Tuesday, 3 July 2018
Chiang Mai, situated in Northern Thailand, is 700km north away from the capital city of Bangkok. This historic province is the second largest city in Thailand. Chiang Mai is one of the most popular destinations for both locals and foreigners since there are a lot of magnificent tourist locations and million things to do. Apart from misty mountains, you can be exposed to colorful hill tribes, Thai handicrafts shopping, sensational food tastes and exciting adventurers during your visit in Chiang Mai which will make you feel like you’re reading old history books.
Chiang Mai is an old city dotted with an enormous number of temples (Wat) raised by kings in centuries long past. In the past, building a temple was not just to demonstrate the kings’s devotion but also their power and wealth. Temples, in the past, served as a center of faiths, schools, and hospitals. Nowadays, those temples serve as invaluable bridges to the past, keeping the people linked to the timeless traditions of their ancestors. There are over 300 temples scattering in this city and surrounding countryside, some of which are as old as the city itself. Most temples in Chiang Mai are of the Lanna style and characterized by curved wooden roofs pointing up at the top. Since religion and spirituality are massive characteristics of Thai culture, visiting a temple is a great way to travel like a local. Here’s our rundown of 5 must-see temples in Chiang Mai.
This temple is the most popular landmark of Chiang Mai and one of the most historically and spiritually significant places in Thailand. There are large numbers of locals and foreigners coming to experience the special magic of this holy place. Located up on the mountain, its shining golden stupa is visible from almost anywhere in the city. To reach the 600-year-old golden pagoda at the top, you have to climb up around 300 steps. Also, you can look out on the wonderful city of Chiang Mai from this mountain.
Wat Phra Sing is one of the most revered temples in Thailand and home to Phra Phutthasihing, a Chiang Saen-style Buddha image. The main entrance is guarded by Singhs (lions). Founded in the 14th century, the temple still owns a classic Lanna architecture and lavish decoration, set in the heart of the old city. Luckily, many novice monks study here and are happy to practice their English by sitting and chatting with tourists in the temple gardens.
Located in the suburbs of Chiang Mai at the foot of Doi Suthep Mountain, this tranquil temple is a peaceful spot for your visit which was built in 1297. The name of this temple ‘Wat Umong’ means ‘tunnel temple’, whose name comes from the tunnels that lead you around. Visitors can feed fish, turtles, and ducks in a large pond and enjoy their afternoon in a very natural setting.
Since Chiang Mai is quite a large city with a lot of choices when it comes to hotel, narrowing a choice of best luxury hotels in Chiang Mai hundreds down to find the one perfect for you can be a challenge. Sibsan Luxury Hotel Rimping, the best luxury hotel in Chiang Mai is perfectly located by the banks of the Ping River, one of the major waterways in Northern Thailand. This unique boutique hotel is designed and decorated in traditional Lanna style and full with art or crafts. All of the ensuite rooms are extraordinary, very spacious, and stylishly furnished with the northern Thai style decoration, and also fully equipped with amenities and comfortable beddings which are perfect for your stay no matter you’re families or business travelers. The hotel is equipped with a salt water swimming pool, a state-of-the-art spa and a fitness center with complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the property. Plus, you can enjoy the picturesque view of Doi Suthep from an ideal coffee shop and exclusive restaurant completed with the Ping River. This one of the best luxury hotels in Chiang Mai also promises excellent customer services and a great stay experience in downtown. Sibsan Luxury Hotel Rimping boasts for its warm, friendly, and welcoming services around the clock located in a truly stunning and exclusive location – just 15-minute drive from Chiang Mai city center or the Airport. Come stay with us and discover the world’s cultural heritage - Chiang Mai.