NORTHERN REGION (Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai)
Cultural centre of northern Thailand, is located 700 km from the capital Bangkok and is the second largest city in the country. Is cosmopolitan, but without the hustle and bustle of a large metropolis and at the same time small enough to still retain the charm of the village.
The old city center, which was founded in 1296, is surrounded by a moat and a fortified wall built more than 700 years to protect the city of Burmese invasions. Today, an animated maze with many markets, alleys and beautiful ancient temples.
The countryside around Chiang Mai offers a wide variety of attractions: magnificent gardens and Orchid plantations, tribal villages of the mountain, an elephant training center in the middle of the jungle and natural beauties such as waterfalls, caves and high mountain peaks. The villages that lie on the outskirts are famous for production of dishes, carved wood, painted umbrellas, silverware, lacquer, silk, cotton, as well as a variety of other magnificent objects and their extensive rice terraces.
Doi Suthep Hill and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
At the top of Doi Suthep Hill, 1,073 meters above sea level, located on the edge of Chiang Mai and with a magnificent view of the city, is the most important temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Built in 1383, your chedi, 24 meters high, is covered in gold. Access to the temple is through a 300 steps stairway with a great mythical serpent on each side, or by a cable car. The temple guards the sacred relics of the Buddha.
Information: about 18 km from the Centre of Chiang Mai.
Wat Phra Sing
One of the most revered temples of the city, was built between 1345 and 1400 by King Phayu, initially with the aim of keeping the ashes of King Kamfu, your father. Typical Thai sacred architecture, the temple consists of a traditional Lanna-style chapel with the roof decorated with colored glass. The site is host to important religious ceremonies and houses over 700 monks, especially kind to the visitors.
Information: Thanon Singharat. Chiang Mai.
Wat Jed Yod (Temple of the seven Spires)
Built at the end of 15 century, your main chedi has seven towers, following the model of the Temple of Bodhgaya, in India, where Buddha attained your lighting for the first time. With Burmese and Chinese influences, the temple is considered an architectural masterpiece, due care taken in their proportions and the juxtaposition between the other buildings of the complex.
Information: Highway 11. Thanon Superhighway N. Chiang Mai.
Le Coq D’or
Features multiple environments, all elegantly decorated, creating different atmospheres, but always with the same finesse. Located in the former headquarters of the British Consulate, the Le Coq D’or serves French cuisine since 1960.
Information: 11, Soi 2. Koh Klang Road. Nong Hoi. Chiang Mai. Tel: 66 53 141555. www.lecoqdorchiangmai.com.
Just Khao Soy
Khao Soy is what’s the favorite dish of Thai, a soup with curry and pasta, served with different meat options and accompanied by a wide range of condiments. The restaurant wisely elevated the popular option to a more elaborate and well prepared dish, served in the form of an artist’s palette.
Information: 108/2 Charoenprathet Road. Chiang Mai. Tel: 66 53 818641.
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
The atmosphere is authentically Thai. The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is on the edge of a lake and surrounded by rice fields. The resort offers yoga classes and cuisine. At night, there is a special space for romantic dinners under the moonlight.
Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai
In nature, the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has a structure similar to that of beautiful Thai palaces. There are options of daily activities so that guests feel local culture in your original form. You can participate in the planting of rice, walk in a Buffalo, learn how to make crafts from the region itself, in addition to typical Thai cooking classes.
Evidence of your past glories are still found in this town where sprouted roots from the reign of Lanna, great influence on the country. Ancient capital of the Kingdom, currently Chiang Rai can be considered a paradise for those who enjoy the natural beauties. Magnificent scenery of mountains, mysterious ruins of ancient peoples, intriguing historical sites and majestic Buddhist temples. Local tribes, from various ethnic groups, each with your own culture, customs and mystical charms, are characterised by linguistic diversity and the curious distinction of women’s clothes. Anyway, Chiang Rai invites you to excursions to explore the captivating region, running away from the big cities in search of calm and tranquility.
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Tong
Located high on a hill Northwest of the city, it is necessary to climb a staircase of 309 steps to reach this ancient temple, you had your construction initiated by the Prince of Chiang Rai in 940. Burmese-style chediof your gold can be seen a long way for those arriving in the city from the North. Offers a beautiful view of Chiang Rai and Mae Kok River Valley.
The City Pillar of Chiang Rai (The City Pillar of Chiang Rai)
It is traditional that the Thai cities have a pillar that marks your heart, from which all distances of the locality are calculated. The original pillar of Chiang Rai, which dated back to 1263, was replaced in 1988 by another year, in celebration of the anniversary of the city’s 725.
Wat Rong Khun
Also known as white Temple, some say this is the most impressive temple in the country. Unlike the others, that trace your history for centuries, this magnificent place of prayer was built recently, from 1997. Unconventional, your the main hall is all white, conceptually the purity of Buddha. Small pieces of mirrored glass adorn the walls around the outside of the temple, which, while reflecting the Sun, cause a mesmerizing effect. The temple is part of a complex that is still in the process of construction, and in the future will understand in nine buildings, including a museum.
Information: about 13 km south of Chiang Rai.
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort
The Anantara Golden Triangle has two major attractions. The first are the elephants. Guests live the adventure of crossing the forest in the back of these docile animals. The second is the cooking school, with the secrets of Thai cuisine.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is in the middle of the Woods. Called “tents”, the rooms contain all the facilities, wooden furniture the external deck with hot tub. The highlight is the ride on elephant back.