Chiang Mai is a city in mountainous northern Thailand. Founded in 1296, it was capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until 1558. Its Old City area still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. Chiang Mai has a tropical savanna climate, tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round, though nighttime conditions during the dry season can be cool and much lower than daytime highs. Chiang Mai’s historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and attracts approximately 1 million visitors each year. The best things to do in Chiang Mai include visiting some of the city’s beautiful temples and unique sites. There’s Thailand’s tallest mountain nearby, as well as two different tribal villages and various national parks. There are plenty of tourist activities to do.