Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Information.

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Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, and is 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 Ping river runs though the city, and is a major tributary of the Chao Phraya river.

In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city. It has several attractions for the approximately 1 million visitors who come each year. Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its strategic location on the Ping river as well as trade routes. Long before the modern influx of foreign visitors, the city served as a major center for handcrafted goods, umbrellas, jewelry and woodcarving.

Including it's neighboring suburbs, the Chiang Mai Metropolitan Area has a population of nearly one million people. The city itself is subdivided into four sections (khwaeng): Nakhon Ping, Srivijaya, Mengrai, and Kavila.

Local public transport is provided in various forms: tuktuks, songthaews, and metered taxi.
Local Songthaew fare is usually 20–50 baht per person for trips in and around the city. Tuktuk fare is usually at least 20 baht per trip; all fares increase with distance of course. The fare is negotiable with the driver before boarding.

Chiang Mai has over 300 Buddhist temples (called "Wat" in Thai). These include:
- Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: the most famous temple in the area, standing on Doi Suthep, a hill to the north-west of the city.
- Wat Chiang Man: the oldest temple in Chiang Mai dating from the 13th century.
- Wat Phra Singh: It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly venerated figure, transferred here many years ago from Chiang Rai.

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Chiang Mai Weather
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Chiang Mai Events
  • Loi Kratong: (known locally as Yi Peng): Held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai Lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Every year thousands of people assemble floating banana-leaf containers (krathong) decorated with flowers and candles onto the waterways of the city to worship the Goddess of Water. Lanna-Style Sky Lanterns (khom fai) are launched into the air. Sending these lanterns into the night sky are believed to help rid the locals of troubles and to bring good luck.
  • Songkran: Held in mid-April to celebrate the traditional Thai new year. Chiang Mai has become one of the most popular locations to visit for this festival. A variety of religious and fun-related activities (notably the good-natured city-wide water-fight) take place each year, along with parades and a Miss Songkran beauty competition.
  • Flower Festival: A three-day festival held during the first weekend in February each year, this event occurs when Chiang Mai's temperate and tropical flowers are in full bloom. The festivities include floral floats, parades, traditional dancing shows, and a beauty contest.
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Long Term Rentals

   It is only natural when someone first visits Chiang Mai, even those who have been to other parts of Thailand; to fall under it's charm. The air is cleaner than more populated cities. The majestic mountains in the distance. A vibrant nightlife that is not forced on your with neon lights everywhere; and of course, the people of chiang Mai are it's greatest asset. Perhaps you, like many others, would like to stay longer than the customary vacation period and once you get your visa requirements sorted out, you will no doubt want to look at longer term rentals, where the price is more attractive and you have more amenities.
Condo with Balcony View    We can help. We know the best areas, because we live here year-round and we know the best value for your money. Let us sit down with you and briefly get an idea of what you are looking for, or if you wish we can arrange a "city tour" where we will drive you to various parts of the city and explain the pros and cons
of hotels, condos, homes and which is right for your long term stay.
   Simply contact us and let's begin a dialog to find out when and what you are looking for in a long term rental. We can handle many of the details such as mail, setting up a phone or Internet connection, suggest banks and grocery to quickly settle you in to your rental and let you enjoy more of life in Chiang Mai.

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