What to do in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Temple

Chiang Mai Temple by Quinto Sol, on Flickr

Guest post by Joe

Thailand has been a popular tourist destination for some years, with holidaymakers flocking to the south-east Asian country for its idyllic islands, luscious jungles and bustling cities – and one location that should be on your itinerary if you are planning a holiday in Thailand is Chiang Mai.

Most people head straight to Bangkok when flying to Thailand, with the capital city offering them world-acclaimed restaurants, vibrant nightlife and plenty of historical attractions. However, you might also want to make time to stop in Chiang Mai, as this metropolis provides tourists with the opportunity to experience busy city life in Thailand, as well as venture deep into its abundant rain forests.  One of the first things you could do after arriving in the area is take a trip around the many impressive temples that can be found in the city.  Head to Wat Chiang Man, which is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. It was built in 1296 by King Mengrai and remains one of the most breathtaking of the city’s religious buildings.

Among the other popular temples to visit are Wat Prasat, Wat Phra Sing and Wat Phan Tao.  However, if your visit to Chang Mai is about getting back to nature and seeing Thailand’s ancient hill tribes, you will want to book a tour through its mountainous jungles.  Spend a couple of days walking through the humid forests and enjoying spectacular views of fresh waterfalls and steep green hillsides. You may even wish to join one of the tribal communities for a night and experience their rustic way of life, which remains detached from any form of modernity.

Make the experience even more memorable by taking a river trip on a bamboo raft or by opting for an elephant ride through the overgrown jungle.

Chiang Mai is also a popular destination for those keen on brushing up on their culinary skills, as it is home to many Thai cooking schools. By taking part in these foodie workshops, you can learn from locals and expert chefs about how to create some authentic and delicious Thai recipes. Not only will you get to watch the meals being prepared, but you can have a go at making them yourself – and, of course, sample your efforts at the end. You will be able to impress your friends with your new repertoire of Asian cooking when you return home, as well as be able to taste the spicy flavours whenever you wish to, which is sure to bring your experience in Chiang Mai rushing back to you.

With so many hotels to choose from, you are sure to find accommodation that allows you to make the most of your stay in the city, while also enjoy a luxurious break away.

Whether you choose to orgnanise your own trip or sign up to tours offered by companies, you are sure to find your trip to Chiang Mai is one of your best holidays yet.

About the Author: Joe is a travel blogger who is well-versed in South East Asia. A