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Chiang Mai, a respite from the heavy duty travelling one experiences in South Thailand, is a haven for backpackers and travellers. With an ancient city nestled between a sprawling modern city, flaked by lush green fields of the countryside, Chiang Mai will engage all senses in the one hungry for travel stories and experiences.
Situated one hour away from Bangkok by flight, Chiang Mai is a destination which is fast becoming famous with the crowd which wants to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the cities of Southern Thailand. Built on the ancient Lanna kingdom, this city still has an old-world charm interspersed with modern world architecture and untamed natural beauty. For someone who likes to sample out-of-this-world food while covering the city on foot and soaking in the local sights and smells and shopping to their heart's content on a shoestring budget, Chiang Mai is a good option. With multiple monasteries in the city and rainforests, waterfalls and nature treks and walks just a bike ride away, this city is more of a central point for any number of activities that one might like to pursue. For the thrill-seeker in you, Chiang Dao Caves and Muang On Cave are situated near the city and are full of local folklore. Well known markets in the area include the Kalare Market, Anusam Market and the Warorot Market. From Thai cooking classes to elephant safaris, the city has something to offer to everyone.