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Chiang Mai, Thailand - A Travel & Shopping Destination

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For tourists seeking an adventurous and enriching travel experience, Thailand offers amazing natural beauty and vibrant city life amidst a diverse, eclectic cultural landscape. Visitors seeking an alternative or addition to the renowned “Bangkok experience” can find a wealth of entertainment options in Chiang Mai. Located in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is widely considered to be the most prominent city in the region, featuring an astonishing array of historic and cultural attractions that attract over five-million tourists annually.  Chiang Mai has only recently gained attention on the international stage, rapidly expanding its domestic and tourist industries and striving to gain the highly-respected “Creative City” status awarded by UNESCO.

For visitors interesting in learning more about Thailand's fascinating religious history, Chiang Mai is home to a number of Buddhist temples, including Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, the city's most famous religious site, whose origins date back almost 700 years. Wat Chiang Man, the city's oldest temple, was constructed during the 13th century and contains two of Thailand's most revered Buddha figures.

Thailand's rich artistic history can be seen in one of Chiang Mai's numerous arts institutions, ranging from the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center to the Chiang Mai National Museum. Thailand's fascinating cultural diversity is represented through work from a variety of different artists and time periods.

For tourists looking to immerse themselves in Thailand's renowned nightlife, Chiang Mai is home to a dazzling array of clubs, bars and live music venues. Local and internationally-renowned musicians often perform in Chiang Mai's lively cultural center. Karaoke lounges are also spread throughout the city center.

One of Chiang Mai's iconic landmarks is the Night Bazaar, by far the most popular market in the city. Containing hundreds of vendor stalls and multiple shopping centers, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is a “must-see” location for tourists visiting the city. Located on Chang Klan road in the center of the city, the Night Bazaar typically opens at dusk and remains active until midnight. As the market is open every day of the year, tourists can visit this iconic Chiang Mai landmark during summer or winter vacations.

As is common with markets around the world, visitors to the Night Bazaar can expect to find a range of goods, ranging from hand-crafted clothing, textiles and jewellery to watches, DVDs and other technology-related consumer goods. Tourists can gain a first-hand look at the beautiful woven clothes and robes of northern Thai villagers who sell handmade garments at the market. The market's colorful ensemble of merchants, craftsmen and product vendors is truly a “must-see” attraction. For first-time visitors, it's important to remember that “haggling,” or bargaining, is considered an essential element of market commerce. Flexible pricing and light-hearted “negotiation” is considered one of the market's most alluring qualities. The Night Bazaar remains unmatched in its diversity, energy and entertainment value.

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With lovingly preserved historic monuments and a thrilling, contemporary entertainment and market culture, Chiang Mai embodies the unbridled optimism and enthusiasm of Thailand's resident population. Chiang Mai is guaranteed to provide a wealth of fantastic memories. Come see what this fabulous city has to offer! You definitely won't regret it!

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