2 Days in Chiang Mai



2 Days in Chiang Mai

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In the 14th century, Chiang Mai was the capital of an independent kingdom. Today it is known for its beguiling blend of ancient and modern, thriving culture and art scenes, charming and hospitable people, and its proximity to mountainous hill-tribe areas.

Arriving Chiang Mai International Airport has flights to and from other Asian cities as well as domestic services. The airport is a few miles from the city center.

Moving on Buses and minivans cover the northern region. Express buses and a train run to Bangkok. Car and motorcycle hires are readily available.

Day 1

Morning Start at the splendid Wat Phra Sing near the center of the old city, and then walk down treelined Ratchadamnoen Road to historic Wat Chedi Luang. A few blocks to the northeast, relax in the peaceful shady compound of Wat Chiang Man, the city’s oldest wat.

Afternoon From Chiang Mai Zoo, at the foot of the mountain, board a minibus for the winding 7­mile (12­km) climb up Doi Suthep. The temple of Wat Doi Suthep, originally constructed in the 14th century, attracts a steady stream of worshipers and visitors who admire the gilded central chedi (pagoda) and the panoramic views. In the evening, go shopping in the Night Bazaar.

Day 2

Morning Explore Warorot Market, where fresh food, spices, and local clothing (upstairs) are on offer. From the Chinese shrine west of the market, walk south along the small road, where hill tribes sell hand-woven cloth to local merchants.

Afternoon Take a cruise on the Ping River; the boats leave from Wat Chaimongkol. Afterwards, watch the sun set over dinner or a drink in the Wat Gate neighborhood on the east side of the river along Charoenrat Road.


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