth of culture, its temples, its beautiful natural environment, and its markets. Drop anchor for a couple of days and get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the old town, enjoy the views of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and indulge in a Thai massage.
This is one of our favorite temples in Thailand, for its beauty and location. A must-visit when in Chiang Mai, the site oozes spirituality, and it is a popular destination for meditation and Buddhism courses.
The Chiang Mai Night Market, or Night Bazaar, is by far the most popular market in the city. Here you can find t-shirts, jewelry, souvenirs with elephant prints, etc. It is the perfect place to buy a souvenir of your trip to Thailand. It is open every day from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Close to the historic center, the market is accessible on foot from many of the city’s hotels.
Marvel at a explosion of light and color in the city of Chiang Mai. The Chiang Mai Lantern Festival is an incredible event that takes place every 12th Lunar month. All around Chiang Mai you will see thousands of lanterns (khom loy) float up into the sky, candles lining the little sois (lanes), special parades and krathong (floating flower offerings) floating on the Ping River.
Elephants are a vital part of Thailand. You can experience the natural landscape of Thailand and spot some animals, whilst being among beautiful elephants. There are special camps available for trekking tours. There you can experience trekking with some friendly and entertaining elephants. Please ask us for advice on ethical elephant tourism and the best sites to learn about, love, and respect these animals through a compassionate and gentle approach. The visit invigorates the effort to rescue more elephants, and preserve the forests and its precious wildlife.