Tuesday, 23 June 2009

ChiangMai, Thailand

ChiangMai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and Chiangmai is also the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is located some 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, among some of the highest mountains in the country. The Chiangmai city stands on the Ping river, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya river.

Chiang Mai province for years now has been the tourist hub of the north and one of Thailand’s most important tourist destinations. Chiangmai is considered one of the most scenic provinces in the country due to its mountain ranges, valleys, flora and fauna. Unlike most of Thailand, the climate in the north and especially Chiang Mai is cool, fresh and misty.

History of Chiangmai.

The city of Chiang Mai was capital of the Lanna kingdom after its founding in 1296. During the same period of time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. From then, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also the centre of Buddhism in northern Thailand and King Meng Rai built innumerable temples in Chiangmai.

In 1599 the kingdom of Chiangmai lost its independence and became part of the Ayutthaya kingdom. This ending the dynasty founded by King Meng Rai which had lasted for 300 years. The occupiers Burma, had a powerful Burmese influence on the architecture which can still be seen today. It was only in the late 18th century that Burma was finally defeated with the leadership of King Taksin.
In 1932 the province Chiang Mai became the second level subdivision of Thailand when the administrative unit of Monthon Phayap, the remains of the Lanna kingdom, was dissolved.

The way go to Chiangmai
It has many ways to get Chiangmai such as by Air, Car, Train, Bus depending on your lead-time and budget.

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