Chiang Mia is the capital city of the province of the same name in the area known as “Northern Thailand”. With a population of about 200,000, it is the second largest city in Thailand. The city’s close proximity to Myanmar made it a target of Burmese aggression in ancient times and as a destination for refugees in today’s world. The influence of the Burmese style of architecture can be seen in many of the temples and other ancient religious monuments.
Domestic and international flights serve the Chiang Mai (CNX) airport with daily direct flights from many cities. In addition the city can be reached by train and bus service.
We’ve now been to Chiang Mai twice; staying a bit outside the city at Secret Gardens Resort in Bo Sang in 2010 and inside the walls of the Old City at the most excellent Bed Phrasingh Hotel in 2016.
The two visits were separated by not only the dates but also in the objective of our journey. In the 2010 trip, we were looking for an introduction to the city and wanted to do all the touristy things like visit the famous temples, walk the Sunday Market, see the lady boy waitresses at a Thai Boxing Match and watch an elephant paint a portrait.
Out 2016 visit was primarily to spend a night at the Elephant Nature Park but also to get a bit more of the inner city experience. Our overnight stay at The Elephant Nature Park was one of the highlights of our entire 2-months in SE-Asia and we absolutely loved our stay at the Bed Phrasingh Hotel located with-in the walls of the Old City. And our Old City walking food tour was a great way to learn some of the history of Chaing Mai as well as learn our way around the Old City.
You can read about those trips in more details by clicking on the above links.