Chiang Mai is a popular launching off point for trips into other parts of northern Thailand but offers plenty for visitors who choose this city as a destination in its own right. Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai is one of the oldest living cities in Thailand and was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.
The Old City, enclosed by a now crumbling wall, is filled with ancient temples, charming guest houses and plenty of cafes and restaurants but is small enough to walk through in just a few hours.
Although there is enough to keep you occupied in Chiang Mai and the surrounding area for at least a week, most people will find a couple of days in the Old City enough to enjoy the best it has to offer.
Chiang Mai has some of the best boutique hotels and charming guest houses in all of Thailand. If you’re in the city for just a couple of days, pick a place in the Old City so you’ll be able to walk to most of the sights. Here are some excellent Chiang Mai hotels in all price ranges.
Continue to the next page for a sample 2-day Chiang Mai itinerary.