Many of the country’s traditional customs and cuisine are preserved in Chiang Mai and provide an insight into authentic Thai life.
The beautiful northern city of Chiang Mai is viewed as one of the cultural hubs of Thailand and has a cooler, milder climate than the islands of the south, and is a perfect place for honeymooners.
Hotel Chiang Mai
The Chedi Chiang Mai, located on the banks of the Mae Ping River, was the first luxury hotel to occupy the inner city. The hotel is a chic, ultra- modern tribute to the best in Thailand’s growing luxury hotel options. The large main building surrounds the former British Consulate built around a 20th century colonial-style villa, now hosting a restaurant, gym and romantic day spa.
Venturing out in Chiang Mai must start with a visit to the markets. It’s hard not to notice the number and size of the markets in the district. Catering mainly to tourists, the Chiang Mai night market is best for Thai souvenirs, silk, shoes and handicrafts, many of which come from the local people of the surrounding mountain areas.
When at the markets make sure you try some of the local cuisine – it’s surprisingly good fare. Look for the stalls that have lots of customers, as this will ensure the food is fresh when you eat it.
Chiang Mai also has a very distinctive nightlife. Moxie Restaurant at the DusitD2 hotel is one of the newer dining options that have sprung up in the last few years. The Riverside is another popular, lively nightspot for tourists and locals alike. The hip Thai crowd, live music and view of the Mae Nam Ping River makes this bar a great night out.
Beautiful architecture is another of Chiang Mai’s many features, and the city boasts beautiful buildings and many temples within its walls; however the most breathtaking temple, Wat Phrathat is perched high at Doi Suthep, with panoramic views of Chiang Mai – well worth the drive out of town.
If you’re looking for a little fun to complete your trip, then book yourself in for the Master Thai Chef Cookery Course. The tour is a delicious way to spend an afternoon. Your personal instructor will pick you up from your hotel, take you to the local food markets where you will learn about Thai ingredients, then it’s back to the open-air kitchen to try your hand at making your own scrumptious Thai feast, with surprisingly good results.
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