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  • Chiang Mai lies on the Ping River,

  • nestled among high mountains in the north of Thailand,

  • around 700 kilometers north of Bangkok.

  • It is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand.

  • There are hundreds of Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai,

  • and the city is regarded with reverence by many Thais,

  • because of its spiritual heritage and retention of many of its traditions.

  • To the untrained eye, it is a modern city with all the trimmings

  • and the frantic pace of a major Asian center for trade,

  • but there is a gentler, more spiritual soul to this city.

  • The nightlife is quieter than other Thai cities,

  • although there are plenty of places to eat and drink,

  • and there are bargains to be found everywhere.

  • Be sure to visit the fresh food markets,

  • where you'll find food of all kinds, many you will have never seen before,

  • and some you will not recognise as food.

  • At the night markets, you can pick up a great bargain and delicious food,

  • as well as experience Thai culture.

  • High in the hills is the famous Doi Suthep Temple, which overlooks the sprawling city.

  • The site is one of the most important Buddhist temples in the country,

  • and exudes a powerful and moving spirit, and offers incredible views of Chiang Mai below.

  • The elephant hospital in the hills of Chiang Mai treats sick and injured elephants

  • that were once used as beasts of burden.

  • The animals are now treated with love and respect.

  • Chiang Mai is a wonderfully friendly city,

  • full of contradictions, surprises, and culture,

  • where modern Thailand embraces ancient traditions

  • to create a unique experience you'll never forget.

Chiang Mai lies on the Ping River,

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