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About Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and is the economic center of Northern Thailand. It is very different from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It is known as the “Northern Rose” for its fresh and quiet atmosphere. The home of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is awash with a charming, classical atmosphere. There are many quaint, beautiful temples inside and outside the ancient city. The unique Northern Thai-style pagodas are majestic and stylish in design, home to modest and friendly monks who are happy to speak with visitors. There are many shops full of unique surprises along the criss-crossed streets, along with all kinds of restaurants, coffee shops and massage parlors. The lively night markets are a fascinating attraction that are a favorite among visitors.

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Wat Chedi Luang
4.6/5
1,242 Reviews
Temple
The Wat Chedi Luang, also known as Chedi Dragon Temple, is a particularly famous temple in the city of Chiang Mai. It is located in the heart of the ancient city of Chiang Mai. This square shaped Lanna style sacred stupa was built in 1411 and is nearly 80 meters high. A major earthquake once happened in Chiang Mai, and the spire of the stupa collapsed overnight. After the rebuilding of the stupa, the apex could not be completed because no one knew its original appearance. The stupa has four sides, only one side has steps, and the other three sides have been restored into slopes. The stupa is engraved with exquisite guardian spirit snakes on all sides, and there are six elephant sculptures on the tower. The building is magnificent. But the atmosphere is very natural and leisurely.
Wat Phra Singh
4.5/5
868 Reviews
Temple
The Phra Singh Temple, the Ssangyong Temple and the Great Buddhist Pagoda Temple are called the “Three Great Temples of Chiang Mai” and are located at the western end of the ancient city of Chiang Mai. The temple was built in 1345 by King Phayu to commemorate his father. It was later expanded several times and is known for its awe-inpisiring Buddha statue. The decorations in the temple are splendid, with many exquisite wood carvings and murals narrating Buddhist stories. They are detailed, exquisite and lifelike and worthy of careful viewing. Phra Singh Temple are full of lush trees and rich with incense. There are many tourists here. If you visit here in the morning and evening during scripture time, you will see the monks chanting the Buddhist scriptures. They look very devout.
Tha Phae Gate
4.4/5
2,011 Reviews
Historical Site
Part of the eastern wall, Tha Phae Gate is a highly intact city gate. Originally, the ancient city of Chiang Mai was surrounded by a wall about 2 meters high enclosed in red brick walls. Later, most of the buildings disappeared over the years. The surviving Tha Phae Gate became a very well-known attraction in Chiang Mai and a landmark. The red wall and blue sky are beautiful in the morning or at dusk when few people are around. Photographers from all over the world have come here to capture the beautiful scene of the city gate from different angles. On Sunday, the market stalls start here. When the market is closed, tourists and locals feed the pigeons in the square in front of the Tha Phae Gate. The environment is very comforting.
Wat Phra That
4.6/5
3,128 Reviews
Temple
Located on Doi Suthep, Wat Phra That is a famous Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai that was built in 1383. According to the legend, King Nu Naone of Lan Na placed a bone from the Buddha on a white elephant and released it into the jungle. The elephant is said to have climbed Doi Suthep, trumpeted 3 times, and then died, so the king ordered that a temple be built at the site. The 309 steps in front of the temple are guarded by two dragon sculptures, giving the temple its name. You can ascend the steps to the main hall, in whose center a golden stupa honoring the Shakyamuni Buddha is placed. After the tour, you can go to the observation deck behind the main hall to overlook the entire city of Chiang Mai.

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Sicilia_Yuan   
Posted: 24 Nov 2018
Shirley Zhu   
The old town of Chiang Mai must be punched. The pigeons that have not been fed here are not the walls of Chiang Mai
tha phae gate and red bricks. Unfortunately, most of the ancient buildings have disappeared in the years of change. Perhaps the most complete city gate left now is Tha Paemen. It has also become a landmark in Chiang Mai, dividing the inside and outside of the ancient city. Some well-known events such as the Sunday Night Market also use Tha Paemen as a starting point.
On the grandeur, the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai are naturally incomparable with those of Xi'an and Beijing. But when walking down the wall, you can still see the desolation and heavyness of history through these red bricks and spread into your thoughts. There is a story of a city in one city, and the story of Chiang Mais "The Story of a Small Town" is even more than that.
From the old city, turn left at Tha Paemen and walk to the moat. There are many pigeons to live there. You can buy a pack of 20B pigeons at the stall there. A slightly snobbish pigeon will follow you, or you will wrap your wings around you. The stalls selling pigeon food are very user-friendly. Feeding the pigeons will also provide water for you to wash your hands, so you can't worry about health problems.
The person with the grain in hand, the pigeon smells the taste of the food will fly to you. Somewhat more arrogant, directly into the bag of the pigeon food, who can not grab the posture with me, how can we not catch up. It is recommended that when you feed, put the mouth of the bag well, or if it is robbed, then no pigeons will take care of you.
The most effective way is to sell the pigeon food. They understand the habits of the pigeons here. They take a bag and blow them up, then they slam the hand and the bag is blown up. The pigeons fly in a hovering way. For a while, the pigeons were the foreground and the best moment to shoot the portrait of Tha Pae. Remember to turn on the camera's continuous shutter mode before shooting.
Posted: 22 Oct 2019

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For most people, New Years evokes memories of large celebrations. Perhaps it’s watching the ball drop in New York’s Times Square, perhaps it’s the fireworks from Sydney Harbour Bridge. In Thailand and other places throughout Southeast Asia, New Years is an excuse to have a massive water fight. Thailand’s traditional New Years festival, known as Songkran, is observed every year from April 13-15. To understand Songkran is to gain an appreciation of Thailand and Thai culture. In this travelogue, we explore the traditions around Songkran and delve into some recommendations for great places to participate in the festivities. Make sure you’ve got a change of clothes, because we’re going to get wet.
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