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Stay in one of IHG’s Chiang Mai hotels and you will be perfectly placed to get the best from this unique and breathtaking city tucked into the foothills of northern Thailand. With a youthful population in excess of 400,000, the Kingdom’s second city has undoubtedly been influenced by the westernisation and rapid economic progress of recent years. However, Chiang Mai is overflowing with culture and ancient heritage. Bordered by looming mountains, the city has a mystical quality that manifests fully in its laid-back, creative atmosphere and the slow paced local Kham Muang dialect.
There are hundreds of elegant sacred temples dotting the lush Lanna landscape, with some of the finest examples including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man to be found alongside the wooden houses and leafy gardens of the moated old quarter. More than just a tourist attraction, however, these temples house real communities where you can expect to find yourself chatting to a monk eager to polish his English speaking skills. The many and varied festivals that take place in Chiang Mai throughout the year include the Thai New Year celebrations in April and the Loy Krathong in November. Or, if it’s the outdoors you’d like to celebrate, be sure to make a pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, the mountain to the west of town, which offers stunning views over the valley of the Ping River. Alternatively, a day of hill-tribe trekking is always right for the adventurous at heart.
Chiang Mai’s new town centre is the place to go for shopping and offers air conditioned malls, night markets, galleries and more. In the evenings, head to the city’s Th Nimmanhaemin nightlife hot spot and hang out with the city’s young and fashionable until the small hours. The food in Chiang Mai is as unforgettable at the city itself; sample a Burmese curry, Thai street food or visit one of the Japanese sushi bars clustered around the university. For more elegant eating, try a chic riverside restaurant where you can watch candles floating on the water whilst you wash down delicacies with fine wine.
When you’re looking for hotels in Chiang Mai, seek no further than an IHG property. Explore the city from our comfortable, affordable accommodations when you book with IHG today.
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