Chiang Mai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand with a robust history dating back to 1296. Dotted with mysterious ancient temples and home to a tumult of nightlife, this cultural hub has activities to delight any kind of traveler. With a plethora of Chiang Mai hotels available through Travelocity, you can quickly and conveniently organize the logistics of your trip and spend more of your time reading up on the local history.
Out and About in Chiang Mai
Hike the 306 steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on the outskirts of Chiang Mai for a stunning view of the city below and a glimpse into monastery life. Founded in 1383, this sacred temple is the most famous of the hundreds located in the area. Inside Chiang Mai itself, you can find a variety of other old and beautiful wats, such as Wat Chedi Luang. If you happen to be in town on a weekend, don't miss the Saturday and Sunday street markets, which have everything from food to souvenirs and cheap Thai massages all along the length of Ratchadamnoen Road. Local businesses offer various tour packages, with cooking classes and wildlife excursions among the most popular activities. Many of these packages provide transportation directly from a number of hotels in Chiang Mai.
Eating and Drinking
While you're in Chiang Mai, try some khao soi. This yellow curry dish with crispy egg noodles is native to the region, with roots in Burmese culture. There is a variety of other noodle soups and curries available to suit all preferences. If you're lucky enough to be in town during one of the weekly street markets, this is a great place to sample local cuisine. Regardless, you can find great food in various restaurants throughout the Old City at any time of the week. Ready to explore Chiang Mai vacation packages? Use Travelocity's mobile app to easily find Chiang Mai flights and cheap hotels in Chiang Mai.