Destination: Thailand: Chiang Mai
After a few days in the pulsing coming-of-age city of Bangkok, with its constant traffic jams, urban noise and overgrown malls, touching down in Chiang Mai is an instant breath of fresh air. When your plane touches down, the green mountains and lazy afternoon fog is instantly calming. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s northernmost province and second-largest city. Two million people live within its borders, with a small percentage of urban dwellers outnumbered by the rural rice farmers and hill tribes.
The walled city of Chiang Mai was built in the 13th century, in a valley between the highest mountains in the Kingdom and the Ping river, on a rectangle of land bordered by a moat for protection from the Burmese enemies. Chiang Mai means “a million rice field kingdom”, and those who travel beyond the city to the outlying province understand why this 14th-century name still holds true.
Read Indagare’s Brooke Pearson describe the highlights of her trip to Chiang Mai
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