CHIANG MAI OVERVIEW

Connect with the real Thailand as you trek through the jungle of the north to discover amazing wildlife and visit the nomadic hill tribes, whose lifestyles have barely changed in over 700 years. Much more laid back than Bangkok, these northern cities possess a distinctive character, carved out by the mixture of modern cityscape with mountains, rainforest, tribal villages and rivers. The gateway to northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has in excess of 300 temples which makes for a visually striking city centre with a mountain backdrop. The heart of the ancient city of Chiang Mai still retains an irresistible charm, while modern developments have definitely brought it into the 21st century. Wat Phra Singh, home of the revered Lion Buddha is one sight not to be missed along with the temple complex of Wat Chedi Luang. There are also plenty more temples to be found in beautiful forest and mountain settings further afield.

ABOUT CHIANG MAI

GMT: +7 hours
FLIGHT TIME: Approximately 13 hours (via Bangkok)
CURRENCY: Thai Baht
CLIMATE: High temperatures and humidity levels are common throughout the year. The country is hottest between March and May, whilst monsoon season runs June to October. The cool season, most favoured by visitors, is November to February.

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