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Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand and the fifth largest city in the country. It was founded in 1296 AD and is the longest continuously inhabited settlement from the ancient days of Siam. Located amidst the rolling foothills of the Himalayan Mountains 700 km north of Bangkok, it could only be reached by an arduous river journey or an elephant back trip until the 1920s, a factor which has helped keep its distinctive charm intact to this day. Inside the remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The locals say you have not experienced Chiang Mai until you have seen the view from Doi Suthep, eaten a bowl of kao soi, and purchased an umbrella from Bo Sang. Current Internet Travel Offers for Chiang Mai Thailand...

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