Thailand is on most travellers 'to do list' with Phuket being the obvious choice, if you don't fancy being obvious though consider Chiang Mai. Below we have listed the top six cheap places to stay in Chiang Mai. With only a few clicks we can scan the net for the lowest prices, saving you up to 80%.
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Chiang Mai is the capital city of the Northern Province of Chiang Mai and is the central hub of northern Thailand with a city population of 170,000 and a metropolitan population of well over 1 million. Located on a high plain at an altitude of over 300 metres it's Thailand’s fifth largest city and is surrounded by lush green countryside and shapely mountains, it also has a real cosmopolitan feel with a large expat population who prefer the quieter surroundings compared to the hustle and bustle experienced 700 km south in the Thai capital of Bangkok.
Explore historic Chiang Mai
There's bag loads to see and experience in and around Chiang Mai including the historical city centre known as the “Walled City”, although little remains of this original construction other than some recently restored sections of the wall and moat. Within the old city itself are over 30 temples dating back through the centuries in a number of differing styles such as Burmese, Lanna Thai, and Sri Lankan, they are truly majestic places that ooze relaxation with a number of them well worth a visit including Wat Phra Singh completed in 1400 with its intricate gold patterns on a red lacquer background and Lanna Style murals, the Wat Chiang Man temple, the oldest of the royal temples in the city dated to the end of the 13th century with its renowned twin images of Buddha and a priceless crystal Buddha called Pra She-Taang kamaneeee. In the centre of Chiang Mai is the Wat Chedi Luang temple which was destroyed by a huge earthquake in 1545 but painstakingly and lovingly restored at great expense in 1992
Enjoy Thailand's nature
Other places and popular tourist attractions include the Dokmai Gardens with its picturesque display of 200 orchid species, 120 different edible plants, populations of Birdwing Butterfly’s and Atlas Moths, the Mae Sa Waterfall and an elephant trek from one of the numerous companies offering this popular past time..
How about a Tour?
For a complete change of direction try out a tour of one of the many Hilltribe villages that are scattered around, this is a very popular excursion if arranged with a reputable tour company, it's a great way to get a feel for village life and their unique traditions. Another experience far removed from temple visits is to watch Muay Thai, Thai Boxing, this is the National Sport of Thailand and the atmosphere in the arenas is nothing short of electric.
A bucket list location
Chiang Mai is certainly culturally and historically rich, this interesting city initially founded at the end of the 13th century was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. It’s beautiful and remote setting in the Himalayan foothills ensured it could only be reached by an elephant trek or difficult river journey until as recently as the 1920s, this semi isolation from the rest of the country helped Chiang Mai retain its unique charm making it a 'bucket list' location for tourists eager to explore a different side to
A five star holiday...
Thailand. In more recent times the city has spread out in all directions especially towards the Ping River where the famous Night Bazaar and the majority of hotels and guest houses are situated. Accommodation is varied from budget busting hostels to luxurious five star resorts including the Shangri-La Hotel and the impressive Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. The Anantara has an impressive 93/100 score for overall customer satisfaction and is only 2.2 km outside of the city centre making for a perfect base to explore the area.
300 Temples if you are up for it?
One of the most famous temples is the magnificent Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple located on a mountainside some 13 km away. On a clear day you can see its gold-plated dome (chedi) from within the city. The temple, constructed during the Lanna Thai period in 1383 is set at an elevation of over 1,000 metres and offers unsurpassed views of the city in the distance. Once there you'll have a couple of options, you can climb the 300 steps or if that sounds like too much of a Fitbit challenge then there is a cheap cable ride to the top available. Nearby you can also visit the Bhuping Royal Palace Gardens which is well worth the detour. One not to be missed is the Wat Phra That Doi Kham with its 17 metre tall Buddha statue offering a superb lookout over the south of the city. In total there are over 300 temples in and around Chiang Mai, too many to visit on one holiday of course so just aim to see a cross section of what’s on offer. Remember though these are sacred and holy places so dress accordingly so you don't offend the local people their traditions and culture.