Holidays in Chiang Mai
Thailand's second city is found in the foothills of the mountainous north, just a short flight from Bangkok. Much smaller and more laid-back than Bangkok the city is a popular destination for city sightseers, history buffs and soft adventure seekers alike. The kings of the ancient Lanna era built a moated city and most of the walls are still intact today enclosing Chiang Mai's old quarter complete with temples, shop-houses, markets and artist workshops, as well as many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. For shoppers Chiang Mai's night bazaar is a must. This huge market sells everything imaginable from souvenirs to clothes to jewellery. Be prepared to barter for your bargain!
Foodies are certainly well catered for in Thailand's north with many Thai cookery classes on offer and the chance to sample a Khantoke feast, traditionally eaten at small round low tables displaying an array of colourful and delicious dishes including local delights such as Khao Soi Curry, a mild coconut based curry with egg noodles, and the Chiang Mai Sausage, a spicy pork sausage unique to the north and not to be missed for a sublime hit of chillies and ginger!
Beyond this charming historic city lies a natural adventure playground. Walkers can enjoy hill tribe treks, river rafting, exhilarating zip-line adventures, rock climbing and elephant encounters - all in stunning natural landscapes of lush jungle, rushing waterfalls and tranquil rivers.
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