Saturday, February 2, 2008

Chiang Mai Attractions

by 155cafe

There is much to see and do in Chiang Mai, and one of the simplest and cheapest tourist activities is to wander the windy, narrow lanes of the old town and seek out the pretty moat with its ancient bastions. The city dates back 700 years and many historic structures have been well preserved. Perhaps the most distinctive is the 42m high ruined Chedi Luang which stands in the town centre.
The Tribal Museum, which offers a glimpse into the culture of the major hill tribes of Thailand. Here, you’ll find a massive collection of handicrafts, costumes, jewellery, ornaments, utensils, tools, musical instruments and ceremonial paraphernalia.

Wiang Kum Kam was the earliest historical settlement in the Chiang Mai area and the excavated ruins are worth seeing. Established around the 11th century, the city was flooded and abandoned in the early 18th century. A four-sided chedi and the layered brick pediments of Wat Kan Thom remain. An important four-piece inscribed stone slab from Wiang Kum Kam is on display at the Chiang Mai National Museum.

Bo Sang village is almost entirely devoted to the manufacture and sale of beautiful umbrellas and visitors can see how the umbrellas are made and decorated. A particularly good time to visit is during the colourful annual Umbrella Festival in mid-January.

Doi Inthanon National Park is home to Thailand’s tallest mountain (2,563m), which is just 47kms south of the city centre. The park covers 932 square kilometres, encompassing magnificent waterfalls and wild orchids. It is an ideal spot for some walking and picnicking, and camping is also permitted.

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