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What to see in Chiang Mai?

You can easily see Long Neck women weaving thread into cloth in Karen village in Chiang Mai

Have you ever traveled to Chiang Mai? Why do I suggest you to visit Chiang Mai? The answer is that Chiang Mai is the capital of pagodas; there have so many pagodas everywhere. Chiang Mai is the place where has sky lantern festival held in November every year. There has Long Neck tribe in Chiang Mai; once more special thing is that you can see elephants painting. We will find out all these interesting things in Chiang Mai together.

As many other cities in Asia, Chiang Mai is also famous for many beautiful pagodas

As many other cities in Asia, Chiang Mai is also famous for many beautiful pagodas-source: internet

  1. Seeing sacred pagoda- Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

This pagoda is one of the most sacred pagodas in Chiang Mai. It was built in 1383 on Suthep Mountain. The roof of Phrathat Doi Suthep is curved. Under the roof of this pagoda, there are many small copper bells. From Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda, you can admire Chiang Mai city. Phrathat Doi Suthep is regarded as the symbol of Chiang Mai city. This pagoda has been repaired many times during the last 600 years. People who have traveled to Phrathat Doi Suthep told that you should visit this pagoda in the evening when the Sun sets. When the Sun sets, Chiang Mai city will be immersed in fuzzy fog. Chiang Mai will look like a picturesque painting.

The most highlight thing in Phrathat Doi Suthep is that there has a biggest tower named Chedi wrapped by gold in the center of Wat Prathat temple. People said that Chedi Tower is to keep Buddha’s shoulder bones. There are many small Buddha statues around Chedi tower. You should visit Wat Prathat and see the whole of Phrathat Doi Suthep when traveling to Chiang Mai. Don’t forget to see this famous destination in Chiang Mai.

Phrathat Doi Suthep is sacred, beautiful and famous in Chiang Mai

Phrathat Doi Suthep is sacred, beautiful and famous in Chiang Mai-source: internet

  1. Seeing Chiang Man pagoda

Chiang Man pagoda is more than 700 years old now. There are two famous Buddha statues, one of them is made from crystal Phra Sae and the rest one is made from Phla Sila stone. According to a legend, people said that if any city owned 2 these Buddha statues, that city would be prosperous. However, if we want this wish becomes the truth, the city had to own Phra Sigh Buddha statue. These Buddha statues were believed that they have ability to meet prayers of people for raining. The beauty of Chiang Man pagoda is also carved into 15 elephants in this pagoda. You can see the carved elephants in Chiang Man pagoda when you come there. The stone sculptures are about history of Chiang man city, Lanna Thai Empire and about who had made contribution to Chiang Man pagoda.

Visiting Chiang Man pagoda, seeing this famous destination of Chiang Mai; you will recognize that Chiang Man pagoda has the score value of tourism. This pagoda is also a place where primary pupils in Thailand come to join in extra activities and listen to monks in this pagoda tell about history of Buddha and Chiang Mai city.

Ancient beauty of Chiang Man makes us spellbound

Ancient beauty of Chiang Man makes us spellbound-source: internet

  1. Seeing Wat Phra Singth

Wat Phra Singth is a large pagoda. It was made by Pha Yoo King in 1345. It was the place to put the body of Kam Foo (father of Pha Yoo King). Wat Phra Singth is located in Chiang Mai center.

There has an unique store of Bible books. Stores in Wat Phra Singth are to save Bible records written on palm leaves or thin silk paper copies. The walls of stores were made from a thick layer of mortar with the aim of protecting Bible records from rain and destructive creatures. Walls of this pagoda had been carved with daily life images, usual costumes and custom of Lanna residents. You can see these images when you travel to Wat Phra Singth.  Moreover, you can register of short course in Buddhism in Wat Phra Singth. If joining in the course, you will take part in exercises, meditation lessons; you will eat, sleep and live as monks there.

Wat Phra Singth is peaceful in nights

Wat Phra Singth is peaceful in nights-source: internet

  1. Seeing artisans making Parasols

If you travel to Chiang Mai, don’t forget to spend time on seeing artisans making Parasols. Parasols are loved by many tourists and they also want to buy Parasols to present family and friends when travelling to Chiang Mai. Parasols are umbrellas. Parasols are typically made from wood or silk paper. These Parasols are decorated colorful and eye-catching. If you have time to see artisans making Parasols, you will see that the schedule of making Parasols is quite sophisticated from selecting materials to manual actions. Especially, artisans in Chiang Mai will help you to understand more about interesting stories around Parasols. You don’t forget to buy some beautiful Parasols, bring home and give it to your family and friends; it will certainly be lovely souvenirs for your relatives and friends.

Seeing colorful Parasols, you will be attracted by them

Seeing colorful Parasols, you will be attracted by them-source: internet

  1. Seeing Long Neck tribe in Chiang Mai

One of the most things that attracts tourists in Chiang Mai is that the Long Neck Tribe there. This Long Neck Tribe named Karen in Karen village. You will see the women and little girls wear many heavy necklaces around their necks. The amount of necklaces will be increase over the years. Residents in Karen village think that the more necklaces the women wear, the more beautiful they are. The copper necklaces are lovely souvenirs in Chiang Mai, so you can buy some neck laces to present your girl friends or relatives to show them that you have traveled to Chiang Mai.

You can easily see Long Neck women weaving thread into cloth in Karen village in Chiang Mai

You can easily see Long Neck women weaving thread into cloth in Karen village in Chiang Mai-source: internet

  1. Seeing elephants painting in Maesa village

Maesa is far from Chiang Mai center about 30 kilometers to the North. There are more than 70 domesticated elephants. They are taken care of superintendents. Visiting Maesa village, you will have the chance of seeing elephant painting, riding elephants around the farm and finding out elephants’ lives. On the other hand, Maesa elephant farm is located obscurely on the valley, it is surrounded by many trees around, so you even can immerse yourself into nature there.

Seeing elephants painting in Maesa village makes tourists surprised

Seeing elephants painting in Maesa village makes tourists surprised-source: internet

  1. Taking part in Sky Lantern (Yi Peng) festival

Sly Lantern or Yi Peng festival is taken place in November every year. In this festival, people don’t release sly lanterns on the water face, they release lantern into sky. This is an unique creation that brings special attractions to tourists. This festival is held beside Mae Ping River in the solemn, spectacular and sparkling atmosphere. When traveling to Chiang Mai on the occasion of Yi Peng festival, you can see sparkling lantern, buy it and release lantern into the sky with local residents in Chiang Mai. It is about 35 Baht for each lantern. You don’t forget that Yi Peng festival is just happened in November so if you would like to join in this festival with local residents, you can come in November.

It is a special feeling when seeing sparkling lanterns on the sky

It is a special feeling when seeing sparkling lanterns on the sky-source: internet

Chiang Mai is not busy as Bangkok or Pattaya; however Chiang Mai is attractive by its peace and fascinated destinations. If you are making plan to Chiang Mai, some information in this post may be useful for you. Seeing and experiencing the best destinations in Chiang Mai with special things there, you will get so much fun during the trip in Chiang Mai.

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