Chiang Mai: The Beautiful Old Town in Thailand

Bangkok always has something interesting to see. You or maybe all people on this planet always come to Bangkok if having a vacation to Thailand. Well, did you know that Bangkok isn’t the only city in Thailand? You can come to Chiang Mai for sure. It’s a very beautiful city you could see from the North of Thailand. A lot of wonderful destinations will spoil your eyes. What are they? Let’s check here!

Wat Phra Wat Doi Suthep

This is a Buddhist monastery, located about 15 Kilometers from the center of Chiang Mai City. However, you have to climb 309 steps to reach this temple because it is located on a hill.

The scenery is fantastic! You may see Chiang Mai City and the mountains around from the hill. It is really beautiful in the morning. The entry ticket price is only 30 baht per person.

Old City Quarter

As the name implies, this is the old city of Chiang Mai. This city was formerly occupied by the Lan Na Kingdom, which is said to be the oldest in Thailand.

The Old City Quarter is surrounded by high walls. The main gate is Tha Pae, which is located east of the Old City Quarter. Inside, old buildings blend in harmony with cute little cafes. Many old buildings have been converted into restaurants, from Burger King to Starbucks. However, the temples of the 15th century still stand majestically!

Take your friends along to explore cool temples such as Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang, as well as several museums such as the Chiang Mai City Art and Cultural Center and the Lan Na Architecture Museum. There are many spots for taking pictures and selfies together, especially around the 3 King's Monument which looks like a square.

Chiang Mai Night Market

This night market is held daily at Thanon Chang Khlan, close to Tha Pae Gate. This 1 Kilometer long night market is a tourist destination every day. You can hunt for various souvenirs and knick-knacks, as well as taste Thai specialties here!

What to eat in Chiang Mai?

Besides being famous for its beautiful Buddhist temples, this place also has an amazing variety of food. You only need to spend around 35 Baht to 100 Baht to eat good food at a restaurant in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai's specialties are heavily influenced by Burmese and Chinese tastes. However, they have their own milder flavor which uses a lot of ginger and turmeric.

One of the popular foods that you must try in this city is Khao Soi or curry egg noodles. Besides noodles, Khao soi is also equipped with a variety of other ingredients. For example, is chicken or beef. Complementary ingredients such as dried chili powder, pickled cabbage, lime juice, and sliced shallots are also used to enhance the deliciousness.

Khao soi is great to eat while the sauce is still warm. The rich use of spices also contributes to the aroma and taste that is produced when this dish is served. Not only that, the use of coconut milk also makes the taste of the sauce even more savory.

Wow, that looks really good, doesn't it? Although serving noodles is fairly common, it doesn't hurt to explore other variations of processed noodles. An example is Khao soi from northern Thailand. So, don't forget to try Khao soi when you visit Chiangmai!

By Red Lemon Thai


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