Bangkok may be the political capital of Thailand, but Chiang Mai is the country's cultural center. Located high in the mountains of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai was dubbed the "New City" in Tai when it was founded on the prominent Ping River in 1296.
Flights to Chiang Mai land at Chiang Mai International Airport, about eight miles from the city center. Tuk-tuks are king within the city limits, but many of the area's best attraction lie outside the city so it's worth it to rent a car in Chiang Mai to explore some breathtaking scenery. Chiang Mai is surrounded by national parks like Doi Pui Suthep, which has a stunning temple atop the hill; Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand; and Doi Pha Hom Pok, where you can see rare wildlife. Visiting hill tribe groups outside of Chiang Mai is another popular day trip. A number of elephant sanctuaries, as well as some of Chiang Mai's more than 300 Buddhist temples, or "wats," also lie beyond the city walls. Car rentals in Chiang Mai are the best way to make sure you get to see your fill of ancient temples and everything else the area has to offer. Closer to the city center, the Chiang Mai Zoo is open year-round. Animal lovers will love the sprawling zoo—the oldest in northern Thailand—and watching the horses run at Kawila Race Track.
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