Chiangmai Thailand - In the Hill
Chiangmai is in the northern part of Thailand which
is known as the Hill Country. Chiangmai is Thailands
second largest city and is known for its beauty, hospitality
and its friendly people.
Chiang Mai, which in fact means "New City,"
celebrated its 700th anniversary just a few years ago,
in 1996. The city was founded as the capital of the
kingdom of Lanna ("A Million Rice Fields")
in 1296. Under King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai,
Lanna unified several small kingdoms in the north, at
about the same time that Sukhothai was established further
south. King Mengrai founded many of the temples within
the old city that are still important today.
Thailand is The Largest
Buddhist Country in the World
The dynasty founded by King Mengrai lasted more
than 250 years, until the Burmese captured the city
in 1556. Burma held on to Chiang Mai for nearly 200
years, and to this day you can still see signs in Burmese
as well as many other indications of Burmese influence.
Towards the end of the 18th century, King Taksin, who
regrouped the Thais in the south after the sacking of
Ayutthaya, finally forced the Burmese out with the help
of King Kawila of Lampang.
Chiang Mai was governed by a succession of princes who
ruled the north under the protection of the Siamese
king based in Bangkok. Late in the 19th century, Rama
V appointed a high commissioner in Chiang Mai, but it
wasn't until 1939 that Chiang Mai finally came under
the direct control of the central government in Bangkok,
at about the same time that the country was renamed
Chiang Mai is the
Capital of Lanna Thai
Chiangmai has over 300 Buddhist Temples
which give one a feeling of peace, calmness and happiness.
You can feel a very strong since of culturism by just
being in Chiangmai and it's surrounding areas.
Accommodation and food are of the highest standard at
very low cost. Entertainment is boundful with festivals,
outdoor activities and great nightlife happening constantly.
Touring and shopping in Chiangmai is second to none in
Southeast-Asia. Handcrafts, clothes, Arts & Crafts
Boutique and unique collectibles are abundant. Everything
can be found at great prices in stores ranging from small
family-run shops to world-class luxury outlets and shopping
Due to Chiangmai being in the Hill Country of Thailand,
it is much cooler and comfortable then many of the other
tourist destinations of Thailand.
Make certain you take the time to experiance the outdoor
activities in the immediate vicinity of Chiang Mai with
jungle tours, elephant riding, rafting, and visiting
the hilltribe villages..
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