Chiang Mai - Thailand

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Long exposure of the floating flower boats and the fireworks in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities in northern Thailand, attracts countless tourists every year. And for good reason, as the city with its hip stores and bars exudes a very special flair. In particular, the old town with its unique moat, which was built in 1296, invites you to linger in its small alleyways and you almost forget that you are in a big city. So it is hardly surprising that Chiang Mai has developed into a backpacker stronghold in recent years. One of the reasons for this is the ease of travel, as there are night trains and buses to the north as well as a cheap domestic flight. 


An old temple between a dense jungle in Chiang Mai.

A real surprise is Wat Pha Lat, which is located on the hiking trail to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Jungle, waterfalls and ancient statues are the perfect place for a long rest. Only a few tourists get lost in this temple, which is why it is still a real insider tip!

A woman in traditional costume raises a sky lantern.

Sky lanterns, fireworks and floating flower boats - the festival of lights in Thailand is celebrated in style. Whether in the ancient ruins of Sukhothai or on the Ping River in Chiang Mai. This festival is an absolute MUST for your next vacation in the Land of Smiles!

A golden temple with a blue lantern in the foreground in Chiang Mai.

One of Chiang Mai's most famous temples is already visible from the city, as it towers high on a mountain above the region. Its golden roof glistens in the sun and attracts countless tourists and locals every day, so it can get crowded at times.

A woman stands at the stove while some others watch her.

We love Thai food, but of course the home-cooked curry at home never tastes the same as the local one. In a half-day cooking course, you will learn all the secrets of Thai cuisine and during a visit to the market, the chef will introduce you to the regional selection of vegetables and spices.

A group of people are sitting on mats doing yoga.

We have a great tip for all sports enthusiasts, as there is a free yoga class in English every day at 9 am in Nong Buak Haad Public Park. But non-yogis will also get their money's worth with the sports equipment scattered around the park. It is also very popular with locals.

An old ruin decorated with colorful lanterns in the city of Chiang Mai.

The Buddhist temple with its large stupa is located in the center of the old town. It is hard to miss and its red brick walls make it stand out clearly among the other temples. But the rest of the complex is also worth seeing, especially the lifelike Buddha statues.

A street lined with food stalls in the evening in Chiang Mai.

The Walking Streets take place every Saturday (Wualai Road) and Sunday (Rachadamnoen Road). And it really gets going there. Countless food, souvenir and sales stalls vie for the attention of visitors. So make sure you come here on an empty stomach!

A woman smiles into the camera and countless colorful lanterns hang in the background.

In addition to the walking streets, there are cool bars on every corner where you can end the evening in a cozy atmosphere. The alleyways in Chiang Mai are packed after sunset and live bands perform in many bars.

Close-ups of red tomatoes at a market in Chiang Mai.

Be sure to eat your way through the fresh fruit and vegetable selection, because you won't get a mango fresher anywhere than at these small roadside stalls. Spices and teas are also sold and are a good souvenir of your time in Thailand.

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