Fringed by the lush mountain ranges of the Thai highlands, Chiang Mai is set amidst the idyllic backdrop of the Mae Ping River, 300m above sea level. Some parts of the Thai highlands are within the national parks in the Chiang Mai district providing a bounteous range of flora and fauna to discover.
This cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom boasts at least 700 years of cultural evolution and transformation. Amidst all the modernisation, the city still maintains its quaint laidback charm, attracting millions of tourists every year.
137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai’s award-winning boutique hotel, has the best location to discover this city. The feel of culture and tradition sets in as soon as one visits this city, considered as the largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand.
As the center of Buddhism, Chiang Mai has a host of Buddhist temples, among which Wat Prathat Doi Suithep, which overlooks the city from its spectacular mountain location, Wat Gate Khar Rham, which resembles features of ancient colonial architectural style, Wat Phra Singh, which housing Chiang Mai’s most imposing Buddha statue and Wat Chiang Man, the oldest Chiang Mai temple, have turned this enchanting destination into a realm of spiritual splendour for a traveller’s list of ‘must-see’ attractions of the city.